It might not be going on sale until early 2016, but that hasn't stopped the Honda Acura NSX from winning a 2015 "Best of What's New" Popular Science magazine award.
The awards, now in their 28th year, are presented to the most innovative products and technologies across 12 categories from computing, engineering and gadgets, to entertainment, security and of course, automotive.
"The Best of What's New awards honor the innovations that surprise and amaze us -- those that challenge our view of what's possible in the future," said Cliff Ransom, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science.
The NSX scooped its prize for its hybrid technology that helps it keep up with and even overtake the best traditionally powered supercars on the road. The NSX can go from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 305km/h thanks to a combination of a comparatively tiny turbocharged V6 engine plus three electric motors.
When working together they deliver 570hp and, as impressive as that may be, the NSX is by no means the only super sports car that uses batteries as well as fossil fuels to boost performance. The BMW i8, McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 have all embraced aspects of the same technology.
However, Popular Science singled out the NSX because of how it is harnessing the technology and the power it creates. Its Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive powertrain is the first of its kind, capable of pushing that power to any of the four wheels not just to retain traction and grip and to optimize braking, but as a means of keeping the car's body stable -- i.e., minimizing yaw -- and the passengers comfortable.
"The Acura NSX challenges conventional notions of supercar performance, and it's great to see our advanced Acura performance technologies receive this kind of recognition," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura.
But as revolutionary and rare as it is now -- the NSX won't go on sale until 2016 -- expect many more cars to follow its lead in the coming years.
The latest JATO white paper into the future of the electric car market, published Tuesday, highlights that there is a huge potential demand for mean, green, racing machines. In particular, the BMW i8 has sold 3,590 units and counting despite a very slow production process and a ticket price of $136,500 in the US and €130,000 in Europe before optional extras.