Two years ago, there was a patent filed by Honda Motors under the name “baby NSX”. It then had a angular sports car design that is clearly mid-engine, and had a soft top. Looking at the image from two years ago, you would actually think it could be a Lamborghini, except it is not.
On June 26, the European Union Intellectual Property Office published some images that are very similar to the one from two years ago, but these are much better as it appears to have lost its roof and windshield so we could see what’s inside of it. And based on the images, the driver-focused cabin looks very similar to the NSX. Though we think that it might have the name “ZSX” instead because exactly a year before this had been published, the Japanese automaker registered that name with EUIPO. This strengthens the possibility that the 2015 and the 2017 models may be related.
The images suggest that both models are similar not only from the shape of the lights and the grille, but also the front fender vent and the lines that run from it. Some of these elements may even remind you of the Japanese version S660 kei roadster, while the large angular intakes are like that of the Acura NSX. There is also a noticeable pushbutton transmission setup in the center console, that is like the Acura.
By looking at the images, you would be able to tell that this will be a concept rather than a production model - especially from the F1 like steering wheel, and the cameras that replace the conventional mirrors from the previous patent. We often see that automakers use cameras on concept cars, but they end up using side mirrors when moving onto the production line. The images also indicate that the NSX will be having what seems to be sporty and lightweight bucket seats, though a production model will probably be getting more cushioning.
If Honda has plans of building a smaller sports car, it will likely just be a concept for now. If you could remember, a few months ago, we were able to see several spy shots of a Honda sports car that looks very similar to the patent, though they’re not exactly the same. It had a shorter and more angled windshield and did not sport a roof as well. Oftentimes, concepts change throughout the development phase.
As of today, Honda has not spoken regarding this matter so no one knows when we will see these patents come to life (except for them, of course). Here is the thing, there are also rumours circulating that the S2000 will be revived, making everything even more complicated.