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Moving forward, Honda has some big plans to restructure its entire product portfolio with a heavy focus on fuel-efficiency and other green technologies. Earlier reports had stated that there would likely be no replacement for the S2000 roadster and that the next-generation Acura NSX development would be put on indefinite hold. Earlier this week, however, Honda issued a formal press release stating that its peppy S2000 will cease production after the 2009 model year.

We've continually praised the S2000 for its high-strung driving dynamics (thanks to a 9000-rpm redline), simple styling, and minimalist interior. As* a worthy competitor for the Mazda MX-5, the S2000 didn't change much during its ten-year production run, with only the special Club Racer model debuting as a 2008 model.

As for us, we're hoping to take one of the final S2000s on a spirited drive down some of our favorite roads for a proper send-off. Click through the post to read Honda's official press release.

2009 Will Be Final Model Year of Production for Honda S2000

The 2009 Honda S2000 will be the final model year produced of the award-winning roadster, Honda announced today. First introduced in 1999 for the 2000 model year, the S2000 helped define its segment with class-leading handling, engine technology and value. Originally envisioned as a limited-edition tribute to Honda's 50th anniversary, S2000 production was extended in response to customer demand and critical acclaim.

"The S2000 is a sports car designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "It raised the bar for all future roadsters, and it's already considered a classic by many Honda fans."

As a true sports car that can serve as a practical and fun daily driver yet feel equally at home on a racetrack, this concept further evolved with a club racer-inspired S2000 CR trim, first offered in the 2008 model year. The S2000 has been honored with multiple awards through the years, including four appearances on Car and Driver Magazine's coveted "10-Best" list.

The S2000 is sold in 64 countries around the world with cumulative world-wide sales of over 110,000 since its introduction in 1999. Over 65,000 S2000s have been sold in the United States since 1999.

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