Blue Film : Honda S2000

Car Specifications
Engine: 
1997cc, 16-valves
Cylinder Layout: 
In-line 4
Top Speed: 
>200km/h (not limited to 180km/h)
Transmission: 
6-speed manual
0-100km/h: 
approx. 6+ seconds
Power: 
240bhp at 8300rpm
Torque: 
208Nm at 7500rpm
Features: 
  • 9000rpm redline
  • Honda's bespoke platform
  • Super-slick gear-shift

Full Honda 'Modulo' Kit for the S2000
Judging by Honda's current rhetoric, it's seems unlikely that cars such as the NSX and S2000 will continue to exist in Honda's future model line-up. Moreover, production has already stopped for the car so it has 'officially' achieved Classic status!

Modulo boot-lid spoiler and alloy rims
The S2000 ranks right up there with the NSX as the second mass production Honda that doesn't share its underpinnings with any other model in the line-up. In its lifetime, many die-hard Type R fans continued to ask if there would ever be a S2000 'Type R', but they clearly missed the point.

J's Racing Tsuchinko air-intake; Spoon carbon-kevlar spark-plug cover
The reason was simple: the Honda S2000 was conceived from the ground-up to offer as pure a driving experience as any Type R; unlike the other models (like the Civic or Integra) there wasn't a low powered or entry-level variant of the S2000 to confuse the masses (at least until the Type CR launched in the USA and the last of the JDM F22C Type S'). Simply, the S2000 simply was the S2000; nothing more, nothing less. Honda's rear-wheel drive convertible built on a stiffened and supremely rigid chassis (thanks to the brand's X-Frame platform).

Recaro RS-Gs fit perfectly

In stock form, the S2000 had a tendency to be too quiet for the fanatics who got their kicks from a full-on aural-sensory experience. Thankfully, both Mugen and J's Racing (www.garager.com.sg) serve up LTA-friendly exhaust system upgrades for the car here in Singapore.

Recaro RS-G Racing bucket seats with Mugen Racing II steering wheel
Not many people like the look of the J's Racing Titanium 'burnt-blue'  tail-pipe (due to its 'droopy' design) but the sound is still to-die-for, at least once you've gotten used to the interminable drone while cruising. Thankfully, I hear it's nothing a test-pipe (this particular example was running a Toda test-pipe) and freer flowing extractor can't reduce...

Delicious red crackle finish cam cover with the Spoon carbon-kevlar ignition cover
At VTEC, the induction and exhaust ruckus is nothing short of spine-tingling especially since it's augmented by the full carbon-fibre J's Racing Tshuchinko air-intake system (www.garager.com.sg).

J's Racing Titanium Exhaust (LTA-friendly)

Another great thing is, since this is an official import, you don't even have to live with the 180km/h speed cut of the grey imports. And Yes, that's a fact! So you don't have to muck around with speed-cut devices and what-not to enjoy a fast and furious blast down the North-South Highway.

The S2000 continues to offer plenty of thrills. In fact, the official 'export' car available through Kah Motor combines the best in looks from the AP2 (including chassis revisions from the earlier batch of AP1s), yet retains the high-revving and more manic 2L engine (vs. the 2.2L of the JDM car with a marginally higher torque but lower red-line).

with the Modulo hard-top on, the S2000 was a convincing rival to the Z-car of that era, the 350Z
When the S2000 first appeared on the scene with its original 16-inch alloys, the chassis was 'criticised' for being too tail-happy. With several evolutions in 2004 and 2006 (which included 17-inch alloys), the S2000 has turned into an entertaining yet benign FR roadster that offers thrills to both the novice as well as the intermediate/advanced enthusiast.

The cabin is a functional and very tidy affair. Everything you need is within easy reach of the driver, while the 'incidentals' (like the stereo) are easily tucked away when one is setting a FTD around the Sepang circuit. For some weight savings and aesthetics, this car also ditched the standard seats in favour of a pair of Recaro RS-G bucket seats (www.exotictuner.com.sg).

Seat upgrades to the S2000 are few and far between, due to the limited space and design of the centre-console. From the Recaro line-up, only the RS-G and TS-G bucket seats are perfect fits that do not interfere with the door closure or the machinations of the centre console glove box. The slightly larger bucket seats often have oversized shoulder 'wings' that impede the workings of the door or glovebox. Also, a suede-clad Mugen Racing II steering wheel was added with an OMP hub-extender (www.exotictuner.com.sg) to create a perfect driving position for the owner.

But then again, lovers of the JDM 2.2L are very quick to point out that their cars have more torque... but to old-school VTEC purists, Honda cars have never been about the torque but the high-revving shenanigans of the brand's bulletproof engines.

Summary
At current visibility and Honda's gradual shift from genuinely involving motorsports-derived machines, it doesn't appear as though a diamond-in-the-rough like the S2000 (or S-nisen) will be shredding up a stretch of tarmac near you any time soon. The S2000's timeless styling, banzai-ballistic red-line, super-slick gearshift and well-balanced chassis have firmly entrenched the car in Cult Classic territory. - dk
Photos: 
Full Honda 'Modulo' Kit for the S2000
Modulo boot-lid spoiler and alloy rims
J's Racing Tsuchinko air-intake; Spoon carbon-kevlar spark-plug cover
Recaro RS-Gs fit perfectly
Recaro RS-G Racing bucket seats with Mugen Racing II steering wheel
Delicious red crackle finish cam cover with the Spoon carbon-kevlar ignition cover
J's Racing Titanium Exhaust (LTA-friendly)
with the Modulo hard-top on, the S2000 was a convincing rival to the Z-car of that era, the 350Z
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