Torque: It's that thing that allows you to launch your vehicle from an rpm under 6000, allows you to keep your clutch, and feels just as good as a a high rpm adventure. Hard to explain, but clutches are expensive to repair. Tire squealing is best done before the 6500 rpm VTEC crossover point. One more thing, 240 horses isn't even that much anyway. I know they are light, but peak horsepower at 8000 rpm is just ridiculous. Might as well ride a weedeater.
The tradeoff is a diesel, no horsepower and all torque, sure you can get decent starts and pull weight, but there is no top end. Its all a tradeoff and it seems like honda made the car good enough to survive those "hard" launches that destroy clutches so easily. Actually, why wouldn't they think of that with the millions they spend?
Not true, the tradeoff is not a diesel. A diesel is the absolute opposite of the S2000. I'm not advocating that everyone drive diesel powered vehicles. I'm just commenting that high rpm launches are harder on the vehicles drivetrain than a low rpm launch. Ask any mechanic, you will see that it is true. There are plenty of V6 cars with well over 200 lb. ft. of torque, and some very close to 300. Maybe your S2000's clutch hasn't needed replacement yet... But, you have to admit, with those high rpm launches, it is just a matter of time.
VTEC crossover is at 6,000 (for a usdm ap1) and there's no mistaking it, if you'd ever driven the car. This car still makes me giddy even after over 6 months of ownership. The car doesn't have that much torque, but it is the most exciting car I've ever driven. It's not a sports car for the masses and certainly won't please everyone, but that's also why I love it.
Update-- I just hit 50,000 miles. Still no problems (of course). It's been 10 months since I bought it and I still love it. It's a little loud on trips 3+hours, but other than that no ownership complaints. I can fit all my stuff from college in it, but I pack light. Sure there are sedans that will smoke it, but nothing for the money (IMO) is more fun!