Honda “baby NSX” could feature a hybrid drivetrain – Rendering
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Will be based on the Honda NSX’s platform.
Based on a leaked patent sketch of Honda’s “baby NSX”, Motoring Australia posted a render of the mid-engined sports car that will slot under the hybrid-powered Honda/Acura NSX.
News on the development and production of the smaller NSX emerged earlier this year, which will slot in the middle of a three-model mid-engined sports car family. Honda is yet to confirm plans.
Insiders have suggested that it will be based on the Honda NSX’s platform, but will pack a less-expensive and less-powerful drivetrain. It could get the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the Honda Civic Type-R paired to an electric motor. Power will be sent to all four wheels via an SH-AWD (Super Handling – AWD) system with all-wheel steer.
At the moment, it’s undecided if Honda will manufacture the baby NSX alongside the regular model in Honda’s plant in Marysville, Ohio, or at its sole mid-engine vehicle production line in Yokkaichi near Suzuka, where the S660, Vamos and Acty mini-cars roll out. When the “born-again Honda S2000” emerges on the US market “within 6 months,” as per the Motoring report, it will compete against the Alfa Romeo 4C, Porsche Cayman, and the Lotus Elise.
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[Source: Motoring Australia]