Baby NSX Would Be Nice But Won’t Happen, Says Acura Executive

The Acura/Honda NSX has gone from being an old-school sports car to a cutting-edge one with a hybrid powertrain that can almost keep up with a superbike. Priced just shy of $160,000, the NSX isn’t exactly affordable. A smaller version would probably be a hit, but, unfortunately, the automaker has no intention to build such a thing.

We’ve seen plenty of images and information pointing towards a “baby” NSX, the first of which included a few patent images that looked similar to a smaller version of the supercar. Then, in July 2017, new patent images came out and the vehicle reportedly received the ZSX moniker. Last November, Honda released the Sports Vision Gran Turismo, which brought the ZSX to life in the virtual world of Gran Turismo.

Despite all of the signs pointing towards the automaker building the sports car, Acura’s boss, Emile Korkor, told Autoguide that a baby NSX just isn’t in the automaker’s plans. “Who wouldn’t love a baby NSX?” asked Korkor, before ultimately dismissing the idea.

There was some good news, though, as Korkor claims that the same technology found in the NSX would be trickling into more affordable vehicles. But instead of using hybrid powertrains to improve fuel efficiency, the brand is looking into ways of improving performance.

“Mainstream mechanical is too easy,” said Korkor. “Hybrid technology was a different take on a supercar of this degree and the benefits of the unconventional drivetrain were really incredible.”

Korkor has a point. Seeing the NSX return as a hybrid was quite a surprise. And we’d love to see another performance vehicle, even if it is a hybrid, sometime in the near future from Acura. Just don’t expect it to be a baby NSX or a new S2000, as Honda has axed the S2K’s successor as well, citing poor demand for sports cars.

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  • Bash

    Did we really thought it’s gonna happen?!!
    But seriously, what a shame!

    • Yeah some Japanese magazine got excited and saying Honda would have three sports car line up. S660 (And proposed export version with 1000cc). the mid engine baby NSX and NSX.

    • Six Thousand Times

      My memory was that it was a long shot and was one of those “beg us to build it and we’ll see” things…at best.

  • john1168

    That sucks but like Bash said, I didn’t think it was gonna happen either.

  • no25

    Acura would ruin it anyways with an awful diamond grille.

  • Alter Ego

    So sad. Honda is trying a lot of new things with their designs. Would’ve been nice to see a new age S3000/NSX Mini.

  • Leconte Dave

    Just build a cheap NSX without the hybrid stuff

    • They will do that later on if everything comes to plan and it’s RWD too.

  • Six_Tymes

    I stopped buying Honda products ever since QC went down. AND they stopped creating cars with dual wishbone. Those were the two reasons why I used to buy there cars. Accords (2) Preludes (2) CRX’s (2)
    I’m done with you for good Honda

  • Mark S

    I think we may still or at least should see something sports car RWD/AWD from Honda.

  • Justin Spencer

    The demand for sports cars is dwindling so no real surprise here. I have yet to see a new NSX in person.

  • Harry_Wild

    Acura was foolish to release an hybrid NSX! Not only do the potential buyers of the NSX have no idea of what a hybrid is other then it has batteries, electric motors and a smaller gas power engine inside. It sells like around 90 a month.

  • GobbleUp

    The reg NSX is a total miss, no surprise they cant sell a smaller version.
    Improve the performance and cut $50k off the price of the current NSX and maybe you will have something people want. Waste of time.

  • I think the bean counters just doesn’t add up, otherwise we will get it.

  • john1168

    What if they did a baby NSX, even with a 300+HP turbo 4 cyl but put a Honda badge on it???

  • Miknik

    Sad, but I’m with them on that. Sports cars aren’t really selling, and as an image hallo car, they have the proper NSX. And a “small super car” sells even less, just look at the Alfa 4C, that pretty much nailed that topic in being a “Mini Ferrari”, but yet doesn’t sell (and no, you can’t sell properer mid engined sports cars with some exotic details for hot hatch money, unless you like to sponsor 50% of a car’s price)

  • Craig

    Acura. Too bad. I was a HUGE Acura fan at one time in my life. Now I don’t really care that much. The updated [in appearance at least] RLX was yet another example of Acura not REALLY getting all that serious.

  • Six Thousand Times

    What could’ve been. .

  • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

    Why can’t this be the revival Honda S2000?!

  • aaronbbrown

    Almost keep up with a superbike, That’s nonsense, Let’s see some numbers that reflect that.

  • Larry Qualls

    The demand is lacking because you won’t actually build product like THIS! Such idiots running these companies. And this also applies to my favorite car company Mazda. Build those concepts and I promise they will come! There’s a market for 40-60k great cars, just look at Tesla Model 3. Selling like hotcakes!!!
    Cars…….not SUV’s!

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