Best Sports Car in the Price Range
By KGood on
2006 Honda S2000 2dr Convertible (2.2L 4cyl 6M)
My S2K is a daily driver, and I find it to be the perfect combination of exceptional acceleration/handling, while still returning good fuel mileage. And unlike so many sports cars that have come and gone, it is reliable as a hammer. You will not find another manual shift up to this quality, steering is quick and perfectly weighted, the brakes are faultless, the body structure very rigid. Cautions: if you drive very aggressively, be careful of snap- oversteer. This series is better than the original, but it can still punish the ham-handed. Ride is firm. While having more driveable power/torque band than 1st S2K's, best performance still requires keeping the engine in the correct rev range.
Classic, clean handsome looks. Power, balance, reliability like any other Honda, good fuel mileage, semi-rare (so you're driving something few others have). For me, perfect overall size (don't be 6'2"/250 lbs, though), comfortable but supportive seats, good luggage space, easy top up/down.
W/top down, fiddly, semi-rigid cover is needed for "finished" look; should have a body panel cover like 350Z, or Z-fold top like MX5. Tougher paint on nose, or std clear anti-chip film as used on Elise. Instrumentation a bit sparse. One warranty issue on mine: noisy diff replaced at 1K mi.