By Rawle Francis
Photography by Rawle Francis
Owner: showroom ride
I spent last Friday ripping up Omera Road in Arima with the first S2000
to land in Trinidad thanks to one of my rollon-rolloff" clients
KLY Auto Ltd. who now has the car up for grabs.
physical presence is much more dynamic than photos let on, forceful and
masculine rather than soft and fuzzy. Its creased fenders, high beltline,
and purposeful tyres create a taut presence. A low hoodline and flared-nostril
headlamps give the front exceptional character; dual exhausts and a fillip
above the trunk are eye-catching but are more conservative.
Spartan F1-like gauges (a digital half-moon bar tach arching over a large
digital speed readout) are housed in an instrument panel curved intimately
toward the driver. The aluminum shift knob is an effective invitation
to snap the short stick around.
only conceit in this understated cabin is a large red push button on the
far left of the dash, identified as ENGINE START. The racecar-inspired
button, which you press after turning on the ignition with a regular old
key, looks great but could get old after the initial amusement wears off.
By the time I actually got to press that starter, I was in a high state
you are considering purchasing an S2000 consider these:
- The compact,
lightweight, all-aluminum 2.0-liter VTEC engine, they say, achieves
the highest specific output--120 horse- power per liter--of any normally
.phpirated production engine in history.
- The exhaust
note was painstakingly orchestrated to approximate the blood-curdling
whine and roar of a Formula 1 engine.
- The heaviest
components (the engine, the transmission, and so on) are grouped behind
the front axle to help achieve the S2000s optimal 50/50 weight
balance. All are extra compact, and the ultra-clean engine qualifies
the S2000 as a bona fide LEV.
- Wind intrusion
into the cabin was manipulated by changing the height and angle of the
windshield pillars to allow some wind in the face.
- The powered
top flies down in six seconds once its two windshield clips are released,
twice as fast as an average Boxster.