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  • 28 July 2015
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    Honda Close To Finalising Baby NSX Hybrid

    Honda has paid close attention recently to breathing new life into its performance range. Lately, additions to the marque’s stable have included the new Honda Civic Type R and the NSX.

    In search of a successor to the S2000 roadster, Honda is said to be close to giving the green light to a 400bhp baby NSX hybrid. The new baby-beast will be a mid-engine sports car that’s set to breathe fire down the necks of the Alfa 4C and the Porsche Cayman.

    The new baby will be similar in size to Honda’s flagship supercar and will also be injected with much of its technology, including hybrid all-wheel drive.

    Within Honda’s line-up, the NSX hybrid is expected to fit between the NSX and S660 mini-roadster, which is available in Japan. A more potent S1000 is anticipated for the European market. Rumours from inside the Japanese manufacturer suggest that Honda has not only been considering this new mid-engine model, but that it’s well on the way to being developed.

    Honda plans to build the car in the USA, alongside the NSX. In North America, the hybrid is expected to be sold under the Honda brand, rather than Acura its upmarket sub-brand.

    Rumours are strong that the new model will feature a mid-mounted 2.0-litre VTEC turbo that we’ve seen on the Type R. With a little tweaking here and there, Honda will be able to lift the power from 306bhp to about 330bhp. Three electric motors will increase the power and the front wheels will be driven through nine-speed automatic transmission by two front axle-mounted motors. Output in total will likely be about 400bhp.

    The frame will probably be bespoke aluminium wrapped in aluminium. Body panels constructed from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic will nudge the weight under 1,400kg. Performance and handling are expected to lead the class.

    Development is definitely under way, but the new car isn’t expected to hit the UK until 2018. When it gets here, you can expect to pay around £60,000 for the privilege of owning one. Hot on its heels will be some stiff competition in the shape of the new Toyota Supra, currently in development, as is the replacement for the BMW Z4, another rival.

    The new NSX, announced in February, looks like the love child of the McLaren 650S and the Audi R8. It has an aluminium composite and steel body, low roofline and open side vents. The new hybrid is expected to be built with a similar aggressive profile.

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