Honda files patent for baby NSX, potential S2000 successor
European patent filing shows Honda may be pursuing with its baby NSX project.
An eagle-eyed car publication has picked up on the fact that Honda has filed a patent for what we can only assume is its long-rumoured baby NSX project.
The patent, which was published on July 17 on the European Union Intellectual Property Office website and spotted by Autoguide, depicts a small, mid-engine roadster that’s clearly been inspired by the Honda’s recently launched NSX supercar.
If it comes to fruition, the baby NSX will rival the likes of the Porsche Boxster and Audi TT, as well as the eventual successor to the BMW Z4. It’s a car that’s already being dubbed by enthusiasts as a spiritual successor for the iconic S2000.
Worthy of note is the baby NSX’s aircraft-esque steering wheel (flat at the top and bottom) – an addition that gives the car a definitively futuristic feel. Also, take note of the lack of dashboard instrumentation panel ahead of the driver.
The NSX – which this baby version is based on to all intents and purposes – uses a hybrid-V6 drivetrain that powers all four wheels. Power for its baby brother, though, is more likely to come from a turbo-charged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (the same engine that features in the new Honda Civic Type-R), complemented by a compact nine-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox.
Total power could be as much as 300kW, meaning that the baby NSX would have the edge on its Porsche counterpart (the Boxster) in terms of performance.
Can we expect to see something debuted at this October’s Tokyo Motor Show? Perhaps at the LA show in December? Let’s not forget that Honda has filed patents before for cars that have never seen the light of day. The proof will certainly be in the pudding on this one.