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Car reviews - Honda - S2000 - convertible

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23 Feb 2001

The S2000's 2.0-litre engine has the highest specific power output of any normally aspirated production engine

The engine uses new-generation Honda V-TEC design with roller bearing camshaft followers helping reduce friction by as much as 70 per cent

Honda says the new V-TEC design is as compact as a single-camshaft engine

All-aluminium engine and bonnet reduces overall weight and maintains optimum weight bias

Power steering relies on electric rather than hydraulic assistance, while a torque-sensitive limited slip differential helps transfer power to the road effectively

S2000 uses a four-wheel disc, anti-lock braking system, with air-conditioning and electric windows and rear view mirrors also standard

An optional perspex wind-blocker fits between seat headrests to minimise cabin buffeting with windows down

The electrically-operated roof raises or lowers in six seconds

Dual airbags are standard and built-in roll bars are located behind the seat headrests

Alloy rear wheels are one inch wider than the 16 x 6.5-inch front wheels

The S2000 uses a 'high X-bone' frame that raises the axis of rigidity higher than regular open-top cars to increase torsional rigidity and prevent scuttle shake

High intensity discharge headlights offer improved low-beam vision at night

The six-speed manual transmission has a short 36mm shift stroke and uses a triple-cone synchroniser on second gear to cope with the extra stresses imposed on that gear

The boot contains a space-saver spare

Starter button is a novelty

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The S2000 comes from the same plant that produces the Honda NSX

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