Honda’s Baby NSX Emerges As Sports Vision Gran Turismo Concept

Vision Gran Turismo concepts often take on proportions of the outlandish: Le Mans prototypes, almost, without any regulations or practical considerations to take into account. Honda, however, has taken a different approach.

The Japanese automaker today released its latest contribution to the pantheon of digital sports-car concepts in the form of the Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo. And while it may not be quite ready for the showroom, it looks a lot closer than most of its virtual-reality stablemates.

It also looks familiar: distinctly similar, in fact, to the patent images we saw over two years ago. At that point we thought we were looking at a baby NSX. And it could manifest into just that. But for now, it’s confined to the imaginary world of the Gran Turismo gaming franchise.

The concept was designed by Honda’s studio in California and developed in Japan. And while it may (for the time being) exist principally in digital form, a full-scale model was built and tested in a wind-tunnel – not just in computational fluid dynamics simulators.

The brief calls for carbon-fiber-intensive construction to help keep weight down to a (theoretical) 1982 pounds. That’s just over half of what today’s NSX weighs, a good third less than the old S2000, and barely more than the tiny S660 roadster.

The other side of the power-to-weight ratio is a 2.0-liter DOHC-VTEC turbo four – similar, we’d imagine, to the one found in the Civic Type R, but tuned to produce over 400 horsepower and mated to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission.

It all sounds and looks great. Fantastic, even – which is exactly what this concept is… for now. Here’s hoping it manages to leap off our TV screens and onto the street in the near future.

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  • Bash

    Love it..

  • Bob

    Why can’t they actually make this?

    • JimmyK

      One reason is that studies applied for car companies are saying the sports car market is very small nowadays and people are tending to buy more suvs,crossovers etc.So the budget for R&D a sports car is very small and tight with no sure profit if they actually built it,which is sad for us.

      • StrangerGP

        They could still make a small sports car, just don’t try to turn it into an expensive and complicated hybrid. They’ve failed twice already with the CR-Z and the NSX imo largely because of that.

        • SgtBeavis

          I agree with you on the CR-Z but how do you figure the NSX is a failure?

          • Jweisberg

            the sales numbers are lower than the older model nsx, lower than even the GTR which is a 9 year old design. Honda made bad decisions with the nsx. They should have stuck with the formula that made the first gen NSX popular.

          • SteersUright

            Theres a $30-$50k rebate. They’re sitting unsold on dealer lots and even have a good lease promotion behind them, something cars of this caliber never do. In fact, sales were so disappointing, once all 2017’s are sold, they’re moving to a sale-by-order sales model only for 2018 and onward.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Sales figures and, more importantly, my personal disappointment.

        • Six Thousand Times

          100% spot on!

      • EM1

        Porsche builds SUVs to keep their sports cars alive. Honda can do the same.

  • Oh please not ANOTHER playstation concept. Guys, be real.

    • Six Thousand Times

      This seems like it could be real…scale up the S600 and drop the Civic Type R motor in,.

  • MultiKdizzle

    So it’s destined to be relegated to a video game. Massive disappointment by Honda, but what’s new.

  • Knotmyrealname

    If they went ahead with it, it should be ready to hit the roads in 2035….

    • Thegunof42 88’s

      And this should be the replacement for the new S2000…

      • Knotmyrealname

        But not a soft top?

  • Totz

    if Honda is very serious of super sport car it should be ready to the hands of racing enthusiast before 2100

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    it’s a Shame it’s not a reality!

  • Taegon Lewis

    I respect/like certain amounts of Vision Gran Turismo concepts, but this… (Same goes, towards other modern-day Hondas.) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/18474089b37bd0371ee68f489aad54f5ff1fb4f377d372ea3dba3529e61259f1.jpg

  • salamOOn

    super sharp, super hot.

    and now make it real.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Come on Honda…

    GIVE IT TO US!

    • Honda NSX-R

      Honda: We’ll make it if enough of you ask for it.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Well, at least sell it to us, anyway.

  • ErnieB

    And it looks way nicer than the nsx.. ain’t gonna happen..

  • Infinite1

    Love it, Honda needs to build this, there’s already a following from the concept renderings years ago.

  • WTF

    They should have built this instead of the NSX

  • Zed68

    DO IT!!! Please.

  • nastinupe

    Well if it takes Honda about the same amount of time that it took them to make the NSX then we should see this in…… 2029

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    This would make a great Prelude re-introduction for the new generation! I”m going ga-ga for this sh*t!

  • no25

    And if it comes to Acura, how do they plan on adding the new hideous diamond grille to it?

  • LWOAP

    Meh.

  • Jweisberg

    This concept looks more striking than the new NSX. If honda makes this with an optional RWD, manual transmission and price it right then it would sell.

  • AEE91

    oh Em Geee.. That CAD, in the video, showing a red one looked badASS

  • MarketAndChurch

    I like that it looks unmistakably Honda.

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I think Honda should have utilize the funds for this project with product planning for next generations Acuras and consolidate a rigid and agility rear-drive platform for a next gen TLX and enlarge the same platform for the next gen MDX, as well as the RDX.

  • Didier PIRONI

    Ne devait-elle pas être hybride ?!!!

  • SteersUright

    What a cop out. This should be the new S2000 with 309hp engine just like the Type R. Maybe trade some carbon for aluminum and high strength steel to bring costs down and make this thing!

  • alex.remsen

    I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’d rather have this than a Huracan if it was to go into production

  • EM1

    The brand needs a new Prelude as the Accord coupe is dead and the CR-Z failed. The company would be doing the Japanese auto industry a favor and show the world that the Koreans haven’t beaten them.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Please, Honda, please… I was so scared this would be another dead end “hybrid” but it’s so delightfully not. I want one so please, Honda, build it.

  • c3vzn

    I think this was intended to be a real concept with production intentions. Then it got canned, Gran Turismo asked Honda to make a car for the game and they already had this model sitting on their computers.

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