those familiar with racing circuits, Honda isn't
just a well-priced, consumer friendly sedan. It's
a blur of motion screaming past a grandstand.
It's power, evolved from years of small engine
dominance and those big, gorgeous "bikes"
that can put even a sports car to shame. So what
could be more natural than a road racing machine
with the thrill of engine roar climbing to redline
territory, superior road control, and a flashy
fanny to boot? It's there. It's real. It's the
The S2000 has been around - as the name implies
- since the turn of the century. (We have no idea
if the numeric designation will graduate to the
teens when we reach them.) But that doesn't mean
it's been idly scooting by on old credentials.
Honda has tweaked and twittled with only good
results since then. For 2006, it adds some nice
refinements, including electronic drive-by-wire
throttle control, vehicle stability assist on
the technology side, and Laguna Blue Pearl exterior,
new alloy wheels, standard headrest speakers and
revised seat and console design among creature
But S2000 is all about domination, the way sultry
Catherine Zeta-Jones owns the big screen in a
movie or the small one when hawking a handheld
communications device. Not as rampantly outrageous
as - say - a Pamela Anderson or Jessica Simpson
in Daisy Duke short shorts, but lusciously refined
in a no excuses kind of way.
because the rear-drive S2000 is an "enthusiasts"
vehicle, according to Honda, based on clean, contemporary
technology, not just the thrust of more cylinders
beating out smoke and roar. Heart of the beauty
is a 2.2-liter VTEC 4-cylinder powerplant that
pours out 237-HP (at 7800 rpm) and 162 lb.-ft.
of launch generating torque, according to revised
you plunk down your mid-$30 K to own one, and
get caught in the thrill of driving, top down,
with the butter smooth short-throw, six-speed
manual trans flying through gears, gripping tight,
hairpin turns with ease and agility thanks to
perfect 50-50 balance, that's to be expected.
No apologies necessary.