Giving a 300,000-Mile Honda S2000 New Life With a World-Class Suspension Setup

Brian Silvestro
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Photo credit: Matthew Porter
Photo credit: Matthew Porter
Photo credit: Matthew Porter
Photo credit: Matthew Porter

Buying a high-mileage car is risky. Sure, it’ll be cheaper up front, but taking on a car with high mileage can mean questionable maintenance history, a tired drivetrain, and a sea of previous (and possibly negligent) owners.

This story originally appeared in Volume 4 of Road & Track.

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That’s just one way to look at it. Our thinking on used-car buying is that money saved up front leaves room in the budget for upgrades. After all, cars are just a collection of parts. Parts can be replaced, even improved. That means even the riskiest high-mileage cars—so long as they haven’t had their chassis tweaked in a crash—can drive like new with the right attention. What better way to test the theory than with a 300,000-mile Honda S2000, one in desperate need of a suspension revamp?

The current kit on the car, a throwaway set of aftermarket coil-overs, was well past its expiration date. We turned to KW Suspension, iconic manufacturer of world-class suspension kits, for a new set. They came back with their Variant 3: A lightning bolt of yellow, purple, and polished metal that puts every other filthy part of the S2000 to shame. The coil-overs feature independently adjustable compression and rebound dampening—something you wouldn’t have even on a factory-fresh S2000.

Even better, the KWs add an entirely new layer of feedback that simply wasn’t there before. Where the old suspension would jolt the cabin, the new set handles lumps with ease, providing the driver with more feedback along the course of the suspension’s travel. That extra nuance over every road surface allows for more precision from the S2000’s driver.

The Honda’s ride isn’t soft, either—this is a performance-oriented setup. But the V3’s adjustability means the car is more enjoyable in more places, from crawling over rutted gravel to gobbling up curbing at a high-speed apex.

So while that shining, low-mileage Honda from the classifieds will no doubt save you some short-term headaches, no stock S2000 will handle quite as nicely as this.

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