Disclaimer: This car is not stock. This car has numerous mechanical and cosmetic upgrades. Driving experience may differ.
After decades of building economy cars, Honda sought to add excitement to its lineup. In the late 1980s-1990s, Honda started launching affordable sporty cars like the Del Sol, Prelude, Integra, and the not so affordable NSX . Even though the Prelude and Integra were popular, Honda still felt the need to add a rear wheel drive sports car that would be smaller and cheaper than the NSX. In 1995, Honda unveiled the SSM (Sport Study Model) concept at the Tokyo Auto Show. After this, Honda pushed forward with putting the SSM into production, and the S2000 was launched in April 1999 to commemorate Honda’s 50 year anniversary. Honda denoted the 2 in the S2000 name to denote a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine (In 2004, the S2000 received a 2.2 liter four cylinder), a tradition that heralds back to S500, S600, and S800 1960s roadsters which inspired the creation of the S2000. As a no frills sports car with a price just over 30 grand, the S2000 garnered praise from several publications worldwide due to its blend of high performance and typical Honda reliability. For 2004, the S2000 received a refresh and became the AP2 (the 1999-2003 was called the Ap1). It received a track ready Club Racer version in 2008 with more focus on less weight and better handling without a bump in horsepower. Sound deadening was removed to save weight, and the radio and air conditioning system became options. An aluminum hardtop was fitted, and the softop on non CR versions was removed to save weight as well as make room for a large additional chassis brace. The CR version was intended as a farewell gift to Honda engineer Shigeru Uehara as well as turning the S2000 into a track ready car that could be tracked on the weekend and driven to work on Monday. Only 699 CRs were produced worldwide in the two years it was offered. Even when I was young, I have always coveted the S2000. I remember reading all the car magazines rave about this car, and having grown up with Hondas all my life, I knew that someday I needed to drive one. Continue reading