Available new from 1999 to 2009, the S2000 was Hondas small rear wheel drive driver focussed performance roadster. Think of it as Honda’s take on the iconic Mazda MX5 Miata, only far more serious.
To many the S2000 represents something of an exclamation point for the golden era of Honda.
When the S2000 arrived back 1999, Honda had been on winning streak of performance cars with the like of the Prelude, Integra, CRX and obviously NSX however with the S2000, they attempted to blend retro-convertible sensibilities with, for the time, high-tech engineering and lessons learnt from an incredible back catalogue.
The rest of the recipe was near textbook perfect sports car, small size, lightweight, a 50/50 weight balance, superb transmission feel and suspension engineering shared with the sublime NSX.
However, this is a performance car and many that drive them can run out of talent rather quickly so checking for accident damage and abuse is absolutely critical.
In terms of the model range, here in Australia there was the single variant across two generations, the original AP1 from 1999 to 2003 and then the revised AP2 from 2004 to 2009.
The AP2, while visually almost identical short of slightly larger wheels and a very subtle facelift, received a host of revisions under the skin.
From adjustments to the suspension tune to mechanical updates and additional features, it is still up for debate if these changes enhanced or degraded the S2000 experience.