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6 Enthusiasts Remind You Honda's 20-Year-Old, High-Revving, NA S2000 Roadster Is Far From Old News

NA power and track-proven parts are the name of the game for these S2K owners from Southern California

Sam Du
Mar 18, 2020
Photographer: Renz Dimaandal Videographer: Samuel Rojas

THE TIMELESS S2K

Even after 20 years, the Honda S2000 is just one of those cars that we still can't get enough of. The two-seater roadster has aged like fine wine and looks as sporty on the road today as it did in 2000. Its handling characteristics beg for canyon driving and weekend track days; in fact, at any given track day across America, you're likely to find a modified S2000 throwing down surprisingly quick lap times despite its naturally aspirated powertrain. Speaking of which, the 2.0 and 2.2-liter four cylinder is often underrated by power freaks, with the F20C pushing 237hp and 153 lb-ft while the AP2's F22C received a bump in torque to 162 lb-ft. Modest on paper but the car truly comes alive between 6,000 and 9,000rpm and coupled with great handling, makes it a total package that any driving enthusiast can appreciate.

Today, you can find a used one anywhere between $9,000 and $20,000 depending on its year and condition, but it's the S2000 community that still makes headlines. We brought together six S2000 owners from Southern California to showcase what some of the more experienced guys are doing today using a combination of high-quality parts and without forced induction.

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ANGELES CREST HIGHWAY CRUISE

It's something I enjoyed almost every other weekend when I was in high school and college—getting together with a close group of friends and going for a drive. It feels like today we're only hitting up the big car shows and meets, so I decided to ring my buddy Hector Levario to get a group of S2000 owners together for a cruise up one of California's most iconic roads, Angeles Crest Highway.

It was a surreal day to see and listen to six passionate S2000 owners come together and enjoy each other's company and their project cars. What I could appreciate is that these fellas weren't your typical car show whores looking for the next trophy, nor were they overly confident track junkies. Instead, they're the down to earth guys that simply enjoy driving their S2000s on the weekends, while also having been in the game long enough to comprehend the "do's and don'ts" of modifying an S2000. High-quality and JDM parts are seen throughout each build, such as track-proven Voltex aero, J's Racing components and Spoon bolt-ons, as well as RAYS and Advan wheels.

Organizing these cruises is something I want to do more as we continue on into 2020. We all need a break from the typical car show environments and also to enjoy the fruits of our project cars, especially if they're something as fun-to-drive and special as Honda's iconic S2000.

