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Default 2008 Honda S2000 -- Body

Torrance, Calif. - Aug 15 —

The S2000 exterior styling portrays an angular, modern and sleek presence,
while the long hood and flared front fenders create the impression of lowness
and mass. The 2008 S2000 CR body includes exclusive modifications for enhanced
aerodynamics and increased rigidity.

Designed to be highly rigid and lightweight, the S2000 uses monocoque steel
body construction. The hood is aluminum. An ultra-rigid High X-Bone Frame is
formed by the body's high side sills and diagonal (X) bracing underneath
the body. The S2000's rigid body and frame contribute to the vehicle's
razor-sharp handling and solid feel.

S2000 Body Summary:

  • High X-Bone monocoque frame

  • Powertrain located behind the centerline of the front axle (front mid-engine

  • Electrically-powered convertible soft top (omitted on CR)

  • Dual exhaust outlets

  • Integrated roll bars

  • High-intensity discharge (HID) projector-type headlights

  • Lightweight 17-inch alloy silver wheels (dark gray on CR)

  • Body-colored dual power mirrors

  • Body-colored bumpers

S2000 CR Exclusive Body Features:

  • Removable aluminum hardtop (replaces soft top)

  • Front underbody spoiler

  • Body-colored roll bar cowlings

  • Rear wing spoiler

  • Rear upper chassis brace

  • Clear side marker lamps (amber on S2000)

Body Construction

A monocoque body with a centralized backbone
frame forms the foundation for the S2000. The backbone tunnel is enclosed by
the floor and runs down the center of the cockpit, between the driver's
and passenger's seat. Large side sills provide additional strength. Diagonally
braced front and rear bulkheads tie the frame members together into a strong
beam-like structure that resists torsional and bending forces. Crossmembers
running under the driver's and passenger's seat supplement rigidity.

The front and rear portions of the central frame and the side sills tie into
diagonal braces (X-braces) at the front cowl and at the rear of the cockpit.
These X-members connect directly to the front and rear suspension subframes.
The engine mount system is designed to minimize the lateral movement of the
engine when cornering. The rear subframe is a three-dimensional structure consisting
of hollow steel pipes that connect the rear side members and floor tunnel to
the upper and lower arms of the rear suspension. A deep-section, rear crossmember
ties the beams together and anchors the rear of the differential.


The S2000's styling is distinctive and presents
a modern, dynamic look. Its long hood and wide front end create a visual impression
of lowness and mass. The hoodline drops away to a low, strong nose shaped for
minimal aerodynamic drag and good forward visibility. In profile, the S2000
looks taut and aggressive. Its broad sides visually convey strength and mass.
The gap between the outer sidewalls and the outer edges of the fenderwells has
been minimized, giving the car a wide and stable look.

The main character line of the car rises from the headlights, along the top
of the fender and the top of the door, to the high rear deck, for an aggressive
and raked look. Sculpted lower side sills further enhance the car's angular
appearance, and serve to draw the eye to the S2000's large, flared wheel
wells and high-performance wheels and tires. The 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
are an open, twin 5-spoke pattern that calls attention to the S2000's
large brake discs and calipers.

The outside mirrors and door handles are body-colored.

S2000 CR Aerodynamics

The S2000 CR uses a front underbody
spoiler and a rear wing spoiler to further enhance aerodynamic balance and reduce
the coefficient of lift by about 70 percent overall with the hardtop removed
and 80 percent with the hardtop installed. When the hardtop is removed, the
roll bar cowlings help direct airflow to the inner part of the specially-shaped
rear wing spoiler to reduce lift. Installing the hardtop directs more airflow
to the rear wing spoiler to further reduce the coefficient of lift by another
30 percent, which enables the creation of rear downforce.

Exterior Lighting

The front headlamp housing has a three bezel
design that conveys an upscale and modern appearance. The S2000 headlights cast
a powerful, broad beam with high-intensity discharge (HID) projector lamps.
Internal projectors house the HID low beam lamps. The high beam setting uses
a separate halogen lamp with a conventional reflector design. Side reflectors,
parking and directional signals are combined in the housing.

The taillight design follows a similar three bezel theme as the front design
with large, round multi-LED taillights set in clear-lens housings. LED lights
are used on the stop lamps, parking lamps and side marker lamps. The reverse
indicators and turn signal indicators are circular and use incandescent lighting.
A small spoiler lip with an LED brake lamps is integrated into the trailing
edge of the trunk lid.

Convertible Top (S2000)

The S2000 features a power-operated, soft convertible top with a rear
glass window. Pushing the switch on the center console opens or closes the top
in about six seconds, and two manually operated latches at the top of the windshield
hold it securely. When folded, the top stows compactly behind the cockpit. A
soft boot cover snaps in place to protect the top. The rear glass window features
a defogger. A convertible top is not available on the S2000 CR.

Removable Aluminum Hardtop (S2000 CR)

A hardtop is standard
equipment on the S2000 CR (replacing the convertible soft top) and is available
as a Honda Genuine Accessory on the regular S2000 (the convertible soft top
remains installed). Constructed of lightweight aluminum, the hardtop includes
a large glass rear window with a defogger and a simple attachment process. All
S2000 CR hardtops are painted black, while the accessory hardtops are available
in body-matching colors. The hardtop weighs approximately 50 lbs.

Roll Bar Hoops

The S2000's roll bar hoops in conjunction
with the car's reinforced windshield frame help form a protective area
for the driver's and passenger's heads in the event of a rollover.
The roll bar hoops also house two speakers (each) on the S2000 and S2000 CR
models equipped with an audio system.

Air Deflector

A clear acrylic panel is located between the
driver's and passenger's roll bar hoop and acts as a wind deflector
to help reduce cockpit turbulence.

NVH Features

Measures employed on the S2000 to minimize and
control NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) include vibration-absorbing engine
mounts and suspension bushings, resonance-damping chambers in the intake and
exhaust systems and soundproofing materials applied to the floor, floor tunnel
and trunk. The S2000 CR eliminates the soundproofing materials in the floor,
tunnel and trunk to save weight.


The S2000's trunk volume is 5.0 cubic feet. A
space-saver spare tire is stored on a shelf, separated from the rest of the
trunk by the carpeted trunk liner. Fuel-tank capacity is 13.2 gallons. The S2000
CR uses a tire sealant repair kit, in place of the space-saver spare tire, for
further weight reduction.

Rear Body Tower Brace

See chassis section for information.

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