High-revving fun: 2002 Honda S2000 sports car

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The Honda S2000 has a highly advanced engine under its hood

The S2000 was Honda’s entry into the crowded small-roadster market of the late 1990s and 2000s, following behind such sports cars as the Mazda Miata, Porsche Boxster, BMW Z3 and Mercedes SLK.

Launched as a 2000 model, S2000 was nothing less than a technological tour de force wrapped in a roadster package.  The mid-mounted twin-cam 2.0-liter inline-4 engine developed an astounding 240 horsepower without a turbocharger. The high-revving engine was mated to a best-of-market 6-speed transmission.

hondaThe Pick of the Day, a 2002 Honda S2000, is a bit of a unicorn as a two-owner car that has covered only 11,037 miles. Finished in Spa Yellow, the roadster it is completely original with no paintwork or modifications of any kind, according to the Ocean View, Delaware, private seller advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

These lightweight cars are quick and agile, with a claimed 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds and a quarter mile of 15 seconds.   Those are great times for a four-cylinder sports car of the era, especially one that cost just $30,000, comparable to a Mazda Miata.

The DOHC 4-banger is also a screamer, with an 8,900 rpm redline that makes it quite addictive to run it up into its lofty power band like a V10 Formula 1 race car. These cars are incredibly fun to drive and, because of the balanced front-mid engine layout, the handling is fantastic.

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hondaThe S2000 is built more like a luxury Acura than a standard Honda, with excellent build quality. They are also comfortable and everything works, as you would expect from Honda, with comfortable seats and AC that actually does something.

The S2000 was good enough to make Car and Driver magazine’s 10 best list in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. Road & Track also loved the car, calling it, “The best all-around sports car.”

These roadsters are often hot rodded for even more power, and many have been abused due to people falling in love with The Fast and The Furious movie franchise. As a result, low-mileage unaltered cars like this one are pretty rare.

hondaS2000s are starting to get some traction in the collector car marketplace as future classics due to their combination of strong performance, excellent build quality and fun-to-drive factor.

This time capsule S2000 is offered for only $26,900, which seems like a great deal. You can still catch these cars at reasonable prices, but you would need to move soon before they catch on and dramatically increase in value.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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    • I can see that. I have a 2005 Mustang convertible with not even 14,000 miles on it. First I had 2 cars the I got sick and wasn’t able too drive for almost every 5 years. So I can believe it. Especially when you’re sick. I have a 2018 Honda Accord 2.0t sports model it has a little over 200 hundred miles on it. I’m sick and DC don’t drive much.

    • The car was owned by the family of a Honda dealership owner. The car was driven only in the summer. It was stored from 2012 to 2015 when I bought it with 8,459 miles. I have 11,037 miles on it driven only in the mid spring through the summer. It is fun to drive. I also have a 2013 Corvette convertible and a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. So, pick your fun!

    • The engine is located far enough behind the front axle to be considered mid-mounted, even though it is not located behind the seats

      • O’Comon!! It’s NOT mid mounted…..PERIOD!!!
        I’ve been in many pit crews here and abroad, let’s call a spade a spade and get on with it! When you say that you raise many ‘flags’

          • I agree with completely. It’s pretty easy to see if you look at that picture above of the engine under the hood, notice how it’s snugged completely up to the firewall almost seems to intrude into the cabin a bit. Now look at the large external view of the side of the car and look how far back the firewall is from the nose of the car?

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