Honda Hits A Home Run
By Michael Yeager on
2008 Honda S2000 2dr Convertible (2.2L 4cyl 6M)
A 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.
Its 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.
I 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