Could NSX Give Birth To Baby ZSX?
Rumors about a baby NSX has been flying around since 2012 and earlier this year, Honda/Acura filed a trademark for the 'MSX' nameplate. Well now they’ve filed another patent for a name that could potentially be used for a smaller NSX, the baby ZSX.
Honda has recently trademarked the ZSX name with the European Union Intellectual Property Office on July 26 and it could be a sign indicating that another sports coupe which takes after the NSX could be on its way. But, this is by no means a confirmation because automakers are known to trademark names as a way to cover their bases in case they want to use it in the future.
This doesn’t mean that we won’t be getting a baby NSX because Honda seems serious this time. The ZSX has already been trademarked once in the United States but their ownership of the name ended on December 10, 2012. Because they trademarked it again, it could be a sign of Honda’s intention to bring a ZSX vehicle to the market and an anonymous member of Honda's engineering team in Japan told Automoto that Honda has plans to launch a concept ZSX at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show.
If it is based off of the NSX, we could be seeing a rear-mounted petrol turbo hybrid ZSX concept with a detuned 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine from the Civic Type R. Maybe it’ll have an output of around 300 hp for the petrol portion of the engine and two electric motors (one in the front, one rear) pushing out an additional 50 ponies.
We really won’t know until the Detroit show next January.