2009 Honda S2000

2009 Honda S2000
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Honda today revealed details about the 2009 S2000 that will go on sale at a price of $34,795 for the S2000 and $36,795 for the lightweight S2000 CR.

2009 Honda S2000
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The S2000 is powered by a 4-cylinder engine that delivers 237 hp. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The S2000 includes an electronic Drive-by-Wire (DBW) Throttle System, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Maintenance Minder system, standard headrest speakers, an outside temperature gauge and an engine start button. Air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD audio system are standard equipment on the S2000, optional on the S2000 CR for weight savings.

For 2009, the S2000 is available in six colors, including, Laguna Blue Pearl, Silverstone Metallic, New Formula Red, Rio Yellow Pearl, Berlina Black and Grand Prix White. The S2000 CR is available in four colors: Rio Yellow Pearl; Grand Prix White; Berlina Black; and the CR exclusive, Apex Blue Pearl.

Press release after the jump.

 

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Watch a Tesla-Powered 2006 Honda S2000 Run a 10-Second Quarter Mile

Watch a Tesla-Powered 2006 Honda S2000 Run a 10-Second Quarter Mile

With such performance on tap, few can miss the high-revving Honda 2.0-liter

If you’re still dreaming of the Honda S2000’s amazing 100-horsepower/liter figure that was an industry benchmark in the sports car class for years, there’s now a new benchmark, at least in the S2000 world. As expected, it’s highly modified but in an unusual way: it sports the drivetrain from a Tesla Model S P100D.

Discontinued back in 2009, the S2000 remained the backbone of many modified rides over the years. This white example, nicknamed "Model S2000", is one of the raddest yet. It’s employing parts from the Tesla Model S and the Chevrolet Volt to tear up the dragstrip and seamlessly tick a quarter-mile time of 10.24 without much hassle. And that’s only the beginning.

Keep on reading to learn more about this cool S2000 EV.

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2020 Honda S2000 Study

2020 Honda S2000 Study

It’s Too Good For Its Own Good

The new 2020 Honda S2000. Just kidding. The rendering before you is actually a work of Jon Sibal - one of the most proficient rendering artists in car world stardom. His latest work revolves around reinventing the Honda S2000 with contemporary Honda (and Acura for that matter) styling philosophy. It seems that Sibal knocked it out of the park with the new S2000 rendering. I find this study looking right in so many ways it is hard not to imagine it under the spotlights of any car show.

Yet, a new S2000 isn’t likely. At least, not in the day and age where fairly cheap roadsters aren’t exactly popular if they are not wearing a premium brand name.

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Which Sports Car Should Be Revived?

Which Sports Car Should Be Revived?

Between 2016 and 2020 the list of supercars will include the Ford GT, the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the Aston Man Valkyrie, and at least one new car from Ferrari. But what are sports cars fans with smaller wallets supposed to do? We have some great cars like the Miata and BMW is bringing a Z4 replacement soon, but so many great cars don’t exist anymore. Especially in the “affordable” range.

So we started talking in the office about what sports cars we want to see revived, and we settled on a pair of classic sports cars and one car that is officially dead, but not out of showrooms yet. The Porsche 944, Honda S2000, and the Dodge Viper are all in our dream garage of dead cars we want to return. Keep reading to find out why!

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Honda S2000 Will Be Revived As Mazda MX-5 Competitor

Honda S2000 Will Be Revived As Mazda MX-5 Competitor

The death of the Honda S2000 back in 2009 marked a sad day in Honda history. Hell, to some of us Honda fans, it could be considered the point when Honda started to fall apart from the great enthusiast brand it once was. The demise of the S2000 left a lot of fans uneasy, and it took Honda out of the two-seater roadster market. It wasn’t necessarily just the fans of the S2000 that suffered – since its demise, one could argue that Honda’s lineup has become a bit of a mess. Hondas used to be engineered to be better than the rest. They were stylish and offered BMW-quality luxury at a reasonable price. But now, finally, Honda might be taking the steps to return to greatness.

