What is truly amazing about the S2000 is the driver/car connection you get when carving up your favorite mountain roads, snick that lever down a gear and you hear the engine scream to 8000 rpm as you start to drift around the corner. You can tune most econo boxes to go faster, but you get all that performance in a stock S2000 with a rag top and a factory warranty and none of the racer boy attention from the law. Plus, add on any aftermarket power boosters at the dealership and everything they install is covered under either the manufacturers or their own warranty. Now that is my idea of smart racing.
And slightly tuning the s2k with an exhaust, cold air intake, chip, you get under 4,7sec 0 to 62 which means you can keep up with Ferrari 360 Modena (4,5sec 0 to 62)... and I didn't even mention the top speed!
"and I didn't even mentioned the top speed!"
S2k's are pretty bad in the top speed dept. Because they don't have enough torque to pull higher gears, the 4 cylinder tends to run out of steam early due to the necessary short gearing.
This car is a perfect example of why horsepower means nothing without torque. Remember torque allows you to pull higher gears, and when coupled with the right ammount of torque, RPM's give you a higher top speed. Horsepower doesn't actually exist, it's just a made up figure to show you how an engine applies it's torque throughout the RPM range. And while this car certainly has the RPMs, it just doesn't have the torque to get to them in higher gears, thus giving it a bad top end.
I have a 1.6 vti, has little torque, but has more than your average 1.6 and flies all the way to 145mph, gets there very quickly.
Unless your car is stripped to weigh less than 1500 pounds, or has a big turbo on it, a 1.6 litre engine cannot physically make enough torque to pull your car up to 145 mph very quickly, maybe eventually, but not very quickly. You would have to wait quite awhile for your engine to spin up to high enough rpm's in a high enough gear to get you to such a speed unless you had a lot of torque or a very light car.
If it's says 145mph on the clock, its probably doing about 130mph. Everyone knows that the speedometer figures on many cars are very optimistic when you get up to higher speeds.
I can see why people crave more torque in these cars as they don't 'feel' very fast to drive due to their low torque. However, strapping an aftermarket turbo charger to a Honda is tantamount to sacrilege!
Honda don't make turbo charged cars because they view turbo chargers to be an inelegant solution to power creation.
I would rather put my trust in the thousands of hours of development that the Honda engineers put into the car.
Surely adding a turbo charger makes an already 'snappy' car handle very dangerously, plus surely you are removing the ability to steer the car precisely on the throttle?