Just sold my 1967 XKE Jag to slip my nearly 80 year old body into this S2000 baby. This is a true Sports Car Roadster as defined by 1950/60 standards, (i.e., not a touring convertible with 6 cup holders. The beautiful 6 speed close ratio gear box is so quick, with just a twist of the wrist. This is a keep the revs up car, but oh so sweet between 6000/8000 revs. It belies me how the cam shaft design upon reaching engine 6500 rpms, kicks in like the old time superchargers. They only built 7200 of the S2000 a year at the Susaki racing factory, perhaps Japans best kept secret. Hope they continue with a 2006 model, if not the 2005 is destined to become a collecter car before its time.
1.The match of the gear box and the 2.2 liter engine. By today's standards any engine sized over 3 liters is unjustified and wasted power. 2.Honda's attention to keeping the weight to about 2800 pounds; aluminum block, cylinder head, oil pan and forged short skirted pistons. Even an aluminum hood.
1.The nice looking top down plastic boot cover is a finger busting afterthought, obviously designed by a stylist not an engineer. Honda needs to revert to the all-metal folding tops that its competitors are incorporating. 2. Build a 2006 model.