Masterpiece (n) Â Something superlative of its kind. (In other words best in its class) This is how some of you have described this car in other forums and as I will demonstrate it has numerous short comings. Car and Driver has recently published and article called ÂHot tin roofsÂ testing several sport coupes under $40,000 and they too found the S2000 to fall short in many areas. (It placed 3rd out of 4) First which was even shocking to myself is that the best 0-60 time they were able to achieve was 6.3 seconds even then the clutch was dropped just shy of the redline. They then remarked that such a launch is for Âpeople who can do clutch changes on their lunch hour.Â Implying that launching the car in such a manor it highly damaging to the clutch. I donÂt know how previous times of aprox. 5.5 seconds to 60 were achieved without doing further clutch damage. I know that you Honda fans are thinking that it doesnÂt matter if this car doesnÂt have the greatest 0-60 time; itÂs the perfect track car. C&D does complement its neutral handling, sharp cornering, and excellent breaking and I myself agree with them. However, C&D found the S2000 to have short comings even on the road course: ÂThe S2000 engineÂs compressed power band is its downfall. You donÂt get all the horsepower youÂve paid for until the engine zings to 8300rpm, or all the torqueÂthat is, all 153 pound feetÂuntil 7500rpm. ThatÂs because the VTEC variable-valve-timing system doesnÂt serve up the hot cam until 6000rpm, giving you just 3000 raucous revs in which to enjoy the enhanced punch before the fuel cutoff. ThatÂs fine for faster corners where you can keep the engine spinning, but in the tighter turns and full-stop hairpins, the engine falls into a crater, and itÂs a long climb out.Â (Car and Driver Dec 2002) This shows that the S2000 is a very good track car but a near absence of low end torque will hurt its acceleration out of slow corners. C&D also notes that the lack of low end torque makes this car undesirable for daily driving: ÂThe inflexible power band is also what makes the S2000 a somewhat unsatisfying drive in everyday traffic. The Honda is a stone in first gear until the VTEC crossover at about 33 mphÂ .Â There were some more minor complaints. The new aluminum roof left the already cramped cabin to be ÂclaustrophobicÂ. C&D editors did find the engine noise pleasant when running through the gears but annoying at 5,000rpms on the highway for an extended period of time. So after all that why do I spit on your ÂMasterpieceÂ? Well that was more of an attention getting statement if anything but I was trying to prove some points. -This car has its short comings, as does EVERY OTHER CAR ON THE MARKET, no car is perfect in every way, in every field of performance. -This and many other VTEC powertrains have performance issues. (Specifically in the low rpm range) IÂm so tired of people just assuming this is the best engine ever just because it revs to 9,000 rpm and therefore must have no shortcomings at all. With its down sides or not I still have very much respect for this car over other Hondas for several reasons, 1. ItÂs RWD, 2. Good amount of Hp, 3. Admirable track performance. IÂm not a hater I just like to see ever car for what itÂs worth and wish more people could do so, as many people overate this one.