From the 'Don't Hold Your Breath' files comes new reports that Honda is again considering a comeback for its beloved NSX sports car.
Following rumblings yesterday of a reborn Supra project at Toyota, reports out of the UK today suggest that Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has given the company's young guns the signal to begin preliminary work on a new NSX.
“I spent part of my early career at Honda developing the NSX, and specifically the aluminium body,” Ito told Britain's Autocar magazine.
“I really enjoyed that experience, and learned much, so it is my wish that Honda engineers have the experience of developing a sportscar like the NSX in future. Within Honda, our engineers are already looking at developing such a car.”
Taking a leaf from Lamborghini's Aventador playbook, Ito said that the focus of the new NSX successor would be on handling and lightweight construction, rather than outright power.
"The NSX was known for its aluminium body, so when we develop our new sportscar we don’t want to copy Ferrari for power, but to also chase efficiency as well," Ito added.
Earlier this year, Ito described a successor to the NSX that would bypass the conventional big-power 6, 8, 10 and 12-cylinder approach embraced by the Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 458, Lexus LFA and Lamborghini Aventador troup.
If Honda's new CR-Z hybrid sports car offers any sort of preview, it could be safe to bet on an ultra-green petrol-electric powertrain driving the new NSX - something along the lines of BMW's upcoming i8 hybrid sports car.
Reports of a hybrid-based supercar marks a significant departure from the red-blooded NSX that was in development before the global financial crisis caused the project to be cancelled.
When it was first announced two years ago that the NSX spirit would live on in SuperGT track-only form, Honda confirmed the fiery HSV-010GT was actually a racing version of the aborted NSX.