Honda has unveiled its Sports Vision Gran Turismo in the virtual world. Styled like a miniature NSX, the car will be playable in Gran Turismo Sport, but there’s no real-world version at the moment.
Power comes from a mid-mounted four-cylinder turbo DOHC-VTEC engine with 301kW, put to the road through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Although no acceleration figures have been quoted, that combination should make the Japanese sports car seriously quick.
Interestingly, there’s no mention of any hybrid or electric hardware like that of the NSX. That helps keep weight down, but also seems like a strange decision in what looks like a smaller take on the brand’s flagship supercar.
Although it isn’t a real car, Honda says the shape of the Sports Vision Gran Turismo has been modelled in a wind tunnel. That means the body, cabin, underbody and engine bay have all been optimised for lightning laps in the virtual world. Unless, of course, the company is planning on putting it into production as a real-world baby NSX…
Should a smaller, more affordable sports car become available, Honda Australia has expressed its interest in bringing it Down Under. Speaking to CarAdvice at the local Civic Type R launch, Stephen Collins, director of Honda Australia, said the company is looking at ways to make its range sportier.
“We’ve said it a number of times: we really want to dial up the sportiness of our range and our brand,” he said. “NSX is one part of that, Type R is another. But if anything else becomes available, we’d really be chasing that pretty hard.”