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A Well-Balanced Sports Machine with that Familiar Mugen Touch
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To Honda Enthusiasts Worldwide, The Name Mugen Stands For Racing And Tuning Excellence. More than 30 years ago, the company started tinkering with Honda's dirt bikes, converting them from excellent off-road machines into high-horsepower monsters.

Mugen soon found its way into cars and motorsports, ultimately competing on the grandest stage of all: Formula One. Mugen-powered cars have taken the checkered flag in F1, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and many other world-famous races. The company also specializes in tuning Honda road cars, making its engineering expertise available to Honda enthusiasts worldwide.

Unfortunately, the last few years have not been kind. Embroiled in a public financial scandal, Mugen lost much of its mojo and was on the brink of shutting down. Now there's a new company, M-TEC, with the right to use the Mugen name, which is based in the same site and employs the same workforce. And its latest creation is the Mugen S2000.

Despite all the legal wranglings, the basic tuning philosophy of improving Honda cars in every way to achieve their highest potential has remained. Therefore, you'll rarely find any Mugen-tuned car with ungodly amounts of power or unsightly body kits. What you get is a well-balanced, subtly aggressive sports car that's rewarding to drive and will keep pace with rides costing thousands more. This new S2000 is no different.

Since last fall, JDM Honda S2000s have been powered by the 2.2-liter F22C engine. Mugen engineers didn't tamper too much with the 242bhp engine itself. They just tuned it slightly and bolted on a new exhaust manifold that's about nine pounds lighter, with much less flow restriction. The new design is claimed to result in a boost of around 5-horsepower. Coupled to this is a new sports exhaust that gives a mean-yet-melodic growl, especially under load.

Opening the hood reveals a huge carbon fiber air intake that improves breathing and adds to the F22C's unique sound. You can hear the difference as soon as you punch the 'Engine Start' button. The in-line four wails its spine-tingling song, begging you to throw the shifter into first gear and floor the accelerator (Mugen wisely left the S2000's wonderful gearbox alone). Once the rear tires gain traction, the car demonstrates low- and mid-range punch that's frustratingly absent in the standard version, snapping your head back during first-to-second and second-to-third gear shifts.

While the Mugen S2000 is an absolute delight to drive, it isn't much to look at. A new lightweight carbon-fiber vented hood makes it immediately distinguishable from the stock car, but it does little to improve the styling. Some might even say it looks worse. At least the rear wing is attractive.

A custom Mugen hardtop and front bumper are also available, giving the car a racier appearance (sadly, they were not fitted to our test car). We did like the gun-metal colored GP 17-inch aluminum wheels and the two-tone bucket seats which are surprisingly comfortable and very supportive.

The Mugen S2000 is a testament to the company's high level of engineering. After a day of driving, it's safe to say Mugen is back on the sports car tuning map. Long may the legend continue.




 

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Honda S2000 CR

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Every special edition needs to look unique, so the S2000 CR has a bunch of dress up features that distinguish it. The most obvious is the Apex Blue paint, which is a pearlescent bright blue evocative of Audi’s Sprint Blue. Black badges and gunmetal gray five-spoke wheels round out the exterior mods. Abundant yellow stitching on the doors, steering wheel, seats, and shifter (which has shorter throws than the already insanely short ones in the regular S2000) complements yellow woven seat inserts. Faux-suede seat bolsters and door panels replace the leather items on the regular S2000 in the name of grip, and they’ll also broaden the S2000 CR’s appeal to PETA members. Faux carbon fiber trim is a slavishly trendy addition, but we can forgive anything in a car this raw.
Pricing

The S2000 CR goes on sale in the fall of 2007 as a 2008 model. The car shown at the New York show isn’t 100 percent production correct, but the body kit, spoiler, and wheels are accurate renditions of what you’ll see in dealers. Pricing isn’t confirmed, but it will certainly be more than the regular S2000’s $35k base price and probably less than $40k. Given the expected production volume of less than 2000 units (no limit was confirmed), Honda will lose money on the deal, a fact that company representatives actually admit. Such corporate honesty is rare, but Honda can afford it. The S2000 CR is a fitting tribute to the man who put “Honda” and “performance” together in the popular lexicon. Let’s hope it’s a harbinger of more great things to come and not a last hurrah.




 

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2009 Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition

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Just days ago Honda confirmed that its 2009 model-year S2000 would be the last of the line of the stylish sports cars, and today the company announced that it would mark the event with the release of a special ‘Ultimate Edition’ model.

The Ultimate Edition retains the standard 2.0L 9000rpm VTEC engine but comes with a unique ‘Grand Prix White’ paint scheme and graphite colored alloy wheels. This special paint was first used on Honda's 1964 F1 race car and has since been used for a number of performance models. Peak output remains at 237hp (177kW) and 153lb-ft (207Nm) of torque, with drive sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

 

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because what Motor failed to inform the reading public is

"there are no plans to bring it Stateside"
If someone wants to read more than the excerpt that I post, they can choose to click on the source and read the complete article.

they are coming out with something new?
It's dead.
 

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2012 Honda S2000

Hybrid, FWD Honda S2000 Due In 2012
We’re told that the new S2000 will share its 2nd-generation hybrid drive-line with that of the new Honda Accord and as such will be front wheel drive only. That being the case, the S2000 will be a step above the new hybrid CR-Z as far as outright performance goes.


I'll believe it when I see it.
 

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Honda S2000 1999-2009

Honda confirms end for S2000
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The S2000, which was introduced in 1999, had been intended as a limited-run model, but Honda says it continued production due to demand. Still, the automaker barely sold 2,500 S2000s in the U.S. last year, well down from prior years. Overall, Honda sold about 65,000 S2000s in the U.S.
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Update!

Here's how it all got started:

From Concept to Reality
Debut (Concept): Honda unveiled the SSM concept, which stands for Sports Study Model, at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show.

Debut (Prototype ; Production): Following the presentation of a pre-production prototype in September 1998, Honda launched the S2000 onto the market in April 1999 in celebration of the firm's 50th anniversary.

Lost in translation: While keeping the basic shape of the SSM, the S2000's styling was less extravagant with Honda's designers eliminating/redesigning several elements such as the large rear diffuser, low-riding headlights, geometric rollover hoops and passenger compartment divider.

But we got to keep: The same basic front-engine/rear-wheel-drive, 2-seat roadster layout, the fancy push-button starter, rigidity-enhancing x-bone monocoque frame, and that 50/50 weight distribution.

And gained: A roof as the folding soft top came as standard with an aluminum hardtop offered optionally.

Fun fact: Similar to Audi's TT (depending on who you believe), the Honda S2000's nomenclature was pulled from the company's past: the S made it a modern-day successor to Honda's small roadsters of the 60's (S500, S600, S800), while the number represents the engine's displacement (until the updated AP2 generation upped the displacement for the NA-spec model from 1,997 cc to 2,157 cc while retaining the S2000 name).

Did you know? The S2000 roadster's 240PS 2.0-litre engine 9,000 rpm VTEC four-pot (2.2-liter for the North American model from 2004 and onwards) remains one of the highest output per liter and highest revving series production engines ever made

Sales: Since its introduction in 1999 and until June 2009, Honda sold more than 110,700 units of the S2000 worldwide with more than 65,000 making their way to the United States alone.

Where is it now? After ten years in production, the S2000 reached the end of its life last year with the last ever car rolling off the line at Suzuka, Japan in June 2009. Unfortunately, there's no replacement in sight.
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