Honda S2000 Supercharger Guide

17th October, 2018 in S2000 Tuning

We review the most popular Honda S2000 supercharger kits available on the market today. This is the ultimate S2K supercharger guide.

s2000 supercharger guide


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Honda’s legendary two-seater roadster, which was released to mark their 50th anniversary, has certainly stood the test of time. It’s sleek, unique styling still looks incredible today and it’s an impressive all-around package straight out of the factory.

There’s no question that the car was built with performance in mind. With an engine capable of revving to 9,000rpm in the earlier models and hitting 237hp in the older models, Honda did a great job with providing a sufficient amount of power for the road.

However, we don’t really do ‘sufficient’ here at Drifted, and we’re guessing that you found us because you probably don’t either. If you’ve decided it’s time to release the full potential of what your S2000 has to offer, then you’ve come to the right place!

Forced induction

There’s always going to be ‘that’ debate amongst owners as to which FI option is the better choice.

Whether you’re searching for huge power figures or intending to do straight line racing, a turbocharger may well be the better option for your needs.

However, if you’re intending to have a usable power-band where you can plant your foot in the twisties without the fear of doing an unexpected 180, then a supercharger is most likely the choice for you.

Superchargers provide a far more consistent power delivery with zero lag, providing a satisfyingly broad and predictable torque curve. If you’re looking to stick with the power curve that Honda intended, but with a much-needed kick up the butt, the supercharger is the choice for you.

Please note that we highly recommend further research for any various additional modifications which are required to run these supercharger kits.

Not convinced by a supercharger but still want serious power? Try our S2000 turbo kit guide.

Let’s take a look at our S2000 supercharger kits

To read more about any of these products simply click on the supercharger name or photo.

TTS S2000 Supercharger

tts s2000 supercharger

Our comment: UK-based TTS might not seem like the obvious choice for the international market, however, this fantastic kit offers exceptional quality and a fantastic driving experience. This has made it extremely popular even in the US and further afield.

Opting for a Rotrex C38 supercharger in their kit, this is undoubtedly one of the best offerings out there. TTS offers fantastic customer service and have rectified any issues that owners have had over the years.

With several offerings such as a sensible daily kit, all the way up to 500bhp and 300ft/lb torque monster offering throughout a variety of selections, TTS certainly has something for everyone!

Manufacturer description:TTS PERFORMANCE have developed this superb supercharger conversion to give awesome power gains yet better drivability than the standard car. This conversion enables the car to pull hard through its entire power band with no glitches, no fuss, no throttle lag, just seamless power.

This conversion requires very little maintenance. The front-mounted intercooler optimizes the performance by keeping the intake charge temperature down. This conversion out-performs all other commercially available supercharger conversions on the market*.

The conversion is available for air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned cars. Left or right-hand drive. Although the F20/22 engine and transmission are extremely durable, it may be necessary to replace the clutch.

Features (SUPERSPORT model):

  • Rotrex C38-81 Supercharger
  • Supercharger pulley
  • Alloy main support bracket
  • Mounting brackets and bolts
  • 4x idler pulleys with mounts
  • 1560mm DPK 7 rib belt
  • Lightweight alloy crank 125mm 7PK pulley
  • TTS auto belt tensioner
  • TTS custom front mounted intercooler
  • TTS air filter induction kit
  • All alloy connecting pipes
  • All silicon hoses and clamps
  • Deatsch werks injectors and adapter plugs
  • Walbro 255 fuel pump
  • Fitting instructions

HKS GT Pro Kit S2000 Supercharger

hks s2000 supercharger

Our comment: Japanese tuning legends HKS step into the game with their highly reputable supercharger. This certainly isn’t the craziest kit out there. Hoever, if you’re looking for a good-looking, reliable SC that maintains the JDM feel then this is always a great alternative.

With over 300hp being achieved from this kit out of the box, other owners have reliably managed over 400hp with daily driving. Our main issue with this kit is the potential difficulty of sourcing spares from HKS if the issue ever arose.

Manufacturer description:The HKS Supercharger Pro Kit has been designed to maximize the performance of naturally aspirated engines by adding a HKS supercharger.

