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June 9, 2021

The Honda S2000; everyone's favorite roadster, the PERFECT autocross/race car, and well...the best car ever—one of them at least. While that may sound very biased, and it is, the Honda S2000 is genuinely a well-crafted and thoughtfully layout car that literally every car enthusiast who watched Fast and Furious wants to own one day.

 

2005 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

Well, I hate to crush your dreams but the S2K, as you probably already know (because you probably own an S2K if you clicked on this fitment guide), is priced absolutely through the roof right now, especially if you have/want a Yellow Pearl S2K and/or a CR S2K. All this to say, hold on to your S2K if you have one and give it the love it deserves and has EARNED. 

While the S2000 has a sleek and simple design, wheel fitment can be...well, not so simple. So, I’ve broken down a few wheel fitment options based on the function of your S2000.

Let's dive into it! 

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Quick Links:

- Honda S2000 Recommended Wheel Fitment Specs

- Quick History of The Honda S2000

- Honda S2000 Daily Driving Wheel Fitment

- Honda S2000 Autocross Wheel Fitment

- Closing Thoughts

 

 

Honda S2000 Recommended Wheel Fitment Specs

S2000 Bolt Pattern: 5x114.3mm (5x4.5")

Front Sizes:

Diameter: 16" to 20"

Width: 6.5" to 9.5"

Offset: 35mm to 50mm

Rear Sizes:

Diameter: 16" to 24"

Width: 7" to 9.5"

Offset: 35mm to 63mm

 

READ THIS BEFORE BUYING WHEELS AND TIRES

 

 

 

Quick History of The Honda S2000 

The Honda S2000, otherwise known as S2K, is an iconic car from Honda and has made a name for itself in nearly every sector of the industry, especially in the world of motorsports. And it all started with Honda’s first lineup of S-cars. 

 

Honda S360 Toyko Motor Show

 

Honda's first S-cars were the S360 and the S500 which were presented at the National Honda Meeting General Assembly in the early 1960s.

These cars were the start of what would eventually become the S2000

 

READ: THE BEST JDM CARS TO BUY

 

Honda S360

Photo from Honda Global

 

The Honda S360 was Honda’s response to creating a “people’s car” which was an initiative/program put forth by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1955. Honda obviously redefined what "people's car" meant to them. Nevertheless, this car was badass. Honda also released a mini truck during this time codenamed the T360.

 Despite the overwhelmingly positive response from the public, this badass little 2-seater was never put into production because Honda felt that the S500 would sell better at a global scale due to its larger engine displacement and wider body design. 

 

Honda S500

Photo from Honda Global

 

The introduction of these micro and passenger cars set the scene for the rest of the world that Honda had some cool sh*t up its sleeve; a fun driving experience that die-hard Honda fans and the world would mutually LOVE. Even if it was 20 years later. 

This leads us to the introduction to the S-car that we all know and love; the S2000. The S2000 was first revealed to the public as a concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1955

The world, and especially car enthusiasts, were thrilled to see Honda reclaim its roots in making fun little sports cars. 

 

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Honda S2000

 

The S2K, codenamed the AP1, was officially released in 1999 in the Japanese market and in 2000 for the U.S. market but did receive a facelift in 2004 (the major difference is the engine). It was first recognized for its long, sleek body lines and topless design AND Honda’s legendary F20C engine. 

 

2004 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

The F20C is a responsive 2.0L 4-cylinder DOHC VTEC masterpiece making 234 ponies with a 9,000 redline. This translates to having a top-end power band at 8,300 RPM which, like anything else, has its pros and cons. One of the pros being it was the FASTEST N/A engine (per liter) that was mass-produced at the time. 

Quick fun fact, similar to how Nissan named their Z cars, S2000 originated from the engine displacement of 2.0L.

 

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2000 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

This engine was equipped with an aluminum block, aluminum forged pistons, a specially designed intake for better engine responsiveness, and much more that truly made this car legendary. Not to mention it’s standard LSD and 6-speed manual tranny.

After the S2000s facelift in 2004, codenamed the AP2, it was powered by Honda’s new F22C engine with a slightly lower redline at 8,200 RPM and a little less torque. This was specifically done to dry the tears of the U.S. market because some didn’t like the high rev range (c’mon now…). 

 

2000 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

The Honda S2000 CR or Club Racer was a track-oriented version of the S2K which was released in 2008. Powered by a 2.2L 4-cylinder making 237HP and 162 torque, the S2K CR is a work of art. 

It’s lighter, stiffer, and looks super clean. With a front and rear spoiler, wider wheels, special CR wheels, stiffer suspension, optional AC and radio, a hardtop, and a quicker steering ratio, the CR was meant to be tracked.

