Honda Reveals the Baby NSX, but It's Not What You Think

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
honda reveals the baby nsx but it s not what you think

Honda has been on a bit of a teasing streak lately, showing us a brace of great concepts unveiled by Honda at the Frankfurt and Tokyo Motor Shows – concepts which may or may not evolve into anything we can buy on this side of the pond. Rumors also floated around about a little brother being created for the NSX. Adding fuel to that particular fire, patents were discovered for the latter.

As it turns out, those patents were absolutely real and a baby NSX is on its way… as a driveable machine in the Gran Turismo video game.

As it happens, a single full-scale model of the baby NSX does exist, but we’ll only ever get to drive the digital version. According to the company, the Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo concept is a “human centred design,” which is odd, given that no human will ever sit in the thing.

This virtual hot rod is said to have a mid-mounted 2.0-litre turbo-four cranking out 404 horsepower, presumably before armchair racers spend their virtual Simoleons on a myriad of upgrades. The digital car has an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and, since it’s made of zeros and ones, drivers have choice between manual and automatic shifting.

It sports an in-game weight is less than 2000lbs. No word if that includes all the plastic packaging and theft prevention gadgets applied by the workers at EB Games.

The Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo was developed in collaboration with Kazunori Yamauchi and the rest of his Gran Turismo team. The exterior design done in Los Angeles. The GT team is well known for their exacting standards, so there’s little doubt this virtual machine will be fun to drive about a digital Nurburgring.

Building virtual one-off cars for video games is not a new concept but this time, the boffins working on Gran Turismo have made the practice an integral part of the game. Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world’s automotive brands design new sports cars that are then offered as gifts to Gran Turismo players.

To date, more than a dozen real-world car manufacturers have lent their styling and engineering chops to developing a car for the upcoming installment of the Gran Turismo franchise. Actual production models, such as the VW GTI have been tweaked for the game, in addition to one-off flights of fancy like this baby NSX and the Dodge SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo.

Digital dreams are great, but we sure would rather drive the real thing.


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  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Nov 11, 2017

    I'd say something, but the missing NSX 2.0 is the Duke Nukem Forever of cars. Having experienced Prelude, Legend, and CRX, as well as quality Integra time back in the day, I have NO IDEA what is up with them now. They can, but choose not to....the OG NSX is still amazing, the cassette player in the dash is the only giveaway.

  • Akatsuki Akatsuki on Nov 12, 2017

    I have a car that weighs 2lbs, has unlimited traction and accelerates at the speed of light. It also costs $1. The catch is it is only available in a video game.

  • Alan I would think Ford would beef up the drive line considering the torque increase, horse power isn't a factor here. I looked at a Harrop supercharger for my vehicle. Harrop offered two stages of performance. The first was a paltry 100hp to the wheels (12 000AUD)and the second was 250hp to the wheels ($20 000 (engine didn't rev harder so torque was significantly increased)). The Stage One had no drive line changes, but the Stage Two had drive line modifications. My vehicle weighs roughly the same as a full size pickup and the 400'ish hp I have is sufficient, I had little use for another 100 let alone 250hp. I couldn't see much difference in the actual supercharger setup other than a ratio change for the drive of the supercharger, so that extra $8 000 went into the drive line.
  • ToolGuy Question: F-150 FP700 ( Bronze or Black) supercharger kit is legal in 50 states, while the Mustang supercharger kit is banned in California -- why??
  • ToolGuy Last picture: Labeling the accelerator as "play" and the brake pedal as "pause" might be cute, but it feels wrong. It feels wrong because it is wrong, and it is wrong because Calculus.Sidebar: I have some in-laws who engage the accelerator and brake on a binary on/off all-in basis. So annoying as a passenger.Drive smoothly out there. 🙂
  • Johnny ringo It's an interesting vehicle, I'd like to see VW offer the two row Buzz in the states also.
  • Chuck Norton And guys are having wide spread issues with the 10 speed transmission with the HP numbers out of the factory......