Honda came to the idea of making a smaller version of the NSX with four-wheel drive from its work on the successor to the NSX, which will be an all-wheel drive hybrid vehicle powered by a V10 engine. Honda clarifies that this won’t be the replacement for the Honda S2000 and that it will only be a smaller version of the NSX.
It will likely be powered by a turbocharged direct-injection engine, probably a K24 series engine. There’s speculation that it will be equipped with the K24Z3 with a displacement of 2,354cc, 201hp @ 7000rpm and 233Nm (172lb/ft) @ 4300rpm. Honda of America's R&D center in Ohio is developing the two cars.
This is why the Acura name is used by the concepts. Some of the top test drivers and engineers at Honda’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, were assigned to the North American R&D center for a five-year period.
However, we already know that the bigger NSX will be released in 2015, which means that the baby NSX will likely be released in 2017. The small NSX will have many of the same components used by its bigger sibling so this will help in the recovery of the development costs. Nevertheless, the price of the small sports car will be comparatively high at about €46.000 ($60.000).