You can’t often say that this is a car that changed everything but with a Honda S2000, you can. The whole car is an uncompromised design triumph and at its heart is the fantastic 2-litre VTECH engine that will go all the way to the 8800 rpm redline. It is held in such high regard because it possessed such a fabulous aspirated engine, and its whole design was exemplary with a 50-50 weight distribution, double wishbone suspension and clever ‘X-bone’ chassis.
To top it all it was the most powerful aspirated 2-litre sports car until 2010. It is a true modern classic that is gaining momentum in the market in recent times. The S2000 is one of those cars that has been built to entertain and enthral the driver. It is impossible to drive this little Honda without it putting a huge grin on your face from ear to ear.
The History and Paperwork
MOT’d until April 24
Excellent service history with an almost complete service book
File of past MOT certificates displaying mileage history
Two keys present
New set of Uniroyal tyres recently fitted
Six previous owners
Full service April 2023 at 68152 miles
The vendor informs us if has been garage and only driven in dry conditions
Blue leather seats
Minor wear to seat bolsters which is less than expected for the age.
Blue and black dash and centre console, typical of Japanese design of the time
Electrically operated hood with heated rear screen
Light scuffing to sills on both sides but minimal
Leather steering wheel with some light wear
Some minor staining to the carpets
Aluminium gear knob
Finished in Nurburgring Blue
Some minor crazing of the paint on the nose
Other light scuffs and chips are present but still good for the car’s age
Bright and clear headlamp lenses
Clean boot carpet
Wheels have some minor kerbing and lacquer lifting but in good general condition
Good shine to the paintwork with no obvious repairs
Underside appears in good order with engine lower cover in place
The engine bay is clean and free from any obvious fluid leaks
An aftermarket strut brace has been fitted
2-litre K20 VTECH engine that generates 224 bhp
Standard 6-speed transmission and standard short throw lever
Factory standard suspension with an added front strut brace
Original 17-inch alloy wheels
The Honda S2000 is becoming a true modern classic and is rapidly achieving cult status like its cousin the Civic Type R. That interest isn’t solely for that unbelievable engine but for the whole car and its forward-thinking design. It has all the required components of a true sports car including being front-engined, driving the back wheels and having a superb chassis.
The early cars were a little more visceral and were known for their lively handling, whereas this facelifted model came with some minor tweaks to the geometry and the transmission which helped to calm the propensity to oversteer.
This particular car has been well looked after and is in excellent overall condition for its age. It isn’t without the odd little scuff or mark which is to be expected, but it has low miles and that sensational engine is as keen now as it was when it was built and more than willing to hit the redline. If you have ever driven an S2000 in the VTECH zone of the rev range you’ll know how rewarding they really are. Get yourself some high-revving fun before the prices go silly, you won't regret it.
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