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Default Honda S2000 Continues to Define Racing-Inspired Performance for 2007

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Widely considered the quintessential roadster-style sports car, the S2000 is
the performance icon for the Honda brand and combines uncompromising racetrack-ready
performance with everyday usability.

Introduced in 1999, the S2000 rewards driving enthusiasts with a potent 237
horsepower, 2.2-liter, 16-valve DOHC VTEC® 4-cylinder engine and a precise,
short throw 6-speed manual transmission, along with tenacious handling and a
perfect 50/50 weight balance. Continuing with significant improvements made
to the 2006 model, the 2007 Honda S2000 includes an electronic Drive-by-Wire
(DBW) Throttle System™, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), Maintenance
Minder™ system, standard headrest speakers, an outside temperature gauge
and an engine start button.

"The Honda S2000 is a true performance vehicle that provides customers
with an exciting experience behind the wheel," said John Mendel, senior
vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Since the S2000 is a
car designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, it can easily satisfy daily driving
needs without sacrificing track-worthy performance."

The S2000's renowned high-revving, 2.2-liter, 16-valve DOHC VTEC 4-cylinder
engine remains the pinnacle of naturally aspirated performance technology, delivering
237 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and 162 lb-ft. of torque at 6,800 rpm. Perfectly
complimenting the engine's output characteristics is a compact, longitudinally-mounted,
close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission that features a direct linkage for precise
shifting and quick throws.

The S2000 comes equipped with a Drive-by-Wire throttle control system eliminating
the need for a mechanical connection between the throttle pedal and the engine.
This enables continuous electronic monitoring and adjustment of throttle pedal
sensitivity to create an ideal match between throttle response and driving conditions.
The system also manages the S2000's cruise control function for greater

Honda's VSA system makes the S2000 more stable and forgiving during
street driving or in inclement weather conditions. Working in concert with the
Drive-by-Wire system, VSA continuously monitors yaw rate, steering input, throttle
input, and braking pressure to determine if the car is following the driver's
intended path, and can independently coordinate each of the disk brakes through
the 4-channel anti-lock brake system, along with the throttle, to enhance vehicle
stability. While this serves to effectively enhance driver control during acceleration,
braking, and cornering, the system can be disabled with the touch of a button
when conditions warrant it. To help provide optimum stopping power, the braking
system also features Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

The S2000's rear-wheel-drive chassis and powertrain layout results in
a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution for perfect balance when cornering, while
its hybrid monocoque body and "high X-bone frame" results in exceptional
structural rigidity. Combined with a front and rear double wishbone suspension,
precise electric power steering, and a torque-sensing limited slip differential,
the end result is a complete, no compromise, performance package for the enthusiast

Standard features for the S2000 include a power retractable convertible top,
17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, leather trimmed seats and High Intensity Discharge
(HID) headlamps with daytime running lights. An aluminum hardtop and XM®
Satellite Radio are available as dealer installed options.

For 2007, the S2000 is available in six colors, including, Laguna Blue Pearl,
Silverstone Metallic, New Formula Red, Rio Yellow Pearl, Berlina Black and Grand
Prix White.

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