I don't like it
I agree with you. I think it looks like a bit of a dog's breakfast, to be honest (but then it is a test mule). If you look at a nice traditional car (like the 75th edition, just out), you'll see that the detailing and proportions are what make the car (not to mention the fact that the 75th, with its almost total lack of chrome and black wire wheels, looks like some sort of wartime racer - lovely! :)). An Aero 8 is appealing for a different reason - it's a retro pastiche of a trad, but does look modern, if a bit ungainly from some angles (I love mine, but will never pretend that the front three quarters view of the car is a pretty one)
The prototype posted on page 1 looks to be neither. Not vintage enough, but not really modern either. It looks like someone has taken an Aero 8, chopped bits out of the doors, and grafted a traditional rear end on (which is probably exactly what happened, thinking about it!). As such, to my eyes, it just doesn't work, visually.
If they can get a genuine traditional style body (including wire wheels, please!) onto a modern chassis and running gear, then we'd be talking!