2008 Honda S2000 -- Body

Torrance, Calif. August 15, 2007


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 layout)
  • 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.

Styling
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.

Trunk
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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