Placing a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 on a hybrid powertrain, the 2017 Acura NSX is worth 576hp, putting it in the same league as the Adui R8 and Nissan GT-R. But a Miata rival? That doesn’t seem right.

It apparently is, according to some fresh reports from the grapevine. The whispers say that a successor to the Honda S2000 – discontinued in 2009 – is on the way, and it would be sized like the Miata with a weight of less than 3,000lbs.

More interestingly, rumors claim that this lightweight roadster would be based on the NSX supercar, which would make it the ‘baby NSX’ everyone’s been faffing about these past few years.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata weighs 2,350lbs, which is why 155hp from its 2.0L four-cylinder has always been enough.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Honda S2000

Honda S2000

In order to make up for the weight discrepancy between the baby NSX and Miata, it is said to be coming with the 2.0L turbo-four from the Civic Type-R mated to a hybrid powertrain that would help it to more than 350hp.

Is the prospect of a S2000 successor with NSX DNA one that should be entertained?