Angular Front Exterior View - 2006 Honda S2000 MTEnlarge Photo
So far it’s official; Honda will no longer make any rear-wheel-drive cars and is instead focused on front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicles.
That doesn’t mean that Honda’s rear-wheel-drive roadster is unavailable. With sales of nearly 66,500, finding a nice, clean Honda S2000 shouldn’t be a problem.
The Honda S2000 was introduced in 1999 and it filled the roadster market gap between the Mazda Miata, Toyota MR2 and the Porsche Boxster.
It came with a record breaking 240 horsepower 2.0L inline four that redlined at 8,900 RPM that was transferred through one of the most pleasant-shifting six-speed transmissions on the market. The car would head to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The engine set behind the wheels allowed for a 50:50 weight distribution and became one of the best handling cars in the market. If the driver kept the engine under 6,500 RPM, they could get over 25 mpg on the highway.
The S2000 didn’t change much between ’99 and ’04; the most important was a new glass rear window with rear defroster in 2002. In 2004 the car received a larger 2.2L engine, that dropped the redline to 8,000RPM. The horsepower remained the same, but torque went up from 153 ft lbs to 162.
In 2008, Honda released a lighter, track-oriented roadster called the Club Racer. It came with a wind tunnel tested body kit, lower-ratio steering, a tuned suspension, and the aluminum hardtop standard.
In 2009, Honda stopped production of the Honda S2000. Only 754 were produced for the American market.
Today it’s not hard to find nice examples for sale. Even better, a Honda Certified Pre-owned S2000 can be purchased that comes with a limited warranty. This Laguna Blue example from Continental Honda is $22,495 and only has 14,822 miles on the odometer.
The S2000 has a rumored front-wheel-drive four seat convertible successor, but with nothing remotely in common, the S2000 will at least live on as a popular used sports car.