2009 Honda S2000 CR

Andrew Trahan

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

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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