‘Baby NSX’ Could Be Sold In The U.S. As A Honda: Report

2016 Acura NSX live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

If the 2016 Acura NSX proves too dear for you, here’s some potentially uplifting news. Speculation continues about a “baby NSX” model that will slot below the high-tech hybrid in Honda‘s global lineup, as a more mainstream sports car rather than a limited-production supercar.

A new report claims that development of this model is proceeding steadily. The baby NSX will use the same platform as the full-size model, but with a less expensive powertrain, reports Australia’s Motoring. That means the finished product could look a lot like its big brother, similar to the way McLaren’s “Super Series” and smaller “Sports Series” models resemble each other.

The powertrain will reportedly be a hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive setup similar in design to the one used in the regular NSX, but with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine substituted for the twin-turbocharged V-6. Four-wheel steering could be part of the package, too.

The report claims a major reason for building this car is to mollify U.S. Honda dealers who, unlike their counterparts in other markets, don’t get a halo car. The NSX is sold as a Honda outside the U.S., but as an Acura only here. That means the reverse will be true of the “baby,” and it will be badged as a Honda in the U.S.

Given that American focus, it perhaps wouldn’t be surprising if the baby NSX was built alongside the bigger model in Ohio. That’s reportedly one option Honda is considering, along with the Yokkaichi, Japan, plant that currently builds three mid-engined models–the S660 sports car, and Vamos and Acty vans.

Motoring’s anonymous source claims that development work on the NSX is pretty far along, calling the exterior “for all intents and purposes, completed.” That leads the Australians to speculate that the car could debut as early as the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, or the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January.

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