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A Baby Honda NSX or an open-top Civic?

Honda has been trying to expand their lineup for quite some time now, that’s no secret. People have been rumoring a bigger, new version of the Civic for quite some time now, but it looks as though Honda has prioritized this: a baby NSX. Or at least one which looks like it. Honda has apparently filed for a patent on this NSX-looking thing, so the images are courtesy the European Union Intellectual Property. What are the chances it’ll be related to the NSX in one way or another? Pretty large actually.

The car in the images doesn’t have a roof or a windshield, but it’s probably to give us (and the guys approving the patent) a better view of the interior. Inside, there’s not a lot to discuss about really. You can see a pair of two racing bucket seats and an F1-inspired steering wheel that isn’t too dissimilar to the NSX’s steering wheel. People seem to really hate rectangular F1 wheels for road use, but with lightning-quick steering racks and not a lot of steering angle, they do seem to genuinely work. It’s probably not the most practical solution in terms of city driving, but then again, the car probably won’t be the best daily driver as well. What do you think of the steering wheel? Let us know.

Visually, from the outside at least, there’s no denying the NSX DNA has been involved in this new ‘baby’ NSX. Despite the previous rumors claiming it would be front-engined (hence the Civic rumors), the patent images make it apparently obvious it’ll be mid-engined much like its bigger brother. The side intakes and the cooling vents on the top of the rear deck indicate this will be, in fact, a mid-engined vehicle.

What lies underneath that deck however is anyone’s guess. Will Honda stick to a hybrid system or go for a more conventional one with this smaller NSX? Only time will tell. If they’re aiming for profits and have the likes of Porsche’s Cayman and Audi’s TT in mind, then it’ll probably make do without electric engines. If however, they take a shot at the McLaren 570S and the Ferrari 488, the ‘baby’ super cars, expect a hybrid powertrain. A four-cylinder turbocharged engine is looking more and more likely, but the 3.5-liter V6 used in the NSX might make an appearance, although it will obviously be detuned.

No release dates or prices have been announced, but that’ll follow once we see first official images. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s certainly a topic of discussion that’s for sure. We’re glad Honda decided to join the fight between the current range of sports cars and, hopefully, show them what’s what. Could this be the ‘everyday’ NSX the first-gen car was?

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