Acura is in the early stages of developing a small two-seater sports car that will slow beneath the upcoming NSX, a new report indicates.
The yet-unnamed coupe will be bigger, heavier and better-equipped than Honda's defunct S2000 roadster.¬† It will share a fair amount of parts with its larger sibling, enabling Honda to save money by not having to develop a new car from scratch.
It is too early to give precise details on what the coupe will look like but inside sources reportedly told Motor Trend that its design will be heavily inspired by the NSX.¬† Both cars are being developed at Honda of America's Research & Development Center in Liberty, Ohio, and are aimed primarily at the North American market.
If the rumor is to be believed, the pint-sized NSX will be powered by a direct-injected turbocharged engine with either four or six cylinders.¬† Mounted behind the rear seats, the engine will send power to all four wheels.¬† A range-topping model with a powerful hybrid drivetrain similar to the one that will debut in the NSX is not entirely out of the question.¬†
If it is given the proverbial green light for production, Honda's sub-NSX sports car will debut in 2016 at the very earliest and carry a base price that will lie between $50,000 and $60,000.