• Sep 20th 2008 at 10:56AM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the Acura 2+1 Concept

Acura's new design language, as seen on the 2009 TL, is fronted by a shield-like appendage that has received mixed reviews. The Acura 2+1 -- the numbers describe the seating arrangement -- by design student Leon Paz is what would happen if you took the shield theme to one natural conclusion. By maintaining the edge throughout the concept's "modern baroque styling," Paz has come up we something we kinda dig.

The body is fashioned from a plastic that is harder than fiberglass, and Paz has done a great job in creating lines that evoke skin stretched over a frame. The upper surface is one continuous window that shows off the twin-turbo V6 and the Acura logo for the cylinder covers. There is no hood -- at your yearly service, the dealer would lift the glass and perform any engine maintenance.

The 2+1 would be an aspirational step for those who want an NSX but can't afford one yet. Based on what we've seen of the NSX so far, we'd probably rather have the 2+1. However, our most pressing question about the car isn't about the design -- we really want to know what is the meaning of "OW AHH" scrolled in LED's across the rear? Check out the gallery of high-res images below, and maybe you can tell us...

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      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      The author of this article might kind of dig it, but I think it looks ugly as all hell. What are they thinking!?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Acura 2+1 design study takes superman shield to next HIDEOUS level
      • 7 Years Ago
      What!? They would take this over and NSX... Wait, maybe. This doesn't look half bad, but the nsx aint looking to shabby for a concept. This seats 3, the nsx could possibly be a 2+2 arrangement. The nsx will deff. be faster. The nsx has SH-AWD with a rumored 500-550+ hp and this will probably be around 300 if that. But the nsx will probably cost 3x more. I will stay with the nsx. What about u guys and gals?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like most of the design.....front end, not so much but it's not that bad...do wonder how the rather large headlight scoops would effect the aerodynamics of , otherwise, such a sleek/wedge design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was going to say what I don't like and how to fix it, but I don't need to since someone posted that Toyota concept and that just about fixes everything. It looks a little too much "clownshoe" - sort of like the BMW M Coupe. The roof needs to slope back down in the back.

      Also, I can't figure out the OIU-AHH. OIU may be Osaka International University, and since Acura is a Japanese company... but the AHH is a mystery. Automotive something?
      Jon Russell
      • 7 Years Ago
      i actually like it
      • 7 Years Ago
      Different and nice, truly 21st century.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with BoxerFanatic regarding trends.

      I have nothing new to say, but hope that a large quantity of negative review will influence Acura to discontinue this design direction.

      I HATE IT! I am not old and out of touch, I am twenty two. I absolutely loved the old TL, but see that Lexus is heavily upping the aggression in it's design language, making the TL look a little too timid. A change was needed, but the new TL is not it. I even like the TSX, but this 'design study' is ridiculous, honestly, worthy of our every ridicule. ACURA! Are you listening and aware?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow this car has some amazing design cues. The sweeping front windshield is insanely beautiful. The new style quarter panel is also a good break from the usual contemporary styling. I actually got used to the Acura shield and I love it. Alot of Honda/Acura cars take time getting used to and look a whole lot better in PERSON. I used to the new accord and tsx was hideous until i saw them in person and i was in awe. But i think of the ACURA shield as very much like the BMW kidney nostrils. it must've been really ugly in the beginning, but once you get used to it, its awesome. The acura shield will grow on you once you see it more often. Honda designs always take time to get used to and you'll really appreciate it once you do realize how nice it looks. Unlike a toyota which needs no persuasion at all and to me that is not interesting. I like a car that keeps me guessing at why they designed it that way and grows a special bond between you and your car
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dunno, looks more like the Starfleet logo than anything...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nothing says sound dampening like a glass hood (and on top of that, a glass hood that serves as the windshield, as well).
      This design is just offensive from start to finish.
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