So I had this for a while (1 and half years) actually. But I guess since I’ll post this now that I’ll actually do a bit more modifications to it.
First thing to say is this is not my daily. I don’t have a daily or need one for that matter, which is why I decided to buy a fun car that is woefully unsuited for where I live (Calgary, Canada), where there’s snow for half the year and unpredictable for the rest. So, as a guy who likes cars, I went and bought something that I like and something that would make me happy. And that’s all there is to it, it is purely a passion purchase.
It was basically stock when I bought it with just a cold air intake (lol) and shoddy aftermarket head unit installed. And as of right now the only mods I have done was replace the shoddily done aftermarket head unit and the Enkei RFP1s with fairly aggressive summer tires. Future modlist is not set in stone, but includes aftermarket headlights/taillights (depending on if I like their design and availability), lip kit (though the garage I park already nearly scrapes at stock ride height so iffy on this), exhaust system (if I find one that sounds real good to me) and change over to a glass rear windscreen on the convertible top (mostly for drivability reasons). I don’t intend to do major power mods just yet… But if I do it would be a supercharger. I don’t want to mess with the power response the F20 has, but some more torque would definitely be nice.
Now, how does it drive?
Great, its a S2000. You can probably get a better driving review from someone else. But I will give some comparisons to 3 cars I have also driven:
Compared to a Scion FRS: They are very similar vehicles. Down to how the manual behaves, and just overall balance and… lack of torque. Interesting enough, the S2000 is more comfortable in my opinion, mainly down to the seats and default suspension tune of both cars. That said they’re both very responsive, balanced sports cars. They also both do ‘slow car fast’ rather well, in that they’re just fun to drive without going fast. But I will say this controversial opinion: The S2000 is better in that last point because it is a roadster. The FRS however, does get goodies like traction control, an interior not from the late 90s, a trunk that’s not awkwardly designed and rear seats that fit small humans.
Compared to a Mazda 3 (2013): Completely different cars but just a quick comparison since I go back to back between this and the S2000. The Mazda is far more quiet and actually has trunk space. In terms of driving feel, the Mazda 3 is not bad. But the S2000 is a go kart in comparison in terms of responsiveness. So if you’re wondering how a ‘normal car’ compares, a S2000 is like adding go kart properties and reducing practicality.
Compared to a Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG: Funny enough, the only other car I’ve pushed to… I won’t disclose but near its top speed. But there’s a very important comparison between these two cars… in that the E55 AMG going fast was absolutely effortless. Automatic, comfortable, usually quiet and accelerates like hell. Like most modern sports cars, I would think. Also ridiculously stable. And that brings to what a lot of people don’t get about lower powered, lightweight sports cars. The E55 is easy to get to silly speeds, but you don’t feel fast until you’re doing double the speed limit. The S2000 going just about the speed limit on the twistier roads, it still feels fun. In terms of luxury and comfort they’re nowhere close to being compared, but as cars that are fun to drive… I think there was a point to be made there.
Fun fact: I nearly got this stuck on a tiny strip of snow that was maybe 2 cm thick in front of the garage where I park. Yup, never putting it through winter.