2004 Honda S2000 -- Interior


As with the S2000's exterior, the central design theme of the roadster's interior is performance. Honda engineers designed the interior to contribute to what they call an "interfusion" between the driver and the car.

The conceptual model for the S2000 interior is a modern Formula 1 car's cockpit. Outward visibility, simplicity of controls, control feel, comfort - both machines have these needs in common.

New for 2004

The 2004 S2000 benefits from a wide range of interior enhancements that make it a better all-around daily driver. Redesigned door panels provide more shoulder and elbow room, and a new center console provides greater utility and improved audio.

Honda S2000 Interior Features

  • Driver-oriented control layout
  • Excellent outward visibility
  • Dual airbags (SRS)
  • Air conditioning
  • Micron air-filtration system
  • AM/FM stereo CD player with optional XM Satellite Radio
  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • Power mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Center console storage compartments w/lock
  • Center console cupholders (2) w/ one touch sliding lid
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • 3-point seat belts with pretensioner and load limiter
  • Remote-operated audio controls
  • Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System
  • Engine start button
  • Keyless entry system

2004 Interior Changes

The interior has the following changes for 2004:

  • Door panels on both sides are sculpted more deeply
    • Elbow room increased by as much as 0.9 inches (20 mm)
    • The lower door pocket has more storage space,
    • The tweeter housing is reshaped and more integrated with the door shape
    • Vertical elbow pad is larger
  • New interior trim and related pieces include:
    • Ignition wave key design features decorative aluminum-look panel with S2000 logo
    • An aluminum shift knob with genuine leather
    • A genuine leather shift boot
    • Revised aluminum-look radio lid
    • Aluminum-look console lid, head restraint cover
    • Cruise control buttons on steering wheel add Cancel center button
  • Center console redesigned to provide:
    • Two cupholders (previously just one)
    • A one-touch sliding lid
    • A storage tray to place small objects such as coins
  • Updated instrument panel meter design
    • Digital tachometer features less distance between segments
    • Integrated clock added
    • Security indicator lamp added
  • New black and red interior color is available with Sebring Silver Metallic or Silverstone Metallic exterior colors

Driver-Oriented Interior

The S2000's driver-oriented interior is stylistically restrained and functional.

The contoured seats are upholstered in leather, and have a perforated texture that helps the material breathe. Legroom is ample and the seatback's side bolsters extend all the way up to the shoulder for good lateral support when cornering. The head restraints are fixed and feature an open design that contributes to the overall open feel of the cockpit.

Seat adjustment is manual and includes adjustments for fore and aft position and seatback angle. A padded and carpeted central console separates the seats. The sculpted door inserts are upholstered in leather and include an armrest, grab handle, door latch, power window and door-lock controls. The driver's side door includes power-mirror controls.

The instrument panel curves around each side of the central instrument pod. Smaller pod wings house controls for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, audio, cruise control, the engine start button and the air outlets.

The foot pedals feature a textured-metal finish reminiscent of the pedals found in race cars, and are positioned for optimal heel-and-toe operation.

The padded 3-spoke steering wheel features the cruise control switches with set, resume and cancel buttons.

The 6-speed shifter, emergency flasher switch, hand brake lever and power-operated soft-top switch are housed in the central console, along with beverage holders and a pocket for small items, such as change. A compartment located on the rear bulkhead, between the driver's and passenger's shoulders, features a hinged, locking cover and functions as a glove compartment. Two lockable storage units are located behind the driver's and passenger's seats.

Audio System

The AM/FM stereo and CD player sits beneath the center of the instrument panel, at the forward end of the center console. A flip-down cover hides the radio controls from view and from the elements. The 30-watt, four speaker system features two front mid-range speakers in the lower door panel and two tweeters mounted on the upper door.

For 2004, dealer-installed headrest tweeters are available (two per seat) and the head unit is XM Satellite Radio-capable with the addition of a dealer-installed XM Satellite Radio Receiver and antenna. The optional satellite antenna has a sleek, low-profile design and is painted Satin Silver Mist. For a monthly fee, XM Satellite Radio features over 100 digitally broadcast channels and delivers CD-quality sound with text information such as artist, song title and album title.

Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System

An Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System is standard on the S2000. The ignition key has a built-in transponder, which, when removed, immobilizes the engine fuel injection and ignition so the engine cannot be started. When the key is inserted, a radio signal from the ECU (Electronic Control Unit) is sent to the transponder.

If the code in the key and the code in the ECU agree, then the ECU allows the engine to be started. The key needs no batteries, as it receives what little energy it needs via the ignition/steering-lock unit that functions as a transmitter/receiver antenna. An indicator lamp on the instrument panel lets the driver know that the immobilizer system has accepted the key.

Race-Car-Type Digital Display

The S2000 features a digital instrument panel reminiscent of the displays used in modern racing cars. The display features a large, semicircular bar-type tachometer divided into 100-rpm increments. The tachometer flashes red when the engine redline is approached at 8000 rpm (the fuel cutoff is set at 8200 rpm). A highly visible digital speedometer readout is below the tachometer display, as well as readouts for coolant temperature, fuel level, trip and cumulative mileage odometers and warning lights for SRS, oil pressure, the Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System and ABS. For 2004, the tachometer features reduced distance between each segment. Plus, a digital clock and a security system indicator lamp have been added.

Electronically Controlled Heating and Air-Conditioning System

The various functions of the heating and air-conditioning system are electronically controlled and actuated by the heater and airflow controls. The heater outlets at knee level and the center outlet in the instrument panel help extend comfort when the top is down in cool weather. The air-conditioning-system evaporator is a new design that takes up less space, is more efficient at transferring heat and has greater corrosion resistance.

Micron Air-Filtration System

The S2000 air-conditioning system features a replaceable micron air filter capable of filtering particulate matter from 8.0 microns (the size of most pollen) down to as small as 0.3 microns (diesel emissions).

S2000 Safety Systems

The driver's and passenger's SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) both use a compact airbag that fits the S2000's small steering wheel and instrument panel. The lower anchor points for the S2000's 3-point, auto-locking seat belts are at the side sill and seat. The upper anchor bolts to a bracket mounted directly on the S2000's rollbars.

The S2000 body and the highly rigid high X-bone frame's central tunnel, straight front and rear side members, side sills and floor frame are designed to form a strong three-point support structure that distributes loads evenly. The resulting body structure boasts the rigidity and passenger protection of a closed-top vehicle in full-frontal and rear impacts. Even though open-topped cars are exempted, the S2000 meets the federal standard for occupant protection in a rollover accident. The driver's and passenger's roll bars are made of 1.5-inch diameter high-strength steel pipe with a 0.08-inch wall thickness, and tied directly into the frame. Protection is provided by reinforced door pillars, windshield posts and the windshield frame.

The S2000 incorporates pedestrian injury-reducing technol-ogy in the form of collapsible hood hinges and windshield-wiper pivots, designed to help minimize the chances of head injury to a pedestrian in a collision.

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