Here are a few more stories to satisfy your thirst for S2000s:
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6 Enthusiasts Remind You Honda's 20-Year-Old, High-Revving, NA S2000 Roadster Is Far From Old News
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2007 Honda S2000
Owner: Hector Levario
Hometown: Palmdale, Ca
Instagram: @hector_levario
Engine: Top Fuel carbon fiber Power Chamber intake; Cusco carbon fiber strut bar; HPS silicone hoses; Chasing J's titanium ignition coil cover, titanium cooling plate, titanium oil cap, titanium bolts; Ballade Sports timing chain tensioner; ASM oil filter stopper; EVS Tuning titanium radiator stays; J's Racing radiator cap, fuel cap, 70RR header-back exhaust
Footwork & Chassis: Buddy Club N+ Spec coilovers; J's Racing ball joints; EVS Tuning half shaft spacers
Brakes: Spoon Sports monoblock Calipers; Project MU brake pads; CSR rotors
Wheels & Tires: 18x9.5" Advan Racing GT Premium wheels; 255/35R18 Toyo R888R tires; Muteki lug nuts
Exterior: Voltex Race front bumper, carbon fiber Race splitter, carbon fiber canards, carbon infusion V3 hood, carbon fiber rear diffuser, Type 2 1600mm wing, carbon fiber Street side skirts; Renegade Motorsports 325mm carbon fiber wing stands; Tanida Motorsports gurney flap; K1 Laboratory carbon fiber ducktail spoiler; custom carbon fiber rear bumper exhaust heatshield; Craftsquare carbon fiber competition mirrors; Forbidden-USA double-sided carbon fiber hardtop
Interior: MOMO Mod 78 steering wheel; Works Bell quick release hub; NSX-R horn button; Thunderbolt Titanium hardware; Bride x Cusco collaboration Zeta III bucket seats; Schroth Racing Profi III six-point Harnesses; Buddy Club seat rails; Ballade Sports harness bar; CR center console, radio door; FD2 Type R shift knob; alcantara shift boot, elbow rest pad; ASM Ruby floor mats
Thanks: Evasive Motorsports, Mackin Industries, Toyo Tires, Chasing J's, Meguiar's, Capsule Racing, Allen Lugue, Team Garagelife
2006 Honda S2000
Owner: Moses Ramos
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Instagram: @nalgas_de_fierro
Engine: Mugen intake; Origin Fabrications titanium intake arm; Urge Designs Unicorn header; EVS Tuning high flow cat; Amuse Euro-S titanium exhaust; ASM carbon fiber cooling plate, catch can, oil filter stopper, dress-up bolts; Renegade coolant overflow tank
Footwork & Chassis: Ohlins DFV coilovers; SPC adjustable ball joints; ASM front tower bar; Spoon Sports rigid collars
Brakes: StopTech Trophy big brake kit
Wheels & Tires: 18x9.5" ASM BBS Clear Ways wheels; 265/35R18 Bridgestone RE-71R tires
Exterior: ASM FRP front and rear bumpers, carbon fiber front lip, dry carbon hood, GT-09 spoiler, tow hooks; Spoon Sports mirrors; JDM rear bumper bar;
Interior: ASM Ruby RS-G seats, bolster protectors, seatbelt holders, dry carbon steering wheel hub; MOMO Tuner 320mm steering wheel; NSX-R horn button; JDM emblems; ASM Zoom rear view mirror; PCI driver seat base; Recaro sliders
2001 Honda S2000
Owner: Nhan Doan
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Instagram: @kaotic25
Engine: 2005 F22C engine; J's Racing intake; Ballade Sports intake manifold, header, timing gear, baffled oil pan; Skunk2 throttle body; Origin Fabrication 3" titanium exhaust, coolant reservoir; KoyoRad radiator; TopFuel oil catch can; Supertech valves, valve springs, titanium valve retainers; Spoon Sports headgasket; Mugen oil cap; Brian Crower stage 2 camshafts; Grams 1000cc injectors; Radium fuel rail; ASM pulleys, throttle spacer; ARC titanium coil cover; PasswordJDM intake carbon fiber heatshield; VibraTechnics motor mounts; Checkerdsports battery mount; ValFab custom master cutoff switch
Drivetrain: factory AP1 transmission with AP2 secondary final drive; ACT lightweight flywheel; Ballade Sports clutch kit
Engine Management: AEM Infinity
Footwork & Chassis: Eibach Multi-Pro R2 Evasive-spec coilovers, sway bars; ASM ladder bars; T1R front bumpsteer kit; Ballade Sports steering rack bushings, spherical bushings; Spoon Sports subframe collars, tunnel brace; J's Racing fender braces, front tie-rod ends, control arms, strut bar, engine torque damper; R-Crew solid diff mounts; ValFab rear AP2 subframe reinforcement, front bash bar, front gusset plates
Brakes: StopTech Trophy ST-40 front, ST22 rear brake kits; Cobalt Friction pads; Motul 600 fluid; APR brake cooling plates
Wheels & Tires: 18x10.5" +15 Advan GT Premium wheels in Titanium Blue; 285/30R18 Yokohama Advan A048 tires; Kics R40 lug nuts
Exterior: Voltex Race front bumper, Race splitter, front flares, side skirts, rear diffuser, 170mm swan neck wing; Circuit Garage rear flares; Spoon Sports hood; Evasive Motorsports fenders; Craftsquare mirrors; K1 Laboratory spoiler; Renegade Motorsports carbon fiber wing stands; carbon fiber hardtop, canards, brake ducts; ASM rear bumper; Ferrari side markers
