Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Honda Roadster suits drivers with passion for the road

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Vehicle Specs

PRICING: The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Honda S2000 roadster starts from $34,250. Destination charges add $595.

EPA FUEL ECONOMY: 20 city⁄26 hwy.

With the push of a race car-style button, high-tech performance rumbles to life in the Honda S2000 roadster. A direct beneficiary of technological advances developed by Honda engineers over the past four decades of racing on circuits around the world, the rear-drive S2000 is a real driver's car.

Notable changes to the S2000 last year included electronic Drive-by-Wire (DBW) Throttle System, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), maintenance minder system, standard headrest speakers, an outside temperature gauge, revised seat and console designs, a unique new alloy wheel design and the addition of Laguna Blue Pearl as an exterior color.

The Honda roadster is equipped with a lethal high-revving 2.2L DOHC VTEC 16-valve four-cylinder engine, bolted to a precise close ratio six-speed manual transmission with direct shift linkage, torque-sensitive limited-slip differential and an internal pressurized lubrication system.

Fast and controlled, its low, wide stance enhances stability and control. The manual gearbox provides a direct, quick and smooth shift feeling. This is a pure driver’s car – old school performance meets modern underpinnings.

The small Honda roadster features 50⁄50 front-to-rear weight distribution, a highly rigid body construction and is designed with in-wheel double wishbone control hardware at the corners to provide optimum geometry for maximum tire contact and adhesion. The fundamental structure is a load-dispersing frame design which Honda calls an “X-Bone Monocoque frame.“

Complete vehicle and accessory control is offered with no movement from the driving position. All controls are immediately in front of the driver with the digital instrument panel presenting information in a clear, easy-to-read format.

A power system raises or lowers the vehicle's soft top. A soft boot covers the stowed top. No hard top is offered.

-Motor News Media