This was...is...the perfect track car.  

 

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Honda S2000 CR

Photo from Bring A Trailer

 

The base S2000 still is the perfect race car as well with its nearly 50/50 weight distribution and low center of gravity thanks to its incredibly strong X-bone chassis. 

Wow. That was a lot. But the S2000 is worth talking about. Now, on to the fitment specs you’ve been looking for…

As a quick note, almost all modified S2Ks are going to have rolled or pulled fenders to help dial the perfect fitment. 

 

2005 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

 

 

Honda S2000 Daily Driving Wheel Fitment

If you own a Honda S2000 and aren't interested in tracking it but still want a comfortable daily driver setup that looks clean so you can roll up to car meets and steal everyone's attention... that's cool. I respect that. 

Normally, I would try to convince you to track your S2K, but daily driving a car that was designed for a fun driving experience on the road is completely respectable.

 

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Honda S2000

 

Daily driving setups for a Honda S2000 generally are going to be running either stock suspension, lowering springs, or even coilovers. The second thing to consider here is if you want to run a staggered setup.

Now, generally staggered setups have more of a functional purpose for track-oriented fitments, but some enthusiasts also really love the look of staggered setups. But we’ll first start with a square setup. 

 

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2000 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

The most common daily driving square setups for S2Ks are either a 17x8.5 +35mm running a 215/45 tire or a 18x9.5 +30mm with a 235/40 tire. 

The first option here is a smaller, tucked package all around. If you’re really low, you might have slight rubbing issues in the inner wheel well and/or require some rolled fenders. But, a 17x8.5 running a 215/45 tire is a pretty safe and functional option for daily driving. 

 

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2000 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

The 18x9.5 option is obviously a little bigger and wider, especially running a 235/40, thus providing some more rubber to the pavement. This will actually give you a very slight stretch but nothing like what a lot of stance builds run.

This will also be a slightly poke fitmentwith pulled fenders.

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of rolling fenders, opt for a less wide wheel like an 8.5”. 

 

CHECK OUT TIRES FOR YOUR S2000

 

Honda S2000

 

 

Honda S2000 Autocross Wheel Fitment

The Honda S2000 is arguably the BEST autocross car...ever. Its nearly perfect weight distribution, low center of gravity, and lightweight, rigid chassis design are the perfect concoction to outperform everything in its class. 

 

READ: WHAT ARE THE BEST MODS FOR AUTOCROSS?

 

2005 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

So, what’s the perfect autocross/track setup? For a staggered autocross setup, it seems that most S2Ks are going to be running a 17x7 in the front and a 17x8.5 in the rear.

This will allow for a bigger tire in the back to provide some more grip around the corners. However, you don't want to go too big because the bigger the tire, the more you're lugging around the corners—just something to be aware of. 

As far as tire sizes with these wheel specs, running a 225 in the front and a 245 in the back is a great starting point. 

 

READ: HOW TO SET UP YOUR CAR FOR AUTOCROSS?

 

2003 HONDA S2000

 

Now, obviously, there are going to be some tire and wheel size (and treadwear) restrictions depending on the class you run in, so be mindful of that. 

 

CHECK OUT COILOVERS FOR YOUR S2K

 

2000 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

For a square autocross setup, a 17x9 +45mm with a 235/40 or a 255/40 is a solid setup.

You’re going to be a little more tire showing on a 255 but if you’re regularly tracking the car, that’ll help you out.

A 235 is plenty big as well. You will probably want to roll your fenders especially with a 255” tire and lowered on coilovers. 

 

GET 17X9 WHEELS FOR YOUR S2K

 

2002 HONDA S2000

 

A lot of people also like to run an 18-inch wheel all around for track setups. An 18x9 +45mm with a 245/40 tire or an 18x10 +20mm with a 265/35 is where it's at. 

 

Honda S2000

 

For staggered setups, 18x9.5 in the front with 18x10.5 in the back is a solid setup as well. 

 

Honda S2000

 

 

Honda S2000 Stance Wheel Fitment

If you’re not about to take your S2K to the track and stance builds are where it’s at for you, there’s a few different fitment styles you could go with depending on how “stance” you really want to go. 

Keep in mind for this setup that you’re going to need to do a few things…

- Most true stance builds run air suspension (that’s a given)

- You’ll definitely need to roll/pull your fenders and/or get a widebody kit (depending on your level of stance)

- You’ll end up running anywhere from -2 to -10 degrees of camber (again depending on your level of stance)

- You can go staggered or square, but a lot of extreme stance S2Ks are running staggered setups 

 

READ: STANCE WHEELS

 

2000 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

Modest Stance Setup

A modest stance setup is going to be a fun show car that is still somewhat functional.

