2005 Honda S2000 Consumer Review: Top Down Tenure

2005 Honda S2000 - Consumer Review

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

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Top Down Tenure
By Thomas Curtner on


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


Being a sports car junkie has its downside, as one is continually judging the vehicle in possession against the sum-total of past experience (time to trade AGAIN, sigh). It's tough, when past experience also includes stock/mod race cars. However, the Honda S2000 delivers in so many categories, and the sheer joy of the driving experience is magnified so completely by this motorcycle-on-wheels that I'm simply laughing too hard to concentrate on convincing you to try one! Seemingly innocuous, feels like many other superb handling sports cars, UNTIL the driver decides to push it. The Honda becomes a rocket pack you've strapped on...rain or shine, it's simply superb. Outrageous, F1 level fun!

Best Features

I was tired of hearing the 'like on rails' until I drove this one - the truth will set you 'Wheee!' The VTEC is a magic device, kicking your posterior at around 6000 rpm - hang on! Brakes as quick as a flyswatter in a Louisiana barmaid's hand. The top-down-in-under- ten-seconds: Stoplight Showoff!

Worst Features

The shifter is over-biased to 3/4 and will discourage fast work, until mastered. Adjustable pedals and steering wheel would help ergonomics - as no car is truly one-size-fits-all. The HID headlights are bright, but don't seem to be aimed correctly - too low. Center console button too sensitive.
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