Honda's high-performance S2000 two-seat roadster has gone almost 10 years without a complete redesign. Honda spiced things up last year, however, with a new track-ready package called the S2000 CR. CR stands for "club racer," and the trim continues into 2009. The S2000 competes with other two-seat roadsters, including the Pontiac Solstice GXP, BMW Z4 and Audi TT.
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New for 2009
There are no significant changes for 2009.
The S2000 has a wedge-shaped profile that stands apart from other roadsters. It's built on a 94.5-inch wheelbase and measures 162.7 inches long overall.
- High-intensity-discharge headlamps
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Power-operated top has glass rear window with defroster
- Molded top cover included; body-colored hardtop available
- Integrated roll bars sit behind the seats
- A clear acrylic wind deflector mounts between the bars and helps reduce turbulence
The S2000 two-seater comes equipped with body-hugging, leather-trimmed bucket seats. The range of driving positions is limited because the steering wheel doesn't adjust and the seats must be positioned manually. Storage space is at a premium; there's a tiny bin between the seats, and the trunk has just 5 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
- Net door-panel storage pockets
- Aluminum and leather shift knob
- Aluminum pedals and aluminum-accented footrest and silver trim accents
- XM Satellite Radio and headrest speakers available
Under the Hood
Honda's high-revving four-cylinder redlines near 8,000 rpm.
- 237-hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder with 162 pounds-feet of torque
- Six-speed manual transmission
- 49/51 weight distribution
Safety features include:
- All-disc antilock brakes with brake assist
- Dual front airbags; no side-impact airbags
- Electronic stability system
S2000 Club Racer
The S2000 CR enhances the S2000's already-racecar feeling, as it comes with a specially tuned suspension, added chassis bracing and a removable hardtop to increase chassis rigidity. The S2000 CR has functional aerodynamic front and rear spoilers to increase downforce at high speeds.
Club Racer features include:
- Sport-tuned muffler, but there are no differences in power ratings between the base S2000 and the CR
- No radio and air conditioning, to save weight, though those amenities can be added
- Peak-Power Indicator that flashes a green light when peak power is reached
- 51 pounds lighter than the regular S2000 with hardtop on, 99 pounds lighter without it
- More-aggressive tires, wider rear tires
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|Cars.com Staff||Cars.com National||October 30, 2008|
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