Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda S2000?
Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda S2000?
More seat adjustment.
Better sound system.
2006 Honda S2000 Review:
Let me start by saying the S2000 is a true driver's car. It rewards being piloted by skilled hands, and is not fond of the ham fisted. The six speed transmission is the best out there. Lets get another thing out in the open.....this is NOT the fastest car out there. I'd bet that a Mustang GT could out accelerate it in a straight line. However, once you hit the twisty bits....the S2000 is in the element it was designed for. It can be driven in daily traffic without complaint, but I think is much more at home when blistering down a winding back road. This car has an amazing performance envelope. It hits VTEC around 6000 rpm, and rockets toward the 8000 rpm redline with a quickness. I've had 3rd gear as low as 15 mph with no bogging, and then ripped to 80 before having to find 4th. It still amazes me that it can be driven at low speeds with such ease, and then you have such a top end rush when you want to play. That kind of flexibility is rarely found in anything but a gymnast.
This car was built for one purpose....and that is to go round corners. Forget drag racing it or anything in a straight line, just hit the twisties...keep the revs up and carve apexes. It simply has the right combination of chassis balance/power/grip. It's double wishbone suspension does an incredible job keeping you planted to the road and communicates what is happening at both ends of the car very well. There is little to no body roll in corners. Turn in and mid corner stability are incredible. Even for as tightly focused as it is on performance, it does not ride that rough. You will feel small bumps in the road, but they are well damped and not harsh.
Some say the body is a bit dated by now, but I think they got it right the first time and have not had to make any major changes to the car. I think it fills the gap between the Mazda M5 and BMW Z4. The M5 being a "girls" convertible, and the BMW being more luxury than performance. My car does have the available front fascia and raised rear wing, and I think that really completes the look of the car without being overdone.
Flexibility / Design / Reliability:
This car was designed to be a convertible from the beginning. That being the case, Honda created a extremely stiff chassis that does not have much flex. All the money spent on design of this car seems to be in the engine and chassis. Exactly where it needs to be. Even for as high revving as the motor is, there have not been durability issues. There were a few in the first model years, but that seems to have been corrected when they went to the 2.2 L motor.
The interior is very well laid out. Again the focus is on the driver having what they need at their fingertips to get the job of driving the car done very efficiently. The S2000 has great seats, and the controls are laid out so the driver has what they need close at hand. The only notable exceptions are the VSC and Cruise Control switches are well behind the steering wheel. Not that this is a large problem because there is little reason to ever mess with these to start with. As I noted in the "Cons", having a wheel that tilts and more seat adjustment would be nice to have. It would allow the driver to tailor the driving position to better suit them. Also having slightly convex driver and passenger side mirrors would help with the large blind spot due to the convertible top. The stock sound system is not much to speak of. That is the only area that I've upgraded with aftermarket parts. The convertible top is held by two latches and will go up or down in 6 seconds. Don't plan on packing too much, you only have 5 cubic feet of space in the trunk.
I average between 22 - 27 MPG in a mix of city/highway driving. If mostly highway, it's not unusual to see 30+. For a sports car, it's more than I would have expected. I get my oil changes done every 3500 miles at the Honda dealer using Honda oil. Since the tires are different sizes and directional, they can't be rotated. So I have my alignment checked every other oil change (7000 miles) and I've not had any problems with uneven tire wear. It has a conical type air filter right from the factory.
The S2000 is a very capable, and yet flexible sports car. It's a car that is very easy to live with considering it's performance envelope. It's not a car for everyone, and there are trade offs. The best thing I can say is that if you want a true 2 seat, driver orientated, convertible sports car....this will not disappoint you. After almost a year, I still get a wide grin every time I hit the big red start button and fire it up.
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