Honda has announced that the prototype S2000 CR would join the regular S2000 model line up in the Autumn of 2008 in the United States, ahead of a Japanese domestic release soon after.
The CR version was designed to bring improved performance to the already highly acclaimed S2000 and be able to demonstrate even better behaviour on the circuit. Some of the improvements are more the territory of tuning garages than a mainstream manufacturer, yet Honda insists the CR will share its place alongside the current S2000 models in the current line up.
The CR has had is overall weight reduced by a total of 40kg, with further strengthening to the body helping to make the most of the stiffened suspension tuning, helping to bring out its best at the track. The most obvious modifications are the heavily redesigned front bumper and GT rear wing, which together give a much tougher appearance than the regular model. But don’t dismiss these as mere cosmetic upgrades – both parts work in unison to increase downforce while also working in harmony with the sleek lines of the original car. A detachable aluminum roof is available as an option.
The 2.2L class-leading performance of the naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine offered is unchanged but with significant weight savings and added down force the CR will prove faster overall than the regular S2000 at the circuit… which is why Honda aptly named it the Club Racer.
Text: Justin Karow
Photos: Honda Motor Co.