According to Autocar, insiders from none other than Honda have revealed that Honda is finally working on a successor for the S2000. Granted, the rumor has been raised before – probably by unhappy fans that find the prime examples of older S2000s increasingly hard to come by – but, this time, Honda has even more reason to follow through. There are a number of hot little roadsters out there, and Honda doesn’t have one. Cars like the new BMW Z4, the next Nissan Z-Car, the new Mazda MX-5 and MX-5-derived 124 Spider from Fiat all show the market for two-seater roadsters is growing. Adding to the hope that this isn’t just a rumor, representatives from Honda’s engineering department recently attended an S2000 owners’ club event to get input from the enthusiasts the brand has left behind.

If a new S2000 is in the works, we’ll likely see it come in at least two trims – one with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, and another with the 306 horsepower, 2.0-liter from the Civic Type R. The latter would obviously be the high-end trim level. Of course, that 2.0-liter could be saved for a later R-version of the new S2000 or an Acura-branded variant. Regardless of engine options, expect the new S2000 to have a six-speed short-throw gearbox, because that’s what a proper roadster is supposed to have.

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Honda's Future Baby NSX Could Deliver 400 HP

Honda’s Future Baby NSX Could Deliver 400 HP

Honda is reportedly planning a spiritual successor to its legendary S2000 in the form of a new, mid-engine, AWD sports car that lifts performance technology from the new NSX. Curb weight is expected to be around 3,000 pounds, while total drivetrain output could be as high as 400 horsepower. Pricing is targeted to be around the $75,000 mark to take on the likes of Porsche’s 2016 Cayman GT4 and Alfa Romeo’s 2014 4C.

That’s the word from a recent report posted by the Australian-based publication Motoring, which cites an unidentified Honda insider as saying that the automaker has not only been debating the possibility of another mid-engine model for several years, but that the go-ahead has been given for development.

Honda is currently updating its product catalog with a slew of new performance vehicles, including three in the span of the last 12 months: the S660/S1000, 2016 Honda Civic Type R, and the new NSX. What’s more, a second-gen CR-Z is expected to launch by 2018.

The new baby NSX would bear similar exterior proportions to the H-badged supercar, slotting between the top-dog NSX and S660/S1000 kei roadster on Honda’s vehicle totem pole, in terms of performance, price, and aesthetics. Motive power will most likely be derived from a longitudinally mounted, turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC four-cylinder plucked from the nose of the new Type R and tuned to deliver 326 horsepower at the rear wheels, which is 20 more than you get from the new hot-hatch. This would combine with two electric motors driving the front wheels for close to 400 horsepower total.

Grip and cornering prowess would be enhanced via Acura’s Super Handling AWD (SH-AWD) system connected to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. To keep mass at a minimum, the car will be based on an aluminum space frame with aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body panels.

The new baby NSX is expected to make its world at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

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Honda Considering New CR-Z and Mid-Engine S2000

Honda Considering New CR-Z and Mid-Engine S2000

With the new NSX on the horizon, the company’s return to Formula 1 and the eminent 306-horsepower Civic Type R, Honda is clearly looking to reestablish itself as a performance brand, and there’s likely more excitement on the way, in the form of a new mid-engine S2000 and a more performance-minded CR-Z. Both could get updated versions of Honda’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive hybrid powertrains, and we could see a preview of this updated tech competing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the very near future.

We recently told about the Honda S1000 — a mid-engine, compact performance car based on the S660 kei car currently being considered. According to Austrailia’s Motoring, the next S2000 would be positioned between the S1000 and the NSX, and against the Porsche Boxster/,Cayman, Alfa Romeo 4C and Nissan’s next Z car. Power is expected to be well north of 300 horsepower and could come courtesy of a more fuel-efficient version of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. A pair of electric motors will power the front wheels, while power to the rears would be channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Continue reading to learn more about Honda’s future trio of mid-engined sports cars.

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Next Honda S2000 Will Be Mid-Engined; Will Arrive in 2017

Next Honda S2000 Will Be Mid-Engined; Will Arrive in 2017

Honda’s sports car lineup has become a lot clearer today. We already know the NSX is coming and the same for the diminutive S660 sports coupe. Now, Motoring Australia is reporting that Honda has given the green light to bring back the S2000. Pop open the metaphorical champagne, ladies and gentlemen, Honda’s recently discontinued sports car is coming back!

