“tHe best place tO learn Is
at tHe HIgHest level.”
t H e r e e x I st s a d I r e c t l I n e . F r O m t e st t r ac k tO r ac e t r ac k . FrOm One InnOvatIOn tO tHe next. all In pursuIt OF an Ideal.
It is an ongoing experiment begun more than 50 years ago: the idea of using
the world’s premier race circuits as not only a means to fill trophy cases, but as
a testing ground. Of machines, of course, but also of people, using the pressure
of competition to make our engineers better able to create innovative designs
for our production vehicles.
It Is tHe cOllectIve knOwledge OF Over 50 years OF cHeckered F l a g s. O F c O u n t l e s s H O u r s F I n e - t u n I n g p e r F O r m a n c e.
developed at suzuka, long associated with the Japanese grand prix, by the
HOnda’s racIng HerItage Includes Over
very engineers who helped Honda become a leader in racing, the s2000 perfectly
70 FOrmula One ™ grand prIx vIctOrIes.
In 2008, HOnda cOntInues Its rOle as tHe evokes the pride, passion and exhilaration that are integral parts of Honda
sIngle engIne supplIer FOr tHe Indycar ® motorsports. defying conventional limitations, innovations that were honed on
serIes. wItH tHe recent unIFIcatIOn OF
Open-wHeel racIng IntO One serIes,
the track take street-legal form in the fantastically fun-to-drive s2000.
HOnda welcOmes tHe OppOrtunIty tO
prOvIde pOwer tO all partIcIpants In a
larger, mOre cOmpetItIve FIeld.
begInnIng wItH a HIstOrIc
vIctOry at tHe Isle OF man
tt race In 1961, HOnda
Has gOne On tO dOmInate
tHe cOmpetItIve wOrlds
OF grand prIx mOtOrcycle
and mOtOcrOss racIng.
all dIstIlled IntO FOur wHeels and an engIne. IntO tHe rusH OF revvIng up tO 80 0 0 rpm. OF explOrIng tHe lImIts OF cOrnerIng.
s2000 sHOwn In cHIcane sIlver metallIc.
tHe s20 0 0 cr
wI t H I n n Ovat I On as yOur gOa l , tH er e Is nO e ndp OInt. but t He re are mIle stOne s w I t H w H I cH tO m e asu re p rO g re ss.
the s2000 cr is the closest street incarnation to date of Honda’s racing
know-how. Its removable hardtop and corresponding weight savings, firmer
suspension, quicker steering ratio and fully functional front and rear spoilers
all strengthen the indelible connection between driver, vehicle and road.
s2000 cr sHOwn In apex blue pearl.
t w e a k e d , t u n e d a n d F I t t e d tO I n c r e a s e t H e v e H I c l e ’s a l r e a dy l eg e n d a ry t r a c k - wO rt H y p e r F O r m a n c e ,
t H e H O n d a s 2 0 0 0 c r r e p O s I t I O n s t H e l I n e b e t w e e n a u t O m O t I v e d r e a m a n d a u t O m O t I v e r e a l I t y.
tHe rear spOIler’s unIque wItHOut a pOwer-FOldIng sOFt suspensIOn cHanges FeaturIng a cOmbIned Increase
desIgn smOOtHs aIrFlOw Over tOp, aIr cOndItIOnIng Or audIO lIke stIFFer dampers OF 20mm tO tHe rear tIre wIdtH,
tHe veHIcle and Helps tO system, and wItH Its HardtOp and stabIlIzer bars and a HIgH-perFOrmance cOmpOund
reduce lIFt by up tO 70%. remOved, tHe cr weIgHs In at a a HIgHer sprIng rate and a mOre aggressIve tread
lean 2,765 lbs – a Full 99 lbs Increase tHe cr’s pattern tHan tHe base s20 0 0,
lIgHter tHan tHe standard s2000. *
lateral acceleratIOn. tHe cr’s pOtenza re070 tIres
prOvIde super-stIcky cOrnerIng.
a revIsed exHaust sIlencer
gIves tHe cr a tHrOatIer,
spOrtIer exHaust nOte.
