Honda is said to be working on a compact sports car that will sit below the Honda/Acura NSX. Leaked patent images and an alleged prototype similar to the car in these patent images that was tweeted by the company indicated that a Honda/Acura compact sports car is indeed in the works.
A fresh report from Auto Express throws light on a few details about the new compact sports car, which is rumoured to be launching as the Honda S2000 successor.
According to the report, the new compact sports car will be launched in 2018. It was going to feature a mid-mounted version of the Honda Civic Type-R’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. However, according to a source close to Honda, the pressure to adhere to the stringent emissions norms has lead to a decision to downsize the engine and turn it into a hybrid powertrain – one with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that will assisted by an electric motor, to generate around 300 bhp.
The design is likely to be inspired by the all-new Honda/Acura NSX. While the original Honda S2000 was available only as a roadster, the new compact sports car will be available only as a coupe. Its pricing would fall somewhere between that of the Honda Civic Type R and the Honda/Acura NSX which isn’t expected to be produced in big volumes.
[Source: Auto Express]