Like Will Rogers, who is purported to have said he never met a man he didn’t like, we have yet to meet a Honda we don’t like and one real standout over the years is the S2000 roadster which was produced between 1999 and 2009.
Those less than familiar with Honda’s history would be forgiven for thinking the S2000 is the only two-seat roadster ever produced by the company. However, the fact of the matter is the S2000 is the fourth roadster Honda has offered. From 1963 to 1970, the company produced a series of open sports cars whose model designations referred to their engine displacement; S500, S600 and S800.
In similar fashion, the S2000 model designation refers to the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine with which Honda’s fourth roadster debuted. Universally praised as an outstanding sports car in all respects, the S2000 was positioned just above Mazda’s Miata and just below the BMW Z3/Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Audi TT roadsters in the marketplace.
Boasting 50/50 weight distribution, a close ratio gearbox and a stratospheric 9000-rpm redline, the S2000 quickly earned itself a place in the fantasy garage of many sports car enthusiasts. Over the S2000’s model run, Honda produced two versions of the car—AP1 and AP2.