You won’t be running crazy camber, but you’ll most likely still see a wide wheel width with a low offset (not always).

Additionally, you’ll have a tucked or hella flush fitment style especially if you decide to run air suspension. 

 

READ: BEFORE BUYING AIR SUSPENSION

 

2001 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

Something like 18x9.5+7mm in the front and 18x10.5 +5mm in the back for staggered setups is pretty common—low offset, wide wheels.  

This particular build shown here is also running -2.1 degrees in the front and -4.1 degrees in the back for that added stance look. 

 

READ: 4 STYLES OF FITMENT

 

2000 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

If you want to stick with a square setup, you could run a 18x10.5 +15mm.

Now, the build pictured below is running 215/35, but that’s going to give you some crazy stretch.

If you want to stay modest with the stretch, you could run anything from a 255/35 to a 275/35 or even a 285/35. 

 

 

Extreme Stance Setup

Go big or go home, right? If you want a super aggressive stance build, these are the specs you’ll want to consider. 

Staggered setups, stretched tires, and camber are going to be friend here.

 

VIEW STANCE S2K GALLERY

 

2006 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

An ideal stance setup on the S2K looks like 18x9.5 +15mm in the front with a 18x10.5 +15mm in the back.

You’re obviously going to have a tucked fitment with some extremely stretched tires.

 

VIEW STANCE S2K GALLERY

 

2006 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

Another staggered stance setup looks like 18x10 in the front and 18x10.5 in the back both with a 0 offset and running 215/40 and 225/40 respectively.

Again, super stretched tires here with a 0 offset for a wide lip that suits stance builds very well. 

 

READ: WHY THE CAR SCENE IS SO SPECIAL

 

2002 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

If you want to run a square setup, you’re looking at an 18x10 with a low offset running a 225/35 if you want some massive stretch.

For slightly less stretch, you could size up to a 255/35. 

 

CHECK OUT 18X10 WHEELS

 

2004 HONDA S2000 BASE

 

 

Closing Thoughts

I hope this Honda S2000 wheel fitment guide helped you figure out what type of fitment you're looking for and the specs to go with that. 

 

CHECK OUT THE S2K GALLERY

 

Honda S2K

 

Make sure to check out the gallery to find even more fitment specs for your S2K build! And once you get your new setup dialed in, add your S2K in our gallery here. 

 

ADD YOUR S2K TO THE GALLERY!

 

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Mugen GP Forged Wheel Bronze Finish Honda S2000 AP1/AP2 17X7.5 +52 Offset 17X8.5 +59 Offset

Mugen GP Forged Wheel Bronze Finish Honda S2000 AP1/AP2 17X7.5 +52 Offset 17X8.5 +59 Offset


The all new forged GP wheel from Mugen. 7 spoke design with vehicle specific fitment. Bronze Finish. Front Wheel Specs: 17x7.5, +52 offset, 5x114.3, 15.8 lbs each. Part Number: 42700-XXA-775B-52. Rear Wheels Specs: 17x8.5, +59 offset, 5x114.3, 16.5 lbs each. Part Number: 42700-XXA-785B-59. Price is for set of 4 wheels and 4 center caps and 4 valve stems. Brand New in Box.

Will fit all these cars:
2001 and Up S2000 AP1 and AP2s.

Description from Mugen of Japan (Aluminum Wheel GP):

This is the flagship model (GP) of MUGEN developed exclusively for Honda's sports cars and sedans. Weight saving around the suspension has achieved a significant advantage of the good handling and braking performance. In general such weight saving might cause weakness against impact and durability reduction.

However, in the development of "GP," since we believe it indispensable to meet the conflicting requirements achieving both "lighter weight and high rigidity," we chose forged wheels which satisfy such requirements. Furthermore, we have adopted a special "spinning process" which requires more work than the standard forging process. The spinning process is to form a muscular structure or "forging flow lines" by adding several thousand tons of pressure on the aluminum material to shape the material.

Furthermore, it is a manufacturing process of forming rims by adding pressure and making it thinner while rotating the rim in the process. As a result, we were able to produce a special rim of higher rigidity and lighter weight with increased metal density.

Also, we have succeeded in increasing the rigidity of the spoke area by adopting a unique configuration of wheel's center section which has contributed to the lighter weight by reducing the wall thickness of the center cap area.

Most appropriate numbers and configuration, thickness, angles, etc. of spokes in order to secure the rigidity and durability of entire wheel were determined through the collaboration among designers, engineers and manufacturing staffs. Various prototypes were repeatedly manufactured and studied in details.

