This Honda S2000 is a two-seat roadster with the size of the small Mazda Miata and speed of the Porsche Boxster. It’s a technological statement from Honda, which has no equal when it comes to pumping big horsepower out of small engines.
The S2000 earned a reputation as the sports car with an engine like a super-bike motorcycle. Big horsepower from small displacement, with a narrow power-band and extremely high RPM and nothing could match the original S2000 for exhilaration back then.
With the 2005 S2000 that still might be true, although it’s been tamed a bit. This 05 remains basically unchanged from the ’04, which brought refinements to the engine and suspension. Those refinements make it quicker and easier to drive.
Other changes to the S2000 include 17-inch wheels, up from the 16’s, changed transmission gear ratios to improve acceleration, more shoulder and elbow room and some body tweaks, most notably new headlights with a triple-beam design.