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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$31,069
BASE MSRP
$34,300
Quick Take
The 2008 Honda S2000 is a purist's sports car, with the resulting compromises in room and refinement. Read more »
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wedge-shaped profile that stands apart from other roadsters

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A chin prominent enough to make Jay Leno envious

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flared front-wheel arches and tapered hood closely resemble an angry cobra about to strike

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$34,300 $37,300
MSRP $34,300
INVOICE $31,069 Browse used listings in your area
2-Door Convertible
Gas Mileage 18 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 2.2L
EPA Class Two Seater
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 2
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style Convertible
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The Basics:

The car experts at TheCarConnection.com researched a wide range of road tests of the 2008 Honda S2000 to compile this conclusive review. TheCarConnection.com's resident sports car enthusiasts also drove the 2008 Honda S2000, to help you decide which reviews to trust where opinions differ, to add more impressions and details, and to provide you with the best information.

The 2008 Honda S2000 is a classic sports car: It has rear-wheel drive, a ragtop to open on sunny days, a six-speed manual transmission, and a rev-happy four-cylinder engine. It also is one of the least practical cars on the planet—maybe the least since the Toyota MR2 Spyder was discontinued. There's almost no interior or trunk storage, the cockpit's more cramped than the coach seats on a Boeing 757, and it's priced above $30,000.

The S2000 has been on the market since 1999. The roadster has a 237-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox, stability control, drive-by-wire throttle, and an engine Start button. It gets respectable 18/25-mpg fuel economy ratings, yet the engine's performance is stunning. Handling is also a strength, as the S2000 is already tuned to perform on tight hairpins, though it can feel overly taut and a little jittery on public roads. You'll have to wind out the engine and push its limits in corners to find out what the Honda S2000 is all about.

This year Honda has trimmed some weight to create a new S2000 variant that’s even more race-track friendly. The "club-racer inspired" S2000CR gets a full-body aerodynamic kit, high-performance Bridgestone tires, firmer suspension settings, a thicker anti-roll bar, and new wheels. A lightweight aluminum hardtop that cuts weight by about 90 pounds replaces the soft-top mechanism. Inside, the CR gets distinctive cloth seats with yellow stitching, a new aluminum shifter knob, and carbon-fiber look-alike trim panels.

You'll be cramped inside the Honda S2000's cockpit, no matter how small you might be. Where Mazda's Miata feels almost roomy in comparison thanks to a low beltline, the high shoulders of the S2000 confine the driver and passenger, and the steering wheel sits low even at its highest adjustment point. Uncharacteristically, the controls aren't laid out cleanly (there's not a lot of dash space to do so), and the big red Start button seems more like a gimmick. There's plenty of black plastic, too, in the name of saving weight.

Dual front airbags, stability control, and anti-lock brakes are standard on the 2008 Honda S2000.

Likes:

  • Ultimate grip
  • High-revving four-cylinder
  • Sweet-shifting manual gearbox

Dislikes:

  • Aging look
  • Cramped interior
  • Lack of storage
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