Naturally the hub fitting design exclusive for Honda cars was adopted and we were able to improve the driving performance by realizing a complete combination of wheels and hubs.

Though its design is highly complicated, through the "spinning process" weight-saving and high rigidity were achieved. GP is the high-performance MUGEN 7 spoke flagship model wheel that MUGEN, racing specialist developed.

** Please select Fedex.com Ground shipping only as this is the only way we shipped these.



Below Wheel Spec is 17X7, As soon as I get the 17X7.5/17X8.5, I will update: Use pics as Bronze Color Reference:





















Here's how the wheels looks like on an AP2:

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Heads up!Highlighted items are for OEM wheels, the rest are replacement options

US domestic market (USDM)

– Generation: AP [1999 .. 2009]

– Market: USDM

– Power: 240 hp | 179.0 kW | 243 PS

– Engine: , Petrol

– Center Bore:
front axis:
rear axis: 64.1 mm

– PCD: ()

– Wheel Fasteners: Lug nuts

– Wheel Tightening Torque:

– Thread Size:

– Trim Production: [2004 .. 2005]

Tire 

Rim 

Vehicle's recommended cold tire inflation pressure. It is measured in bars or PSI (pounds per square inch).
215/45ZR1787W |
245/40ZR1791W
7JJx17 ET55|
8.5JJx17 ET65
2.232

OE

235/35ZR1885Y |
255/35ZR1889Y
8Jx18 ET45|
9Jx18 ET55

back

European domestic market (EUDM)

– Generation: AP [1999 .. 2009]

– Market: EUDM

– Power: 237 hp | 176.5 kW | 240 PS

– Engine: 2.0L, , Petrol

– Center Bore:
front axis:
rear axis: 64.1 mm

– PCD: ()

– Wheel Fasteners: Lug nuts

– Wheel Tightening Torque:

– Thread Size:

– Trim Production: [1999 .. 2009]

Tire 

Rim 

Vehicle's recommended cold tire inflation pressure. It is measured in bars or PSI (pounds per square inch).
205/55ZR1689W |
225/50ZR1692W
6.5Jx16 ET55|
7.5Jx16 ET65
2.232

OE

215/45ZR1789W |
245/40ZR1792W
7JJx17 ET55|
8.5JJx17 ET65
2.232

back

Honda S2000 2005 2.0i (ABA-AP1)

– Generation: AP [1999 .. 2009]

– Market: JDM

– Power: 247 hp | 184 kW | 250 PS

– Engine: , Petrol

– Center Bore:
front axis:
rear axis: 64.1 mm

– PCD: ()

– Wheel Fasteners: Lug nuts

– Wheel Tightening Torque:

– Thread Size:

– Trim Production: [2004 .. 2005]

Tire 

Rim 

Vehicle's recommended cold tire inflation pressure. It is measured in bars or PSI (pounds per square inch).
87W |
91W
|
2.232

OE

89V |
92V
|
2.232

Honda S2000 2005 2.2i (ABA-AP2)

– Generation: AP [1999 .. 2009]

– Market: JDM

– Power: 239 hp | 178 kW | 242 PS

– Engine: , Petrol

– Center Bore:
front axis:
rear axis: 64.1 mm

– PCD: ()

– Wheel Fasteners: Lug nuts

– Wheel Tightening Torque:

– Thread Size:

– Trim Production: [2005 .. 2009]

Tire 

Rim 

Vehicle's recommended cold tire inflation pressure. It is measured in bars or PSI (pounds per square inch).
87W |
91W
|
2.232

OE

|
|
85Y |
89Y
|

back

Australian Domestic Market (AUDM)

– Generation: AP [1999 .. 2009]

– Market: AUDM

– Power: 236 hp | 176 kW | 239 PS

– Engine: , Petrol

– Center Bore:
front axis:
rear axis: 64.1 mm

– PCD: ()

– Wheel Fasteners: Lug nuts

– Wheel Tightening Torque:

– Thread Size:

– Trim Production: [1999 .. 2009]

Tire 

Rim 

Vehicle's recommended cold tire inflation pressure. It is measured in bars or PSI (pounds per square inch).
89W |
92W
|
2.232

OE

87W |
91W
|
2.232

OE

back

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AP1 S2000 Autocross w/ AP2 Wheels - CNY SCCA

Honda S2000

Sports car manufactured by Honda from 1999–2009

Motor vehicle

The Honda S2000 is an open topsports car that was manufactured by Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda, from 1999 to 2009. First shown as a concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1995, the production version was launched on April 15, 1999 to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. The S2000 is named for its engine displacement of two liters, carrying on in the tradition of the S500, S600, and S800 roadsters of the 1960s.