Okay, let me pump the brakes up a little bit. Technically, this sports car won’t be packaged as a direct successor to the S2000. Remember, the S2000 was a front-engine mounted sports car that broke out in the 2000 model year and was produced until 2009. The new S2000 will be developed with a mid-mounted engine setup. This setup is similar to what Honda is preparing for the NSX and the S660, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see the new S2000 adopt the same setup.

Motoring Australia also said that the new S2000 will adopt similar styling to the NSX and the S660, including wraparound headlights, large side air intakes, and flared wheel arches. This could point to a more robust design for the S2000, as opposed to the sleek, bullet-like look of the model’s previous incarnation.

The same report also indicated that the new rear-wheel drive S2000 will employ a modified version of the 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that currently takes residence under the Honda Civic Type-R’s hood. An electric motor is also expected to be slapped into the car, ensuring a total output of around 365 horsepower and mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Honda is also reportedly planning to produce the new S2000 at its Performance Manufacturing Center in the U.S. This little detail is important because that’s where the NSX will also be built, which means that there’s a possibility that the S2000 receives the same production materials as its big bro.

What’s still unclear is when the new S2000 will arrive. By all indications, a launch in late 2017 sounds like a fair estimate of the sports car’s development timeline.

For now, we’re not concentrating on that as much as the report that a spiritual successor to the Honda S2000 is officially coming.

Note: Last-generation Honda S2000 pictured here.

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2014 Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development

2014 Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development

The Honda S2000 debuted in 2000 and harked back to Honda’s sports cars of years past, including the S500, S600, and S800. The S2000 was a tuner’s dream, as it weighed just 2,800 pounds, had 240 horses and a chassis that was on par with the Miata. The unfortunate side of the original S2000 was that the horsepower didn’t peak until 8,300 and it could only muster up 153 pound-feet of torque. By time the 2009 model year rolled around, the S2000 had run its course and went the way of the dodo bird, but not before Honda Performance Development decided to add a lot more displacement to the roadster’s engine compartment as an experiment.

With a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine HPD presents the creatively named S3700. This V-6 engine a production unit that was sourced from the Acura lineup. In its home engine bay, this engine developed 300 to 305 horsepower and 273 to 275 pound-feet of twist, depending on the application, but Honda failed to reveal what the output is for this Pikes Peak racer. I did learn that back in 2009 when HPD built the first S3700, it had a 9.55-to-1 power to weight ratio. Given the 2,825-pound weight of the original S3700, my math says that this engine produced 296 horsepower. It’s safe to assume that this version of the S3700 will retain that output.

We only have a single image to show you, but as you can see, this Pikes Peak racer dons a white base coat with a red racing stripe down the driver side of the car. Also present it a hefty bulge in its hood to make room for the larger, V-6 engine and large lip spoiler under the nose.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com and we’ll bring you new details as HPD reveals them.

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Honda S2000 Could Make a Comeback as a Mid-Engine Sports Car

Honda S2000 Could Make a Comeback as a Mid-Engine Sports Car

It’s been a while since Honda had a sports car to call its own. Between 2000 and 2009, the S2000 proudly wore that title, but it slowly fizzled out toward the end of its lifespan. Things are soon set to change, as recent rumblings have indicated that Honda is finally bringing the S2000 back to life with a spiritual successor. With the anticipated arrival of the S660 and the hybrid NSX — badged as a Honda in other markets — the S2000’s successor will give the brand a healthy 1-2-3 punch.

It’s a welcome development for a manufacturer that has veered away from its sporty image in recent years in favor of offering mainstream models. But with rival automakers developing their own sports car pushes, it was time for Honda to ante up, too.

Details behind the successor to the S2000 have been minimal at best, but Auto Express has noted that the sports car is expected to be configured as a coupe rather than a convertible. It’ll also sit in the middle of Honda’s sports car family, with the aforementioned S660 serving as the base model and the hybrid NSX serving as the flagship, high-performance model. Additionally, the future S2000 will also use a mid-mounted, 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine instead of the front-mounted, naturally aspirated engine the original S2000 roadster used.

Talks are apparently underway deep within Honda headquarters to gauge the feasibility of this sports car and by all indication, it appears that company execs are leaning more and more to green lighting its development.

Should it see the light of production day, the S2000 is being touted as carrying similar sharp lines and narrow headlights to at least be close to the current design of the NSX, which means that it will be far departure from the current spate of Hondas already out on the market today.

