What is it?
The latest and most extreme version of Honda’s howling four cylinder open sportster, just launched in Japan. Complete with big front spoiler and extrovert rear wing, this Type S is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. But to drive, it really is rather good.
A couple of months back, American Honda introduced the 2008 S2000 CR, a hardcore enthusiast S2000 set up for track days and club racing. Now comes Japan’s version of essentially the same car.
The CR/Type S treatment brings stiffer-than-normal suspension, new 17in lightweight alloy wheels and those, er, ‘subtle’ body add-ons, to make the S2000 even more of a serious performance tool. Up front, that brilliant, high-revving 2.2-litre engine stays unchanged.
Compared to America’s CR, Japan’s Type S chassis tuning is a little more forgiving, aimed at making the S2000 tauter and more responsive over twisty B-roads, rather than the ultimate hard-and-fast set-up for the track.
Inside you get more supportive yellow and black sports seats and an aluminum gear knob. On the outside, those wild body add-ons are not just for show. They really have been developed to improve high-speed stability, Honda says with a straight face, although for many they will surely be the last word in embarrassment.