Interior: Recaro Pole Position Jersey Red seats, ASM side bolster protection, seat brackets, rails; Willans six-point harnesses; MOMO Tuner steering wheel; NSX-R horn button, shift boot; Works Bell quick release, short hub; ASM Zoom rear view mirrors; custom rollcage; Alpine speakers, head unit
2006 Honda S2000
Owner: Jose Torres Jr.
Hometown: Long Beach, Ca
Instagram: @sonic2k_lbc
Engine: Spoon Sports valve cover, intake arm; Mishimoto radiator; Renegade Motorsports oil catch can, coolant reservoir; Chasing J's coilpack cover and cooling plate
Footwork & Chassis: Air Lift Performance 3P system; Spoon Sports strut bar
Brakes: Spoon Sports monoblock four-piston calipers; 88Rotors slotted rotors
Wheels & Tires: 18x10" front, 18x10.5" rear Volk Racing TE37V wheels; Toyo R888R tires
Exterior: Voltex Race bumper, Street side skirts, Type 2 1600mm wing, rear diffuser; J's Racing rear over-fenders; Industry Garage V2 front fenders; Spoon-style carbon hood; Forbidden-USA carbon PSM hardtop; C-West rear bumper; Spoon Sports side mirrors; CarShopGLOW V3 taillights; Renegade carbon wing stands, paint by Horns Collision Center
Interior: Bride Low Max bucket seats; Takata four-point harnesses; Renegade Motorsports short shifter and knob; MOMO steering wheel; Works Bell quick release; Cusco rollcage
Thanks: Forbidden-USA, Evasive Motorsports, LB Auto-Tech, Horns Collision Center, my friend Andy Frankenstein
2000 Honda S2000 (Featured previously in Super Street)
Owner: Daniel Medrano
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Instagram: @dan_often
Engine: J's Racing valve cover, carbon intake, titanium exhaust; Renegade Motorsports oil catch can, coolant reservoir; TODA Racing Power "Torquie-kun" headers; Chasing J's fuel rail and coil pack covers
Footwork & Chassis: HKS Hypermax IV SP coilovers with 18kg Swift springs; J's Racing strut bar
Brakes: APG Performance six-piston front anodized blue calipers with 330mm slotted rotors, "Red" track pads; Ballade Sports 13" rear slotted rotors with stock calipers, Project Mu Club Racer pads
Wheels & Tires: 18x10.5" +24 Advan Racing GT wheels in semi-gloss black; 295/30R18 Toyo R888R tires
Exterior: Voltex Race front bumper with custom double carbon canards and Race splitter, rear diffuser extended five inches; J's Racing front fenders extended; Car Garage Amis rear quarter panels, rear bumper and dry carbon side skirts (custom molded); Powerhouse Amuse FRP hood; Craft Square mirrors; 3C Lab duckbill spoiler; Car Shop GLOW Ver. 3 tailights; SARD GT 020 center-mount carbon rear wing with custom width; Mazda Gentry metallic paint; paint work by DTM Autobody
Interior: Recaro Profi SPG seats; Takata six-point harnesses; Renegade Motorsports short shifter, carbon center console; J's Racing blue stitched steering wheel (1 of 69; signed by J's Racing president), titanium shift knob; Ballade Sports rollcage; OEM Access Pro mats
2005 Honda S2000
Owner: Gabriel Cruz
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Instagram: @rival_gabe
Engine: 75mm pie-sliced intake; K&N filter element with Ballade Sports velocity stack; Grams 550cc injectors; Thermal throttle body and intake gaskets; port-matched 70mm OEM intake manifold; Skunk2 70mm throttle body, Mega Power header (cerakoted), radiator lines; modified intake manifold with EGR, IACV and crankcase recirculation deletes; 70mm test pipe; EVS Tuning SSP exhaust (cerakoted); BLOX engine mount rings; Koyo aluminum radiator; Mishimoto aluminum fan shroud with slim fans; Renegade Motorsports coolant overflow tank; C's reservoir covers; DPK Garage powdercoated valve cover; Chasing J's spark plug wire cover; Checkredsports battery tray, crossbeam cover; Circuit Sports catch can; J's Racing oil cap; Carbing cooling plate; Downstar dress up bolts; tucked and heatshrinked harnessing; fuse box relocation; AEM fuel pressure regulator
Drivetrain: Ballade Sports clutch, lightened flywheel stainless clutch line; J's Racing half shaft axle spacers
Engine Management: AEM V2 ECU
Footwork & Chassis: Function Form Type 2 coilovers; EVS Tuning rear bump steer kit; Hardrace end-links
Wheels & Tires: 17x9.5" Volk Racing TE37 wheels; Nitto NT01 tires; Project Kics 10mm spacers; ARP extended studs
Exterior: OEM Mopar Rhino paint; Downforce 30mm front fenders; shaved side markers and emblems; R Magic hardtop; Ballade Sports rear window; Battlecraft hood; AP1 bumpers; Exceed Japan rear spoiler; RockStarGarage lip; R-Fab tow hook
Interior: MOMO Prototipo steering wheel; NSX-R horn button; ASM Racing hub adapter; AEM AFR gauge; Renegade Motorsports carbon fiber console delete, short shifter, extended weighted teardrop shift knob; Ballade Sports rollbar with X-bar and belt brackets; Recaro RS-G seats

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