2002 Honda S2000
Fantastic drivers car, missile fast, £10000 cheaper than best alternative
Front drivers seat has started to wear on raised ridge by door.
In the dry from 0 to 100mph this car beats almost anything on the road.
My mate has a BMW M3 convertible and this car keeps up with it on country roads - he has tried very hard to loose me.
Build quality and ride are exceptional, coupled with my dealer being great and it made my fifth honda the best yet.
Be warned, I've had this in an icy winter, and it's very difficult. I actually didn't go out on the worst days - but in the dry - oh boy is it fun.
Picks up dents in carparks like crazy - don't know why it suffers from this so much, but it does.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th August, 2003
1st Mar 2005, 10:30
I sold my S2000 because I got totally sick of it in the wet. Granted I'm not Michael Schumacher, but I have owned a TVR Chimaera 4.5 and a Caterham 7 JPE so tail happy RWD cars aren't exactly a mystery to me.
The Honda's biggest weakness in my opinion is the engine. Sure it sounds fantastic and gives excellent performance, but when you're on the limit you need consistent throttle response and power to balance the car, not a 100 bhp bonus ball when the revs cross a certain point. To me it felt like it has 100 bhp or over 200 bhp, with nothing in between. Exciting in a straight line or in the bone dry, but on real British roads in real British weather, not exactly a recipe for driveability.
The Honda's chassis is excellent, but throttle control is everything when driving a RWD car hard, and you just cannot achieve that with an engine that gains over 100 bhp instantaneously when you pass a given point in the rev range.
If Honda fitted a slightly bigger engine with more consistent midrange delivery it would transform the car.