The Acura “Advanced Sports Car Concept” has made its world debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, giving us all a sneak preview of the design direction for the successor to the Honda NSX.
The concept comes with a powerful front-mounted, V10 engine and a new high-performance, rear-wheel-drive based version of Acura’s exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM)) – yes a rear wheel drive version of an all wheel drive.
“The Acura brand will always be a home for people who love to drive, as we advance toward building a car like this, I can tell you it will feature advanced technology matching our passion for performance.” said Takeo Fukui, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Honda says that the concept’s exterior demonstrates a dynamic fusion of advanced technology and emotion, I am not sure what the marketing guys at Honda do to come up with convoluted descriptions like that, but hey, I actually think it looks superb!
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, 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.” said Jon Ikeda, principal designer, Acura Design Center. ”
Wide and low to the ground with a 276.3 centimetre 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.