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Posted by Fred Meloan on September 25, 1998 at 08:45:10:

This is a copy of the press release put out yesterday by Honda at the unveiling of the S2000. I think you will enjoy reading it. I bet we would all be happy with a 4 cylinder Z3 that had a 240 hp engine, donít you think?

Honda S2000 Roadster Set to Take Green Flag

The Honda S2000 prototype, a two-seat roadster balancing high performance with the latest safety and low emission technologies, was unveiled today in Japan at ceremonies marking the companyís 50th anniversary. The car will go on sale in the United States as a year 2000 model, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced.
The S2000 prototype is based on Honda's SSM (Sports Study Model) concept vehicle, first shown at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show.
The S2000 combines superb driving performance with innovative technologies. The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive S2000 roadster will be powered by an all-new, compact and naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, DOHC VTEC 4-cylinder engine, producing more than 240-horsepower and mated to a new 6-speed manual transmission. The new engine will generate about 120 horsepower per liter while meeting California's stringent Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards.
The Honda S2000 features an electrically-operated convertible soft top and highly rigid body construction of the type normally reserved for closed-body vehicles, providing the foundation for open-air driving enjoyment with outstanding dynamic performance and world-class safety protection.
With the engine mounted behind the front axle, the S2000 boasts a 50/50 weight distribution for optimal handling balance.
The S2000 prototype is based on Honda's philosophy of producing world-class automobiles that deliver outstanding individual driving enjoyment while meeting the needs of society at large.
"With today's focus on performance, safety and the environment, the S2000 is the latest edition to Honda's long line of sports cars designed for driving pleasure, while showing the direction for Honda's future car designs," said Hiroyuki Yoshino, president of Honda Motor Co.
The S2000 also embodies the technological advances developed by Honda engineers over the past four decades on racing circuits around the world. Honda's racing accomplishments include both Formula One Constructor and CART Manufacturer championships, as well as numerous motorcycle racing titles.

Honda S2000 Prototype Facts and Specifications

* Dimensions (inches)
Length 162.00
Width 68.90
Height 50.60
Wheelbase 94.49

* Body
Two-seat roadster
Highly rigid body construction
50/50 weight distribution
Electrically-powered convertible soft top

* Powertrain
Front-engine, rear-drive
Compact 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder DOHC VTEC engine
Maximum output of more than 240-horsepower
LEV emissions
New, 6-speed manual transmission

* Produced at Honda's Tochigi Factory, Takanezawa Plant, Tochigi, Japan

∑ U.S. market release: summer of 1999 as a 2000 model

SOURCE: American Honda Motor Co.

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