Once all the details are ironed out and development begins, we can expect the sports car to arrive in dealerships no later than 2017 with a price of about £35,000, which is around $59,000 based on current exchange rates.

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2013 Honda S660 Concept

2013 Honda S660 Concept

The 2013 SEMA Auto Show is just around the corner, which means that a lot of autophiles in the country are gearing up for their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, over on the other side of the world, Japan is also preparing for its own auto show, and one manufacturer that’s already booked its ticket is Honda. At the event, the local automaker will present a new convertible concept that it hopes will translate into a production open-top sports-type-mini-vehicle.

The concept, called the S660, looks pretty similar to the EV-STER Concept that Honda introduced back in 2011 at the same event. The only difference is that the S660 will come with a traditional, albeit extremely small, 660 cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine that is slated to produce 64 horsepower while being linked to a seven-speed CVT transmission.

It’s highly unlikely that the S660 will capture the imagination of speed freaks, but in fairness to Honda, whatever power the little sports coupe lacks, it sure as heck makes up for with a design that looks ready for production.

Too bad the car is anticipated to be a Japan-exclusive model, although a bigger version, possibly one that will come with an equally paltry 100-horsepower, 1.0-liter engine, could be available down the line for foreign markets.

Sure it’s no replacement for the axed S2000, but a cool concept nonetheless.

Click past the jump to read about the Honda EV-STER Concept and to see more detail on the upcoming S660 concept.

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Rumors Restart About a Rear-Wheel-Drive Honda Roadster

The first rumors on a possible Honda roadster started back in 2010. Now that the S2000 has been laid to rest for quite a while, Honda is ready to move on to something else. According to reports, the Japanese automaker is seriously considering offering a new open-top sports car to take on the new Toyota GT 86 and the perennial leader in the class, the Mazda MX-5.

A report from GT Channel claims that the new compact roadster will be "small, quick and light" and will come in at an affordable price. GT Channel also claims that the new roadster, which is internally known as the "S1500," is already on the drawing boards in Honda’s Tokyo headquarters.

The reports head into speculation from there, but there is one other tidbit that comes from a "source" in Honda, and that is the claim that this new roadster has a goal price of under $20,000..

We’ll leave this whole report at this... We have heard numerous claims that an S2000 successor is in the works, and we really want to believe them. However, we have to take any reports like this with a grain of salt because none have panned out yet.

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2013 Honda S2000 Modulo Climax

2013 Honda S2000 Modulo Climax

Honda announced the first details on its display lineup for the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon and it looks quite promising. The coolest model announced for Tokyo is the S2000 Modulo Climax — an S2000-based concept model that features cutting-edge aeroform design and a chic interior coordinated in black and burgundy.

No other details have been provided, but it looks like the concept’s outward appearance is quite similar to the production version S2000, sans some minor updates. The interior, on the other hand, looks fully updated, with lots of leather used on the seats, dashboard and steering wheel. For the interior, Honda opted for a black and burgundy red combination, matching the red used on the exterior.

We expect the S2000 Modulo Climax to be a hybrid vehicle, but we will have full details on it in January 2013 when the model will make its official debut in Tokyo.

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Newly Signed Proton and Honda Partnership Could Return Honda to the Sports Car Realm

There had been some reports floating around that DRB-Hicom was seeking a strategic partnership from a Japanese automaker lately, and we just received word that a deal is now in place. Proton will be teaming up with Honda to develop technology enhancements and a new product lineup, as well as share platforms and facilities.

For the most part, Proton builds cheap econoboxes for the UK market, so the direct team up is really not too inspiring. However, peeling back the skin a little bit, you reveal that this deal will likely include its subsidiary, Lotus. While Lotus would benefit greatly from having the technology that Honda has to offer and some financial relief by building certain components together, we are mostly interested in what this deal could potentially bring Honda.

Honda really doesn’t need Proton, as its econobox lineup is stout, but it is lacking a sports car, ever since the S2000 fizzled out in a fit of torque-lacking rage. With Lotus’ expertise being in the lightweight sports car realm and both Honda and Lotus looking for ways to build sports cars without taking on 100 percent of the risk, a team up between the two would be equally beneficial.

