Something rather interesting is brewing over at Honda, if these spyshots are to be believed. The photos show an undisguised concept of some form – a speedster that appears to be mid-engined, but smaller than the NSX, hinting of a potential mid-pack sports car/roadster that sits above the S660.
Although the nose is much lower than the NSX, the mystery show car shares many of the supercar’s design details, including slit-like headlights, a large front grille flanked by twin air intakes, massive side scoops aft of the doors and an aggressive rear end with slim tail lights, gaping vents and a sizeable diffuser. The centre exhausts exit between the tail lights McLaren-style, and orange Volk Racing TE37 wheels add a touch of pop.
Indeed, the concept looks very similar to a car shown in patent images unearthed in 2015, albeit with a different rear end. Back then, it was rumoured that it would feature a 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine paired to an NSX-style three-motor hybrid system, delivering a total output of around 300 hp.
The use of a mid-engined hybrid setup, as well as the ZSX name trademarked by Honda last year, mean that the car would likely be marketed as a “baby” NSX, rather than an outright S2000 successor. The idea of a trifecta of Honda sports cars is certainly mouthwatering, especially when you consider that on the other side, Toyota is also looking to build its own triple threat lineup…