Totally agree ^
The S2000 is a fantastic car, but is simply overrated by its owners.
There on comments on how it is a real "drivers" car and how you should heel & toe, and double de-clutch.. come on, we live in the real world here, the majority of these cars were sold to women! have you ever tried to heel and toe in heels? I have not, but would think it to be darn right tricky!
I found the latest 350Z with it larger engine far quicker and usable than the S2000 could ever be.
^ this guy should probably get the auto 350z, he obviously either hasn't driven the s2000 or doesn't know how to. You don't know what you're missing, but that's okay. See you later in my rear view mirror buddy :)
"I found the latest 350Z with it larger engine far quicker and usable than the S2000 could ever be."
Simply not true, do your homework. The 350z convertible is considerably slower because of the added weight, the 350z coupe is about even, maybe a sliver faster.
"This car is a triumph of marketing"
When was the last time you've seen an ad for an s2000?...yeah I thought so...
I just turned in my 2002 S2 because my lease was up. It was the saddest day of my life. This car is and was the most exciting vehicle I have ever driven. Yes, it was bad in the rain, and yes, the gears would grind sometimes between 1st and 2nd, and yes it did get rock dents easily and yes the front bumper scraped on everything, BUT it beat a lot of fast cars. It was beautiful. I never had to repair anything. The motor purred. The top went down really fast and in Florida that means a lot if it suddenly starts to rain. When the Vtec kicked in, it was breathtaking. I loved that car from top to bottom. The trunk was too small, so I put my beach chair in the front seat. It got me a lot of races and looks. I will miss the S2 and the Mercedes SLK350 that I replaced it with, will never measure up.
Danielle Olivieri USA.
When People say Usable, what they really mean is that they wan't to drive 'normally' and expect very quick performance, that's not what the s2000 was designed for! It's designed to be reVVed, if you're not willing to do that, you're not going to get anywhere near the 240bhp being delivered by the Engine!
0-60 time for a 350z is 6 seconds
0-60 time for an s2000 is 5.8 seconds.
The 350z has a Much Bigger engine, much more low down torque, hence why it feels so quick, and in very high speeds it will obviously be much faster as it has Much more power and torque!
People generally tend to think that torque is all that makes a car go fast, this is Incorrect!
A Fast car will Ideally have High Toirque and High HorsePower to sustain the rate of Acceleration, in addition you need to take into consideration gear ratios, power to weight ratio's etc.
Raziel, on the contrary, most people believe that horsepower makes a car fast, which is simply not true. Power is an equation of torque and horsepower, and while I agree with the originator of this review that the instant delivery of an extra 100hp at 6k rpm is not conducive to safe or comfortable driving, I have to say that the answer is also simple. Either; drive it hard always between the 6-9k rpm band, in which case throttle response will be fantastic, or drive it 'normally', under 6k rpm where it behaves just like any other non-turbo 2l, and is easy and safe to drive. You just need to be careful not to cross that 6k threshold with the steering wheel turned.
This is also why they say it is a drivers car, and it really is. If you don't want to have to expend a significant amount of effort and concentration to drive it hard/properly, then an s2k is not for you. People complain about this kind of power delivery, but they need to remember, it is done DELIBERATELY, it is not a flaw.
Lastly, to those who say a bigger engine would have been better, etc, etc, 350Z, blah blah, if you live in certain European countries, owning a car with more than 2litres is prohibitively expensive, making the S2000 the ideal sports car.