Report: Should Acura Reconsider A Pint-Sized NSX?

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There's lots of buzz over the 2015 Acura NSX, but the Japanese automaker may have a smaller surprise up its sleeve: a baby NSX. A report from Motor Trend suggests that Acura’s mini NSX (internally known as the Small NSX) may be on the table again following financial troubles that previously put the project on hold.

The mini NSX will be just like its larger counterpart, but in a much smaller package. It will look similar and be equipped with a version of Acura’s so-called super-handling all-wheel-drive system. Power may be provided by a turbocharged direct-injection engine, which could include versions of Honda's 3.5-liter V-6, 2.4-liter I-4, or 2.0-liter I-4, though the 2.4-liter is the most likely candidate. Like the NSX, the mini NSX could be offered with some kind of hybrid drivetrain. The upcoming NSX will be powered by an electric motor driving the rear wheels, while two more electric motors spin the front wheels. Built in the U.S., the new Acura NSX will have a twin-clutch seven-speed transmission and as we noted in April, the car will keep the driver involved rather than “being taken for a ride by a highly robotized car.”

The Small NSX could follow a year or two after the NSX's 2015 launch, but even though the car is small in size, we expect it to carry a steep price tag if it's brought to life. The Small NSX would likely cost between $50,000 and $60,000 and potentially compete against the Porsche Cayman, potentially helping Acura recoup NSX development costs.

What do you think of Acura's big (small) idea? Is there enough demand for a car like the NSX, or should Acura focus on the continued development of the NSX? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Source: Motor Trend

carguy
It would be nice to have a cheaper mini-nsx, however, the styling is still a deal breaker as Acura continues to blight the automotive landscape with its signature and universally despised "beak grill" which should have been completely abandoned years ago. Of course, this is not too surprising since Acura/Honda designers don't seem to have a clue as to how to design a strikingly attractive car.
kelly
Of course, it's a great idea!! Acura lovers have been waiting for something like this to appear. It would be much more attainable than the big NSX. Also, along the line of coupes, where's any news of an ILX coupe, or the RSX reappearing? Everyone wants an entry level coupe again!!!!
Andre Nathaniel
Acura should stick with the basics with the next NSX: a big V6 or V8 (or both) and a six-speed stick. That's it. No hybrid. No electric motor. No all-wheel drive. All those things add weight and wreck the car's dynamics. As for a mini NSX, Acura should simply shrink the NSX's platform to make a coupe and roadster that look different from the NSX. Again, stick with the basics: a slightly smaller V6 or a turbo four that cranks out more than 300 horsepower. With some clever packaging, Acura could even use the NSX platform to make a four door "coupe" that becomes Acura's range topper. Drop a direct-injection, twin-turbo V8 into it and Acura would finally have a car to go head-to-head with Lexus and Infiniti and put a little fear into Audi and BMW.

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