We all heard rumors about the S3000 a few years ago, and Lotus has the perfect line of 3.5-liter, V-6 engines sitting in its Evora lineup. So why not team up on a shared model?

According to reports, DRB-Hicom will be laying out Proton’s business plan next month, which will likely include Lotus updates, so we will keep an eye out for this new business plan, and how Honda and Lotus are involved.

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Honda Will Release an All-New Roadster in 2014

Honda Will Release an All-New Roadster in 2014

After the Del Sol failed to grab buyers’ attention and the S2000 pretty much fizzled into nothingness after nine model years, Honda shelved its roadster-building practices for a few years. That being said, in a speech today, Honda’s CEO, Takanobu Ito, has announced that the automaker will again dive into the roadster-building realm, just not as deep as it was before.

According to his statements, Honda will release a new roaster in 2014, but there are two problems here. Problem No. 1, this roadster will only be available in the Japanese market, making us wonder if an S2000 successor will ever show up. Problem No. 2 is the fact that this new roadster will be based on one of the Honda’s “mini-vehicle” models. In other words, we are looking at something along the lines of a Geo Metro LSi convertible – if you even remember that slouch – not an S2000 successor.

According to Ito, this new roadster will feature “strong vehicle dynamics,” which sounds promising, but could ultimately be the typical automotive lip service. From what this sounds like, Honda is planning to actually produce a version of the EV-STER Concept that has been rumored to hit 60 mph in just 5 seconds and have a total electric range of 100 miles – okay, so maybe it’s a little cooler than the Metro LSi, but still not an S2000 replacement.

Given Honda’s tendency to let models hover in Asia for a while before releasing them worldwide, we anticipate that this new roadster will make its way to the U.S. after about two or three successful years. If it fails in the Japanese market, Honda will simply fold it up and act like it never happened.

Now for the big question; what will Honda name this new roadster? Will it bring back the much maligned Del Sol name or maybe finally cater to the purists that want the CRX name back so badly that they can taste it? We doubt that either name will make a comeback, but it would be kind of cool to see the CRX name again. The Del Sol, eh, not so much…

Stay tuned!

Click past the jump to read the full summary of the speech.

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More details on the future Honda S2000

More details on the future Honda S2000

After Honda announced that the S2000 small roadster would be dropped, rumors started to circulate abouta successor for it. Today the British magazine AutoCar is offering new details on the future generation S2000. It will be a mid-engined, rear-drive model, most likely featuring a hybrid powertrain. The car will make its official debut in 2014.

The new S2000 will be based on a modified version of the Jazz platform. Rumors of the new S2000 being a hybrid model started because of Honda’s design chief, Nobuki Ebisawa who apparently sparked their curiousity about future hybrid models when he began talking about the new CR-Z: "That car is only one shape of Honda’s hybrid sports cars in the current age." So it is expected that the new S2000 will feature a larger petrol engine than the CR-Z’s unit combined with an electric motor. Featuring an aluminum construction, the new S2000 will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in only 6 seconds.

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Honda brings S2000 hybrid replacement in 2012

Honda brings S2000 hybrid replacement in 2012

The unfortunate demise of Honda’s light weight rear wheel drive roadster has sparked a tremendous amount of interest from driving enthusiasts about an S2000 successor, well good news, the Japanese automaker is planning on bringing a new fun to drive vehicle to market and it could be as early as 2012. However, according to the latest rumors about the new Honda, the only thing that the future automobile will have in common with the S2000 will be the number of doors.

The original S2000 was praised as a marvel of engineering, the F20C 2.0 Liter naturally aspirated four cylinder engine made well over 100 HP/Liter with the help of V-TEC, this set a new standard for lightweight high output engines that was previously seen with Mazda’s 13B turbocharged rotary power plant. The future Honda sports car will feature a lineup of low emission engines that will be tuned more for economy than for fun. Unfortunately for those who adored the S2000 for bringing back the light weight rear wheel drive sports coupe, the future model will be driven by the front wheels.

Unlike the S2000’s rag top, the successor will feature a retractable hardtop, an added luxury over the previous model, but at the cost of a few extra pounds. In order to compensate for the extra weight, the successor to Honda’s memorable roadster will utilize a hybrid drive train, most likely the same unit that will go into the upcoming Honda CR-Z.

