• Jan 29th 2009 at 12:30PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition

With the announcement that the Honda S2000 will cease production after the 2009 model year and its successor in doubt, Honda decided to give the high-revving roadster a special send-off before it shuffles off this mortal coil.

The Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition retains the 2.0-liter VTEC-equipped four-cylinder putting out 237 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed manual transmission, but benefits from a new set of wheels and an optional hard-top. "Grand Prix White" coats the exterior, while a red leather interior, color-matched stitching and numbered doorsill plaques sets it apart from the standard model. Honda will debut the S2000 Ultimate Edition at the Geneva Motor Show this March, with sales beginning in Europe shortly thereafter. Honda hasn't announced if the U.S. will get its own version special edition S2000, but if the automaker can save a few bucks that can go towards the development of the new model, we'll be okay with missing out on the "Ultimate."


Honda has announced that the Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition will go on sale from March 2009 in Europe. This limited edition has been produced to mark the end of production for the award winning sports car.

The Ultimate Edition retains its highly acclaimed 2.0 litre 9000 rpm VTEC engine and combines it with a Grand Prix White body and graphite coloured alloy wheels. The shade of the paint evokes the colour first used on Honda's 1964 F1 car and many sporting models since. The exterior colour combination with the dark metal alloy wheels and unique black S2000 badging gives a fresh look to the timeless shape of the roadster body.

The white exterior will be matched with a red leather interior and complimented by unique red colouring for stitching on the gear lever gaiter. Ultimate Editions will be marked out by their unique numbered plaques on the kickplates, denoting their position in the series.

The 2-seater sports car may now be almost 10-years old, but its 240PS 2-litre is still one of the highest output per litre and highest revving engines ever made. In recognition of its incredible power output, the Honda S2000's engine has won the International Engine of the Year category for 1.8 to 2.2 litre engines five times in its lifetime.

As the name suggests, the Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition will be the last version before global production of the model ceases altogether at the end of June 2009. Since the introduction of the Honda S2000 in 1999 until the end of 2008, Honda has sold 110,673 units worldwide - 19,987 of those in Europe.

The first viewing of the Ultimate Edition will be the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show starting with the press day on the 3rd March.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      As far as I can tell, the black badges and the wheels are identical to the USDM S2000 CR's. The shift knob looks identical to the Civic Type-r (which is the same as the CR knob, but with red instead of yellow numbering). The hardtop, as far as I know, has always been a factory option in UK (dealer option in the US). And the 2.0L engine is still the only available engine in Europe.

      And Grand Prix White is not the same as Championship white.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad Honda didn't see value in keeping the S2000 along with meaningful periodic updates. I like the S2000 and have driven several of them. I have also owned Accords for the past 20 plus years. I'm not sure why the S2000 didn't generate more sales. I ended up with a Boxster after driving Z4s and Miatas as well as the S2000. One sticking point for me was Honda's rigid accessory limit. They offer heated seats in a CRV for example but refused to put them in the S2000. The heated seats in the Boxster extend the top down driving season during our often cool Montana spring and fall. (car is stored in winter) I didn't buy a convertable so I could drive it with the top up. Thats why I have the Accord. Some would argue that Honda was trying to keep the S2000 a pure sports car and they interpreted that to mean "bare bones-no options". I don't think the two concepts are mutually exclusive. The S2000 was always a limited production vehicle assembled in Japan alongside the NSX. Unfortunately they marketed it more like a Civic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hardtop s2000 = win
      • 6 Years Ago
      My favorite driving car.

      I'd love to have seen them put a supercharger on it. Might as well go out with a bang, eh?

      A hard top and wheels do not make an Ultimate edition :/
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, the more serious S2000 trackerdrivers with superchargers always seem to end up taking them off. Sure it is great for drag, but if you want drag you should be starting with a different platform to begin with.
        • 6 Years Ago
        unfortunantly, much of any power upgrades requires an overhaul of the transmission. Supposedly the clutch starts to slip at power figures north of ~220 lb ft. So guess a new clutch, at least. With all the proper modifications done though, it can really be a missile.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sad to see the s2000 go. I test drove one with a k20 and it was very fun to drive but I ended up getting a miata because it was a good deal cheaper and has unequaled aftermarket support. Some teenager on my street has a tricked out one and I love hearing it zing by every now and then.

      I suppose impractical, fun, cheap cars are yet another victim of these economic times.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a great car. I've had it for 2 yrs without a single problem. Not one. It's only had the regular service intervals, plus a tire change. It's been to Road Atlanta, 3 autox's, and is also my daily driver. Drive it to the track, beat it up, then go to the grocery to pick up some milk and bread on your way home. No trailers, no wheel swapping, engine tuning, brake pad switching, blah blah blah. Sips gas if you drive slow, and is a monster when you rev it. It's just stupid simple.

      Re: lack of updates, my guess is they never really thought it would be around that long anyway. If you believe Honda's PR, it was just gonna be a special edition in 2000, but then it sorta caught on. Hence the lack of updates. Don't care either way. It's a damn near perfect car.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely love this car, especially in white.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a legacy this car has had....and fitting to see the most beautiful color combination to come out that pays homage to its roots and its simplicity. I have never owned one, but with the recent CR version, I just did not like the added on body cladding...this is like the farewell song for such a unique car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a great car!
      Honda did it right since day one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd love to have an optional removable hard top on the regular S2k, not just the CR model. Soft tops just look cheap/flimsy to me, and there are times when you'll want the top up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can... the standard hardtop can be had for a couple grand. You just put down the soft top, put on the hardtop, and go. Many s2000 owners who are not CR owners run with a hard top during the cold season, and for track days. You can remove the softop in your normal non-CR s2000 pretty easily as well if you never plan on using it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it has had NO major performance or styling upgrades.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who is Honda trying to kid with those "new" wheels? Those are from the last-gen Acura TL.
        • 6 Years Ago
        not quite. look up the 07' TL, those wheels taper down from the center, where the s2k's taper in the center and flare out at the rim.
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