miiipilot- I will try to address you comments as I'm still fairly new to the s2k, from e92 (which I believe has similar driving position to 1 series, but I'm not sure)
Disclaimer is we're not trying to sell anyone an s2k here. Just feedback and discussions (like we've been doing) and differences between that and bimmers...just fYI...
-S2K's engine is very different from N54/N55. It lacks torque in low/mid range, on top of that VTEC does not kick in until 6K rpm or so.
-When I first started driving s2k, I thought the engine would be so strained (is this going to blow up?) since I was taking it to 7k-8k rpm...eventually I got used to it...that's what it is built for...and I've begin to find a lot of thrill in revving that engine.
-Driving position: It is different than e92. Steering wheel is non-adjustable and seat height is "fixed" since it could only be moved fore-aft, very little incline adjustment also. But for the most part it took me little time to get used to it... it is definitely more snug than a bimmer, but the way I look at it...as soon as I get in, my hands fall on the steering wheel and shifter, where as before in the bimmer, I felt like I had to "reach" for the shifter. Bimmer's position is more comfortable for long drives I would say.
That's just my $.01, anyone else agree-disagree feel free to chime in.
Also...don't be afraid to rev it !
Originally Posted by miiipilot
Just test drove a champ white '06 S2000. Priced 19,000 with 55,000 miles.
Loved the shifter. Insane gate.
Hit a few twisties. Inspired confidence. Felt precise and controlled. Very little roll.
It's a nice drive. Felt compliant, but capable over bumps.
Now the disappointment:
Maybe I am not used to NA motors anymore, but I thought the pull would build more into 5k rpm than it did. Normal???
Sounded really strained like I shouldn't be revving that high. Normal???
If that is normal I can adapt.
I am only 5'11". Cockpit was nice and compact. However the driver position was way off and NONADJUSTABLE. Felt like I was looking down like driving a truck and not looking up and out.
I couldn't lower the seat and there is NO telescopic wheel?????? WTF. This was a $35G car new. No telescopic wheel?
Felt like I had to drive with my hands in my lap. Shuffle steering is one thing, but bumping into my thighs on quick chicanes is another.
Maybe it's my style of driving. I sit low to the ground and have the wheel high and close to me. Felt like my arms were straight out like the old style F1 drivers from the 60's.
Not dogging you guys that own them, b/c this was the only car I was looking to get for a "fun" car. Still love the car, just doesn't feel right.
Anyone else test drive one and feel this way?