Several revisions were made throughout the car's production life, including changes to the engine, gearbox, suspension, interior and exterior. Officially two variants exist: the initial launch model was given the chassis code AP1; though cosmetically similar, the facelifted version, known as the AP2 in North America and Japan, incorporated significant changes to the drivetrain and suspension. Production of the S2000 ceased on August 19th 2009.

The Honda S2000 was notable for its exceptional specific power output of about 124 hp per litre, or about two horsepower per cubic inch, the highest of any mass production, naturally aspirated engined car.[2]

Concept car[edit]

The X-bone frame (yellow) used in the construction of the S2000 chassis

Introduced at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show,[3][4] the Honda Sport Study Model concept car was the design study for the production version of the S2000. The SSM was a rear-wheel-drive roadster powered by a 2.0 L (122 cu in) inline five-cylinder engine. It featured a rigid 'high X-bone frame' which Honda claimed improved the vehicle's rigidity and collision safety.[5] The concept car was constructed with aluminum body panels and featured a 50:50 weight distribution.[6]

The SSM appeared in many automotive shows for several years afterwards, hinting at the possibility of a production version, which Honda announced in 1999.

AP1 - 1999–2003[edit]

Motor vehicle

Honda S2000 (AP1)
Year 2000 Honda S 2000 (9934080094).jpg
Production1999–2003
AssemblyTakanezawa R&D Plant, Takanezawa, Tochigi, Japan
Engine2.0 L F20CI4
Transmission6-speed manual
Wheelbase2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Length4,120 mm (162.2 in)
Width1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Height1,285 mm (50.6 in)
Curb weight1,274 kg (2,809 lb)

The S2000 was introduced in 1999 for the 2000 model year and was given the chassis designation of "AP1". It features a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout with power delivered by a 1,997 cc (122 cu in) inline four-cylinderDOHC-VTEC engine. The engine (codenamed F20C) generates power outputs of 177–184 kW (241–250 PS; 237–247 hp), and 208–218 N⋅m (153–161 lbf⋅ft) of torque depending on the target market.[7] The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and Torsenlimited slip differential. The S2000 achieved what Honda claimed as the highest specific output of a normally aspirated production automobile engine in the world. The most powerful version; the JDM F20C was rated at 184 kW (250 PS; 247 hp) or 92 kW (125 PS; 123 hp) per litre as a result of a higher 11.7:1 compression ratio.[8]

2004 AP2 and 2000 AP1 model S2000s from above—the AP1 has OEM front lip, side strakes, and rear spoiler.

Notable features include independent double wishbone suspension, electrically assisted steering and integrated roll hoops. The car had 16 in (41 cm) wheels with Bridgestone Potenza S-02 tyres equipped. The compact and lightweight engine, mounted entirely behind the front axle, allow the S2000 to achieve a 50:50 front/rear weight distribution and lower rotational inertia. An electrically powered vinyl top with internal cloth lining and plastic rear window was standard, with an aluminum hardtop available as an optional extra (in 2001). Honda initially offered the S2000 in Berlina Black, New Formula Red, Grand Prix White, and Silverstone Metallic exterior colours in the US domestic market.

The 2001 model was largely unchanged; Honda added a digital clock to the radio display and made the rear wind blocker standard. Honda also added Spa Yellow exterior colour to the US domestic market lineup. For the 2002 model year, suspension settings were revised and the plastic rear window was replaced by a glass unit incorporating an electric defroster. Other updates included slightly revised tail lamps with chrome rings, an upgraded radio with separate tweeters, a leather-wrapped gearshift knob, leatherette console cover and a revised engine control unit. Honda added Suzuka Blue Metallic and Sebring Silver Metallic exterior colours to the US domestic market lineup.

The AP1 was manufactured up to 2003 at Honda's Takanezawa plant, alongside the NSX and Insight hybrid.[9]

Type V (Japan - 2000)[edit]

Honda announced the S2000 Type V on July 7, 2000 in the Japanese domestic market. Notable changes from the standard model include variable gear ratio steering (VGS), a steering system that continuously changes steering ratio based upon vehicle speed and steering angle to provide improved handling as well as more comfortable maneuvering in tight low-speed situations such as parking. It was the first system of its kind to be incorporated into a production car. The lock-to-lock steering ratio was reduced to 1.4 turns (versus 2.4 for the base model). Honda outfitted Type V cars with revised damper units, stabilizers and limited slip differentials to "complement the VGS". Equipped cars came with a special steering wheel and a VGS badge on the rear.[10] The Type V was retired upon the introduction of the Type S in 2007.

