Development of Honda’s ‘baby NSX’ is reportedly proceeding quickly, potentially leading to an unveiling as early as this year at the Los Angeles auto show.
The exterior design is said to be “for all intents and purposes, completed,” a source told Australia’s Motoring. The same source notes that there is “some merit” to rumors that the sports coupe has already been previewed via a rendering in a Honda patent application (pictured).
Other reports suggest the new model will be built upon the same platform as the new NSX, but borrowing the Civic Type R‘s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The gasoline burner is expected to be paired with several electric motors driving a hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system.
Although the sports car will presumably be cheaper than the NSX, it is still expected to employ plenty of aluminum and carbon fiber to keep weight down. Rumors suggest it could tip the scales at less than 3,085 pounds.
The project has allegedly been fast-tracked thanks to pressure from US Honda dealers, as the NSX will only be sold via the company’s luxury Acura brand. It is expected to be eventually sold alongside the mid-engined S1000, a variant of the S660 mini roadster, as Honda works to introduce more exciting models.