Smooth torque delivery leads to ease of use which makes the HKS GT Supercharger a great match for the engine.

We would like those who want more power but feel resistance to forced induction to experience this setup which has acceleration feel reminiscent of a tuned NA engine.

Features:

  • GTS7040 Supercharger Unit capable of 300hp
  • Traction Fluid Filter, Tank & Cooler
  • Idler Pulley (x2), Crank Pulley
  • Supercharger Crank Pulley
  • Supercharger Unit 120mm Pulley & Belt
  • Relieve Valve Assembly
  • Air Filter with Suction Pipe
  • Intercooler with Piping
  • All hardware and hosing required for installation

Science of Speed S2000 Supercharger

science of speed s2000 supercharger

Our comment: If you look online, it doesn’t take long to see that the SOS kit undoubtedly has the biggest following on our list. Known as ‘The King’ of S2000 superchargers, this most frequently gets the vote as the best all-round S2000 offering on the market.

With SOS receiving huge praise for both their customer service and quality, their kits which are capable of providing over 500whp tick every box on our list with impressive power figures, reliability and customer service.

SOS opt for the highly-recommended Novi 1200 or 1220 supercharger depending on your power preference. Although the most expensive version of the hugely-popular Stage 2 kit can potentially cost up to $6,400, there’s no doubt that it’s worth the money.

Manufacturer description:This system uses a higher boost pulley for a wheel horsepower gain of 140-150 horsepower with 91/93 octane, and over 200+ wheel horsepower gain with race gas or E85.

The ScienceofSpeed Stage 2 system includes upgraded engine management and fuel system. For the 2000-05 applications, we include the AEM EMS Series 2. For the 2006-2009 applications, we include the K-Tuner Flash (can be upgraded to the K-Tuner Touch for an additional $200.00,

The system includes the reliable Novi 1220 supercharger which produces a 140-150 wheel horsepower gain at 9 PSI (a higher capacity supercharger, the Novi 1200 is available as an upgrade, suited for applications over 9 PSI), a complete machined billet aluminum bracket & belt tension system that is mounted with aerospace vibration isolation mounts, a liquid charge intercooler system, and intake system.

Features:

S2000, 2000-05

  • ScienceofSpeed Supercharger System
  • AEM Series 2 Engine Management System
  • ID 1050cc Injectors
  • Injector Plug and Play Adapters
  • ScienceofSpeed Injector Fitting Kit
  • Walbro 255 LPH HP Fuel Pump

S2000, 2006-09

  • ScienceofSpeed Supercharger System
  • K-Tuner Flash (can be upgraded to a K-Tuner Touch)
  • ID 1050cc Injectors
  • Injector Plug and Play Adapters
  • ScienceofSpeed Injector Fitting Kit
  • ScienceofSpeed High Fuel Pressure Regulator

Comptech/CT Engineering S2000 Supercharger Kit

comptech s2000 supercharger

  • Manufacturer: Comptech/CT Engineering
  • Fitment: Honda S2000
  • Price: Unavailable
  • Drifted rating:xxx
  • Purchase link: No longer available due to CT Engineering having ceased trading.

Our comment: This once-popular option is often spoken about in the S2000 supercharging world and was initially designed by Comptech. After business issues, Comptech later split and CT Engineering began selling these highly sought after SC kits.

However, recently, CT Engineering has also ceased trading and we therefore can’t give the product a higher than a 3* rating due to potential lack of support should you have any issues or need spares. If this kit pops up cheap used, it may well be a bargain choice as it once had a great reputation.

Manufacturer description:This CT Engineering (formerly Comptech USA) Supercharger Kit is one of the best power modifications you can make to your performance Honda S2000. This product was designed from the ground up with quality, reliability, and durability in mind, and the installation is simple and completely bolt-on (no extra modifications or engine upgrades are required).

Not only that, but CT Engineering Supercharger Kits come complete with a tuning solution, which will ensure that your ECU is tuned perfectly for your new supercharger right out of the box.


Kraftwerks S2000 Supercharger System

kraftwerks s2000 supercharger

Our comment: When Kraftwerks initially launched their S2000 supercharger kit, it was a popular offering but issues soon started arriving, therefore we recommend steering clear of the older Rotrex C30 kit. Thankfully, Kraftwerks listened to the people and released a brand-new updated package which features the same Rotrex C38 supercharger that’s also found in the TTS setup.

