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.