Rumor has it that we could see the Honda baby NSX as early as this year.
Although the Japanese automaker won’t explicitly admit that a baby NSX is in development, recent patent drawings and interviews suggest something is brewing. With similar proportions to the NSX, the smaller model could reportedly bow at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show in November or at the Detroit Auto Show early next year. Motoring reports that the vehicle’s design is “for all intents and purposes, completed” lining up with rumors of the model being approved in mid-2014.
The push for the baby NSX project stems from North American Honda dealers, which won’t have access to the new Acura NSX when it goes on sale in the U.S. Not surprisingly, U.S. dealerships are pining for a halo sports car to sell.
As for what will power the baby NSX, all that is pure speculation at the moment. Signs point to the Japanese automaker using a 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain combined with the company’s electronic Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.