Citing sources within Honda, British magazine Auto Express says a US-built baby NSX is "deep into development."

Expected to weigh less than 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs), Honda's mid-range sports car will be positioned above the upcoming S1000 and the mighty NSX, with a launch date set for 2018. It will apparently keep the Honda badge for the North American version, unlike the second generation NSX which will be sold stateside as an Acura.

More importantly, the mid-engined model is already "deep into development" according to a Honda source who specifies it will use a Civic Type R-sourced 2.0-liter turbo engine tweaked for this new model and teamed up with three electric motors. Just like the previous report stated, total output is estimated at 400 PS (294 kW) thanks to a SH-AWD system like the one in the bad boy NSX.

Since it won't be out sooner than 2018, chances are the attached patent designs depict a concept set to be unveiled at a major auto show in the foreseeable future. It appears to look pretty much production ready, albeit it doesn't have conventional side mirrors as these have been replaced by cameras. Hopefully, Honda will not play the same agonizingly long teasing game as they did with the new NSX.

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