Beginners need not apply.
Way back in 1999 Honda launched the S2000 roadster, which, despite its appearance, was not a Mazda MX-5 Miata competitor. Never was, nor did Honda ever intend for it to be. What was the S2000 then? A purist’s driving machine that didn’t break the bank. The updated S2000 appeared in 2003 and Honda claimed it fixed the very few complaints owners had with the original. And so it was. The S2000 continued to be sold until 2009. There wasn’t a direct successor for 2010, nor is there one at the moment.
It’s a damn shame because the S2000 remains one of our favorite sports cars. We spent some time with a 2006 S2000 and one of us came very close to buying it (unfortunately, a student loan wouldn’t allow the transaction).
Powered by a naturally aspirated 2.2-liter VTEC inline-four with 240 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, power goes to the rear wheels only through a six-speed manual, the sole gearbox offered. Drivers need to have at least some performance car experience in order to fully appreciate the S2000. Beginner drivers will do just fine in an MX-5. With its 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds, the S2000 is clearly not a supercar. Instead, it’s a performance sports car that’s made to be driven hard and will reward you for doing so. Special thanks to DGDG.com for letting us film the car.