In honor of the S2000’s 20th anniversary, Honda is selling all-new parts designed for its popular roadster. Based on the S2000 20th Anniversary prototype unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda is technically calling this a MMC, or minor model change. In other words, consider this the third facelift for the S2K.
The Honda engineer responsible for the project, Tomoki Kawamura, said the project was decided on after meeting with S2000 owners in Japan in 2019. The owners said they loved their cars so much, they didn’t want to trade them for a next-generation S2000 if Honda were to build one to today’s emissions and safety standards. So, it was determined that they would develop and release update parts to the existing S2000.
Visually, the updates include a new nose, rear rocker panel strikes, and decklid spoiler. Each can be purchased from Honda in Japan. The front fascia costs ¥96,800 (USD $876), the spoiler ¥46,200 (USD $418), and the rear strikes ¥33,000 (USD $299). Those are pretty reasonable prices for factory goods, though they come in primer, unpainted, so that will add some coin to the final tally.
Performance-wise, the only addition is a new 5-way adjustable suspension set. Honda says that these dampers are the result of 20 years of evolution, and is most compatible with new tire technology. They lower the car about 10mm, and promise improved stability and steering responsiveness. The set will cost ¥170,500 (USD $1,544).
Finally, on the inside Honda will offer 20th Anniversary floormats, in either red or black, at ¥30,800 (USD $279) a set. A pair of footwell LED lights for driver and passenger side will set you back ¥13,200 (USD $119). And lastly, the audio lid with 20th Anniversary logo will cost ¥8,800 (USD $80). Honda is making only 500 suspension sets and 2,000 audio lids so supplies are limited. We don’t know if this qualifies as a third facelift, but as we know, it’s not easy to make parts for out-of-production cars.