New rumors on the Honda baby NSX have surfaced and it will reportedly have a hybrid powertrain.
The model could serve as a successor to the Honda S2000 roadster and will be introduced by 2018, according to a recent report. Previous rumors say that Honda could surprise with a concept version of the model as early as this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Originally believed to use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the Honda Civic Type R, it appears now that emissions regulations will force the Japanese automaker to downsize to a 1.5-liter turbo mill that will generate around 300 horsepower when paired to an electric motor.
As strange as it sounds for a successor to the S2000 roadster, the baby NSX will be available as a coupe only as it looks to compete with other mid-sized sports cars like the Porsche Cayman, Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Alfa Romeo 4C. Even more exciting, the baby NSX will incorporate Formula 1 technology that is being developed in collaboration with McLaren and Honda’s Formula 1 program.
If we’re lucky, we’ll see the Honda baby NSX debut as a concept next month, but don’t hold your breath.
[Source: Auto Express]
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