After being without my S2000 for what feels like forever, I am very happy to have it back freshly off of a new tune (thanks Shawn Church). The car currently is putting down 421 wheel horsepower at very close to its 9000rpm redline. Rather than have my first experiences with the new tune be in rush hour traffic, I decided to take her out to the Malibu canyons Sunday evening to get reacquainted. After driving the GT-R lately, the S2000 is such a massively different car in more ways than I have time to explain here.
One thing I can elaborate on is that while the GT-R has monster torque and power everywhere, the S2000 felt initially sluggish by comparison (even with this larger power tune). That is until passing 8000prm….The last 1000rpm on the tachometer, especially in this particular S2000 is what separates the S2000 from the GT-R. Whatever the GT-R has on the S2000 (which is as you might imagine quite a lot), the S2000’s last 1000rpm makes up greatly for its losses and shows the car’s true colors. Ultimately the difference between the two is that the GT-R unleashes the fury early and often, but this S2000 has soul and a fight in it that the GT-R in it’s current state can’t match. Just when I think the S2000 feels slow compared to the GT-R, that last 1000rpm in which the power rises to 421 wheel hp reminds me that the S2000 was a beast all along and it just needs to be provoked more brutally for it to bite your head clean off.
In the canyons the difference between the GT-R and the S2000 was found. The GT-R runs effortlessly hard out of the gate but this S2000 when truly engaged and tested to the limits proves that it indeed has the truer spirit of a fighter.
Here’s a video below I took to showcase the scenery. If you want to hear the full Amuse exhaust you can skip to the last couple seconds (Amuse titanium header, Amuse sports catalyer and Amuse Euro 7022 dual exhaust)
(video also available in 720p HD)