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2000 Honda S2000 Roadster
"... the stuff sports-car fantasies are made of...." - Car and
One mildly frustrating aspect of internet marketing is how
difficult it is to know how many folks are looking at a particular
car. While we may not know their number, one thing we can say for
certain about the people gazing upon this Honda S2000: They
As the Car and Driver quote above suggests, since the car's launch
in its namesake year, the S2000 has captured the hearts and fantasy
of the sports-car-minded. The car's successful mix of outstanding
power; tailored size body with supportive, supple seating for two;
front-engine-rear-drive setup; handling and four-wheel-disc-braking
prowess; close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission; all in a
less-than-3,000-pound package is as satisfying as it is rare in the
market. So rare, that back in the day, Honda dealers routinely
added a "market adjustment" price factor above the window sticker.
Apparently, fantasy has its cost.
Fortunately, the S2000 offered here is as affordable as it is
captivating. Its Silverstone Metallic paint-in our opinion, the
most appealing of the four colors in which the model was originally
offered-displays a showroom shine. As evidenced in our dozens of
photographs of the body alone, front-to-back and top-to-bottom, the
painted surfaces are virtually free of wear or imperfection. The
classic five-spoke alloy wheels are similarly pristine. In the
cockpit, flawless red-leather seats and door inserts provide just
the right lively visual touch against the remaining black interior
trim and switchgear. The billet aluminum gearshift lever shows just
enough patina to indicate enthusiast ownership. Underneath the car,
the running gear and exhaust system display no signs of abuse or
over-aggressive track use. Open the hood, and a splash of red
continues on the valve cover of the VTEC engine, the very heart of
S2000 aficionados-including the reviewers at Car and Driver-know
well the music this 3.6-liter engine produces, noting: "Honda's
small, rev-happy engine creates a wonderfully unique driving
experience." And it's rare music indeed, because the only other
similarly sized sports-car engine capable of sustained 8,500-rpm
levels comes in a six-figure Ferrari 360 Modena. These enthusiasts
are also more than aware of the benefits of taking the car's 50-50
front-rear, rigid-frame weight distribution out on a twisty road.
"The car communicates a clear picture of what's happening at the
contact patch, and as in most Hondas, we could use every last ounce
of the 0.90g of lateral grip with complete confidence. The S2000
takes a definite set in corners, but it never feels stuck in one
position. It tracks arrow-straight when asked. The ride is firm but
not harsh. The tail stays well-planted...." For the sports-car
minded, that's as good a description of "perfect handling" as
you're ever likely to get.
We think this Honda S2000 is a near-perfect catch for someone...
and that "someone" is a driver who's probably reading this right
now, and maybe thinking about making their fantasy come true.
Be sure to check out all the photos and video on our main website:
Garage Kept Motors. Call if interested or e-mail with any
questions. Thank you for looking.