The old Honda S2000 was nice, but this year's model is
downright amazing. It has a blistering new engine upgrade
that promises to deliver even more high-revving action,
plus an attending performance package that knows just how
to maximize the newly revamped power.
Honda's sports car uses a light, compact engine that draws
its inspiration from the racing department of the manufacturer.
Essentially a street-legal race car, the 2004 Honda S2000
has all the accessories you need for high speed driving,
including big, gripping tires and a driver-oriented cockpit.
The 2004 Honda S2000 only comes in one trim level.
The two-door Honda S2000 convertible is a two-seater. There
isn't much cargo volume to speak of, though the trunk will
accommodate medium-sized items. Really, it's all about performance
with this sports car.
With this in mind, the 2004 Honda S2000 is given a cockpit
with a highly functional digital instrument panel. The display
features a large, semicircular, bar-type tachometer divided
into 100-rpm increments. The tachometer flashes red when
the engine redline is reached.
Of course, that's not all. A highly-visible digital speedometer
readout is below the tachometer display, as well as readouts
for coolant temperature, fuel level, trip and cumulative
mileage odometers, plus a quartz digital clock.
The 2004 Honda S2000 convertible uses a power soft top and
glass rear window. It also features lightweight alloy wheels
with Bridgestone Potenza RE050 Tires.
The power mirrors are body colored and the headlights are
high-intensity-discharge as well.
Honda's S2000 uses a centralized design for the powertrain.
Thus, they put the engine entirely behind the front-axle
centerline. This creates a sharper steering response and
more cornering precision. With lower overall gear ratios
for 2004, the new S2000 is more capable than ever.
The improved engine is a new 2.2-liter VTEC inline 4-cylinder
model. It gives the rear-wheel drive roadster better efficiency,
greater combustion and more power for 2004, specifically
in the area of torque production. The results: 240 horsepower
at 7800 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 7500 rpm.
6-speed manual transmission is standard. Electric power-assisted
rack-and-pinion steering lets the driver control the roadster
with a satisfying precision.
In order to maintain a stable, smooth ride at high speeds,
the 2004 Honda S2000 employs independent in-wheel double
wishbone suspension with coil springs.
Safety and Security
Safety features include dual front airbags, antilock 4-wheel
disc brakes, side-impact door beams and an emergency trunk