More Torque is Part of the 2004 Package, Plus Exterior and Interior Upgrades

Do you like the Honda S2000? Well, let me put the question differently. Does it do enough for you to personally invest $32,600? As it seems, the answer is no more often than not with the sporty model only trickling out of Honda dealerships.

Its slow sales have little to do with its fun factor though. With a hyperactive 240-hp engine reaching a stratospheric 9,000 rpm redline the little Honda roadster is unlike any other car available.

But while a blast to drive on a racetrack or down a winding 2-lane highway, its anything but fun in stop and go traffic. With relatively low torque, 153 lb-ft peaking at a lofty 7,500 rpm, getting off the line is arduous.

What to do? Honda, usually willing to continue on steadily improving a slow seller that fits its sporting brand image, will update the S2000 this coming fall. Its name will change to S2200, in response to a reworked 2.2-L version of the spicy 4-cylinder. Reportedly the engine, still producing 240-hp, wont rev quite as high as the 2.0-L in the current model, reducing some of its wow factor, but more torque will come on lower down the rev range to make it more tractable for everyday driving.

 

The 6-speed manual transmission will be updated with modified gear ratios too, necessary to optimize the torquier engine.

 

Also, Honda will soften up the suspension to improve ride and enhance handling on bumpy road surfaces.

 

Other changes include mildly updated front and rear fascias, new oval tailpipes, and a renewed interior. Hopefully the red start button stays.

 

What to do? Honda, usually willing to continue on steadily improving a slow seller that fits its sporting brand image, will update the S2000 this coming fall. Its name will change to S2200, in response to a reworked 2.2-L version of the spicy 4-cylinder. Reportedly the engine, still producing 240-hp, wont rev quite as high as the 2.0-L in the current model, reducing some of its wow factor, but more torque will come on lower down the rev range to make it more tractable for everyday driving.

 

The 6-speed manual transmission will be updated with modified gear ratios too, necessary to optimize the torquier engine.

 

Also, Honda will soften up the suspension to improve ride and enhance handling on bumpy road surfaces.

 

Other changes include mildly updated front and rear fascias, new oval tailpipes, and a renewed interior. Hopefully the red start button stays.