Shopping for a new Honda S2000?
SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS
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.
- Ultimate grip
- High-revving four-cylinder
- Sweet-shifting manual gearbox
- Aging look
- Cramped interior
- Lack of storage
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.