Road Tests Real world tests of S2000 vs BMW Z3 M

0-60mph

S2000
5.5 s
BMW Z3 M
5.2 s
S2000 Z3 M @ supercars.net
A slight horsepower decrease is caused by a smaller exhaust system.
BMW Z3 M | by www.supercars.net

Top speed

S2000
150 mph
BMW Z3 M
137 mph
S2000 Z3 M @ supercars.net
The goal was to develop a convertible two-seater with quick acceleration, taut handling, crisp shifting, great braking ability, and looks to kill.
S2000 | by MotorTrend (Nov, 1999)

0-100mph

S2000
14 s
BMW Z3 M
14.6 s
S2000 Z3 M @ supercars.net
It only took the S2000 5.8 seconds to reach 60 mph, and it did the quarter mile in 14.2 at 98.1.
S2000 | by MotorTrend (Nov, 1999)

1/4 mile

S2000
14.8 s
BMW Z3 M
14 s
S2000 Z3 M @ supercars.net
Herein lies the car's biggest problem: Most people will never drive in the best rpm range (7000 to 8500), shifting too early.
S2000 | by MotorTrend (Nov, 1999)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Honda S2000

Reasons to consider the
Honda S2000

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Faster top speed 150 mph vs 137 mph 13 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much higher redline 9,000 RPM vs 6,800 RPM More than 30% more revs
Better power-to-weight ratio 11.48 lb/hp vs 12.85 lb/hp More than 10% better power-to-weight ratio
Lighter curb weight 2,756 lb vs 3,085 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Front view of BMW Z3 M

Reasons to consider the
BMW Z3 M

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Faster in the quarter mile 14 s vs 14.8 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
More torque 236 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM vs 153 ft-lb @ 7,500 RPM Around 55% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More expensive sticker price $42k vs $30k 40% more expensive harder to own
Bigger engine 3,152 cc vs 1,997 cc Around 60% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

S2000  vs
BMW Z3 M 
Brand Honda BMW
Price 30,000 41,900
Year 2000 1998

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.48 lb/hp 12.85 lb/hp
Maximum hp 240 HP @ 8,300 RPM 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 153 ft-lb @ 7,500 RPM 236 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM
Max RPM 9,000 RPM 6,800 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 1,997 cc 3,152 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11.7:1 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.43 in / 3.31 in 3.4 in / 3.53 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,756 lb 3,085 lb
Width 68.9 in 68.5 in
Height 50.6 in 49.8 in
Length 162.2 in 158.5 in
Front track width 57.8 in 55 in
Wheelbase 94.5 in 96.8 in

road tests

S2000  vs
BMW Z3 M 
Top speed 150 mph 137 mph
1/4 mile 14.8 s 14 s
0-60mph 5.5 s 5.2 s
0-100mph 14 s 14.6 s

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD Front Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 5
Axle ratio 4.1:1 3.23:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 406/? 165 432/? 191
Rear wheels 406/? 190 432/? 229
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