AP2 - 2004–2009[edit]

Motor vehicle

Honda S2000 (AP2)
HondaS2000-007.jpg
Production2003–2009
AssemblySuzuka Plant, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Engine2.2 L F22C1I4
Transmission6-speed manual
Wheelbase2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Length4,120 mm (162.2 in)
Width1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Height1,285 mm (50.6 in)
Curb weight1,295–1,299 kg (2,855–2,864 lb)

The 2004 model S2000 underwent several significant changes. Production moved to Suzuka. The new model introduced 17 in (43 cm) wheels and Bridgestone RE-050 tyres along with a retuned suspension to reduce oversteer. The spring rates and shock absorber damping were altered and the suspension geometry was modified to improve stability by reducing toe-in changes under cornering loads. The subframe also received a revision in design to achieve high rigidity. In the gearbox the brass synchronizers were replaced with carbon fibre. In addition, cosmetic changes were made to the exterior with new front and rear bumpers, revised headlight assemblies, new LED tail-lights, and oval-tipped exhaust pipes. Although all the cosmetic, suspension and most drivetrain upgrades were included on the Japanese, Australian and European models, they retained the 2.0-litre F20C engines and remained designated as AP1 (facelift) models.

2005 Honda S2000 (rear view)

For the North American market, the updates also included the introduction of a larger version of the F20C (with a designation of F22C1); this larger engine gave the new model a chassis designation of AP2. The engine's stroke was lengthened, increasing its displacement to 2,157 cc (2.2 L; 131.6 cu in). At the same time, the redline and fuel cutoff were reduced from 8,800 rpm and 9,000 rpm to 8,000 rpm and 8,200 rpm respectively, mandated by the longer travel of the pistons. Peak torque increased by 6% to 220 N⋅m (162 lbf⋅ft) at 6,800 rpm while power output remained unchanged at 177 kW (237 hp) achieved at a lower 7,800 rpm. In conjunction with the introduction of the F22C1, Honda also changed the transmission gear ratios by shortening the first five gears and lengthening the sixth.[11]

2005 Honda S2000 AP2 red/black interior

In 2006, the F22C1 was also introduced to the Japanese market, with a power output of 178 kW (242 PS; 239 hp) and 221 N⋅m (163 lbf⋅ft). The F20C continued in all other markets. The 2006 model introduced a drive by wire throttle, an electronic stability control system, new wheels, and one new exterior color, Laguna Blue Pearl. Interior changes included revised seats and additional stereo speakers integrated into the headrests.

Club Racer (U.S. - 2008)[edit]

Honda S2000 Club Racer

The 2008 model year marked the first time the S2000 was offered in more than one trim level in the United States.[12] In addition to the base model, Honda offered a more track-oriented version of the S2000, distinguished by reduced weight, fewer amenities, and an increase in performance. The S2000 Club Racer made its world debut at the New York International Auto Show on 4 April 2007.[13] Changes for the CR included a lower ratio steering rack, revised exhaust system, black lug nuts, darker colored wheels, clear side markers, stiffer suspension and new Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tyres that were 10mm wider at the rear (255/40R-17 vice the base model's 245/40R-17). A revised body kit, composed of a redesigned front lip, and a large spoiler, were wind-tunnel tested and claimed to reduce the overall coefficient of lift by 70–80%. The power folding soft top was removed and replaced with a Berlina Black hard top (regardless of the car's body paint colour), while the space into which the soft top would normally fold when lowered was filled with additional chassis bracing and topped off with a body-color tonneau cover. Honda also used a CR-unique yellow-lettered spherical aluminum shift knob which rests 12.6 mm lower than the base model's cylindrical shift knob (aluminum/leather wrapped). The CR knob provided a 6 percent reduction in shift stroke, and correspondingly presented a 10 percent higher shift load effort.

CR models were only available with yellow and black Alcantara interiors. Faux carbon fiber overlays on the center console and radio door were unique to the CR trim, as was a peak power indicator light on the instrument gauge cluster, which flashes when the engine is producing its peak power output. To reduce weight and lower the center of gravity, the spare tire was omitted and air conditioning and stereo were offered only as options. Net weight savings without the additional hardtop came to 41 kg (90 lb) relative to the standard model. The engine in the S2000 CR was unchanged from the standard trim.[14][15]Shigeru Uehara, the designer of the S2000, stated that the CR was positioned between the Type S and a hypothetical Type R.[16] However, Honda never made an official Type R S2000 variant.

