Acura may have its sight set on the high end auto market with the all-new NSX but the company isn’t ignoring the budget-friendly segment either. According to sources close to the company, Acura is all set to build cheaper and more compact sports car that will boast of a few posh and technologically advanced features from the new NSX. Before the global slump in the auto industry, the company has sought to reestablish its place in the high performance auto segment with the launch of the new NSX though the project had to be shelved due to recession in 2008.
However, Honda has managed to go from strength to strength after recovering from the global slump. The NSX all-wheel-drive hybrid concept was shown off successfully at the Detroit Auto Show earlier in the year and the vehicle is now heading out to production. With the new vehicle all set to hit showrooms soon, Honda has decided to revive the mini NSX project which came into being in 2008 as well. The vehicle is being targeted at buyers who want the luxuries that the fill-size NSX offers although in a more reasonable price range and family sized dimensions.
Honda itself hasn’t revealed the specifications of the new model though it is likely to be powered by a four-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged engine with a mid-engine layout. The smaller sports car is also expected to use the SH-AWD system used in the NSX. The full-sized NSX is expected to hit showrooms in 2015 so the smaller version of the model should arrive in the market by 2017 only. As always, pricing is going to be one of the key selling points of the smaller NSX and the model is likely to be retailed in the $50,000-$60,000 bracket excluding frills.
Via: Car Buzz