Acura may be planning to release another sportscar as what appear to be patent images of an upcoming concept from the automaker recently surfaced on the web.

Looking a lot like a smaller version of the next-gen NSX in term of design, the concept car may slot below the higher-tiered NSX but may have similarity in performance. The rear-end of the concept marginally differs from the NSX as it has large air vents that protrude from the bodywork along with a diffuser.

The front end of the Acura patent image

Power will likely come from a hybrid powertrain though exact engine details were not provided.

The side and rear end of the Acura sportscar

But according to a previous report, Acura parent company Honda seems to be developing a spiritual successor of the S2000 that will come in the form of a hybrid sportscar. It will reportedly be using the same NSX architecture but will be powered by either the Civc Type-R's 2.0-liter turbo unit, or the smaller 1.5-liter turbocharged engine from the Civic Concept.

Source: Telegraaf