Production volume of fewer than 2,000 units was expected at launch, and 668 were made for the 2008 model year, representing just over a quarter of the total U.S. production. Honda continued to offer both the standard and CR versions unchanged for the 2009 model year, but with flagging sales caused by the 2008 automotive industry crisis, the S2000 was cancelled mid-model-year.[17] Just 355 U.S. S2000s were manufactured for 2009, of which 31 were CR models. Thus, total CR production over the two model years was 699 units.[18]

Type S (Japan - 2008)[edit]

The Japanese domestic market received the Type S edition for the last two years of production (2008–2009). Changes are similar to the U.S. market's CR edition, sharing the weight loss, a purpose built bodykit providing much higher downforce, bespoke wheels and interior. Although it shares the wheels with the CR edition, the Type S retains the rear tyre size of 245/40R-17 for better handling. A specific Type S suspension setup with improved geometry was designed to enhance the handling, the setup is stiffer but more compromising than the CR setup to suit it better to everyday spirited driving and the Japanese touge experience.[19] The Type S retains its soft top folding mechanism.

The interior is a Type S specific yellow and black Alcantara material scheme (similar to the CR). Leather interior from the standard S2000 was available as a no cost option. The aluminum shift knob with reduced shift stroke is shared with the CR. While the CR is designed to be a pure track car, the Type S is designed for improved handling and retains some creature comforts.[20] Only 1,755 copies of the Type S were made and sold exclusively in Japan. (2007:168 units, 2008:827 units, 2009:737 units, 2010 [Jan-Jun]:23 units)

GT (U.K. - 2002)[edit]

In the United Kingdom, from 2002 model was offered in both roadster and GT trim. The GT featured a removable hard-top and an outside temperature gauge. On-the-road prices of these trims were £27,300 and £27,850 respectively.

Ultimate Edition and GT Edition 100 (Europe - 2009)[edit]

The S2000 Ultimate Edition (continental Europe) and GT Edition 100 (UK market) were limited versions of the S2000 released to commemorate the end of production. Notable changes on both of the cars included Grand Prix White body colour, a removable hard top, graphite-colored alloy wheels with black wheel bolts, aluminium ball gear lever, black S2000 badging and red leather interior with red coloring for stitching on the gear lever gaiter.

The Ultimate Edition was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and went on sale in March 2009.[21] The GT Edition 100 was a limited run of 100 units made specifically for the UK market. In addition to the Ultimate Edition's specification, it features a numbered plaque on the kick-plate indicating which vehicle in the series it is (numbers ranging from 1 to 101. Number 49 was omitted).[22]

Specifications[edit]

1999–2003
AP1 (F20C)[23]
2004–2009
AP1 (F20C)
2004–2009
AP2 (F22C1)[24][25]
2008–2009
AP2 CR (F22C1)[25]
Drivetrain
Engine type Naturally aspirated inline-4
Displacement 1,997 cc (2 L; 122 cu in) 2,157 cc (2.2 L; 131.6 cu in)
Power 177 kW (241 PS; 237 hp) at 8,300 rpm (US & EU)
184 kW (250 PS; 247 hp) at 8,300 rpm (JP)
177 kW (241 PS; 237 hp) at 7,800 rpm (US)
178 kW (242 PS; 239 hp) at 7,800 rpm (JP)
Torque 208 N⋅m (153 lbf⋅ft) at 7,500 rpm (US & EU)
218 N⋅m (161 lbf⋅ft) at 7,500 rpm (JP)
220 N⋅m (162 lbf⋅ft) at 6,800 rpm (US)
221 N⋅m (163 lbf⋅ft) at 6,500–7,500 rpm (JP)
Redline / fuel cut-out[26]8,800 rpm / 9,000 rpm 8,000 rpm / 8,200 rpm
Bore & stroke 87.0 mm (3.425 in) x 84.0 mm (3.307 in) 87.0 mm (3.425 in) x 90.7 mm (3.571 in)
Compression ratio 11.0:1 (US & EU)
11.7:1 (JP)
11.1:1
Valvetrain 16-valve DOHC VTEC
Transmission 6-speed manual
Gear ratios[27]1st: 3.133
2nd: 2.045
3rd: 1.481
4th: 1.161
5th: 0.970
6th: 0.810
Secondary gear reduction: 1.160
Final drive: 4.100
Reverse: 2.800
1st: 3.133
2nd: 2.045
3rd: 1.481
4th: 1.161
5th: 0.943
6th: 0.763
Secondary gear reduction: 1.208
Final drive: 4.100
Reverse: 2.800
Dimensions[28]
Weight 1,250 kg (2,756 lb)

