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Honda NSX wins 2017 ‘Best New Engine’ award

Honda’s NSX supercar has won the ‘Best New Engine’ title at the 2017 International Engine of the Year Awards. The 427kW/646Nm (combined power) twin-turbo 3.5-litre petrol-electric V6 hybrid powertrain is the most advanced high performance power unit Honda has ever produced for a road car.

The awards, presented by Engine Technology International magazine, are now in their 19th year and are judged by a panel of experts from around the world. All engines are judged on characteristics including performance, noise, driveability, fuel economy and smoothness.

Honda says its aim when developing the NSX’s powertrain was “to create the most advanced high performance power unit in the world”, and also produce an engine that features the best possible performance but remains easy to enjoy and control.

The 2017 Honda NSX is all-wheel drive, but the petrol engine is only responsible for powering the rear wheels. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, plus there’s a 35kW/148Nm direct drive electric motor that sits between the rear wheels and the gearbox to help fill torque during gearshifts. All-wheel drive is possible thanks to a pair of identical 27kW/73Nm electric motors placed on each front wheel.

Both front electric motors can be used for electric-only driving, and they’ll also operate torque vectoring to direct the car where you need it to go if the rear wheels are struggling for grip.

Hayashi-san, Honda R&D Europe President, said:

“It is a great honour to receive this award. The NSX was developed as the pinnacle product of the Honda Motor Company, demonstrating Honda’s passion and commitment to providing a New Sports eXperience.

“We are delighted that the NSX has been evaluated so highly, and that it has won the award for the ‘Best New Engine’ of 2017.”

To qualify for International Engine of the Year Award an engine must have appeared in a passenger car that was on sale in more than one country as of June 2017.

The 2017 Honda NSX is on sale now in Australia, and is priced from $420,000 plus on-road costs.

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Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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