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Honda S2000, Convertible
#485 of 638 Anyone that is thinking about buying a S2000 2006 should get one!
Aug 17, 2006 (7:22 pm)
I got a lot of good information from this forum when I was looking to buy a S2000 so thank you!!!! ....
At the same time, though, it almost scared me off of the 2000. I am so glad I bought one. Just wanted to give another opinion from an xTR3 Sports Car fan looking for a sports car again.
Noise....what noise!!! I almost didn't buy one thinking it was way too loud. You can run this car and the noise isn't a problem with top up or down. Radio is great. It is roomy in the trunk. We travel to the shore every weekend and have plenty of room for 2 small bags, laptops, and a few other items. If you are someone who has been trying to figure out which sports car you should buy....this is the one. It drives like a dream, you get good gas mileage, the inside of this car is comfortable....5'7". Great Seats....
There are a lot of couples out there who always wanted a sports car or had one in their younger days....I loved my TR3. I drove the Nizzan, Miata, and others and I am so glad I decided on the S2000. For anyone who is looking for a great car...this is it! Buy it, you'll love it. We bought a silverstone with black interior. We will most likely store it from November to Spring but we are going to enjoy this car and use it to go to the shore on weekends and not be concerned with saving it. Life is too short, we plan on enjoying it! This is a 50+ driver with no complaints!!!! Thanks Honda for a Great Gift! That's the way we feel!
#486 of 638 Honda S3000 anyone?
Aug 19, 2006 (9:44 am)
Here's a question for you Honda S2000 enthusiasts.
Would you pay $47,000 +/- for a Honda S3000? Specs would be:
- 3.0 liter lightweight V6 with 350 hp / 240 ft lbs of torque; 8,500 rpm redline
- Upgraded suspension, wheels/tires, brakes to go along with engine.
-Upgraded clutch. NO friggin SMG/DSG. The current gearbox/shifter is perfect.
- Slightly more amenities inside (power seats, upgraded stereo, optional nav, but still sticking with the no-nonsense S2000 approach to performance first, do-dads second.
- Hideaway top with a mechanical boot similar to Boxster / 911. Plus a few tweaks to move the exterior away from Miata and towards Ferrari.
Target performance would be:
0-60 in 4.5 seconds (compare to 5.5+ now, Boxster S at 5.0)
1/4 mile in under 13.0 (compare to 14.2+ now, Boxster S at 13.5, 911S at 12.5)
Skidpad 1.0+ g
Retain go-cart like handling, with curb weight of no more than 2,950 lbs.
Although the subject of such a car came up over pizza and beer, it isn't a completely rhetorical question. It was with a business school classmate of mine who sold his company a few years ago and pocketed about $500 million. We speculated that with a couple thousand pre-orders in hand, we could underwrite a deal with Honda to get them to custom produce such a vehicle, in a limited production run of, say 4-5,000 units. It could be the swan song of the S2000.
Any takers? And no, there won't be any rebates, invoice pricing or anything like that. I realize that the high $40's price is a hefty premium over the current S2000, but the car would handily exceed the former NSX in perfomance and be a big notch up from a $60,000 Boxster S. The BMW M Roadster might as well stop production.
#487 of 638 Re: Honda S3000 anyone? Yes
Aug 20, 2006 (2:07 am)
One taker if skidpad performance is attained, car has useable low end torque + 8k RPM, has hideaway hard-top (requires lengthening rear 1/3 of car), and generally hand-made at Japan factory (for their relentless efforts toward defect-free assembly). Would be a great convertible and positioned between BMW Z4, Boxster, Vette, and new NSX (if ever released). Does Honda listen to current and prior owners of S2000s? Good luck and best regards. JKG
#488 of 638 Re: Honda S3000 anyone? [habitat1]
Aug 21, 2006 (7:33 am)
Yes, to everything except the HT. And I appreciate the "no frills" approach with the current car so I'd even go so far as to leave the NAVI out of the options list. Retain the tossability and nimble attitude of the current car (50/50) and it'll be a winner.
I think I'd opt for the turbo-4 from the RDX rather than the say, a J30 but that's just because I like to work for the power, a V6 may be "too easy" to drive...
