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Honda S2000 AP1 (1999-2003)
The little S2000 has quite a history on the big screen, starring in fast-car movies, those like ‘Gran Turismo’ and ‘Fast and Furious’. This gives us some idea of the type of car we are featuring here, a high revving, and ferocious rocket.
At around 6,000rpm, the VTEC variable valve timing system swaps cam lobes to allow the F20C engine to take in an extra big gulp of air. This is a car that loves to be trashed; it has to be revved and revved until you think pistons are about to explode, then and only then, do you grab the stick and slice it into the next gear.
As you maintain momentum to keep the engine singing, you appreciate the car’s nicely balanced set up, the engine is tucked right back behind the front axle, for perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
The 2litre S2000’s is nice and slim, it weighs in at 1,260kg, its 4-cylinder engine produces 237hp and 153lb ft of torque; not massive by today’s standards but enough to launch this Honda’s sports car to the 0-60mph time in 6.2-seconds and onto a top speed of 150mph.
Cars built from 1999 to 2003—known as the AP1 generation—are powered by an all-aluminum 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. first manufactured alongside the NSX supercar at Honda’s Takanezawa plant. All S2000s look similar, but Honda did make changes throughout the 10-year production run, resulting in three distinct models.
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