The Honda S2000 is a convertible sports car, also known as roadster, manufactured by Honda
from the year 2000 to 2009. It originated from a 1995 prototype/design study called the Honda Sports Study Model
that introduced a new type of chassis for the company, which would go into production four years later as the first round of S2000 models.
It saw several revisions over its lifespan, the most popular
iteration being the AP2 model of the car which brought improvements to the chassis, suspension, gearbox and engine.
The S2000 was a critical success, though was a victim of fairly average sales. This led to its discontinuation in 2009, with a total of 112,000 units sold through its 9-year run.
The S2000 continues to be a popular model in the tuner market, with several aftermarket companies manufacturing their own custom kits for the car, such as the Amuse S2000 GT1. The S2000's original design made for an extensively capable racing car with the proper modifications, which led to Amuse's creation of the time-trial born turbocharged GT1.
The Honda S2000 was also famously featured in many of the Fast and Furious movies, most notably in the first where the antagonists used black S2000s to nitrous their way into victory at the desert drag races.
In video games
The S2000's first appearance was in Gran Turismo 2
and would be featured in each subsequent entry of the franchise. Other simulation games, such as Enthusia
, would also feature Honda's roadster. Thanks to the tuner scene boom of the early 2000s, the S2000 would also be featured in many arcade racing games that focused on the culture, such as Need for Speed: Underground
and other entries in the franchise afterwards.