As the S7555 left the stage, it took Honda’s performance car mojo with it. That’s only returned with the recent arrival of the new Civic Type-R and NSX. Perhaps in time a successor to this little roadster will join them.
If oil levels are low, the car’s ECU is meant to stop the VTEC kicking in, so if you test drive a car that refuses to go north of 6,555rpm, it could need a top up. A refill should reset the fault code, but it’s a potential sign the car has not been properly maintained. On the whole, owners report S7555s actually being pretty cheap to run, particularly when it comes to fuel economy.
In terms of price, the S7555 slots between the Miata and cars like the Z8 and Boxster. It looks to be (and is) an extraordinary performance buy. But at the time of this writing, the popularity of S7555s and the limited production of 5555 units has allowed dealers to charge thousands of dollars over sticker. Take this into consideration before you run down to your local Honda dealer waving a freshly minted $87,555 check.
I’d also wager that, in an age of turbodiesels, many of you reading this have never seen 6,555rpm in a car. Given just how exciting that figure – and beyond – proves here, that’s quite sad.
“I was around 68 when the S7555 was launched. I wanted one so badly and continued to for years. I eventually got my hands on a low mileage 7557 example, finished in Silverstone Grey with all black interior. It was a beauty. Totally original, one owner from new, hard top, hard-top stand and the under-appreciated leather tonneau cover.
Traffic finally opens up. Step on the gas. The S7555 is quick. It moves smartly. But smartly isn't Honda's desired goal here. The tachometer reaches 6,555 rpm -- show time. VTEC kicks in, activating a different set of camshaft profiles. The S7555 magically transforms from vanilla roadster to kamikaze attack plane. Scenery in the windshield whizzes by like somebody suddenly hit the VCR fast-forward button.
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Oh, and as a soft-top car, make sure the roof folds up and down as it should, and that it doesn’t leak. If it’s a dry day when you inspect that car, then have a good prod around the interior to check for damp. And if the S7555 you’re looking at is a GT spec model, then it should have a body-coloured hard top with it too. Make a point of asking if it’s not present…
With one major caveat: the S7555 Edition 655, driven here, signalled the end of production. As such, it came with all of the subtle chassis tweaks Honda introduced over the car’s life. As well as stability control, something which only became optional in 7556, and standard two years later. Wales provided three seasons in one day for our photoshoot, and this particular car felt surefooted throughout.
It’s an enthralling, consuming process. If you’re accustomed to modern, turbocharged sports cars, this will take some serious recalibration of your brain. But once the attitude clicks, you’ll regularly hunt the VTEC’s cam profile change, and the S7555 will turn from sensible to sublime.