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Could this be the future Honda S2000?

Could this be the future Honda S2000?

With talks of a new S2000 hitting showrooms and despite the Japanese automaker’s release of the Ultimate Edition signaling the end of an era, there are still new car buyers looking for an affordable, attractive and exciting rear wheel drive coupe. Now this isn’t the best environment to be selling sports cars, but the Honda S2000 is such a great car that it would be criminal not to be able to buy one.

The other day Top Speed showed you a wild WRC inspired Subaru Impreza STI. Just like the aggressively sharp wedge shaped World Rally Blue hatchback this take on the future S2000 is equally as extreme. That is mainly because they were both designed by the same guy, he goes by the name Grid, but his real name is Lars Martensson. The Swedish artist is pretty handy with his 3D imaging software and is making quite a mark with these outlandish designs.

From the emblem in the middle of the grill to the headlights that slope back up over the hood, this concept looks like a scaled down Nissan GT-R. So Honda, even if you can’t justify manufacturing a fun to drive rear wheel drive roadster anymore, at least make this car a reality, wrap this virtual sheet metal around a high revving Honda engine with VTEC. A Definitive Edition concept would do just fine.

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2009 Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition

2009 Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition

On Monday Honda announced the 2009 will be the final year for the S2000 roadster. To commemorate the high-revver’s final year the event the company will reveal a special edition S2000 for Europe. It’s called the Ultimate Edition, and we’ll see first in it Geneva right before it hits the showrooms.

The Ultimate Edition S200 is painted in a Grand Prix White exterior color and comes with graphite colored alloy wheels. Inside gets red leather furnishings and red stitching on the accessories. Ultimate Editions will be marked out by their unique numbered plaques on the kickplates, denoting their position in the series.

It will be powered by the same 2.0-liter 9000 rpm VTEC engine that delivers 240 hp. There has been not special edition marked for the U.S. yet, but we’d be perfectly happy even if Honda would drop a few regular S2000s on our doorstep on its way out of town.

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Shed a tear - there will be no S2000 after 2009

Shed a tear - there will be no S2000 after 2009

Earlier this month we got word that Honda canceled the S2000’s replacement. From that we knew the days were numbered for the aging high-revving roadster. Now Honda has officially announced that 2009 will be the last year for the S2000.

First premiering in 1999, the S2000 had a quick-shifting transmission, striking looks, and 9,000 RPM redline that made it exceptionally great. Although there inernal pieces of the car were reworked in 2004, the car remained relatively untouched for a decade. This allowed the competitors like the BMW Z4 andNissan 350/370Z roadster to catch up, leaving the 2009 model to be reduced to only great.

We’ll miss the spunky little Japanese rocket, and Honda if you’re reading this, just because the S2000 is discontinued doesn’t mean there still isn’t a spot for it in our fleet (please).

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Honda Sports S2000 Modulo Concept

2009 Honda Sports S2000 Modulo Concept

Lamborghini may be in to matte finishes, but it looks like Honda is still in to keeping things a little more flashy. Last week we saw Honda’s line-up at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Now here’s one of the concepts in more detail.

This is Sports Modulo S2000 Concept. This takes the S2000 roadster and wraps it in chrome. Honda also gave the roadster a square-jaw body kit, which alters the lines to almost resemble the Japan-only mini convertible Honda made in the 90s called the Beat.

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Honda S3000 coming in 2011

Honda S3000 coming in 2011

The Honda S2000 has been on sale for almost a decade. While there was a refreshening in 2004, no major work has ever been done on the car. No matter how good a car is (and the S2000 is an amazing one,) it still needs a new set of clothes every once in a while. So after the new NSX and CR-Z are released in 2011, Honda will start to tease us with the S2000’s replacement.

Road and Track seem to have the scoop on this one. They spotted a car at Honda’s R&D facility in Japan that has the proportions of the OSM concept, but with some different skin.

It’s rumored that the new roadster could borrow the six-cylinder engine from the Acura TL in 3.0-liter or the 3.5-liter form (likely changing the name to S3000.) That kind of engine could make 280- to 300-bhp and give a 0-60 mph sprint in under five seconds.

