A two-seat roadster with an 8,900 rpm redline needs to be driven, and to find a 21-year-old model with just over 8,800 miles on the odometer is like getting a mint 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. Rarer than rare, and yet here we are with an opportunity to snatch one up, tool around the curves and divebomb through the hills with reckless abandon.
The Pick of the Day is a 2001 Honda S2000 with 8,804 miles, advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Farmingdale, New York.
This Honda is finished in its original Spa Yellow Pearl with a black-vinyl power convertible top. The black interior features leather sport buckets seats, a center console with an alloy shift knob, and push-button ignition. The instrumentation features the prominent 9,000 rpm “light bar” digital tachometer.
Amenities include air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors and a factory CD player. It rides on 5-spoke 16-inch Honda alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires.
In 1995, Honda unveiled their SSM concept car at the Tokyo Auto Show and on April 15, 1999, the production version of the S2000 was unleashed with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-4 F20C engine that produces a factory-rated 237 horsepower at 8,300 rpm and 155 pound-feet of torque. With simple math, you’re getting 118.5 horsepower per liter without any form of forced induction. All natural, and it uses every bit of its 8,900 rpm redline.
The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and a Torsen limited-slip differential. With a 2,800-pound curb weight, you can hit 0-60 mph in the low 6-second range. But the S200 wasn’t developed for the drag strip. With 50/50 weight distribution, it can achieve .90 g of lateral grip and comes to a stop from 70 mph in 159 feet.
The asking price for this low-mileage S2000 is $44,900. To see this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day