I've been fortunate enough to drive three Honda S2000s during my career as an automotive journalist. Sadly, only the first was a regular S2000 with a cloth top. The CR is, as Joe DeMatio points out, a track star, but it doesn't suit regular roads quite so well. Taller drivers have a hard time seeing traffic signals when the removable hard top is in place. I realize this top is needed to make the CR track-ready right from the dealership, but the best way to enjoy a roadster on public roads is with the top down, and that's always a two-person job with the CR. A "base" S2000 also has slightly softer suspension that does a better job absorbing road imperfections but gives up almost nothing in the corners on the road.
The S2000 will certainly be missed by the enthusiast community. Perhaps the silver lining is that an Acura NSX replacement will be more affordable than the original NSX, which might give the S2000 buyer a place to go in the future. It seems unlikely that an NSX replacement could be as light, nimble, or bare-bones as the S2000, but we've all got high hopes for that car. Perhaps it will appear at an auto show in the next year to give the Honda faithful some hope.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor