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Renderings of an angular two-seater suggest sports car will rival Mazda MX-5
Sam Sheehan
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19 July 2017

Honda has patented the design of a mid-engined convertible sports car, supporting rumours that it is working on a baby NSX model to rival the Mazda MX-5

Posted on the European Union Intellectual Property Office website, the images show a narrow front section and a lengthy rear that features slats and scoops, for cooling the car’s mid-mounted powertrain.

The images reignite longstanding rumours of a new Honda sports car, but quell earlier suggestions that it would be a spiritual successor to the S2000 with a front-mounted engine.

Honda’s decision to use a mid-ship layout could relate to the sharing of its platform with the NSX - something that was suggested when NSX project boss Ted Klaus told Autocar that the NSX's structure would also spawn a convertible, lightweight version and all-electric model.

While the NSX uses a hybrid-V6 drivetrain that powers all four wheels, power for the baby NSX could come from a simpler, more cost-effective combustion engine-driven rear-wheel-drive set-up.

Honda’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine, as used by the new Civic, is the top candidate to power the future sports car, offering something in the region of 180bhp in its most potent state.

The turbocharged 2.0-litre engine of the Civic Type R could also be used in some variants. That unit produces 316bhp in the Civic Type R, although it would likely shed horsepower in the sports car.

Senior Honda executives have refused to comment on the prospect of a new sports car during recent interviews. But the marque hinted at intentions to boost its performance line-up with the 2&4 concept of 2015.

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Pat Pending 20 July 2017

Not a Patent FFS!

I applaud Autocar for searching Design Registrations but FFS stop calling them patents. Those images are taken from an EU Registered Design, as were the hot Megane images. Registered Designs protect the appearance of a product, nothing more.

Try using wording such as 'Honda has registered a design for an MX5 rival'. But not patent!

Grrrr

Pat Pending 20 July 2017

A better headline would be

Pat Pending wrote:

I applaud Autocar for searching Design Registrations but FFS stop calling them patents. Those images are taken from an EU Registered Design, as were the hot Megane images. Registered Designs protect the appearance of a product, nothing more.

Try using wording such as 'Honda has registered a design for an MX5 rival'. But not patent!

Grrrr

A better headline would be "Mid-engined Honda 'baby NSX' sports car previewed by new Design Registrations"

HHX621 20 July 2017

2 in 1

why 240 hp in a 2000 lbs sportscar? mx-5 and a new s2000 in one? call it nsf-f 4 future. price point 10% steeper than the mx-5?

 

 

 

LP in Brighton 19 July 2017

Design patent

The illustrations show a car with no windscreen - but there appear to be ducts placed where the screen would normally be. I just wonder whether one of the patents relates to a way of ducting a stream of air above the occupants, such that a conventional screen is no longer needed?

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