End Of The Road For Honda S2000
With 110,000 units on the road, Honda S2000
production will conclude by mid-year.
1st February, 2009
Honda has announced that it will discontinue production of
the S2000 sports car. The production for all global markets will conclude by the end of June 2009.
The S2000 made its debut in 1999, as an open FR sports car with what was at the time the world's top
level, high performance 4-cylinder normally aspirated engine and an ideal 50:50 front/rear body weight
distribution that provided a "fun to drive" spirit and the "joy of driving". In addition to performance,
S2000 had environmental responsibility and the world's top level crash safety represented by an exhaust
gas level that was more than 50 per cent lower than the emission regulations value at that time and
adoption of a newly developed body frame for an open structure that achieved the same level
crashworthiness as a closed body vehicle. The S2000 continued to evolve, with performance improvements
including VGS (Variable Gear ratio Steering), change of tyre size and increased displacement.
The Honda S2000 achieved sales of more than 20,000 units in Japan and over 65,000 units in the United
States (the largest market for the S2000) during the nine year production run. Total worldwide sales
exceeded 110,000 units (as at December, 2008).
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