2007 Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept

The American influence of this concept goes further than the mouse-wielding designers. Sharp creases on the concept’s body suggest modern Cadillacs, albeit without their awkwardness. Acura designers also incorporated muscular fender flares, suicide rear doors and a pronounced nose. It’s the most gangsta Acura yet.

Definitely not a clone of other cars, the concept is bookended with traditional Acura design cues. A five-point grille is the only conformance to corporate design marching orders in front, though it wears a beak only an octopus could love. Especially when coupled with the narrow headlights, which also double as air intakes.

More convincing is the chiseled tail, which recalls the CL coupe. The all-glass roof tops an interior that was off-limits to our prying eyes. Billet-machined, polished aluminum wheels measure 22 inches in front and 23 inches in the rear. What they have in size, they lack in taste.

According to Acura, we can expect future products to be influenced by it. Indeed, if the right design cues are carried into production, the aggression will be a shot in the arm to future Acura sedans. Like most concepts, no powertrain lies underhood, but designer Dave Marek says it’s sized such that “a large, powerful engine lurks beneath the surface.” Considering that today the largest, most powerful engine in Acura’s stable is a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, perhaps this comment hints at the future of Honda’s powertrain group.

I could tell you all about the 22-inch front and 23-inch rear wheels, the brake calipers, the cooling ducts and any number of other well-meaning features on this design study, but I’m distracted by the aesthetic catastrophe that is the Acura Advanced Sedan Concept.

The show-stopping Acura ‘Advanced Sports Car Concept’ made its world debut today at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. The dynamically styled concept provides a preview of the design direction for the successor to the Acura NSX.

Created to take exotic sports car styling to a new level, the concept is designed to incorporate a powerful front-mounted, V-10 engine and a new high- performance, rear-wheel-drive based version of Acura’s exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).

‘The Acura brand will always be a home for people who love to drive,’ said Takeo Fukui, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. ‘As we advance toward building a car like this, I can tell you it will feature advanced technology matching our passion for performance.’

The concept’s exterior demonstrates a dynamic fusion of advanced technology and emotion. The long, pronounced hood features deeply sculpted lines and embossed air vents, both of which hint at the powerful engine beneath. The exterior lines run the length of the body, creating a ribbon- like effect from the front headlights to the rear wheel arches, evoking a feeling of movement and power.

Although modern in its appearance, the Advanced Sports Car Concept retains the subtle cues associated with its predecessor, the NSX. The concept’s slim, LED headlights are pushed wide and designed to mimic the pop-up headlights found on the first generation NSX. Other styling hints include a modern take on wraparound rear taillights and the all black cockpit.

‘Our intention was to design an exotic sports car that gracefully combines advanced technology and strong emotion,’ said Jon Ikeda, principal designer, Acura Design Center. ‘The technical, machined surfaces and keen-edge design are balanced with sweeping curves and dramatic lines, all of which results in the ultimate exotic sports car.’

Wide and low to the ground with a 108.8 inch wheelbase, the concept is anchored by grippy 19 inch front and 20 inch rear performance tires which are mounted to custom billet-machined, polished aluminum wheels. Powerful, ventilated carbon ceramic brake discs and eight-piston calipers accent the wheels. Bold wheel arches and flares add to the concept’s aggressive appearance.

The low slung cabin is constructed entirely of tinted glass and sits flush against the body. Door handles are also flush mounted, allowing the sports car to retain a clean and aerodynamic appearance. The Advanced Sports Car Concept features a carbon fiber underbody and the rear is finished with aggressive quad exhaust pipes and integrated rear diffusers, further communicating its high performance potential.

The Advanced Sports Car Concept was designed by the Acura’s Los Angeles- based design team that will be based at the new Acura Design Center, opening this summer

Scribbled on November 15th 2008 in Acura, Acura Advanced
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