Although this would be a nice addition to the roadster, Honda is not the kind of company that makes these kinds of dramatic power upgrades to its line up. The most likely engine that will show up will be something close to its current high revving four cylinder.

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2009 Honda S2000

2009 Honda S2000

Honda today revealed details about the 2009 S2000 that will go on sale at a price of $34,795 for the S2000 and $36,795 for the lightweight S2000 CR.

The S2000 is powered by a 4-cylinder engine that delivers 237 hp. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The S2000 includes an electronic Drive-by-Wire (DBW) Throttle System, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Maintenance Minder system, standard headrest speakers, an outside temperature gauge and an engine start button. Air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD audio system are standard equipment on the S2000, optional on the S2000 CR for weight savings.

For 2009, the S2000 is available in six colors, including, Laguna Blue Pearl, Silverstone Metallic, New Formula Red, Rio Yellow Pearl, Berlina Black and Grand Prix White. The S2000 CR is available in four colors: Rio Yellow Pearl; Grand Prix White; Berlina Black; and the CR exclusive, Apex Blue Pearl.

Press release after the jump.

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Honda S2000's successor rendering

Honda S2000’s successor rendering

Honda will launch the next generation S2000 in 2010, with sales to begin worldwide starting 2011. The future S2000 will feature a more aggressive design, with a totally new front-end, with bigger air intakes and the high-tech optic units.

It will offer two new engines, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder V-TEC unit delivering approximately 250Hp and a 3.5-litre V6 V-TEC unit with about 350Hp.

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2009 Honda S2000 successor

2009 Honda S2000 successor

Honda will launch the next generation S2000 next year to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary! The S2000 Roadster first launched in 1999 encountered a few changes in its short life time, but none of them being impressive.

The future S2000 will feature a more aggressive design, with a totally new front-end, with bigger air intakes and the high-tech optic units.

About the next generation S2000 there are two kinds of rumors. First one says the 2009 S2000 will grow in size and will be a four-seats convertible that will compete with models like Mercedes SLK and BMW Z4. Not very big changes for this to happen!

The second rumor, and the most plausible one, says the future S200 will be smaller, the same size with its biggest competitor Mazda MX-5 Miata. And we think this is the way Honda will go.

As about its engines, Honda will keep the current one: a 237 hp, 2.2-liter, 16-valve DOHC VTEC(R) 4-cylinder engine mated by a six speed manual transmission.

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HONDA S 2000

Picture what you’d get if Ferrari or some other supercar manufacturer decided to enter into the sub $50,000 market – with all the delightful hardcore snap and sometimes-tiresome din such a scenario would bring in a car. That’s the S2000. It was that way from the beginning, and remains so today, despite getting significant changes for 2004 aimed at making the car’s uncompromising personality more palatable to milder drivers.
Honda first introduced the S2000 in the year 2000, drawing inspiration (...)

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Honda S2000 with Type-S suspension on sale in UK

Honda S2000 with Type-S suspension on sale in UK

Honda’s refreshed S2000 is now on sale in the UK with new suspension settings to make the iconic two-seater more communicative, predictable and exhilarating to drive. The S2000’s handling and performance characteristics have been enhanced by changes to the suspension. The new set-up is identical to that fitted to its Japanese counterpart – the S2000 Type-S.

Re-tuned dampers, uprated springs and thicker anti-roll bars give the car greater stability, agile handling and more responsive steering, to help harness the S2000’s high-revving 240PS 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine.

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Honda S2000 Type S to be unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

Honda S2000 Type S to be unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

Next to the newly redesigned Fit, the CR-z Concept and the Puyo Concept, Honda will also display at the Tokyo Motor Show the S2000 Type S, a model based on the S2000, but featuring a huge spoiler and a new aerodynamic package.

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Honda S2000 Homecoming

Honda S2000 Homecoming

American Honda hosted nearly 500 Honda S2000 roadsters and their owners at the first-ever Honda S2000 Homecoming at Honda’s Torrance, California, facility. Held on Saturday, September 8, the event represented the largest gathering of S2000s to date. Almost 1,000 guests attended the show and had an opportunity to meet Shigeru Uehara, the chief engineer for the S2000 who flew from Japan to attend the event. S2000 enthusiasts also had an early viewing of the all-new S2000 CR before its scheduled on sale date in early October.

