Honda Hits A Home Run
By Michael Yeager on
Vehicle2008 Honda S2000 2dr Convertible (2.2L 4cyl 6M)
ReviewA practical sports car? I've owned and driven true sports cars such as the MGB and Fiat X-19. As all true sports cars are supposed to be, they were cramped, noisy, with no room for luggage -- in short highly impractical -- but a blast to drive. Here is a true sports car in every sense with high-tech handling and more power than all but the most experienced sports car guy can handle. The S-2000 has changed little, but when you've approached perfection, why mess around. Honda pays attention to critics. Although HP numbers have evolved downward slightly, the mid-band torque is now just right. 50/50 balance, a bit light in the rear for traction, but great handling.
Best FeaturesIts the handling stupid! Although this is a smooth and civilized beast with just enough features for comfort and a growl and exhaust note that is very satisfying to the caveman in all of us, it is the solid handling of this ethyl- eater that gets you. Road feel and predictability are excellent.
Worst FeaturesI don't feel that the slight weight improvements justify removing the soft- top in the CR. If the CR's stiffer suspension, ground effects and spoiler were offered as a sports package for the basic S2000, it would be far more practical and would be a popular choice. Nix the mustard-colored interior
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