Two months ago, a report came out that Honda is planning to build a new sports car to slot below the company's lone sports car, the NSX. After weeks of speculation, the automaker has filed patents for the “baby NSX”, confirming that Honda is pushing through with the project and has named it ZSX.
Honda filed the patent last July 26 with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. An insider from the company also told French motoring magazine Automoto that a thinly veiled concept car will preview the new sports car at next year's North American International Auto Show. The insider adds that the ZSX will be available in two body styles, a coupe and a cabriolet with a metal folding roof. It was also hinted that the “baby NSX” will be powered by the turbocharged 2.0 liter engine found in the current Civic Type R plus a pair of electric motors powering the rear wheels.
A few months ago, patent photos of Honda's sports car surfaced online. It shares styling cues from the NSX with its slim headlights, bold creases on its sides, side mounted ventilation and a wide rear section. Insiders say that it will utilize an aluminum space frame with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) to make the car as light as possible.