The Honda S2000 was launched in 1999 as a 2000 model to celebrate
the company's 50th anniversary. The S2000 continues in the tradition
of the company's previous lightweight roadster "S" cars, the
S500, S600 and S800 from the 1960's and 70's.
The Honda S2000 features a front-mid-engine, rear wheel drive
layout with power being delivered via a Torsen limited slip
differential mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The S2000 is manufactured using an X-bone monocoque frame which
is extremely rigid, improving passenger safety and handling.
Other features of the S2000 include independent double wishbone suspension, electrically-assisted steering and
integrated roll hoops.
The Honda S2000 was initially offered, up to 2003, with a 2.0
L, inline 4 cylinder,
DOHC-VTEC engine producing 240 horsepower. Later, for the American
market the displacement was increased to 2.2 litres by increasing
the stroke - power remained the same while torque was raised
slightly. For European markets Honda stayed with the original
2.0 litre unit.
The Honda S2000 was discontinued in 2009. Although Honda initially
planned to provide a replacement, these plans were scrapped
due to the global financial crisis.
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