|Manufacturer||Honda Motor Company|
|Body style||2-door roadster|
The Honda S2000 was a roadster that was manufactured by the Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company. It was launched in April 1999 and was created to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. The car was first shown as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1995, following which it was launched in world markets in 1999. The S2000 is named for its engine displacement of 2 Liters, carrying on in the tradition of the S500, S600, and S800 roadsters of the 1960s. The S2000 held the record for the highest horsepower per liter for any NA piston road production car for 10 years until the introduction of the Ferrari 458. Several revisions were made throughout the car's lifetime, including changes to the engine, gearbox, suspension and interior and exterior. Officially two variants exist: the initial launch model was given the chassis code AP1, while the AP2 designation was given to vehicles produced from mid-2003 onwards for vehicles supplied outside of the European markets. Though cosmetically similar, the AP2 incorporated significant changes to the drivetrain and suspension. All European models used the F20C engine and have the model designation AP1 despite receiving many of the cosmetic, drivetrain and suspension updates. Production of the S2000 ceased in June 2009. In Japan, it was exclusive to Japanese dealership sales channels called Honda Verno.
Honda SSM 
Introduced at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show, the Honda Sport Study Model concept car was the design study for the production S2000. The SSM was a rear-wheel-drive roadster powered by a 2.0 L (122 cu in) inline 4-cylinder engine. It featured a rigid X-bone frame which Honda claimed improved the vehicle's rigidity and collision safety. The hood was aluminium and the car had a 50:50 weight distribution.
The SSM would appear unchanged in many automotive shows for several years afterwards, hinting at the possibility of a production version, which Honda announced in due course in 1999.
First generation (AP1, 1999–2003) 
|Assembly||Takanezawa R&D Plant in Tochigi, Japan|
The S2000 was introduced in 1999 for the 2000 model year and was given the chassis designation of AP1. It featured a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout with power being delivered by a 1,997 cc (122 cu in) F20C inline 4-cylinder DOHC-VTEC engine producing from 240 hp (179 kW) to 250 PS (184 kW), and from 153 lbf·ft (207 N·m) to 22.2 kg·m (218 N·m) of torque depending on the target market. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and Torsen limited slip differential. The S2000 achieved what Honda claimed as the "top level performance in the world" for a 2-liter naturally aspirated engine.
Features include independent double wishbone suspension, electrically assisted steering and integrated roll hoops. 16 in (41 cm) wheels with Bridgestone Potenza S-02 tires were standard equipment. The compact and lightweight engine, mounted entirely behind the front axle, allows the S2000 to obtain a 50:50 front/rear weight distribution and lower rotational inertia. An electrically powered vinyl top with internal cloth lining was standard. Honda made available an aluminum hardtop for additional cost.
The 2001 model was largely unchanged, but Honda upgraded the radio and added a digital clock to the dashboard display on most, but not all 2001 models. For the 2002 model year, suspension settings were revised and the plastic rear window was replaced by a glass unit incorporating an electric defroster. Other updates included slightly revised tail lamps, an upgraded radio, and a revised engine control unit.
Second generation (AP2, 2004–2009) 
|Assembly||Suzuka R&D Plant in Suzuka, Mie, Japan|
The 2004 model year incorporated several revisions to the S2000 and was given the chassis designation of AP2 (note: this designation was never used in the European markets although the improvements to the vehicle were applied). The 2004 model introduced newly designed 17 in (43 cm) wheels and Bridgestone RE-050 tires along with a retuned suspension to reduce oversteer. The spring rates and shock absorber damping were altered and the suspension geometry modified to improve stability by reducing toe-in changes under cornering loads. In the gearbox the brass synchronizers were replaced with carbon fiber. In addition, cosmetic changes were made to the exterior with new front and rear bumpers, revised headlight assemblies, new LED tail-lights, and oval-tipped exhausts.
The AP2 also included the introduction of a larger version of the F20C for the North American market. Designated F22C1, the engine's stroke was lengthened, increasing its displacement to 2,157 cc (132 cu in). At the same time, the redline and fuel cutoff were reduced from 9,000 rpm and 9,200 rpm to 8,000 rpm and 8,200 rpm respectively, mandated by the longer travel of the pistons. Peak torque increased 6% to 162 lbf·ft (220 N·m) at 6,800 rpm while power output remained unchanged, 240 hp (179 kW) at a lower 7,800 rpm. In conjunction with its introduction of the F22C1, Honda also changed the transmission gear ratios by shortening the first four gears and lengthening the last two. Other changes included a clutch release delay valve and heavier engine flywheel.
In 2006, the F22C1 engine replaced the F20C in the Japanese market; however, the F20C continued in all other world markets. The 2006 model introduced a drive by wire throttle, an electronic stability control system, new wheels, and one new exterior color, Laguna Blue Pearl. Interior changes included revised seats and additional stereo speakers integrated into the headrests.
