Honda S2000 finale

Time 13 years ago

special-model-ends-honda-s2000-daysHONDA’S sporty S2000 roadster will cease production this summer – with a highly collectable limited edition.

The 240PS 2.0-litre rear-drive 2-seater has developed something of a cult following in its 10 years on sale, so the ‘Edition 100’ is sure to be in demand.

Costing £29,086, the model is marked out by its Grand Prix White body and graphite effect alloys. Inside, there’s red leather and numbered 1-of-100 plaques on the door plates.

The astonishing engine remains unchanged. It still revs to 9000rpm, and is one of the worlds highest output-per-litre units. No wonder it’s been awarded Engine of the Year 5 times.

110,000 S2000s have been built since 1999, with 7898 of those sold in the UK. Even with the Limited Edition, then, it’s still to remain a rare model – adding to its cult status.

Honda has its excuse lined up for the ending of production, too. ‘It was only ever designed as a limited edition to celebrate Honda’s 50th birthday,’ said Honda’s head of marketing Tom Gardner.

‘Now it’s time to focus on new technologies and the sporty derivatives these can offer.’

We take that as a clear hint that Honda is planning a sporty hybrid model…

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James is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Dealer Magazine, and CEO of parent company Baize Group. James has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years writing about cars and the car industry.

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