In early December, the radical Honda NSX received Car of the Year recognition from the Japan Steering Committee, according to Honda Motor Co., Ltd. The Honda NSX supercar took home the Car of the Year Japan Steering Committee’s Special Award for 2016-2017.

While inheriting the “human-centered supercar” concept proposed by the original NSX, the new-genertion NSX was developed to offer a “New Sports eXperience” for this new era with outstanding responsiveness and handling performance made possible through the adoption of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive), a high-efficiency and high-output 3-motor hybrid system. In August 2016, Honda began accepting applications in Japan for custom orders of the new-generation NSX supercar. Since then, the number of applications submitted has exceeded the annual sales plan of 100 units. Customer deliveries in Japan are scheduled to begin on 27 February 2017.

The Honda NSX was selected the Car of the Year Japan 2016-2017 by the Steering Committee due to its high degree of perfection as a high-performance hybrid super sports car. It has a profound significance that NSX proposed the future image of sports cars with hybrid technologies which is one of Japan’s strengths. Although the NSX’s annual sales in numbers is only 100 units so far, lesser than the required 500 units, which is standard for nomination for the Car of the Year Japan; the committee decided to keep the NSX on the records by awarding it the Steering Committee’s Special Award.

The new Honda NSX features a new longitudinally mounted, twin-turbo, six-cylinder DOHC engine, combined with dual clutch transmission (DCT) and nine speeds, developed specifically for this supercar. A rear Direct Drive Motor, housed between the engine and gearbox, enhances performance during acceleration, braking and gear changes. In addition, the front wheels of the NSX are powered independently by two parallel high-performance electric motors, which provide instant torque. The combined power unit has a maximum output of 581 hp.