• The nearly 9,000 rpm redline, manual transmission, and droptop make this 2000 Honda S2000 a true catch on the Bring a Trailer auction site.
• The S2000-generation AP1 was produced from 2000 to 2003. Later AP2 models lost 800 rpm of acceleration.
• Bids are open for the 2000 model until Monday, February 28, with the current bid on 19,700 dollars.
There was a time not so long ago when vehicles featuring the quadruple sacred to Riot—with naturally aspirated, front-engine, rear-wheel drive, and with a manual gearbox—were plentiful. So much so that, in fact, until now, the defunct GM sub-brand Saturn has had an entry in the clip. These days, this luxury is not bestowed on enthusiasts in search of something new off the assembly line. Sure, there are some great examples out there, like the recent sibling of the award-winning Toyota GR86/Subaru BRZ, but do any of these new machines have an engine that screams its way to nearly 9,000 rpm? But they didn’t, which much freaks us out. Fortunately for us, there are still clean, unobtrusive examples of the AP1 Honda S2000 — like this 2000 model, open to bidding through February 28 on the Bring a Trailer auction site — which, as car and driver It is part of the Hearst Autos program.
car and driver He took the lead in racing the Y2K S2K back in ’99, and to no one’s surprise, we gave him a great review. The obvious thing to praise was the engine, but that wasn’t the end of the story. A solid chassis, 50/50 weight distribution and limited-slip differential made the S2000 a dreamy back-road companion. Its 0.90-gram side grip provided plenty of control when we wanted it, but the Honda’s tail can stick out into the slide if depressed and pushed properly.
As for the transmission, the tight ratios on the six-speed unit mean the driver can keep the rpm higher and in the powerband, and we commend the shifting action is great. But the main event here is the four-cylinder F20C. The S2000 has an adrenaline effect: If your heart isn’t racing after consecutive redline shifts, please seek medical attention. Jokes aside, the intoxicating nature of the F20C is extremely dangerous. It’s a bit noisy, too; We tested 93 decibels at full throttle during testing. A recent comparison? The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 pegged, in our tests, a rating of 93 dB.
This AP1 comes with a few extras: the original set of wheels with all-season tires (17-inch TSW wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires are currently installed), a Koyorad aluminum radiator, rear brake rotors, manufacturer’s literature, and more. . The interior appears mostly in good condition other than a few wear on the outer driver seat bolster and a rip in the carpet. Some recent maintenance was completed, most notably the spark plugs in early 2020, the brake master cylinder replacement, the battery replacement in November 2020, and the serpentine belt just one year ago.
Anyone in the market for a test-drive riot should look into the S2000. With a wailing four-cylinder, a cool transformer, and a retractable soft top, what’s not to like? Well, sure, there are a few things you don’t like, but let’s not dwell too much on the lack of rear cargo space and cabin. what or what he is The catch, though, is that the S2000 encapsulates all the hallmarks of a great sports car — and some lucky buyers will discover just how much fun it has. Bidding runs until late Monday, February 28, and through Thursday is up to $19,700.