Long-term update: 2007 Honda S2000 plays hard and drinks harder
Our 2007 Honda S2000 does not have a trip computer. So we have to calculate fuel efficiency the old-fashioned way. That involves filling up the fuel tank completely, reseting the trip meter to zero, driving until it needs refuelling, going “full tank” again and noting down how many litres of petrol went in as well as the trip-meter reading. The random-guy-on-the-street will tell you that a small engine equals better fuel economy. That is not exactly the case.
First off, it isn’t easy to drive a Honda S2000 casually. It is slow as hell when the revs are low. And at 120 kph in sixth gear, it does a whopping 4000 rpm! We got a calculated figure of 13.8 litres/100 km, which is about as much as a roughly-driven V6 sedan. We could surely get better numbers if we were willing to be overtaken by Yarises and Tiidas.
We also did a hard performance run today, before we changed the five-year-old stock Bridgestone Potenza RE050 tyres which have only 15,000 km on them. Let’s just say that, even with aging tyres, this car’s grip is pretty freaking good. And look here at how there is hardly any dive under hard braking. We also learned that it is very hard to get a good 0-100 kph time with this car. It wasn’t designed to be a drag racer at all. You practically have to risk blowing up the drivetrain to get the times claimed by the foreign magazines. So we quit that shit after a while. Also, the paint thickness on this car is absolute crap, and we picked up a few new chips on the front bumper on this run.
The reason we changed the tyres is, aside from probably having to do it at the end of the year anyway due to RTA tyre-expiry rules, we were offered free Bridgestone Potenza S001 rubbers by the tyre-maker’s regional head-office, especially since we were perfectly set up to compare them with their previous RE050 flagship tyres. The S001 is the new range-topper, used as standard equipment on various Ferraris and Aston Martins. Our first feedback would be sky-high confidence in turns now. But we’ll cover that in detail soon.
Original Mileage When Bought: 14,900 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 16,100 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 13.8 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 0
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 0