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2009 Honda S2000

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2009 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 2009 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 and doesn't reach redline until 8000 rpm. Toss in its extremely rigid 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 MX-5 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 2009 Honda 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.

What's New for 2009

No major changes for 2009.

Driving the S2000

Driving Impressions The 2009 Honda 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 the engine 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, well-calibrated suspension tuning 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 behavior and extremely crisp response that allows it to negotiate the corners with sure tenacity, with reaction that feels as if it's coming directly from your nerve endings.

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

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

2009 Honda S2000 Details
2009 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

The 2009 Honda 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. CR models include an aerodynamic body kit, a factory-tuned track-oriented suspension, lift-reducing front and rear spoilers and a removable aluminum hard top in place of the conventional cloth top.

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. The CR trim adds a removable aluminum hardtop, body kit, additional structural bracing, wider rear tires and a "peak power indicator" meter. To help reduce weight, air conditioning and the factory stereo are optional on the CR trim.

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: 18/25

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2009 Honda S2000 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.7
Out of 10

Based on 360 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
    9.8/10

Possibly the best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "See statement above"

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

"In the past I have owned a '51 Jag XK120, a '68 Corvette (435 Hp 427 and a '51 MGTD. Considering value, performance, enjoyment in driving and handling the 2005 Honda S2000 tops them all. Since my 1st car in 1952 I have owned 32 cars, 6 motorcycles and 15 Motorhomes. The S2000 tops them all to me."

Love This Car!

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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

Pros: "Fast, you feel one with the car, eye-catching"

Cons: "No clock"

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

"I purchased this car in 2001 with 1500 miles on it. It is fast and so much fun to drive. It has only been driven in the summer (as you can see from the mileage) and is in great shape."

BEST car ever owned, fun to drive!!!

By on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

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
9/10

Pros: "FUNNN! Quality, value"

Cons: "out-dated stock radio."

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

"Have had this for 2 years and love it. When pushed, it does not hold back or feel overwhelmed. Honda did an amazing job and need to bring cars like this back."

Most fun I ever had in car but verrrry small car

By on Sunday, July 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliability for sports car outstanding performance"

Cons: "There's reason sports car guys are jockey size ,it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Love love to drive it Extremely reliable but very small car unless you little people ,you may want reconsider ,there's reason a hot ,reliable ,car of year ,did not sell in US ,because we are bigger than it was designed for ..with all negatives I would still keep it if it was my third car just don't have that much garage space .."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great value for money.

By on Monday, June 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

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

Pros: "Great price, value, style, feel and spirit 8300rpm"

Cons: "None"

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

"Stock it is a naturally aspirated mid engine sports car experience. But its great car to tune the f22c engine can take higher horsepower and not lose alot of reliability. Im 6 feet 2 inches tall and it feels like a glove feels like an f1 car but with great Japanese ergonomics. No other car beats it in the class. If you are worried about the torque just add a kraftwerks super charger and you should be able to smoke any fool on the road."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Cannot wait til summer each year.

By on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

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
9/10

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

"I purchased the S2000 new in 2004. I store it in the winter, so Spring can never come soon enough. I love the look of the car and it is a blast to drive. Have not had to do anything other than tires and oil changes so far. I'm told it will need brakes in the near future. It is 10 years old but is as solid as it was new, and rides and handles great. It also seems that after 10 years of ownership, it is starting to inch up in value. Love it !!!"

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