*When compared to S2000 standard model. s2000 cr sHOwn In apex blue pearl.
a unIque rear bOdy brace
lOcated beHInd tHe rOll-bar
cOwlIngs Increases tHe
veHIcle’s rear suspensIOn
lateral rIgIdIty by 18% and
vertIcal rIgIdIty by 94%.
tHe steerIng rack Has been deep-bOlstered seats wItH
stIFFened and steerIng ratIO yellOw and black FabrIc are
drOpped FrOm 14.9:1 tO 13.8:1 desIgned tO HOld yOur bOdy
FOr an ImprOved On-center wHIle maneuverIng.
Feel. tHe unIque alumInum
sHIFter Has been sHOrtened
by 12.6mm, resultIng In a
*When compared to S2000 standard model.
s2000 cr sHOwn wItH exclusIve yellOw/black FabrIc.
Five decades of designing and building racing cars and motorcycles has taught
tHe balancIng act OF 51 Honda engineers the value of centralizing a vehicle’s mass. the resulting balanced
weight distribution percentage translates into less cornering pitch, better tire contact
49 precIse cOrnerIng.
with the road, improved directional stability and quicker turns.
set lOw and beHInd tHe
FrOnt suspensIOn, tHe
pOsItIOn OF tHe engIne
and drIvetraIn Helps tHe
s2000 acHIeve Its near
perFect weIgHt balance.
d e s I g n e d tO r e I m ag I n e t H e r e l at I O n s H I p b e t w e e n s I z e a n d p Ow e r .
the s2000’s high-revving, 2.2-liter engine produces power that belies its
displacement. In fact, it has one of the world’s highest horsepower-per-liter
measurements for a naturally aspirated engine. revolutionary vtec ® design
means there’s no compromise between low- and high-rpm performance.
whatever the engine speed, power and efficiency are always optimized.
237 Hp @ 7800 rpm
162 lb-Ft @ 6800 rpm
0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 8000 9000
tO mInImIze drag and
reduce Internal lOsses,
pIstOns Feature a reduced
skIrt area. alsO HelpIng
reduce FrIctIOn are rOller-
bearIng cam FOllOwers.
e n g I n e e r I n g t H at H O l d s t r u e t O a s I m p l e F O r m u l a : l e s s w e I g H t e q u a l s l e s s w a I t.
tHe s20 0 0’s engIne Is
cOnsIderIng Its pOwer
Output. tHIs Is acHIeved wItH
tecHnOlOgy lIke a narrOw
dOHc desIgn wItH a space-
eFFIcIent sIlent-cHaIn prImary
drIve and gear-drIven
the engine block, cylinder head and oil pan are aluminum alloy. the pistons
are super-light forged alloy. cylinder liners are fiber-reinforced metal. these and
countless other tricks, like hollowing out the camshafts so they double as
lubrication paths for the vtec drivetrain, helped us develop an engine that is
as lightweight as possible.
tHe sHIFter Is mOunted
dIrectly On tOp OF tHe
transmIssIOn case tO
Help elImInate play In
tHe lInkage and prOvIde
OptImum Feel wHen
s2000 sHOwn In new FOrmula red.
s I x w e l l- c H O s e n g e a r r at I O s H e l p e n s u r e t H at p Ow e r F lOw F r O m e n g I n e tO w H e e l s lO s e s n Ot H I n g I n t r a n s l at I O n .
gear ratIOs 3.133 2.045 1.481 1.161 0.943 0.763
1 3 5 1 2 3 4 5 6
2 4 6 R
the s2000’s close-ratio gearing ensures strong performance in every gear. shift throws are
short and direct, with double- and triple-cone synchronizers helping reduce the effort. the
limited-slip differential ensures continuous application of power to the rear wheels, especially
when cornering. the transmission and entire drivetrain were designed to be as lightweight
as possible, making the vehicle more responsive and increasing the driver’s feel for the road.
tHe central Frame
tIes IntO dIagOnal a large central tunnel
“x-braces” tHat tHen serves as tHe backbOne
cOnnect dIrectly and maIn lOad-bearIng
tO tHe suspensIOn structure FOr tHe s2000.