The 2008 model year marked the first time the S2000 was offered in more than one trim level in the United States. In addition to the base model, Honda offered a more track-oriented version of the S2000, distinguished by reduced weight, fewer amenities, and an increase in performance. The S2000 Club Racer made its world debut at the New York International Auto Show on 4 April 2007. Changes for the CR included a lower ratio steering rack, stiffer suspension and all-new Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires, widened at the rear from 245/40R-17 to 255/40R-17. A revised body kit, composed of a redesigned front lip, rear bumper, and a large spoiler, were wind-tunnel tested and claimed to reduce the overall coefficient of lift by 70–80%. The power folding soft top was removed and replaced with additional chassis bracing topped off with a tonneau cover, while the hard top, optional on other models, became a standard feature on the CR. Finally, in an effort to reduce weight and lower the center of gravity, the spare tire was omitted and air conditioning and stereo were offered only as an options. Net weight savings without the additional hardtop was 90 pounds (41 kg) relative to the standard model. The engine in the S2000 CR was unchanged from the standard trim.
2008 Honda S2000 CR Prototype (2007) 
It is a version of S2000 with full-body aerodynamic package reduces lift through large and highly-tuned front and rear spoilers, quicker steering ratio, Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires, a wider rear tire size, firmer springs and dampers, larger stabilizer bars, a new wheel design in a dark gray color, aluminum hard top, unique cloth seating surfaces with yellow stitching, unique spherical aluminum shifter and carbon fiber-style trim panels, air conditioning and an AM/FM Stereo with CD player as optional equipment.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2007 New York International Auto Show. Production model went on sale in the fall of 2007, with a base price of $36,300. Production volume of less than 2,000 units was expected. Redesigned five-spoke wheels were standard on all S2000s, with bright silver on the base model wheels and a gunmetal color on the CR wheels. All CR models were only available with yellow and black cloth interior. Honda continued both trim levels of S2000 unchanged for the 2009 model year. The price was increased to US$34,695 for the base trim and US$36,695 for the CR trim.
UK models 
In the United Kingdom, the 2009 model was offered in two trims, Roadster and GT. The GT trim featured a removable hard-top and an outside temperature gauge. On-the-road prices of these trims were £27,300 and £27,850, respectively. All UK models are designated AP1 despite receiving many of the same updates the AP2 models received. UK supplied cars were also only ever supplied with variants of the 2L F20C engine.
Type S (2007) 
It is a limited (100 units) version of S2000 Club Racer for Japan market. Changes include soft top, softer suspension, Bridgestone RE050 tires (from S2000). The head designer of the S2000, Shigeru Uehara, stated that the CR was somewhere between the existing Type-S and what a supposed S2000 Type-R would have been like.
S2000 Ultimate Edition (2009) 
It is a limited version of S2000 with 2.0 litre 9000 rpm 240PS VTEC engine for European market, commemorating the end of production of S2000. It included Grand Prix White body colour, removable hard top, graphite coloured alloy wheels, red leather interior with red colouring for stitching on the gear lever gaiter.
GT Edition 100 (2009) 
It is a limited (100 units) version of S2000 for the UK market. It included Grand Prix White body colour, removable hard top, graphite coloured alloy wheels, red leather interior with red colouring for stitching on the gear lever gaiter, black badge garnish, limited edition plaque on the kick-plate.
S2000 Modulo Climax (2013) 
It is a concept vehicle based on S2000 roadster, with aeroform design and chic interior coordinated in black and burgundy.
The vehicle would be unveiled in TOKYO AUTO SALON 2013.
The 2004 Honda S2000 will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and runs the quarter-mile in 14.0 seconds.
In its January 2009 announcement of the vehicle's production end, Honda reported that worldwide sales through the end of 2008 totaled 110,673 units.
Note: Engine types and introduction dates shown in this table refer to the US market only. The F22 engine was introduced for the US and Japanese markets only, Japan received the F22 engine in 2006 while US received it when the AP2 started selling.. Cars supplied to all other markets continued to use the F20 engine variants.
