The Acura NSX has been named Road & Track 2017 Performance Car of the Year. While its unlikely you’ll ever get to drive one in real life, you can now drive it virtually with the release of a new Alpine Stars DLC pack for Forza Horizon 3.
The 2017 NSX features a three-motor, 573 horsepower, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive powertrain. Produced exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, the Acura NSX is the only supercar manufactured in America.
The winning model featured valencia red pearl exterior paint with semi-aniline red leather and alcantara power seats, the carbon fiber exterior and interior sport package, premium audio, signature Y-Spoke wheels, carbon fiber roof and rear decklid spoiler, carbon-ceramic rotors with black brake calipers, Pirelli Pzero trofeo R 245/35ZR 19XL front tires and Pirelli Pzero trofeo R 305/30ZR 20XL rear tires.
The Acura NSX took out this year’s award largely thanks to its unique driving experience. Road & Track says,
“For the first time in a hybrid automobile of any price or capability, technology has been placed firmly in the service of emotional involvement rather than in place of it.”
The magazine goes on to say,
“Everything about the car—from the way in which the brake-by-wire pedal lengthens its travel when the brakes are hot to the manner in which the mid-mounted V-6 permits itself a bit of the ol’ barbaric yawp when it’s winding out in fourth gear—is intended to enhance the driver’s involvement.”
The MSRP of the tested 2017 Acura NSX was US$201,160, but without all the options starts at US$156,000.
The NSX beat 8 other cars, the Audi R8 V10 Plus, BMW M4 GTS, Corvette Grand Sport, Jaguar F-Type SVR, Lotus Evora 400, Mercedes-AMG C63 S, Nissan GT-R NISMO and Porsche 911 Turbo S. That’s certainly some stiff competition.
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