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ATLANTA We've come roaring through the dense pine forests north of Atlanta at what one might euphemistically call extralegal speeds. All right, to be more precise, the speedometer is nudging 120 as we crest a small hill and dip towards a lush green pasture. The digital tachometer "needle" climbs fast, and as we nudge the car's inspiring 9000-rev redline, the little engine under the hood is letting out a scream that would impress a Formula One fan — and frighten any nearby wildlife.

Taking Honda's new S2000 up to the limits isn't for the faint of heart. And, indeed, there aren't many places you really can put this eagerly awaited roadster through its paces. But The Car Connection got the chance during a recent daylong test drive, snaking along a thinly populated stretch of backwoods roadway that defines roadster terrain.

This sexy little two-seater is Honda's first true sports car in three decades, so it's generated plenty of interest since making its debut at the North American International Auto Show last January. But could it live up to expectations? As we began the day's journey, that was the critical question we had in mind.

 

Hot and heavy competition

Clearly, S2000 will go up against some serious competition. There's the Miata, Mazda's lovable little retro machine. And, at the other end of the spectrum, there are the German entries — BMW's Z3, Porsche's Boxster and the SLK from Mercedes-Benz.

For the S2000 to play in this segment, the roadster will have to live up to a very different standard than the traditional price/value winners from Honda, such as the Accord and Civic. Right off the bat, it looks like it will do quite well in the pocketbook equation. While final numbers haven't been set yet, expect a price tag of "about $30,000," says Honda's top U.S. product planner, Don Bonawitz. It's a bit more than Miata, but offers Honda's new entry a significant advantage over the Teutonic two-seaters. Still, it takes real style and performance to counter the Germans.

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Friday, September 18, 2015
2009 Honda S2000 2-Door Convertible

Outstanding sports car that has Italian good looks and performance, with Japanese reliability and simplicity.

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An outstanding sports car that has Italian good looks and performance, with Japanese reliability and simplicity. Absolutely it is the best of both worlds, with exclusivity to boot.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
2008 Honda S2000 2-Door Convertible CR w/Air Conditioning

Love this car!

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This car handles well on both the open highway and around town. I live in a mild climate and have the top down as much as I can. I get great gas mileage and keep the car in great shape. It's a pleasure to... + More »
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Sunday, July 24, 2016
2003 Honda S2000 2-Door Convertible

One of the least expensive to maintain, high performance sports cars on the planet!

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Handling is exceptional with turn-in feel magnificent! Staying between 5500 and 9000 rpm is glorious! Interior is 13 years old and holding up beautifully. Body is strong with no change of shocks - have 64K... + More »
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