Back in the salad days before the financial upheaval of 2008, Honda's Acura division was reportedly planning to build not one, but two new NSX models. The first was/is the on again off again heir to the NSX throne (then a V10 rear-drive supercar, now the much ballyhooed hybrid all-wheel-drive affair revealed at January's Detroit Auto Show). The second was to be a smaller, less expensive version, creatively dubbed by Honda internals as the "Small NSX." Never let engineers name your pets, folks.

In any event, the Small NSX that was said to be cancelled before we even knew it existed is reportedly back on the table. Unnamed sources tell Motor Trend that the sports car will really be a scaled-back version of the NSX, too, with a mid-engine layout and potentially a version the same hybrid SH-AWD system.

It is really anyone's guess as to which corporate powertrain will offer motivation, should this baby NSX see the light of day, though turbocharging one of the company's four-cylinder mills seems like a good bet.

With the full-boat NSX still on track for a debut in 2015, expect to wait quite a while before the junior version is available – 2017 is a reasonable guess. When the car is ready, pending another once-in-a-lifetime financial system meltdown, we are told to expect sticker prices in the realm of $50,000 to $60,000.


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      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really, really hope the full bodied NSX marks the return of high end Honda engineering. Honda clearly has some great talent available but they just don't use it (at least not for cars anymore). Heck even Toyota finally did something crazy with the LFA and making their own 3D carbon loom. Come on Honda. Just don't suck. Don't mess this up!
      Allaround
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like an MR2. I owned a gen 2 MR2 and loved it. If the Small NSX is anything close, I'll take it!
      Huy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm such a big fan of the original, I hope this comes to fruition. More competition is always good. This could be the spark Honda needs to make fun, sporty cars again.
        Lynchenstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Huy
        They just need to dust off the design for the original NSX (before the goofy fixed headlights), add some lightness and an updated v6 (no battery powered NSX for me, please) and they'll have a winner. The NSX is a car who's design has aged very well IMHO. It's still a head-turner, maybe even more-so now than when it was new.
          Xedicon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lynchenstein
          I met an NSX yesterday in a parking lot. She was shy but still called out to me. I walked up to her and while I don't usually do this I came right out with "Damn you look good!" She giggled a little bit but didn't move away. I asked her her name, it was Misty. I felt like the name suited her perfectly, gleaming sexy metallic grey hips on display for full effect. I told her I had to go, but I looked back as I walked past and told myself "I knew that ass would look good."
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lynchenstein
          Pop ups are useless today, plus in Europe, pedestrian impact regs mean they are effectively illegal.
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always appreciate rumormill pre-hype information, but let's work on getting the Big NSX to market first. Then we can worry about babies later.
      pallentx
      • 2 Years Ago
      who cares if the GTR is faster - its drop-dead sexy!
      kevsflanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Might just be me buuuut. Why not have the baby NSX be badged as a Honda instead? Yanno your well off but not that well off so you buy the Honda MSX (get it letter before N ha I kill me!). Then once your more than well off you upgrade to the NSX... bam! Natural progression at its finest.
      stucker136
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this is an excellent idea. We haven't had an affordable midengined car since the MR2. Acura would corner the market! (I think the BRZ is a perfect example of the pent up demand for a sporty compact car).
      shyu0622
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whatever it ends up being, please do it right and turn that engine sideways or mount it midship.
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or 400 hp in a big bodied s2000??? Under 35k? Or would that be to domestic?
      BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow someone there is thinking!
      cds9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the idea, but for $60K, it had better have more than a turbo 4-cylinder, unless there is some serious extra oomph from a hybrid powertrain.
      Alan
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh man, they should kickstarter this thing. i would so be in.
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