Like most Honda VTEC engines, the S2000’s demands a lot of revs before it starts to deliver its best. Peak power of 237bhp arrives at a dizzy 8300rpm. Ultimate performance is astonishing, as is the exhaust note. But even by VTEC standards the engine has frustratingly low mid-range pull.
Honda S2000 Sports ride & handling
A front-engine, rear-drive chassis is the traditional set-up for a sports car and, combined with refined suspension, it ensures the handling is fun and responsive. However, the S2000 can be a bit of a handful on the limit, and especially in the wet. The ride is as firm as you'd expect of a two-seater sports car.
Honda S2000 Sports refinement
Drivers will have to get used to a lot of exhaust noise, but many feel that’s the nature of the beast. If you drop the hood the price you’ll pay for admiring glances is a lot of wind buffeting.