Eight Questions With Acura Precision Concept Designer Michelle Christensen Page 2


What other elements of the design do you see making it to production?

You could close your eyes and point. It might not be a copy-paste literal translation. Some of this is also coming from the NSX. One of the things we're pushing on this car is our new surface language, which is part of Alluring Modern Edge. We really wanted this contrast in the surfaces. Usually, you have one surface treatment all around the car. But for Acuras we want more contrast so he have these very sheer surfaces. For instance, the body sides, it's very sheer and kind of twisted sheetmetal, but as you go out to the tires it becomes more of this melted mercury, more organic look. It's almost like two different surface languages put together. That contrast surfacing, we're using on all of the models that we are working on now.

Acura Precision Concept, 2016 Detroit Auto Show

Acura Precision Concept, 2016 Detroit Auto Show

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One of other things that was inspired by NSX and then taken to another level on this car is this lightweight, floating feeling. If you look at the Precision Concept, you'll notice that the A-pillars are floating and they just end in a little point, so it looks very lightweight. The taillights also look like they are suspended. You could put your hand through behind the taillight, which is coming from the NSX floating C-pillar. We want to keep that lightweight performance look, where it looks like it's windswept and constantly in motion.

Acura Precision concept, 2016 Detroit Auto Show

Acura Precision concept, 2016 Detroit Auto Show

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This car is a four-door with no B-pillar, and it has suicide-style rear doors and a flying buttress style rear end. Could those elements make it into production?

Everything's possible. It depends on the vehicle and the needs of the buyer. Everything on this vehicle we are looking into. I think the suicide doors would be possible. It all depends on things like the testing, and crash, and structure.

Acura design has been panned in the last decade or so, at first for being too bland and later for being too out there. Do you recognize that and are you trying to find a new, more accepted direction?

Precision Crafted Performance has been in our DNA since the beginning. I think over the last couple of years it's been there but maybe it hasn't been as consistent or as loud or as potent as it should have. The great thing about Honda and Acura is that we always focus on the customer. We're always making products based on what we think they want and what buyers are telling us they want. Some of the reason for the undulation is that we are really focusing on the buyer and what they want. The Precision Crafted Performance direction I think is going to be very strong.

What do you want people to know about this car that we haven't covered?

We're just excited to share this concept with the world, and show everybody our secrets, what we are working on, and where Acura is going.

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