But sign me up if it ever came to fruition.
#489 of 638 jkgreer2 & anythingbutgm
Aug 21, 2006 (10:15 am)
Thanks for the feedback.
I'd absolutely require it be made at the current plant in Japan - the fit and finish on my 2002 model was exceptional.
On the hdeaway top / mechanical boot, that's not a big deal, but was one of my personal aesthetic issues with the S2000. It looked nice with the top down and the (hand installed) boot on, but I didn't go through that pain in the rear installation process more than 3-4 times in my 2.5 years. I actually forgot to put the boot in the trunk when I traded in the car and nobody noticed.
I think the high revving V-6 would be the best of both worlds - enough low end torque to be easy to drive around town, but a free-revving 8,500+ rpm redline to reward those who like to "work" for power and performance. I'm not throwing out the things that endeared me to my old S2000, just pumping them up a bit.
O.K., only 3,996 sales to go....
#490 of 638 Re: Honda S3000 anyone? [anythngbutgm]
Aug 22, 2006 (9:59 am)
My opinion X 3,996 then... J/K
Come on everyone, put your votes in!
#491 of 638 Beauty Gard?
Aug 23, 2006 (7:12 am)
does anyone know about this treatment? since auto car washes are no good, i've been thinking about getting it for my S2000. Any feedback? Thanks.
#492 of 638 Re: Limited Slip Answer [jatdee]
Aug 25, 2006 (9:54 pm)
although i do not have an s2000 i know of a simple little trick you can do in this situation (this works with any diff but torsen and open diffs benefit more from this technique) in a situation where you're stuck with one or more tyres with no traction (in the air, on slick ice) and the power is all being directed to that wheel, just lightly apply the brakes so that there's something that tyre has to "fight" against to rotate, this "fools" the diffs into thinking that tyre has grip and redirects power to those wheels which actually have grip allowing you to free urself from wherever you're stuck from
this wont work if all your wheels are stuck or if the wheels which arnt stuck have barely any traction at all (like in winter through 5 inches of snow)
and to clarify a torsen differential uses worm gears which can vary the amount of torque between each output side, the gear ratios used will determine the maximum torque split for example a system that can split up the torque to a maximum ratio of 1:10 means the one side can recieve 10 times the torque of the other side, but if one side has no traction at all, and thus cannot put any torque down, neither will the opposing side
an open differential is always 1:1, meaning both sides recieve the same amount of torque, clutch based LSDs have self locking capabilities and WOULD be able to put power down even when an axle has no grip whatsoever, this is because the clutches within the differential litteraly lock up both output axles
given the choice i will still take the s2000 style torsen diff because it requires very little maintenence while clutch type LSDs need to be overhauled if you exploit them too much
#493 of 638 Re: Honda S3000 anyone? [habitat1]
Aug 28, 2006 (10:42 am)
I would not! The current S2000 is pretty close to perfect. A bigger engine would make it heavier and impact the handling for only a modest performance gain.
#494 of 638 Re: Honda S3000 anyone? [habitat1]
Aug 28, 2006 (9:10 pm)
Here's a question for you Honda S2000 enthusiasts.
Would you pay $47,000 +/- for a Honda S3000? Specs would be: [SNIP]
Sorry, but the S2000 is almost perfect as-is and I think you'd lose the flavor of the car with your proposed mods. I paid only $30,000 for a new 2006 S2000 this Spring and when the end of the line REALLY arrives, I'll probably buy another and put it in storage. It's the kind of car that defines the word "classic". Besides the Porsche 911 and Ford GT40, I know of no other current production cars that I'd consider worthy of putting away for my own future use.
What I would pay extra for (another $5000 or so) is the S2XXX:
- Upgraded clutch worthy of what is probably the best shifter seen in ANY current production car.
- Further reinforcing of engine block to allow the return of that 9000 RPM redline.
In the meantime I'll remain content, knowing I'm driving a vehicle that gives me 95% of the driving thrills of Porsche's best vehicles at around 1/4 the cost, yet is reliable, gets good fuel economy, has a surprisingly roomy trunk and is driven by some of the smartest, best looking people in the world ...