“I can’t tell you anything about the ‘baby NSX’ … I could, but I’d probably get fired.”
Those are the words of John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda and a man who is, most likely, intimately familiar with a new mystery sports car the brand appears to be planning.
Recently uncovered patent illustrations seem to indicate that Honda is developing something that looks like a shrunken version of its new NSX supercar. Or not. We really don’t know.
But we’re pretty certain Mendel does and the fact that he even acknowledged this car speaks volumes.
When queried about upcoming vehicles, executives inevitably respond with a carefully rehearsed line about “not commenting on future products.” Read into all of this what you want, but it sounds promising.
Today there’s definitely whitespace in Honda’s lineup for some enthusiast-focused models. Right now the only performance car they offer is the Civic Si and it’s about as hot as a bowl of vichyssoise. When asked if there’s room for a dedicated driver’s machine Mendel said, “Absolutely there is.”
Could the firm be working on a successor to the much-loved S2000 sports car that was discontinued several years ago? We certainly hope so, though the vehicle shown in those patent drawings seems to be something more, perhaps even a budget version of the NSX. Wouldn’t that be awesome?