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STYLING | 8 out of 10
wedge-shaped profile that stands apart from other roadsters
A chin prominent enough to make Jay Leno envious
flared front-wheel arches and tapered hood closely resemble an angry cobra about to strike
Kelley Blue Book
The Honda S2000 has been a styling favorite among many automotive magazines and consumer car Web sites, as well as thousands of S2000 Honda owners. Although the standard S2000 Honda’s styling remains unchanged for 2008, a new CR (Club Racer) model adds aerodynamics in the form of a new body kit.
According to the reviewers at Edmunds, the “2008 Honda S2000 is a compact two-seat roadster that’s offered in two trims: standard and CR.” Both trims share the same basic profile, which Cars.com calls a “wedge-shaped profile that stands apart from other roadsters,” but Kelley Blue Book notes that “CR models include an aerodynamic body kit,” along with “lift-reducing front and rear spoilers and a removable aluminum hard top in place of the conventional cloth” one on the standard Honda S2000.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the exterior styling of the 2008 Honda S2000 is a huge success, and Kelley Blue Book says that the Honda S2000 “strikes a very un-Honda like, somewhat wicked poise” that can “resemble an angry cobra about to strike.” Cars.com reports other exterior highlights include stylish “high-intensity-discharge headlamps and 17-inch alloy wheels” that come standard on the 2008 Honda S2000. The most prominent criticism of the exterior of the 2008 Honda S2000 issues from Edmunds, which notes that while the new aerodynamic pieces on the CR “reduce high-speed aerodynamic lift by about 70 percent,” they also “reduce the car’s overall visual appeal by, oh, 79 percent.”
Like many Honda models, the 2008 Honda S2000 has an interior that wins major styling points from most reviewers for its thoughtful layout. Kelley Blue Book says the 2008 Honda S2000’s “interior is full of wonderful surprises,” including a “big red START button on the dash” and “the long center console [that] sits up high, affording you the perfect perch on which to rest your arm.” ConsumerGuide also approves of the interior layout on the 2008 Honda S2000, claiming that the “S2000 has a cozy cockpit, so everything is close at hand,” and while the “electronic bar-graph tachometer and digital speedometer are not the sports-car norm,” they are “easy to read.” Edmunds chimes in, noting that “nearly all the controls you’ll ever need are mounted within a finger’s extension of the steering wheel.” One of the cooler interior features to find its way into a production car is the “new Peak-Power Indicator” on the 2008 Honda S2000 CR, a feature that Cars.com says will flash “a green light when peak power is reached.”
Though the 2008 Honda S2000 has a dated design, the base model stands out for its impressive blend of style and performance, despite the overwhelming additions on the CR.