La Teoría está Muy Bien pero, y el Resultado?
En la anterior entrada del blog vimos que la idea pintaba bien pero, cuál fué el resultado?
Reviews and awards
The S2000 has received much praise from critics and motoring journalists and has received favourable reviews from such publications as Car and Driver, Car Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and Road & Track magazine. Among the features highlighted are the high output of the engine, the high redline, the balanced handling, and the smooth gearbox. User surveys have named the S2000 as a favorite for overall customer satisfaction.
-The S2000 was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004.
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-The S2000 was the highest-ranked model in the J. D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study "Premium Sports Car" class for 2004, 2006, and 2008 and consistently held one of the top three positions.
-The S2000 was ranked number #1 in the BBC Top Gear Survey in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
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-The S2000 was ranked as "Best Affordable Sports Car" by U.S. News & World Report in 2008 and 2009.
-The F20C engine won the International Engine of the Year award in the "1.8- to 2-litre" size category for five years from 2000 through 2004.
-The F20C was featured on Ward's 10 Best Engines list for 2000 and 2001.
-The S2000 was on Edmunds Consumers Most Wanted for 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007.
-The S2000 was one of Jalopnik's Best10 Cars Of The Decade.
-An AEM prepared version of the car was the winner of the SEMA Gran Turismo Award in 2005.
Sales and production
In the United States, the largest market for the S2000 worldwide, the suggested retail price of the base 2009 Honda S2000 was $34,995. The CR trim's base price was $36,995 with a $1,000 option to add air-conditioning and stereo.
In the United Kingdom, the 2009 model was offered in two trims, Roadster and GT. The GT trim featured a removable hard-top and an outside temperature gauge. On-the-road prices of these trims were £27,300 and £27,850, respectively.
After several years of steady production, sales of the roadster began falling dramatically starting in 2006, and the trend accelerated during the 2008 U.S. recession. In 2008, only 2,538 units were sold in the U.S. - a 74% decline from the 2002 sales peak. In November of that year, for the first time since its launch, fewer than over 9000 new S2000s were sold nationwide during a calendar month.
Mención aparte merece su increíble motor:
To get most out of the compact sized engine, Honda engineers utilized technology derived from Honda's racing engines. The F20C and F22C1 have two overhead cams with roller followers, a ladder-frame main bearing stiffener, a VTEC system for both the intake and exhaust camshaft, Fiber-Reinforced Metal cylinder liners (FRM), molybdenum disulfide-coated piston skirts for reduced friction, and uses a timing chain.
The VTEC system consists of two separate cam lobe profiles. Variable cam phasing is not used. Roller followers are used to reduce friction in the valvetrain. The rocker arms are constructed using metal injection molding.
The engine block is constructed of aluminum with fiber-reinforced metal sleeve. A timing chain drives an intermediate gear, which drives the cams. The pistons are forged aluminum. The intake plenum was designed with minimal volume for fast engine response, and a 14 lb flywheel was fitted until 2003. A high-flow catalyst is supplied along with an exhaust air-injection system, which greatly decreases catalyst light-off time and cold emissions.
Displacement: 1,997 cc (121.9 cu in)
Bore: 87 mm (3.4 in)
Stroke: 84 mm (3.3 in)
Rod Length: 153 mm
Rod/stroke ratio: 1.82
JDM 250 PS (183.88 kW) @ 8,300rpm & 22.2kgm (217.71 Nm) @ 7,500 rpm
USDM 240 HP @ 8,300 rpm; 153 ft lb, 207 Nm @ 7,500 rpm
Redline: 9000 rpm
VTEC: 6100 rpm
The F20C was designed with high maximum rpm capability in mind, for increased power output; redline is at 9000 rpm, with VTEC engagement at 6000 rpm. Its relatively long stroke of 84mm results in a mean piston speed of 4965 ft/m, 56.42 mph or 25 m/s, higher than any other production car to date. Power output is 240 bhp (179 kW) at 8300 rpm in North America and Europe. The Japanese version, which has a higher compression ratio, is capable of 250 PS (247 bhp) at 8600 rpm. Honda's F20C Engine won a spot on Wards' 10 Best Engines List four times, in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
The engine displaces 1,997 cc (121.9 cu in), lending to the Honda S2000's name. This method of naming follows suit with the rest of the Honda S roadsters (i.e. Honda S500, S600, and S800).
The F20C produces the highest specific power output for any naturally aspirated 2.0L piston engine in a car priced under US$100,000, at 123.5 hp (92.1 kW) per liter, ahead of the SR16VE N1 found in the homologation version of JDM Nissan Pulsar producing 197 bhp (147 kW) for a specific power of 123.45 bhp (92.06 kW) per liter. The F20C held the record for producing the highest specific power output for any mass production naturally aspirated piston engine until Ferrari released the 458 Italia in 2010, which produces 124.5 HP/L.
Y como una imagen vale más que mil palabras...
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Nota: Mencionar que la prensa inglesa destacó el carácter sobrevirador del coche original y, como consecuencia, Honda desarrolló una alineación específica. Más info aquí:
The 2000-2003 Workshop Manual showing rear total toe-in at 0.25 inch.