Geneva Preview: Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition breaks cover

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2009

The Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition, the last production model of the award winning sports car, will go on sale this coming March in Europe according to Honda. It will come with the popular 2.0-liter 9,000 rpm VTEC powerplant and merge it with a Grand Prix White body and alloy wheels with graphite color finish.

The color is reminiscent of the 1964 F1 Honda sports car and also of other versions from that time. The car's timeless roadster body shape is given a fresh look through a combination of the exterior paint finish with the dark alloy rims and special black S2000 logo.

The interior red leather with special red colored stitching on the gear lever gaiter perfectly matches the white exterior. The Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition will be assigned unique numbered plates to indicate their series position.

The S2000 is almost 10 years old now, but the engine that comes with it, the 240 hp 2-liter remains one of the best powerplants with the highest yield per liter and revving ever created. This has resulted a five-time winning of the International Engine of the Year category award for 1.8 to 2.2 liter engines for the Honda S2000 since it came out in 1999.

The production of the Ultimate Edition will halt by June this year with overall total sales reaching 110,673 cars around the world, with European sales totaling 19,987 units. The car will be showcased this coming March 3 at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show.

Honda launched the S2000 roadster in 1999 for the 2000 model year. It was first shown in concept form as the Honda Sport Study Model at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. This design study eventually found its way into production – the S2000. With the chassis designation of "AP1," the S2000 boasts of rear-wheel-drive layout as powered by 1,997-cc inline four-cylinder DOHC-VTEC F20C engine. The most powerful version of this mill can deliver up to 184 kW (247 hp) of output and up to 218 Nm (161 lb.-ft.), as sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission with Torsen limited slip differential.

The Honda S2000 received much praise from critics and motoring journalists alike. It was praised for the high output of the engine, its high redline, smooth transmission and its balanced handling. The second generation – known as AP2 -- was launched for the 2004 model year. In 2006, sales of the S2000 started to drop. In January 2009, Honda announced that it will stop production the S2000 in June 2009. As of end of 2008, Honda sold 110,673 units of the S2000 around the world.

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Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition

Honda has announced that the Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition goes on sale in Europe in March 2009. This limited edition has been produced to mark the end of production for the award winning sports car.

The Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition retains its highly acclaimed 2.0 litre 9000 rpm VTEC engine and combines it with a Grand Prix White body and graphite coloured alloy wheels. The shade of the paint evokes the colour first used on Honda's 1964 F1 car and many sporting models since. The exterior colour combination with the dark metal alloy wheels and unique black S2000 badging gives a fresh look to the timeless shape of the roadster body.

The white exterior will be matched with a red leather interior and complimented by unique red colouring for stitching on the gear lever gaiter. Ultimate Editions will be marked out by their unique numbered plaques on the kickplates, denoting their position in the series.

The 2-seater sports car may now be almost 10-years old, but its 240PS 2-litre is still one of the highest output per litre and highest revving engines ever made. In recognition of its incredible power output, the Honda S2000's engine has won the International Engine of the Year category for 1.8 to 2.2 litre engines five times in its lifetime.

As the name suggests, the Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition will be the last version before global production of the model ceases altogether at the end of June 2009. Since the introduction of the Honda S2000 in 1999 until the end of 2008, Honda has sold 110,673 units worldwide - 19,987 of those in Europe.

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