Honda working on a baby NSX

Article by Christian A., on January 10, 2013

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).

The new NSX features an exterior that doesn’t only make it elegantly look like a supercar, but makes it dynamically perform like one. Its exterior particularly has the so-called 'Interwoven Dynamic' overarching design theme that abides by the design mantra of “form follows function.”

With this theme, every part – panel shape, character line, air inlet and outlet, and the car’s overall proportions – are all designed to interact and result to a New Sports eXperience. Thus, Honda optimized the supercar’s exterior architecture in a way that it would both advance the carmaker’s design and positively complement the dynamic capabilities of the NSX.

To serve their purpose, each element of the car’s exterior has been carefully calculated using complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD) – spanning thousands of hours -- and has been confirmed by having 40 percent-scale and full-size models undergo extensive wind tunnel testing in Japan and the United States.

While Honda’s family face remains, it has been reinterpreted on the new NSX with its tapered front grille flanked by raked LED headlamps, as well as on the car’s sloped aluminum bonnet. Bisecting the car’s characteristic multi-LED headlights are enlarged mesh-covered air inlets, while a creased character line flows from the grille to the A-pillars, thereby accentuating the NSX’s front wings.

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