2004 S2000

Honda has updated its S2000 roadster for 2004. Changes include revisions to the suspension, wheels and tyres, steering and some cosmetic changes to the bodywork. The 240PS engine remains unchanged.

Stiff

The S2000’s bodyshell has been stiffened to play its part in the improved chassis dynamics. Enhancements include a new performance strut between the two ends of the front frame and ahead of the radiator; together with additional bracing applied to the front suspension upper arm brackets, the rear wheel arch/bulkhead area, and the front cross member. Subtle changes to the rear suspension include strengthened upper arm bushes.

Springs and dampers are now stiffer at the front and softer in the rear suspension, while the rear anti-roll bar is reduced in diameter by 1.8mm. Bump steer characteristics in the rear suspension meanwhile have been reduced for greater stability and roadholding.

Wheels and Tyres  

Part of the enhanced ride and handling package are new alloy wheels with a twin 5-spoke pattern, increased from 16 inch to 17 inch for a more aggressive appearance, and riding on wider Bridgestone Potenza tyres for increased grip. 205/55R16 tyres are replaced by 215/45 R17 ones at the front and 225/50R 16 by 245/40R17 at the rear. A corresponding change in tread pattern, from S-02 to RE050 has been made to give a better balance between wet and dry performance.

Slower Steering

Steering characteristics don’t go unchanged, and new settings to the Electrical Power Steering (EPS) system – the steering gear ratio is now 7 per cent ‘slower’ – and a more rigid mounting provide greater precision, feel and response.

Finally Honda have tinkered with the brakes to give a lighter and more advanced ABS system that copes with limited grip situations better.

Styling Changes

Externally, the Honda S2000’s distinctive arrow-like nose with its sweeping headlamp covers now takes on a subtly different, more sporty appearance with the adoption of a ‘triple beam’ headlamp assembly. Projector style HID (high intensity discharge) low beam headlamps are now flanked by a traditional reflector design high beam and separate indicators and parking lights.

Externally, the Honda S2000’s distinctive arrow-like nose with its sweeping headlamp covers now takes on a subtly different, more sporty appearance with the adoption of a ‘triple beam’ headlamp assembly. Projector style HID (high intensity discharge) low beam headlamps are now flanked by a traditional reflector design high beam and separate indicators and parking lights.

The design motif is complemented at the rear by new triple lens taillights, which make use of LED technology for greater brightness and responsiveness, set beneath a clear lens. Innermost is the rear foglamp; next is the indicator with reflective surround, and outside of this is a combined LED brake light/ LED tail light unit. Finally, there is an LED side marker set in a reflective housing.

The bumper has also been meddled with. Its lower edge now reaches down to, and is flush with, new twin chromed and oval-shaped exhaust tailpipes.

2004 prices will be £26,500 for the basic car and £27,500 for the 'GT'.

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  • tamago 15 Oct 2003

    still think this is a very nice car. Autocar said that HONDA UK will not be brining in the engine mods which the US will get basically giving the Vtec lower end grunt...
    pity that...

  • DustyC 15 Oct 2003

    strange.
    I had heard that along with the new higher torque engine there would be some styling mods.

    Shame the engien bit didnt happen. It appears to be the only downfall.

  • danger mouse 15 Oct 2003

    They have changed the styling a bit...

    They've dealt it a breize block rear bumper that gives it a germanically heavy looking butt and also visually flattens out the rear flanks and haunches. This is allied to a set of "Iraqi super gun" exhausts... nice.

    At the front the Elise S2 style brake ducts look like the Ho-Mo-Co boy and girls have given my beloved S2K a set of fake vampire teeth for halloween.

    Arrr.

    Still looks good, but I feel the original was better balanced and it's the old one I'd still go for on looks at least, more grunt, better dyniamics can never bad.

    Now there has been a facelift, and so logically an imminent replacement of course, the old shape one will now become cheaper.

    Yay!


    Mouse

  • joust 15 Oct 2003

    Why not call it a S2004????

  • danger mouse 15 Oct 2003

    Good point accept the IIRC the original came out in 1998...

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