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Friday, November 28, 2008

2009 Honda S2000

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For many drivers and sports car fanatics, the Honda S2000 epitomizes exactly what an open-top sports car should be. No where south of a Lotus Elise are buyers offered a car more pure a performance machine.

When Honda released the first-generation S2000 in 1999, automotive journalists everywhere gave it universal praise. Though it is much more expensive than the similar, though much less powerful, Mazda MX-5, the S2000 has evolved over the last several years though stayed true to form.

The only RWD car in Honda's current lineup, the 2009 S2000 carries over the DOHC VTEC 2.2 Liter motor and body style from the 2008 model. Changes are limited to paint and interior options, and a new vehicle stability control system (VSA), which is as sophisticated as cars costing double the S2000's $34k price point. Much to the delight of track racers everywhere, the S2000's VSA system can be defeated.

While it perhaps prices itself above the heads of many of its intended buyers, the 2009 Honda S2000 is as pure a driver's car as any of the major auto manufacturers offer. For those seeking even more, the track-prepped 2009 Honda S2000 CR, called the Type-S in Japan, will soon be available. Read on for all the official details, direct from Honda...

Technical Specification

Transmission : 6 Speed Manual
Final Drive Ratio : 4.100:1
Differential : Torque-Sensing Torsen Limited-Slip
Suspension : Independent In-Wheel Double Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs
Layout : Front Engine, RWD


Displacement : 2.2 Liters
Engine Type : Naturally Aspirated 16V DOHC VTEC Inline 4
Redline : 8000 rpm
Horsepower : 237 hp @ 7800 rpm
Torque : 162 hp @ 6800 rpm
Bore X Stroke : 87.0 x 90.7
Compression : Ratio 11:1