The Honda S2000 is a roadster manufactured by Japanese automaker Honda between 1999 and 2009. First shown as a concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1995, the production version was launched in April 1999 to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. The S2000 is named for its engine displacement of 2 liters, carrying on in the tradition of the S500, S600, and S800 roadsters of the 1960s.
Several revisions were made throughout the car’s lifetime, including changes to the engine, gearbox, suspension, and interior and exterior. Officially two variants exist: the initial launch model was given the chassis code AP1, while the AP2 designation was given to vehicles produced from mid-2003 onwards.
It has won numerous awards, including Car and Driver’s 10Best list for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004, the highest-ranked model in the J. D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study “Premium Sports Car” class for 2004, 2006, and 2008 and consistently held one of the top three positions, and one of Road & Track’s Best All-Around Sports Cars.
In its January 2009 announcement of the vehicle’s production end, Honda reported that worldwide sales through the end of 2008 totaled 110,673 units.