AP2 CR (F22C1)
|Engine Type||normally aspirated inline-4|
|Displacement||1,997 cc (122 cu in)||2,157 cc (132 cu in)|
|Power||240 bhp (179 kW; 243 PS) @ 8,300 rpm (US & EU)
247 bhp (184 kW; 250 PS) @ 8,300 rpm (JP)
|237 bhp (177 kW; 240 PS) @ 7,800 rpm (US)
239 bhp (178 kW; 242 PS) @ 7,800 rpm (JP)
|Torque||153 lb·ft (207 N·m) @ 7,500 rpm (US & EU)
22.2 kg·m (218 N·m; 161 lb·ft) @ 7,500 rpm (JP)
|162 lb·ft (220 N·m) @ 6,800 rpm (US)
163 lb·ft (221 N·m) @ 6,500–7,500 rpm (JP)
|Redline / Fuel cut-out||8,800 rpm / 9,000 rpm||8,000 rpm / 8,200 rpm|
|Bore & Stroke||87.0 mm (3.425 in) x 84.4 mm (3.323 in)||87.0 mm (3.425 in) x 90.7 mm (3.571 in)|
|Compression Ratio||11.0:1 (US & EU)
|Valvetrain||16-valve DOHC VTEC|
|Gear Ratios||1st: 3.133
Secondary gear reduction: 1.160
Final drive: 4.100
Secondary gear reduction: 1.208
Final drive: 4.100
|Fuel type and consumption|
|Octane Rating||91 AKI / 95 RON (98 RON recommended)|
|City||18 mpg-US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg-imp) (US EPA)
20.6 mpg-imp (13.7 L/100 km; 17.2 mpg-US) (UK)
|Highway||24 mpg-US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg-imp) (US EPA)
35.3 mpg-imp (8.00 L/100 km; 29.4 mpg-US) (UK)
|Combined||20 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp) (US EPA)
28.2 mpg-imp (10.0 L/100 km; 23.5 mpg-US) (UK)
|Length||162.7 in (4,133 mm)||162.1 in (4,117 mm)|
|Width||68.9 in (1,750 mm)||68.9 in (1,750 mm)|
|Height||50.0 in (1,270 mm)||50.7 in (1,288 mm)|
|Weight||2,800 lb (1,270 kg)||2,835 lb (1,286 kg)||2,755 lb (1,250 kg) w/out Air Conditioning
2,855 lb (1,295 kg) w/ Air Conditioning
|Wheelbase||94.5 in (2,400 mm) Bridgestone Potenza S-02
f: 205/55R16 on 16x6.5" +55mm
r: 225/50R16 on 16x7.5" +65mm
|94.5 in (2,400 mm) Bridgestone Potenza RE050
f: 215/45R17 on 17x7" +55mm
r: 245/40R17 on 17x8.5" +65mm
|94.5 in (2,400 mm) Bridgestone Potenza RE070
f: 215/45ZR17 on 17x7" +55mm
r: 255-40ZR17 on 17x8.5" +65mm
|Brakes||f: 11.8 in (300 mm) ventilated discs
r: 11.1 in (282 mm) solid discs
Reviews and awards 
The S2000 has received much praise from critics and motoring journalists and has received favourable reviews from such publications as Car and Driver, highlighted are the high output of the engine, the high redline, the balanced handling, and the smooth gearbox. User surveys have named the S2000 as a favorite for overall customer satisfaction.
- The S2000 was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004.
- The S2000 was the highest-ranked model in the J. D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study "Premium Sports Car" class for 2004, 2006, and 2008 and consistently held one of the top three positions.
- The S2000 was ranked number #1 in the BBC Top Gear Survey in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
- The S2000 was ranked as "Best Affordable Sports Car" by U.S. News & World Report in 2008 and 2009
- The F20C engine won the International Engine of the Year award in the "1.8- to 2-litre" size category for five years from 2000 through 2004.
- The F20C was featured on Ward's 10 Best Engines list for 2000 and 2001.
- The S2000 was on Edmunds Consumers Most Wanted for 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007.
- The S2000 was one of Jalopnik's Best 10 Cars Of The Decade.
- An AEM prepared version of the car was the winner of the SEMA Gran Turismo Award in 2005.
- Tuner, Powerhouse Amuse entered Hot-Version's Touge Showdown/Strongest Legend) for Class 300, and gained Monster Title with their major light-weight in-tact S2000 for great handling, balance and speed on Street Radials (Running Potenza RE-01s at the time of the shoot). Amuse also help Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo in 2004 to complete a concept body-kit of a S2000 called the GT-1, which came in either a Turbo or N.A. and was mostly a 2.3L hence as a S2300 GT-1 or S2300 GT-1 Turbo.
- The S2000 was one of Road & Track's Best All-Around Sports Car.
Sales and production 
In the United States, the largest market for the S2000 worldwide, the suggested retail price of the base 2009 Honda S2000 was $34,995. The CR trim's base price was $36,995 with a $1,000 option to add air-conditioning and stereo.
After several years of steady production, sales of the roadster began falling dramatically starting in 2006, and the trend accelerated during the 2008 U.S. recession. In 2008, only 2,538 units were sold in the U.S. - a 74% decline from the 2002 sales peak. In November of that year, for the first time since its launch, only 90 new S2000s were sold nationwide during a calendar month.
|Calendar Year||U.S.A.||Europe||Japan||Canada||Australia||New Zealand||Middle East/Africa||TOTAL|
*Note: No model-year 2010 cars were produced; sales represent clearance of residual new-vehicle inventory.
**Data through September 2010. 
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