2009 Honda S2000 CR

Andrew Trahan

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

MITSUMAN1
SORRY FORGOT TO SAY WELL MISS YOU S2000 WHEN YOU GO HONDA IS GONE!!!!!!!!
MITSUMAN1
IM NOT WITHOLDING MINE IM PISS AT HONDA (SHOULD CALL THEM TOYOTA CHASERS)THE CR-Z SPORTY HYBRID WHAT THE HELL THE WORD SPORTY AN HYBRID DONT BELONG IN THE SAME CATAGORY 122HP IS NOT SPORTY. IF HONDA WANTS TO BE TRUE TO THEMSELVES THEN A CRZ SI IS WHAT ITS GOING TO TAKE!!!BUT NOT FOR 25,000 YOU WILL HANG YOURSELF!!!!!!
DamonHill
I've loved my S2000 which is now 9 years old. Ihas been my only car in that time and has alway been a pleasure to drive. Snow tires are a must in winter here in STL. The outstanding features from my perspective are the engine, the great feeling transmission, the super quick powered top, and the excellnt overall design. Steering was good but not as communicative as my Gen 3 RX-7 (however that car could get really scary on bad roads!). The other area where I was a little dissapointed was suspension damping, it was under damped. On one of the roads I would regularly drive the road would exite the system where it felt floaty. Still a great overall car which I plan to keep for years to come. Now it shares time with a Cayman S and still holds its own in some areas (convertible, engine shriek, gearbox feel). 2 Pretty nice rides.
KonaMan
I'm an old six foot something guy and no featherweight. I grew up driving MG's, Bug Eyes, and a cranky 914-6. Today I drive an 08 s2k and love every mile of it. Just made an 820 mile round trip run to Key West and back for the hell of it and the car exceeded my expectations. Along the way I encountered another old guy at a gas stop in a pristine 69 MGB... we chatted, admired our respective rides, and motored on. (He had his top down too unlike the gaggle of z3's and Miata's I saw along the way. He was a real car guy. Funny, I've always quietly thought of the s2k as this decade's MG except it turns, stops, and really scoots, all without all those pesky electrical problems. Honda got it right... I hope they see fit to cobble together a worthy successor for without the pure driving experience of the S2000 we car guys have lost a major player in the the world of cars you have at least got to drive once.

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