Honda SSM was the concept car behind Honda S2000. This car was a roadster built from 1989 to 2009. It was first unveiled in 1995 at the Tokyo Motor Show. At that time, it was introduced to the world as a concept car. In 1999, however, Honda has launched a production version. The introduction of production version was part of company's efforts to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The unique part of this car is its 2 liters of engine displacement. This engine displacement is a legacy from the 1960s roadsters.
Honda's engineers have made many changes to the car during its lifetime. Some of them improved suspension and engine. Others have focused on the interior design and gearbox. There are two main versions of this Honda: the one launched in 1999 and a later one. The one launched in 1999 had a chassis code of AP1. The later version of this Honda had received a chassis code of AP2. The later version was vastly different from the initial one because it featured substantial changes in suspension and drive-train.
The first generation of this Honda had DOHC-VTEC engine with four cylinders and rear-wheel-drive layout, not to mention a powerful front mid-engine. The code name of this engine was F20C. This engine had a limited slip differential and a six-speed manual transmission. Honda's engineers claimed that this vehicle's engine became the top, highest performing 4-cylinder engine in the world.
Integrated roll hoops and electrically assisted steering, not to mention double wishbone suspension, are some of the features that made the car enthusiasts buy this awesome car. Its base model came with Bridgestone Potenza tires and high-quality 16 in wheels that made driving easy. Its base model also came with an electrically powered top which was made out of vinyl.
Honda stopped producing this car in 2009.