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2007 Honda S2000

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2007 Honda S2000 Review

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Convertibles and roadsters are plentiful these days, but only a handful can truly be called performance oriented. The Honda S2000 is one of the lucky few, endowed with an incredibly high-strung four-cylinder engine born from years of Honda racing experience. From a normally-aspirated 2.2 liters of displacement, the S2000 engine manages an amazing 237 horsepower, has an 11:1 compression ratio and doesn't reach redline until 8000 rpm. Toss in its extremely ridged body and sub-2,900 pound vehicle weight, and the S2000 begins to feel less like a car and more like a four-wheeled motorcycle. Offering more punch than a Mazda Miata and costing less than a Porsche Boxster, the S2000 lets the average Joe have his cake and eat it too.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love the feeling of riding a motorcycle without a helmet, but your balance just isn't what it used to be, check out the S2000. Those looking for startlingly-quick performance and remarkable nimbleness, but with a Honda price tag and build quality, won't be disappointed.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're accustomed to beefy V6- and V8-powered coupes that deliver their peak torque low in the rpm band, the S2000 is not your type of sports car. Another discouraging factor may be that the S2000 does not offer the option of an automatic transmission.

What's Significant About This Car?

No major changes for 2007.

Driving the S2000

Driving Impressions The S2000's engine doesn't have much output until you wind the tachometer past the 5000-rpm mark, a range where most cars begin to run out of steam. With the high-pitched...

whine of mechanical things spinning at high speeds, the S2000 rockets forward and keeps on going to a redline that was once considered the sole domain of high-performance motorcycles.

The car's 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution and extremely rigid structure—there is actually a large visible brace that runs across the floor just in front of the seat brackets—give the S2000 a nearly flat cornering response that allows it to negotiate the corners with sure tenacity, and with reaction that feels as if it's coming directly from your nerve endings.

Big Engine
With 237 horsepower under the hood, the 2.2-liter engine pumps out more than 100 horsepower per liter.

Headrest Speakers
Made standard this year, the headrest-mounted speakers are the only way to really hear your music when both the top and the accelerator pedal are down.

2007 Honda S2000 Details
2007 Honda S2000 photo Interior

The S2000's interior is full of wonderful surprises. After slipping into the deeply contoured bucket seats, you'll notice the big red START button on the dash; look a bit further, and you'll see that the tachometer redlines at an astounding 8,000 rpm. The long center console sits up high, affording you the perfect perch on which to rest your arm while you operate the sweet six-speed manual transmission. The audio head unit is hidden behind a flip-up aluminum panel, safe from the prying eyes of would-be thieves.

Exterior
2007 Honda S2000 photo

The S2000 strikes a very un-Honda like, somewhat wicked pose. When viewed from above, the S2000's flared front-wheel arches and tapered hood closely resemble an angry cobra about to strike: A fitting look, considering this car's performance potential. The power soft-top features a glass rear window that retracts in seconds. Expectedly, the trunk is small, but it's still usable.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every S2000 rolls out of the factory with a 237-horsepower 2.2-liter engine, six-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, limited-slip differential, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), rear defroster, engine immobilizer, HID headlamps, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, XM Satellite Radio, headrest-mounted speakers, leather bucket seats, cruise control, power windows, remote keyless entry and alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

What you see is what you get. There are no factory options for the S2000.

Under the Hood

The S2000's 2.2-liter motor is strong, but only after you get the tachometer above 5000 rpm. This engine is buzzy and some people will think it annoyingly loud at times, but there is no denying the joy it brings when pushed to its limits. We never managed to match the highway fuel economy figure quoted by the EPA, but then again, we spent a lot of time with the tachometer needle above 7000 rpm.

2.2-liter in-line 4
237 horsepower @ 7800 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 6800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26

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2007 Honda S2000 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.7
Out of 10

Based on 383 Ratings for the 2000 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.8/10
    Quality
    9.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.9/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

THE best sports car for the money!

By on Thursday, February 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 203,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2001 has over 200,000 miles on it and still runs like a top. Fast, fun and reliable. In my opinion, it was the last of the true sports cars that almost anyone can afford to own."

Best care i ever owned.

By on Monday, December 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 181,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fast, handles like a scalpal."

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"181,000 miles never even had to change a light bulb,on my third clutch witch in normal, should have been 2 but got a defective pressure plate on the first replacement. Car is still @ 90% of what it was as new."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Race car wearing a license plate

By on Saturday, November 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Absolutely a blast when the V-tec power surge hits"

Cons: "Firm ride."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"As close to an outright racing machine as can be licensed for the street. While it's not going to beat a Cayman/Boxter in S trim, the S2000 will accelerate and corner with the Boxter-Cayman regular trim versions. But here's the good news - the S2000 does it for thousands $$$ less and with absolute reliability that Boxter is lacking. There is a price for the S's precision and absolutely-connected-to-the-road dynamics - a little harshness begins to wear on driver/passenger as America's roads break down from $neglect$. The S2000 engine is smooth off-idle, and with cams operating roller-equipped "fingers" that then operate valves, valve noise is reduced both at idle, under hard acceleration and at 70-80 MPH. Factory muffler sound level is fairly quiet but rises to a nice growl under full throttle, settling back to a mild "purr" at cruise. My slightly modified mufflers - the "UK" mod for the knowledgable - never sound like a four cylinder putt-putt, but like a highly tuned motorcycle. Car & Driver, etc, remark that the S2000 transmission is simply the slickest shifting trans. Period. Slick. Shift it with your fingers. The best. Am I understood? Fabulous shifter. Porsche hide your head in shame! What is bad - seats are snug if you are packing too much bulk in the backside. Top up headroom gets tight at 6' 2". Otherwise, it's the firm ride on America's failing roads. And finally, the '05 S2000 is the pinnacle of Honda's once-fabulous reliability."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best Sports Car Ever???

By on Friday, October 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,750

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Street legal Go-Cart built for 2"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Before you look to buy an S2000, figure out what you are really looking for: Want a car that drivers like a BMW? Buy a BMW. Want a car that's fun, reliable, enjoyable to drive on errands or to take to the beach? Buy a Miata. Want a shot of adrenaline that lasts for hours, find an S2000. It is scary fast. It handles like it is on rails. To sum up the limitations of this car is to simply look in the mirror; the car doesn't fail, the driver runs out of talent. And on top of all these gushing compliments is the best one of all - It is as reliable, well built, cheap to maintain and easy to service as a Honda. I've owned my 2004 with 40,000 miles for 4 years and my maintenance has been annual $56 oil changes . . . Other than having it detailed and filling it with gas, it hasn't needed anything else."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Excellent sports car, great handling, reliable.

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great handling, powerful, reliable, comfortable"

Cons: "Noisey, stiff riding, tight interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Excellent seat-of-the-pants sports car. Handles extremely well, powerful, tight but comfortable interior. Rock solid reliability with zero quality problems. Easy to work on (oil changes) and great access to all mechanical components. Engine a little buzzy with the top up but much quieter with the top down. Very powerful but lacking good torque. A Mazda Miata on steroids!"

4 people out of 12 found this review helpful

If you love a sports car this is it

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "A real, affordable sports car"

Cons: "Not for the BMW sport car crowd"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

track time or curvey road time is the best in a S2K

"If you love to drive, enjoy shifting and thrive on road trips, this don't get no better. The interior fits like a gloved: the seats and interior will not accommodate very tall or overweight people. The car was designed by Honda Formula One folks and it shows in spades. Had the car since 2003 and still can't get enough of driving it!"

25 people out of 36 found this review helpful

track time or curvey road time is the best in a S2K

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