Acura Planning a Junior NSX

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Along with an all-new NSX, Acura has potential plans to build a smaller and cheaper sports car that'll also have many of the former's hi-tech features.

Once upon a time, before the world was crippled by recession, Honda had plans to launch an all-new NSX that wouldn't likely bring in huge profits but would certainly help to reestablish the Japanese automaker's high-performance credibility. Then the global economy tanked and the NSX project was shelved. Fortunately Honda's situation has by now improved. That beautiful all-wheel-drive NSX hybrid concept first shown last January at Detroit is proof, and is now heading to production - possibly with the addition of a baby brother.

Motor Trend is reporting that in addition to a new NSX, Honda also had plans in 2008 to do a "Small NSX" and now it's supposedly back on the agenda as well. A Honda source has told Motor Trend that this car is not so much a spiritual successor to the dearly departed Honda S2000, but more of a "shrunken version of the big-boy NSX". Along with having the new NSX's SH-AWD system and mid-engine layout, this smaller sports car could be powered by a turbocharged direct-injection engine, most likely a four-cylinder unit. The new production NSX will debut in 2015, so it's reasonable not to expect the Small NSX to be ready before 2017.

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Pricing will likely be in the neighborhood of $50,000-$60,000 (Porsche Boxster territory), a relative bargain considering the amount of technology it'll hopefully share with the much more expensive NSX.

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