Close-Up: HKS AP350SC-II Concept – a.k.a. Supercharged S2000

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One for the Honda fans; HKS, among many other vehicles this year, brought out the same S2000 they had at SEMA 2011 here in the states.   Dubbed the AP350SC-II Concept, (derived from the chassis code, the amount of power it produces, and the main power adder) this S2000 is host to a whole lineup of newly developed HKS parts.  Namely, the  GTS7040 supercharger that’s attached to the F22.  Click past the break for a close-up of this beast.

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The S2000 retains it’s stock body panels; they’ve just been plastered with paint and vinyl.  Stance is taken care of by a set of HKS HiperMax III coil-overs.  It’s actually a pretty cool livery sans the giant GT SUPER CHARGER decal on the side and hood.  It sits atop a set of 18″ Advan RZ-DFs with polished lips.  You’re probably wondering why they lifted the rear end up and threw a mirror underneath…..no?

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It’s to give you a good look at HKS’ new SSM (Super Sound Master) Exhaust system.  A lightweight exhaust that highlights the distinct, high rpm sound of VTEC.  In conjunction with the new SSM, HKS has also developed a new hi-flow catalytic converter – the HKS Metal Catalyzer.  Sounds like some kind of atomic weapon.

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The exhaust gives an almost stock appearance from the rear.  A good attribute for those going for that low profile look.

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The front end of the S2000 is a little bit more business.  Along with the creation of the HKS GTS7040 supercharger system, they also created a GT Intercooler System.  The core measure 600x244x65mm; that’s roughly 24x10x2.5 inches for us in the states.  Not giant by any means, but just the right size to get the job done and look great stuffed in that front bumper.  The supercharger system, when paired with HKS’ famous V-Cam System, makes an incredible increase in power – topping out at 354 ps.

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A closer look at the Advan’s, wrapped in Yokohama S-Drives.  Braking power is provided by an Endless Racing 4 pot caliper clamped around Endless 2-piece rotors.  I like the ‘Japan Made’ stamp on the Advans.  Power is transferred via HKS’ new LA Clutch – a single disc capable of handling up to 380 ps and 46 kgfm of torque.  Exceptional for a single plate.

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Engine management is handled by HKS’ new, prototype Flash Editor.  Not too much information on this new ECU yet…

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Being a Honda owner myself, and at one point in time, a S2000 owner, I love to see companies throwing so much into aftermarket Honda development.  Especially from a company like HKS.  I hope you enjoyed seeing this as much as I did.  Check out JDM Clips for a great selection of videos from TAS 2012.  Thanks for visiting!

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