A car which they are calling a 2019 Baby Acura NSX is rumored to be on its way. In fact as rumors of a Honda S2000 successor have been in talks for many years already, it appears that the smaller NSX could take the spot of that car. The details about the 2019 Baby Acura NSX are still slim but the expectations are sky high. For now they are still calling it a “baby” but it will probably sport the Honda badge once all details have been made. Although we have a lot of questions that need answering it is certain that this model aims to rejuvenate some of the sportiness the brand was known for in the past.
Not a long time ago, Honda had a roster of fun sporty cars which included the Prelude, CR-X and the S2000 while their luxury-orientated Acura division offered models as Integra, RSX and the NSX. But today, it seems that all of the sports cars have died out and we are left with only crossover vehicles as the brand has concentrated more on strengthening their sales and offering a line of cars which would sooth the needs of the public.
Honda is already cooking a new batch of cars so already announced models which are going to come out in 2016 are the Honda Civic Type R and the Acura NSX, but for the 2019 they are planning a vehicle which is supposed to bridge the gap between those two and they are planning to make a model which is going to be somewhere in the middle ground, enter the 2019 Baby Acura NSX.
For now the working title is still a Baby NSX but that will change in the future, but we do know that this car is going to be a direct successor to the famed S2000 model. It was reported that this car would be ahybrid roadster which combines an electric motor with a 1.5-liter turbo engine allowing it to make 300 horsepower. When is this car coming out and the news about its release date and other details you can read about here.
How will the Car Look Like?
The newest 2019 Baby Acura NSX is still not established, but there are many rumors and renderings which depict how it would look. They are basing this model on the latest Honda S660 mole which has made its debut in 2016. It will also share some similarities with the second-generation Acura NSX which was also updated recently. But as with the released photos of the prototype, it seems that this concept car will add some of its own details. The design that we can see now presents a very good looking mid-level performance roadster. But this is probably going to be a lot different compared to what we do get in the end. The production version of the car will look a lot different compared to this concept.
What to Expect on the Inside?
With the aggressive design of the exterior which the 2019 Baby Acura NSX displays, it is obvious that the inside is going to follow the same pattern. The interior part of the car will probably add the latest in-car technology, while the cabin will also focus on reducing as much as weight as possible while at the same time being able to provide as much as luxury possible. If this car manages to get a Honda badge it will certainly provide more luxurious details, but if it is an Acura we can expect to see many details from the newest NSX transferred here. If they decide to offer an open-top roadster, the elements on the inside will probably be a lot glossier and make the car not only look good but also enable it to be even more fun to drive.
What Could we Expect Under the Hood?
There are many options that can await us under the hood of the 2019 Baby Acura NSX. Based on the enormous vents and air intakes placed on the rear end of the car, as the concept shows, we are probably looking at a mid-engine layout, which is also seen in current NSX and the future S660. There are some reports which state that this model might be using a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which might bring the output to 330 horsepower. As this is predicted to be a hybrid, the front axles will two electronic engines powering them and will give it added 70 horsepower, amounting to a potential combined power of around 400 hp. The performance is going to be outstanding as they plan to use a frame mostly made of aluminum and add a lot of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, which will further decrease the weight of the car. It is expected that it weighs approximately 3,000 lb.
Prices for the Future 2019 Baby Acura NSX
We do not have any solid info about the price of the 2019 Baby Acura NSX model but it is clear that it is not going to be an affordable car. If Honda does make this sports model, the prices are not going to be as close as the former S2000 was nor do they plan to make it an affordable model at all. The price is going to be closer to $150,000 as a base price.
2019 Baby Acura Release Date
Being that we are still in the development stages of the 2019 Baby Acura NSX, there is still a long way to go for this car actually becoming a reality. The rumors about the model have started to surface now and it would seem that the car is being made for the 2019 model year. Some reports have even gone as far as to say that this model is already being featured for 2018 but in our mind it would be too soon for the car to appear so early. It appears that we are waiting for the 2019 Baby Acura NSX a bit while longer.
Bringing the 2019 Baby Acura NSX back to the Honda line or even the Acura line will raise some questions from the competition. The cars which are currently labeled as the closest competing cars are the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Porsche Cayman models. Both of them did not have an update since 2014 and it would be interesting if they decide to do something about it and prepare a new additions once the 2019 Baby Acura NSX is out. But for now the two cars remain the closets rivaling cars in the segment.
With the departure from the S2000 model Honda has been looking for a car which would fill in the gap that this model has made. Now we are probably looking at a model which might do just that. Although it is not planned to be as affordable as the S2000 had been it would look good for Honda to update its sports car roster. The smaller NSX is not a sure thing yet but the prospect of it sure sounds fun for us.