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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Honda S2000 Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 Honda S2000 Overview

A Motorcycle with Four Wheels

If you have longed to own a motorcycle all your life, but for one reason or another could never give up your car, Honda has the vehicle for you. The S2000 is more than just a rolling tanning bed, it's a bonafide hot rod for the 21st century.

Let's begin with the performance aspect. Honda engineers drew heavily from the company's racing car division and were able to extract an eye-popping 240-horsepower from a mere 2.0-liters. With a redline of 9200 rpm, the S2000 behaves more like a rowdy street bike than a cute little roadster. Of course, you will have to run the S2000 hard to attain the 0-60 time Honda claims. While the car is quick, power does not come on strong until you reach 6000 rpm, which means you have to push the tachometer right to the redline before you shift. On the road, the S2000 does not disappoint. Its remarkably tight chassis is almost impervious to body flex, making the S2000 a blast to drive.

The cockpit-like interior is snug, as are the sculpted bucket seats. The steering wheel is small and thick and is placed down low, just like a go-cart. The slick six-speed transmission requires only a flick of the wrist to engage and the wide center console provides a comfortable perch on which to rest your arm. Dash-mounted radio and ventilation controls straddle the steering wheel and can be adjusted by using your fingertips without having to remove your hands from the wheel. You will notice the lack of a usable glove box and may find that the stereo is ill-equipped to overcome road and wind noise. And because the S2000 does not offer heated seats, the optional hard top may be the best way to stay warm during the colder months.

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