2005 Honda S2000 Consumer Review: 8000 zoom heaven

2005 Honda S2000 - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (2.2L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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8000 zoom heaven
By Jim Bell on


2005 Honda S2000 2dr Roadster (2.2L 4cyl 6M)


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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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.
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