There have been lots of rumors surrounding the leaked patent drawings that seemed to show a downsized version of the Acura NSX. Today, a new report from AutoExpress.co.uk claims that the model won’t be quite as awesome as we were all hoping.
Initial reports about the baby NSX, which is rumored to be the successor to the Honda S2000, claimed that it would use a modified version of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 400 horsepower. Now, this new report claims that Honda had to cancel these plans due to stricter emission regulations.
Instead, Honda will install its newly developed turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the rumored S2000 replacement. Pairing with this small-displacement engine will be an electric motor to push the total output to around 300 horsepower.
The report goes on to claim that the S2000 replacement will make use of F1 technology. Unfortunately, the report does not indicate what technology this model will borrow from its racing brethren.
According to rumors, this new S2000 will be ready for consumption in 2018. The target price is said to be around £50,000 ($76,041). While that seems a little high relative to the S2000’s price years ago, you have to remember that we are talking about one of the most advanced powertrains Honda has ever produced.
Unfortunately, Honda has yet to confirm or deny this car, so this report remains more hearsay than anything. We’ll continue to keep an eye on this situation and pass on any relevant details that happen to pop up. Keep it locked here for more.