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2008 Honda S2000 CR

2008 Honda S2000 CR

The 2008 Honda S2000 represents the purest expression of Honda fun-to-drive DNA with its 2-seat, open-topped roadster configuration and sophisticated front-engine, rear-wheel-drive platform. As a true sports car that can serve as a practical and fun daily driver and also feel equally at home on a racetrack, this concept further evolves with the addition of a club racer-inspired S2000 CR to the 2008 Honda lineup.

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Honda S2000 CR only for the US market

Honda S2000 CR only for the US market

At the New York International Auto Show Honda unveiled the S2000 CR Prototype, a higher level of track-worthy performance and style to the S2000 roadster. the car will go into production and will be available only for the US market as a special edition S2000.

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New Honda S2000 CR Races to Dealers this September

New Honda S2000 CR Races to Dealers this September

The new racy Honda S2000 CR will be available to consumers this fall. The prototype Honda S2000 CR that debuted at the NY Auto Show gained great praise for its “aggressive suspension settings and increased body roll and chassis agility.” Aerodynamically the S2000 CR also features more “sporty front and rear aprons.”

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2007 Honda S2000 CR Prototype

2007 Honda S2000 CR Prototype

The club racer-inspired 2008 Honda S2000 CR Prototype making its world debut at the New York International Auto Show introduces a higher level of track-worthy performance and style to the S2000 roadster, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.
The S2000 CR will be available as an entirely new S2000 trim level when it goes on sale in the fall of 2007. The lighter, stiffer and more aggressive overall design is engineered to maximize the S2000’s potential on a racetrack with the goal (...)

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Race-inspired version of the S2000

Race-inspired version of the S2000

A new club racer-inspired version of the Honda S2000 will take the legendary vehicle’s track-worthy performance to an entirely new level when it makes its world debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 4, American Honda Motor C announced yesterday. Engineered around the expectations and needs of Honda performance enthusiasts, the S2000 CR will be available as a new trim level when the aggressively-tuned vehicle goes on sale in the fall of 2007.
This car will be lighter and (...)

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Honda S2000 Snow Fun

Honda S2000 Snow Fun

Seeing a Honda S2000 drifting in the snow with its top down is like seeing a girl outside in a bikini during a snowstorm- its pretty rare.


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Honda S2000 Type R?

Honda S2000 Type R?

Honda might drop the production of the S2000 in 2008 and introduce a R-Type derivative. The Type-R was originally conceived in 2004, but now it will have more horsepower and less weight for added punch and align more effectively with the Mazdaspeed Miata.
The S2000 Type R model year 2004 proposal (official document from Honda) consisted of: target of 100kg weight reduction balanced engine internals (Type R treatment) Type R exclusive interior air conditioning becomes a (...)

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Honda is working on a succesor for S2000

Honda is working on a succesor for S2000

Honda is working on a possible S2000 successor. The new version will have four seats and shift upmarket toward a more affluent SLK-type audience.
the car has not yet been approved for production, and even if Honda management gives the green light soon, the new sportster is at least two to three years away, so it won’t go on sale before 2009.

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2007 Honda S2000RJ

2007 Honda S2000RJ

Honda participated in 1964 to his first Formula 1 championship, in 2006, 37 years later, Honda launched itself a new challenge while participating in the Formula 1 Championship with a team 100% Honda. The Honda S2000 was
born from passion, and will carry the pleasure to drive to the highest level.

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2007 Honda S2000

2007 Honda S2000

Widely considered the quintessential roadster-style sports car, the S2000 is the performance icon for the Honda brand and combines uncompromising racetrack-ready performance with everyday usability.

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2006 Honda S2000

2006 Honda S2000

The S2000 receives significant enhancements for 2006 with the addition of an electronic Drive-by-Wire throttle control and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA). Widely considered the quintessential roadster-style sports car and performance icon for the Honda brand, the S2000 combines uncompromising racetrack-ready performance with everyday usability. For 2006, Honda builds on that foundationwith significant updates to further improve performance and refinement.

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2003 Honda S2000

2003 Honda S2000

"The Honda S2000 symbolizes the best of Honda’s performance engineering," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "More than just fun to drive, the S2000 puts Honda’s advanced racing technologies into a car that can be driven every day"

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