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Acura mulls smaller, cheaper NSX

Published September 25, 2012
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Along with an all-new NSX, Acura has potential plans to build a smaller and cheaper sports car that will also have many of the former’s high-tech features, Carbuzz.com reports.

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. Those plans were shelved as an economic downturn approached.

Acura’s all-wheel-drive NSX hybrid concept first shown last January at Detroit is a sign of economic improvment, and it’s 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 reportedly in the works once again. A Honda source has told Motor Trend that this car is 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.

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

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    • Price: $25,950

    MSRP

    • Price: $36,999
    • Price: $67,600
    • Price: $61,699
    • Engine: 1.6 I4 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: -
    • Drive Type: FWD
    • Cylinder: 4
    • Transmission Speed: 6

    Performance

    • Engine: 3.8 V6 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: MT
    • Drive Type: RWD
    • Cylinder: 6
    • Transmission Speed: 6
    • Engine: 2.5 I5 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: MT
    • Drive Type: AWD
    • Cylinder: 5
    • Transmission Speed: 6
    • Engine: 5.8 V8 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: MT
    • Drive Type: RWD
    • Cylinder: 8
    • Transmission Speed: 6
    • City: 7.3
    • Highway: 5.5
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 13/13

    Fuel Economy

    • City: 11.5
    • Highway: 7.3
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 17/17
    • City: 12.3
    • Highway: 8.1
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 16/16
    • City: -
    • Highway: -
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 16/16
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes

    Safety

    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: No
    • Power Seats: No
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: No
    • Heated Seats: No
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes

    Comfort & Convenience

    • Sunroof: Yes
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: Yes
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: No
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: No
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: No
    • Heated Seats: No
    • Climate Control: No
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 2
    • Number of Doors: 2
    • Seats: 2
    • Power Adjustable Seats: No
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes

    Interior

    • Max. Seating: 4
    • Number of Doors: 2
    • Seats: 4
    • Power Adjustable Seats: Yes
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 4
    • Number of Doors: 2
    • Seats: 4
    • Power Adjustable Seats: Yes
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 4
    • Number of Doors: 2
    • Seats: 4
    • Power Adjustable Seats: Yes
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Awards: -

    Awards

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