Concept cars can be split into 3 categories: 1) pie-in-the-sky ideas about what we'll be driving in the future (think Honda's NeuV concept from the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show), 2) a preview of a car makers upcoming design direction (e.g. the Acura Precision Concept from 2016 NAIAS), and finally, 3) thinly veiled versions of their upcoming production models. The Honda 2017 Honda Urban EV Concept (above) from Frankfurt 2017 falls into the 3rd category.
I can't remember the last time a Japanese car maker stole the headlines at Frankfurt, but 2017 was it. This was the first time the world was shown the mega AMG One, mind you. In between all of the European glamour, was Honda with their diminutive little car. Hints of Mk1 Civic, Mk1 Golf and original Mini all mashed together to create one epic concept.
However, by the time the production version was revealed at the same venue 2 years later, those striking looks had been toned down. Massively. Some changes were due to 'production-ising' it - regulations in different continents don't allow neon-glow badging, for example.
Turns out though, some little changes can bring some of the concept car sparkle back. Obviously some things cannot be changed easily (conversion from 5-door to 3-door, for example). But the rest, well well...check out the render below:
The list of changes isn't much - simply body colour the lower valances (front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper - keep the black bit in the middle, though), ditto the roof, black out the A-pillar, and fit some 18-19in multi-spoke wheels. The more expensive/difficult part would be getting those awesome concept-car headlights, but if the aftermarket scene as any indication, that should be popping up in AliExpress/eBay pretty soon...
Let me know your thoughts!