dIagOnally braced FrOnt
and rear bulkHeads Help
brIng tHe Frame members
tOgetHer IntO a strOng,
O n t H e I s s u e O F c O m p r O m I s I n g p e r F O r m a n c e F O r t H e F u n O F a n O p e n t O p, w e w e r e q u I t e r I g I d a n d u n y I e l d I n g .
tHe HIgH dOOr sIlls and central
body rigidity is crucial to good handling, but is usually sacrificed to deliver
tunnel add an extra dImensIOn
the fun of an open-top roadster. the s2000’s monocoque body and high x-bone tO tHe tradItIOnally Flat 2-d
frame supply torsional rigidity higher than that found in many hardtopped Frame, dramatIcally bOOstIng
sports cars. the result is super-sharp handling and immediate, direct road feel.
s2000 sHOwn In rIO yellOw pearl.
Fully Independent dOuble
wIsHbOne suspensIOn at
eacH cOrner Features Ideal
geOmetry FOr mOre lInear
respOnse tO drIver Input.
pI c k yO u r l I n e a nd r ac e - Ins pIred mecHanIcs HOld It t IgHt.
as any racer will tell you, quick laps are more about consistent control
than sheer power. the s2000’s double wishbone suspension is designed to
deliver, sharing many features with road-racing suspensions. these
include a compact layout, highly rigid construction, minimal unsprung
weight, a low center of gravity and ideal geometry.
cOIl sprIngs and stabIlIzer
bars cOmbIne FOr superIOr
tHe s2000’s cOmpact dOuble
desIgn results In HIgHer
rIgIdIty and allOws FOr a
lOw, aerOdynamIc HOOdlIne.
IgnItIOn Is yOur
FIrst, but by
nO means last,
tHe sHIFt lever Is cOnstructed
OF a lIgHtweIgHt alumInum allOy,
tO a FOrmula
wrapped In genuIne leatHer.
q u I c k e r r e a d s , w I t H F e w e r d I s t r a c t I O n s. t H e H a l l m a r k s O F a c O c k p I t b u I lt F O r p e r F O r m a n c e.
tHe pOwer cOnvertIble tOp
Is easy tO drOp, and Has a
glass rear wIndOw, tOO. tHe
acrylIc aerO screen keeps
wInd buFFetIng In cHeck.
tHe audIO system Features
8 speakers, IncludIng 4
Integrated IntO tHe rOll bars.
s2000 sHOwn wItH black leatHer.
“we Only Have One
Future, and It wIll be
made OF Our dreams. ”
– sOIcHIrO HOnda
a dream is a
Honda care® is an affordable, view of the
comprehensive vehicle and world not as it is, but as it could
travel protection plan backed be. For 60 years, Honda has
by Honda reliability, service encouraged its associates to aim
and parts. please see your beyond what is currently
Honda dealer for details. possible. all for the purpose of
xm ® radIO 1 progressing human mobility.
blue sOFt tOp * this spirit has resulted in
HardtOp * advances in environmental
HardtOp stOrage rack technology, like the
HardtOp dust cOver hydrogen fuel cell
8-dIsc cd cHanger Fcx clarity, that
asHtray brings us closer to a future filled
cargO net with blue skies. It guides us as
engIne blOck Heater we strive to exceed government
tItanIum sHIFt knOb safety regulations and has
securIty system your dealer’s team of trained led to industry-changing
FrOnt underbOdy spOIler* technicians is at the ready innovations on the ground,
trunk spOIler * to help keep your Honda in in the water, and, with the
wIng spOIler * superb shape. all 2009 Honda HondaJet,™ in the air. and it
deck lId spOIler * vehicles – and any Honda pushes us to use premier race
sIde strakes genuine accessories installed circuits as testing grounds for
wHeel lOcks at the time of purchase – are our ideas. moving
seatback OrganIzer covered by the 3-year/36,000- forward, our minds
car cOver mile new-vehicle limited are open to new ideas,
FIrst aId kIt warranty.4 plus, Honda cars no matter where they come from.
and trucks are covered by because you never know what
a 5-year/60,000-mile limited will be until you discover what
*Applies to S2000
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