Jose Altoveros / Gran Turismo Sport, European Union Intellectual Property Office | October 11, 2017 13:39
Honda ZSX patent becomes Vision Gran Turismo concept
A few years back, Honda filed a patent for a supposed 'baby NSX' to slot under the company's lone sports car. Adding to further speculation on a possible smaller sports car, the Japanese automaker named it ZSX. Patent images of the ZSX shows that it resembled that of the NSX especially with the slim headlights, bold creases, and side mounted vents. Apart from the discovery of the patent, Honda has been quiet about their baby NSX, leading most to suspect that the vehicle will remain a patent.
Now, with the releaese of Gran Turismo Sport fast approaching, the baby NSX has returned albeit in digital form as Honda's new Vision GT concept. The overall shape of the patent has been retained, but the Honda Sport Vision Gran Turismo conept does look sharper with cleaner lines compared to the patent. Most of the details such as the NSX-inspired grill and the sculpted rear end has been carried over. Add the new wheels and it gives the concept a meaner look compared to the patent.
Apart from leaked screenshots of the concept in-game, there are no details regarding its technical specification. Rumors back then said that the concept would be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine from the Civic Type R or a 1.5-liter engine, both of which was said to assisted by hybrid technology. Since it is in Gran Turismo Sport, do expect it to have a power figure in the 400-500 PS range.
As with most Vision Gran Turismo concepts, these vehicles are exclusively designed for use in the driving simulator. This means that the odds of having a production version of the Honda Sports Vision GT Concept is highly unlikely. We can however still hope that the concept is more than just a video game vehicle.
Though its chances of becoming reality is close to none, we get the chance to drive the Honda Sports Vision GT Concept once Gran Turismo Sport launches on October 18.