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In keeping up with the Corvette video we showed earlier today, we have a Honda S2000 trying its hand at the drag strip.
Of course, with a little help from Real Street Performance, this S2000 really flies. Witness the car lift it’s front wheels at just about the 1:07 mark of the video.
The description of the video shows off the full range of the modifications, which interestingly enough retains its stock engine block.
Watch the whole clip right here.
Honda’s high-revving 2.0L naturally aspirated engine found in the original S2000s is one of the world’s most potent and beloved engines and many enthusiasts have utilized it in other vehicles. But seeing it in a Toyota Pickup is totally awesome and totally novel. The Pickup was spotted out in Odaiba in Japan at a Truck Masters show, and along with its body dropped to the ground it features a nice set of Advan Model 5 wheels with big brakes peeking behind the classic wheels.
We’ll be the first to admit, we’re really curious on how it drives and performs.
GALLERY: S2000-Powered Toyota Pickup
[Source: Auto Otaku]
The old age debate of imports vs. domestics, four-cylinders vs. V8s, high-revving horsepower vs. low-end torque… the argument continues to rage on despite a whole new era of simple hybrids. And while we won’t see many GM enthusiasts swapping in a Honda S2000 powerplant into their domestic machine, there have been plenty of import enthusiasts taking big V8 muscle and shoving it into their engine bays.
Over the years we’ve seen plenty of engine-swapped hybrids from the Honda camp, from GS-R B18′s into Civics to Prelude H22′s into CRXs. Of course with the only popular RWD application from Honda being the S2000, it would only be a matter of time before enthusiasts began swapping in American V8s under the hood of the high-strung two-seater.
So here’s one of the cleanest builds we’ve ever laid our eyes on. Jason, the owner of this Honda S2000 on S2ki, did one hell of a project from the bottom up. Under the hood is a V8 LS1 powerplant while the rest of the car gets subtle upgrades to kept it extremely clean and functional. While some enthusiasts would probably go overboard with the aesthetics, this S2000 is conservative, giving no indication at what’s underneath the hood.
The initial dyno run turned out 317-hp and 333 ft-lbs of torque, a serious increase in power and more than double the factory block’s torque. Plus, it sounds like a beast.
GALLERY: LS1 Powered Honda S2000
[Photo Credit: Chad Lunn, Source: S2ki]
Check out two videos of the S2000 after the jump.
Honda is planning a rival to the Toyota FR-S (formerly FT-86) sports car, combing the concepts of the S2000 and the Beat minicar. According to a report by Motor Trend, the new two-seater roadster would use a modified version of the Fit platform using a a rear-mid engine layout. What isn’t clear is if Honda is planning to build this car with a conventional gasoline engine or a hybrid system like the CR-Z. We sincerely hope its the former, as that would not only allow for easier modification, but would also keep both the vehicle’s cost and its weight down.
MT‘s sources say the car is currently in development at Honda’s R&D center in Tochigi, just outside Tokyo. The project certainly sounds like an interesting one, combining the philosophies behind the old school 656cc inline-three cylinder engined Beat and the more modern 2.0-liter VTEC-powered S2000 in one small, economical and fun package.
If it is small enough and light enough we’d even love a car like this – even if it only came with the Fit’s 1.5-liter 4-cylinder.
[Source: Motor Trend]
[Photo Credit: AWRracing]
There’s not a single member of the Autoguide staff who does not admire the Honda’s of the company’s “Golden Age”. Spanning the period from 1983, when the CRX was released, to 2001, when the last Integra Type-R rolled off the line, subsequent Honda’s have been excellent cars, but have never quite lived up to the magic that their predecessors were able to wield over us.
Right around the turn of the last decade, Honda’s dominance in the import tuner market looked set to end as drifting, the new motorsports craze, seemed destined to take over. With their front-drive layout, the big H couldn’t compete in the rear-wheel-driven motorsport. But as drifting’s popularity grew, the popularity of Honda cars experienced a parallel renaissance that continues to this day.
Eibach Springs holds an annual Honda meet for afficionados of the brand, described as the “Concours D’Elegance” for Honda cars. While some scoff at the notion that Japanese cars will ever be historically important, there are now multiple generations that grew up with cars from the Land of the Rising Sun, living out their teenage and young adult years behind the wheel of Datsuns, rear-drive Toyotas and Civic hatchbacks. As the crowd gets older, the 1970′s machinery is becoming increasingly collectible and the fan base is becoming more affluent. The Eibach show is a great way for those with high dollar Hondas to show off their babies to others admirers of the brand.
While many Japanese aftermarket tuners are taking on the newest models including many of them turning towards European applications, J’s Racing has stuck to what they know best: Hondas. The company’s booth wasn’t overwhelmingly large, but it was clear that J’s Racing is aware of the new Hybrid-tuning craze, displaying its own version of a tuned Insight, complete with light-weight RAYS wheels, an aero kit, lowered suspension and some nice Recaro seats inside. It even featured a unique combination of decals that gave it a widebody look.
Next to this Insight sat a car that represents the other extreme at Honda, the now out-of-production S2000. This model featured the J’s Racing widebody kit that is anything but subtle and has appeared on more than a few cars and more than a few magazine covers on this side of the Pacific.
GALLERY: J’s Racing Honda Insight and S2000
s2ki.com... we feel your pain
Honda has just announced that after 2009 the S2000 will no longer be produced. First launched in 1999 as a 2000 model, the S2000 has only received one major minor update since then. In 2004 the AP2 model replaced the AP1 and brought with it a few minor changes. Most significantly the new S2000 received a slightly larger 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine which produced 237hp but at a noticeably lower 7800 rpm (as opposed to the 8300 rpm max power level of the AP1). The redline was also reduced from 9000 to 8000 rpm. In 2007 the 2008 S2000 CR (or Club Racer) was unveiled, much to the disappointment to the S2000 faithful.
The S2000 was the car that forced the German sportscar manufacturers to take a good look at their products. After the S2000 introduced auto journalists (and then the world) to what unadulterated driving enjoyment is all about companies like Porsche, BMW and Audi were forced to return to the drawing board. Arguably, we can thank Honda for how good the current Boxster, Z4 and TT are.
The S2000 (aka, the Miata on steroids) also ushered in an era of Japanese sportscars, like the Nissan 350Z, Mazda RX-8 and Toyota.. oh wait… forget about Toyota.
Honda sold just 2,538 S2000′s in December, down from 4,302 in 2007. In total 110,000 of the little roadsters made it to market. Interestingly, Honda seemed to force the S2000 down the NSX’s path by never offering owners a new model all the while driving up prices.
At least we know the top-up/top-down debate will rage on at s2ki.com for all eternity.
In this eulogy we’re compelled to point out that when the S2000 came out it laid claim to having an engine with the most horsepower per displacement of any naturally aspireated engine (120hp per liter of displacement). This rating actually made Honda’s little 240hp four-banger a more sophisticated piece of machinery than the exotic powerplants coming out of factories in Germany and Italy.
Official (depressing) release after the jump: