• Jan 26th 2009 at 2:23PM
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Fans of Honda's four-wheeled sport-bike, the S2000, will want to snap one up soon, as Honda has announced that the S2000's ten-year production run will end at the close of the 2009 model year. The high-revving roadster has always had more in common with the company's high performance motorcycles, thanks to it's 9,000 rpm redline and minimal low-end torque. The S2000's abilities to tackle the twisties and assault the track have made it one of the go-to choices for enthusiasts, and with plenty of aftermarket support, it became a prime platform for tuners.

US sales of the S2000 dipped to a mere 72 units in December bringing the 12-month total to 2,538, down from 4,302 the year before. Over its ten-year run Honda has sold 110,000 S2000s world wide with about 65,000 of those here in the US.


[Source: Honda]

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2009 Will Be Final Model Year of Production for Honda S2000

The 2009 Honda S2000 will be the final model year produced of the award-winning roadster, Honda announced today. First introduced in 1999 for the 2000 model year, the S2000 helped define its segment with class-leading handling, engine technology and value. Originally envisioned as a limited-edition tribute to Honda's 50th anniversary, S2000 production was extended in response to customer demand and critical acclaim.

"The S2000 is a sports car designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "It raised the bar for all future roadsters, and it's already considered a classic by many Honda fans."

As a true sports car that can serve as a practical and fun daily driver yet feel equally at home on a racetrack, this concept further evolved with a club racer-inspired S2000 CR trim, first offered in the 2008 model year. The S2000 has been honored with multiple awards through the years, including four appearances on Car and Driver Magazine's coveted "10-Best" list.

The S2000 is sold in 64 countries around the world with cumulative world-wide sales of over 110,000 since its introduction in 1999. Over 65,000 S2000s have been sold in the United States since 1999.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I have been interested in everybody's comments, particularly in those who don't have S2000's. This is not a perfect car, but it is a great sports car. Sports cars aren't supposed to be perfect. They are to give pleasure. I have had MG's, Fiat's. Audi's, Miata's and BMW's. The S2000 is by far the best of all, and in ten years it will still be a great car. This is something you can't say about many sports cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, those sales figures are pathetic, even for the "good" sales years. I can't believe they made the vehicle for this long. But that's what you get when you build such a tiny car that barely fits the average size male. You instantly limit your pool of prospective buyers. While I very much like small nimble vehicles, there is a point to which the cockpit is simply too tiny. And the S2000 interior, just like the newer generation of "upsized" Miata's is just too small. Add in the fact the steering column is not adjustable in any axis, and it's a failed recipe. At 6'2", I fit quite well into other small vehicles including the Fit and even the Hyundai Accent, so I know that a small exterior doesn't have to mean a small interior. No amount of performance can overcome a car that doesn't fit.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Shame. I know it wasn't selling well, but the S2000 is a great little car and I for one will be sad to see it go. The only reason I never owned one is because it's a 2 seater. (I gotta have a back seat. It's for that same reason I never owned the odd-ball BMW M Coupe.)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope to buy a used S2000 soon. They seem to be quite the 2nd hand bargain. I love the idea of having to wring its neck to 8500rpm to get the most out of it. Im thinking it'll remind me of my youth when I had a VW Scirocco, only had about 100hp but it was the funnest car I've ever owned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's pretty remarkable that Honda has stuck with the S2000 this long. Most people I knew who were interested in one ended up with a WRX for a lot less money.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I predict will see it resurface as a Acura model.

      • 6 Years Ago
      In a few years and these cars will become a legend and will have very high resale value (ala 93-97 Supra). If I were I an owner of S2000 I would be sad to see them go but at the same time I would esatic about possible resale value in coming years.

      But besides the resale value I have only driven a S2000 twice ever. First time I didn't like or actually didn't understand the car. The second time I drove S2000 was after I bought my 335. Second time I completely understood the point of S2000 and its beauty. All I can say is that it is more fun to drive a slow car faster than a fast car slower. The S2000 is testament to that. On paper S2000 might be written off due its torque number but on the road when pushed it is the most rewarding experience ever especially around 9k rpm. For me the real fun comes when you know you have got everything out of the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Farewell, the S2000 will be remembered fondly just like its predecesors. True, Honda has let go too long in the tooth like the NSX but it doesn't take away from the fact that it was built for pure driving enjoyment. Something a lot of folks on this forum seem to forget about...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great car. My father bought one new in 1999 and had to sell it a few years later. I loved that car.

      And it's not really that slow in a straight line. MY 2000 did 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds, give or take, I believe. That's not really that slow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know opinions are like a***holes, but here's mine:
      The S2000 really needed a highway gear. I love the idea of running the engine up to 8900 when I wanted it to go well (which is why I looked at older models, not the new 8300 2.2L ones).

      But I don't love the idea of the engine turning 3500rpms cruising on the highway. I don't mind winding it up when I want to have fun, but it should also be practical as a cruiser.

      I also hate having both a start button and a key (making starting a two-handed operation), but I appear to be alone in that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sad that the variety of RWD convertibles has dwindled. It was the only tiny convertible that males could be seen in. 2009 changes to the Miata help some but...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Real enthusiasts don't bother about some yuppie images; only about the driving experience.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The S2000 was my very first sports car, I have excellent memories of it. I eventually crashed it due to loss of control (hydroplaning)... traction control would have been nice.

      It is a very 'green' sports car and maybe the most 'fun' car I've ever had. It is a blast around town, and you don't have to break all the speeding laws to wind it out and have fun.

      I now drive a Ferrari 360, M5, and 135i, and have had all types of sports cars, but will always remember the S2000 as one of the best engineered cars I've driven.

      BTW, it's shifter is FAR better than any car I have ever been in! BMW, you could learn a lot from the shifter in the S2000.
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