Undisclosed sources close to Honda have told Auto Express the "baby NSX" will be launched in 2018 with hybrid power.

Several months ago, several mysterious patent designs showing a smaller second-gen NSX-like model emerged onto the web, thus sparking rumors about the possibility of a new sportscar from Honda to act as a spiritual successor of the much loved S2000. After these images hit the web, a report came out stating the car is heading to production with a hybridized 400 bhp 2.0-liter turbo engine from the Civic Type R.

Now, British media is saying Honda did indeed plan to use the 2.0-liter but apparently have decided to switch to a smaller 1.5-liter turbo to comply with the more stringent emission regulations. Chances are the motor in question is the same one set to be used in the tenth generation Civic, but further tweaked to squeeze more power. It will work with an electric motor and is believed to develop a combined output of 300 bhp (224 kW).

While the S2000 was only offered as a roadster (with an optional hardtop), the new baby NSX will apparently be sold exclusively as a coupe and it's being developed with help from McLaren and Honda's F1 team.

If the rumor turns out to be true, expect the new Honda sportscar to be launched in 2018 and carry a steep starting price of around £50,000 (about $75,000 or €67,800).

Gallery: Baby Honda NSX allegedly out in 2018 with 300 bhp hybrid 1.5-liter turbo

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