1,260 kg (2,778 lb) (JP type V)

1,299 kg (2,864 lb) 1,254 kg (2,765 lb) (without Air Conditioning)

1,295 kg (2,855 lb) (with Air Conditioning)

Height 1,270 mm (50.0 in) 1,288 mm (51 in)
Width 1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Length 4,135 mm (162.8 in) 4,117 mm (162 in)
Wheelbase 2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Tires Bridgestone Potenza S-02
f: 205/55R16 89V
r: 225/50R16 92V
Bridgestone Potenza RE050
f: 215/45R17 87W
r: 245/40R17 91W
Bridgestone Potenza RE070
f: 215/45ZR17 87W
r: 255/40ZR17 94W
Wheels f: 16x6.5" +55mm
r: 16x7.5" +65mm
f: 17x7" +55mm
r: 17x8.5" +65mm
Brakes f: 300 mm (11.8 in) ventilated discs
r: 282 mm (11.1 in) solid disc

Notes:

  • US: United States
  • EU: Europe
  • JP: Japan
  • f: front
  • r: rear
Exterior Colors (paint code)[29]Model
S2000
CR
Grand Prix White (NH565)
Berlina Black (NH547)
Spa Yellow Pearl (Y52P)
New Formula Red (R510)
Sebring Silver Metallic (NH552M)
Rio Yellow Pearl (Y65P)
Laguna Blue Pearl (B545P)
Apex Blue Pearl (B554P)
Chicane Silver Metallic (NH745M)
Silverstone Metallic (NH630M)
Suzuka Blue Metallic (B513M)

Reviews and awards[edit]

The S2000 has received much praise from critics and motoring journalists and has received favourable reviews from such publications as Car and Driver. Highlighted are the high output of the engine, the high redline, the balanced handling, and the smooth gearbox. User surveys have named the S2000 as a favorite for overall customer satisfaction.[30]

Motorsport[edit]

The Honda S2000 has been used in various forms of motorsport. In the Super Taikyu Series, the car has won numerous championships in the ST-4 class and scored class victories at the Tokachi 24 Hours race.[48][49][50] It has also won its class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours,[51][52] and won at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.[53] The S2000 is popular in autocross and track day events.[54][55]

In time attack competition, an S2000 modified by Top Fuel set the lap record for rear-wheel drive cars at the Tsukuba Circuit in 2008, which it held for three years.[56][57] With further modifications, the car produced tuning car lap records at Fuji Speedway, Suzuka Circuit, Okayama International Circuit and Autopolis in 2014 and 2015,[58][59] while its laptime of 51.762 seconds at Tsukuba set in 2016 ranks among the fastest ever recorded for time attack cars.[60]

In drifting, the S2000 scored several podiums in Formula D during the mid 2000s, including a win at an invitational event at Irwindale, which featured the top 16 drivers from the series' 2004 season.[61][62][63]Tetsuya Hibino competed with a 2JZ-powered S2000 in the D1 Grand Prix series between 2017 and 2018, taking a solo run win at the 2017 Tsukuba round.[64]

Sales and production[edit]

After several years of steady production, sales of the roadster began falling dramatically starting in 2006, and the trend accelerated during the 2008 automotive industry crisis. In 2008, only 2,538 units were sold in the U.S. - a 74% decline from the 2002 sales peak. In November of that year, for the first time since its launch, only 90 new S2000s were sold nationwide during a calendar month.[65]

Production of the S2000 ceased in June 2009[17] and plans for a successor were scrapped in the aftermath of the automotive industry crisis;[66] Honda reaffirmed their stance on plans for a successor for the S2000 after patents and trademark filings for what would be the Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo surfaced in 2015, following the launch of the aforementioned concept car specifically designed for the Gran Turismo series.[67] During the 2009 announcement of the vehicle's production end, Honda reported that worldwide sales through the end of 2008 totaled 110,673 units.[68]

Calendar Year U.S.[65][69]Europe[69][70][71]Japan[69][72][73]Canada[69][74][75]
1999 3,4001,1797,209332
2000 6,7973,9553,422412
2001 9,6822,1971,913401
2002 9,6842,5371,471336
2003 7,8882,095961238
2004 7,3202,0361,087250
2005 7,7801,795981212
2006 6,2711,4741,225146
2007 4,3021,116997123
2008 2,5387091,22865
2009 7956801,12249
2010* 85204221
2011* 5   
TOTAL 66,54719,79321,6582,585

*Note: No new cars were produced in 2010 and 2011; sales represent clearance of residual inventory.
Figures are not directly comparable as they are obtained through different methodologies in different markets.

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