Kraftwerks not only improved the supercharger during the update, but also the intercooler, providing more power with an improved design. We feel that the TTS kit still has the edge in their design, alongside numerous people mentioning that they have had missing or wrong parts in their Kraftwerks package. That being said, this is still a fantastic kit which comes highly recommended.

Manufacturer description:Kraftwerks is pleased to introduce the newly redesigned supercharger system for the 2006-2009 Honda S2000. Centered around the highly efficient Rotrex C38-81 supercharger, the Kraftwerks 2006-2009 Honda S2000 kit produces impressive results throughout the entire power band. And, unlike any other forced induction system, the Kraftwerks supercharger system provides a linear power curve, torque on demand, cooler operating temperatures, and total driveability.”

“The 2006-2009 S2000 supercharger system provides instant throttle response and a progressive power curve that increases all the way to redline without the typical ‘spiking’ or ‘surging’ associated with turbochargers. This unique, more useable power curve results in reduced cylinder pressures, less strain on engine components, and increased reliability. Rotrex superchargers also operate much cooler when compared to turbochargers and other supercharger systems, which reduces the engine’s intake air temperature as well as its risk of detonation.”

“Rotrex superchargers are renowned for their compact size, high adiabatic efficiency, low vibration, and quiet operation. Their unique traction drive technology is what makes all of this possible, which, unlike other superchargers, transmits power through frictional forces between its rolling elements. Each Rotrex unit features its own self-contained oiling system that remains independent of the engine. Its dual-action oil pump supplies traction fluid to the supercharger while the supplied cooler ensures proper fluid temperatures at all times.”

Features:

  • Rotrex C38-81 Supercharger w/ 70mm Pulley (11.2 psi)
  • Grams Performance 1,000cc/min. High Impedance Fuel Injectors w/ Plug-and-Play Connectors
  • Grams Performance 320lph High Flow Fuel Pump
  • Front Mount Intercooler (27 x 12 x 3 Inch)
  • Aluminum Intercooler Piping
  • Oil Cooler – for supercharger
  • High-Quality CNC-machined Brackets, Idler Pulley, and Tensioner
  • High-Quality Fasteners and Hardware
  • Recirculating Bypass Valve

Vortech S2000 Supercharger Kit

vortech s2000 supercharger

Our comment: We were surprised to see that yet another popular offering appears to have been discontinued, this time the well-known Vortech setup.

Although Vortech typically has a hugely popular reputation in the supercharging scene, it seems as though they may have given up on supercharging the S2000. Given the fact that they no longer support the S2K and combined with mixed reports from various owners, we wouldn’t recommend going with the Vortech on this occasion.

Manufacturer description:This system bolts on 49% horsepower to give your S2000 358 tire shreddin’ horsepower. Torque improves from 153 lb./ft. to 214 lb./ft. on the 2.0L and from 162 lb./ft. to 219 lb./ft. on the 2.2L.

Vortech’s gear driven supercharger with SQ technology provides quiet operation and unmatched reliability.


Our winner

Our winner is the SpeedofScience (S0S) Stage 2 S2000 Supercharger kit

To pick our winner from this choice of S2000 supercharger kits we looked at a number of criteria; popularity, power levels, upgrade potential and also long-term reliability.

Based on these criteria we have chosen the SpeedofScience (S0S) Stage 2 S2000 Supercharger kit to be our winner.

SpeedofScience (S0S) Stage 2 S2000 Supercharger kit

sos1 s2000 supercharger

As an all-rounder, we undoubtedly feel that the SpeedofScience setup was the best option available for your S2K. Despite already being a great kit, the sheer amount of people that have reliably stacked up the miles on their setups over the years, whilst receiving fantastic support from SOS goes a long way.

With lots of upgrade potential, SOS will safely see you achieve over 500whp if your pockets are deep enough!

Our runner-up is undoubtedly the TTS kit. However, we can understand that some people may be put off by the fact that sourcing from the UK may be more challenging than sticking with US-based SOS.

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