It's a shame that Honda can't clean up the interior and perform a minor face-lift to keep this rare masterpiece around for another ten years. The S2000 CR comes with quicker steering than the base Honda roadster, and it is absolutely fabulous. The connection to the road is pure, and it's weighted to inspire confidence. Wonderful! A solid chassis and a tight suspension complement that steering to round out corner-carving goodness.
The hyper 2.2-liter is a key component in the character of lightweight purity, but I can't help to think how much more fun this car would be with some low-end torque. I think I'd be willing to accept a 6500 rpm redline in exchange for a small turbo that pumped a quicker, punchier response into the driving experience. Oh, and wider gear spacing might work with this new boosted engine. Currently, the engine hums at 4000 rpm when you're cruising at just 74 mph.
I'm 6'3" and had no trouble fitting into the cockpit. In fact, the seat didn't need to be all the way back to be comfortable, and the fixed steering wheel position also worked well for me. Thanks to a hard top designed to accommodate helmets, I had plenty of headroom. My only gripe about the position was visibility, having to crane my neck to see traffic lights. But the view over the low and long hood is great, reminding you that you're behind the wheel of something tidy, light, and sporty. And different.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor