2007 Honda S2000

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2007 Honda S2000 Review

By KBB.com Editors

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 New for 2007

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.

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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