Our Honda issue wouldn't be complete without something for our S2000 homies. While the sexy drop-top hasn't been sold in years, it was one of those cars that got your attention, and you didn't even have to live and breathe Hondas to like it. The S2K was Honda's vision of a purist's sports car, offering drivers a sporty rear-wheel-drive package with a high-revving VTEC engine, six-speed manual, and limited-slip. It wasn't necessarily a quarter-mile winner, but a rewarding track car that begged for turns and twisties.
Over its ten-year life span in the States, there were two iterations of the convertible designated AP1 and AP2-you might have heard of 'em. The AP1 was, of course, the first generation of cars produced '99 until '04. It came with a 2.0-liter F20C motor packing 240 hp and 153 lb-ft. The AP2 was basically a facelift of the car that was sold until the car's demise in '09. The facelift included updated suspension, drivetrain, wheels, bumpers, lights and a larger version of the original motor designated F22C1 which bumped displacement to 2,157 cc. Horsepower remained the same but the torque was increased to 162 lb-ft.
Both are arguably great cars on the street and track. And with the price of S2Ks dropping significantly as well with earlier used models going in the low teens, they are becoming more popular project cars than ever.
1. Who: 5ZIGEN
What: ProRacer header
4-2-1 TIG-welded straight exhaust manifold was designed to improve throttle response, power and, of course, noise.
2. Who: ARE
What: Dry Sump kit
The ultimate oiling system for your S2000 especially if you're building a dedicated race car, this kit converts your wet sump F20C or F22C1 to a full race dry sump system.
3. Who: ASM
What: GT front tower bar
Might be the sickest strut bar for the S2000, this ASM brace is handmade in Japan and features a truss that connects the steering rack bolts on the subframe to the tower bar.
4. Who: Berk Technology
What: 3" exhaust
Price: $759.99 (AP1)/ $749.99 (AP2)
Lightweight 3-inch header-back single-exit exhaust designed for guys running high-power NA or boosted setups.
5. Who: BLOX Racing
What: Bumpsteer kit
Drive a lowered S2000? You'll need one of these to help correct your suspension geometry.
6. Who: BLOX Racing
What: Differential collar kit
They look small, but these sexy little billet collars reduce the flex associated with OE bushings to give ya better stability and power transfer through the drivetrain.
7. Who: BLOX Racing
What: Steering rack rigid bushing kit
Turn faster! These bushings are an easy way to improve steering response and feedback.
8. Who: Buddy Club
What: Big brake kit
Need more stopping power? Buddy Club offers these front brakes with 330mm two-piece rotors and four-piston calipers in either orange or red.
9. Who: Clutch Masters
What: 850 Series clutch
This 8.5-inch twin-disc system is designed to maintain your original driving feel (less clutch chatter, smooth engagement) while able to handle heavy abuse from a high-powered F20C or F22C1.
10. Who: Cusco
What: radiator cooling plate
This aluminum piece mounts behind the front grille to help increase airflow to the radiator. It's also very shiny.
11. Who: DC Sports
What: cold-air intake
Price: $292.21 (AP1)/$290.24 (AP2)
The bolt-on kings from DC Sports have intakes designed for both the AP1 and AP2, and they're 50-state street legal.
12. Who: DC Sports
Price: $506.38 (ceramic coated)/$664.18 (polished stainless steel)
Quick way to gain low- and mid-range power with this 4-2-1 one-piece header.
13. Who: DeatschWerks
What: fuel injectors
Available in six different sizes ranging from 450cc all the way to 2200cc for your crazy power builds. All DW injectors work with ethanol and come with a three-year warranty.
DW has you covered for larger fuel pumps with a few options from 255lph to 320lph, as well as a compact 65mm model that flows at 265lph for tighter fitments.
Some of the best suspension parts from Europe come from H&R and their S2K coilovers are no exception using specially-tuned main and tender springs with its monotube coils.
16. Who: HKS
What: exhaust manifold
This HKS piece is 11 lb lighter than stock and features a twist in its mid-section to give you a healthy improvement in low- and mid-range power.