Honda’s American-focused luxury division Acura pulled the covers from the stunning Precision Concept today, day two of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The California-designed Precision Concept is being presented as a “clear promise for the Acura brand”, meaning you can expect to see elements of this model feature on future road cars.
If that’s the case, then Acura’s future appears very desirable indeed. The Precision Concept is an aggressive, low-slung and edgy four-door sedan with distinctly coupe proportions.
In Acura’s own words, the Precision Concept “communicates Acura’s focus on performance and prestige” through the low and wide stance, long dash-to-axle ratio, deeply sculpted surfaces poured over the swelling rear arches, 22-inch wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, and the new family grille.
Dimensions are listed as 5180mm long, 2100mm wide, 1320mm tall on a 3100mm wheelbase, so it’s a seriously large sedan – significantly larger than a Tesla Model S.
In the metal, it’s quite gorgeous, down to the paint and finer details of the design. Honda’s luxury arm has clearly invested a significant sum in creating a premium show car.
Acura also points out a comparatively seamless transition of materials and structure from the exterior to the interior of the vehicle, highlighted by the lack of a b-pillar. For instance, the door’s rocker panel neatly flows into the interior side sill.
The cabin is modernistic and simple, with expressing surfacing and striking contrasts. The seats, which appear to ‘float’ in the rear, are designed to resemble modern lounge furniture. The speaker grilles are made of wood.
There’s also a race-inspired steering wheel with paddle shifters and, a floating instrument panel, a head-up display, what Acura calls a “cantilevered centre stack” and a wide, curved central display screen operated by a floating touch pad.
Upon entry, this system futuristically scans each occupant and selects personalised features and functions, including maps, audio and customised vehicle performance settings. Spooky.
The Acura Precision Concept has been lauded in Detroit as the sexiest concept car of the show alongside the Buick Avista. Few would have expected that.