concept cars

concept cars

  A concept car is a car prototype made to showcase a new vehicle's styling, technology, and overall design before production. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not have a chance of being produced.

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Nissan Esflow

In the U.S., everyone is eagerly awaiting the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show to open its gates, but Japan has its own big show — the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show — coming up too. It is in its home country that Nissan plans to introduce two sports car concepts that will wow the world: one developed as a "crazy concept" and a second that will closely represent a production vehicle.

According to WhatCar, the second vehicle will gauge the market for a competitor to the Toyota GT 86 , with design elements inspired by an earlier Nissan model.

If you are all anticipating a new 240Z, you can put that to bed, as a Nissan insider confirmed that this is "not a Z car." Other that that, the insider remained mum on the car’s details.

For now, this concept’s goal is to test peoples’ reaction and if everything goes well, we expect Nissan to put it into production in the upcoming years. To put it in line with the GT 86/BRZ/FR-S triplets, Nissan will likely fit this sports car with the same 197-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine found in the Nissan Juke Nismo .

Full details on this new concept will be revealed during its official debut in Tokyo, so stay tuned!

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan Esflow - the last sports car revealed by Nissan.

Source: WhatCar
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Smart Fortwo

The next generation Smart ForTwo was caught testing in many times, but pretty much each time we were looking at a mule, not at the real deal. However, today our spy photographers managed to catch the car wearing the real Smart nose up front. As a proof this is the part of the body that wears pretty much all the camouflage.

The new ForTwo will be developed in cooperation with Renault as a result of a previous agreement signed between Daimler, Renault Renault , and Nissan in April 2010. It will be built on a new platform called Project Edison that will also be used for the upcoming Twingo, but also for the next ForFour. All three models will get a rear mounted engine and a rear-wheel-drive system. This new platform will make the next ForTwo a little bit larger than the current generation.

Expect the new Smart ForTwo to be unveiled in March 2014 at the Geneva Car Show, and click past the jump for a closer look at this tiny machine testing somehwere warm.

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How hot is the Toyota Supra on the internet, even a full 15 years since it was last produced? Along with googling ‘Amanda Bynes’ and a few other search engine phishing lures, the Supra is still a dangerous thing to discuss and search for online.

What do we mean? Well, when researching this article, we were cruising some very strange parts of the internet to gather all these image assets.

When doing so, even my normally-silent anti-virus and security programs went bananas, blocking things and demanding updates and directions on next steps.

Far more than Japan’s first rear-drive, straight-six supercar with a twin-turbocharged engine: the Supra is still competing and winning on race tracks and show circuits all over the world in 2013.

Heavily modified and often with more crash damage than Lehman Brothers, the Supra ’s that are left are terrifying night-stalkers capable of pushing 900 horsepower.

The looks will define the Supra’s importance as a halo car. And locked lips from Toyota have not stopped the world’s Supra fanatics from rendering their own speculative Supra concepts.

In partnership with BoldRide, TopSpeed is thrilled to share this latest set of Supra renderings.

In black with some familiar features about the rear wing in particular, these are very unique and exciting compared with the Bullfinch mystery render and Toyota’s own white FT-HS concept.

Click past the jump to get a closer look at these BoldRide renders, or also a re-cap of some other quite surprising outside proposals for the next Toyota Supra.

No, a Canadian supercar is not a snowmobile. Very funny, guys.

Admittedly, Canada isn’t the first place you think of when you’re considering as home of the world’s finest supercars.

Montreal-based automaker Magnum hopes to change that and on October 30, it’s serving notice that Canada is potentially on its way to becoming the home of a mainstream supercar.

That date has been earmarked by Magnum as the day it will reveal the MK5, a lightweight, two-seater supercar that Magnum is set to develop with styling details befitting an exotic to go with a racecar-like performance.

Details are still limited at this point, but the way Magnum is building up for the reveal of the MK5 lends to the growing notion that it’s got quite a stunner in its hands. The company has indicated that development and testing of the MK5 has already been completed, leaving its official reveal as the final piece of the puzzle that needs to be put in to make the whole image complete.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to find out more about the Magnum MK5. It makes its debut at the end of the month and if Magnum lives up to all its selling, the MK5 could fulfill the company’s promise of making it "the first creation from Canada to hit the international track-day car market."

Click past the jump to watch the teaser video of the track-ready Magnum MK5.

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The Cadillac Elmiraj concept is still creating a furor weeks after its public debut at Pebble Beach 2013 .

Speculation is rampant about the concept’s direct market potential as well as its broad influence over many future Cadillac decisions. Such is the price of an absolutely knockout concept car, one that nailed the seaside mood of the year and, perhaps, this summer’s automotive zeitgeist.

Big words for big luxury cars. The collective consciousness that Cadillac ’s Elmiraj put on four wheels is one of uncertainty about the future, but also shaping that future to our wildest dreams.

As such, the Elmiraj is very important, despite being just a subtle nip and tuck versus the Ciel of 2012. Purple paint became blue, the grille lost its chintzy plastic egg crates, and a new badge was born without the wreath.

But what should Cadillac do with the Elmiraj? Should it inspire a new version of the on-again, off-again 2016 Cadillac Fleetwood limousine? Personal Luxury coupes are well and good for the 1-percent crowd, but could never offer real brand power, sales volume or the high-profile flagship duties a true rear-drive Cadillac sedan should.

A well-executed Fleetwood could even serve as a new armored upgrade of the current presidential limo: DTS-styled 3500HD pickup truck, affectionately referred to as "The Beast."

A special contributor to GM Inside News has visions of a future Fleetwood that are addictive to watch. In its enhancements of the Elmiraj concept, there at least three viable models looking ready for sale tomorrow at $75,000. This is truly a knockout series of digital renderings about a future Elmiraj-inspired Cadillac lineup.

Low roof, high roof, stretched, coach doors, no B-pillar: they all whir by in a mind-bending blur. There are even two crossover versions to ponder.

Design credit for these speculative renderings is firmly with whiz kid "MonaroSS" of GM Inside News, who wishes to remain anonymous, but this TopSpeed-exclusive animation now belongs to the ages.

Click past the jump to feast your eyes on all these possible future Cadillac’s, including various Fleetwood limo’s and Elmiraj-based crossovers.

Updated 10/15/2013: This article has been updated with the final video and a charming piano soundtrack.

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Have you forgotten what huge news it is for Hyundai to offer a rear-drive performance coupe? You are not alone.

Despite all the right ingredients on paper, the Genesis R-Spec is failing to gain the critical praise enjoyed by the Nissan 370Z. Or, sadly, the sales anywhere near the Mustang in its last year before a ground-up overhaul.

A new announcement from Hyundai for the 2013 SEMA aims to put some fire under the Coupe’s hood.

After the Legato Concept by ARK Performance, the Veloster Night Racer Concept prepared by EGR Group and the Genesis Coupe developed in cooperation by Bisimoto Engineering , Hyundai will also come with a blue beauty developed in cooperation with John Pangilinan.

Updated 11/06/2013: John Pangilinan unveiled the Genesis Coupe Atlantis Blue concept today at the 2013 SEMA Show, and this was the perfect opportunity for us to add a new set of images and a new video. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe Atlantis Blue.

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If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.

Topping its past SEMA showcar roster , it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.

This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.

The first teaser images revealed today show:

Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.

The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.

Out of the shadows of all the major auto shows happening all over the world at this time of the year, the Johannesburg Motor Show is scheduled to open its doors on October 16th, and at least one automaker will be in attendance to introduce a new concept vehicle.

That automaker is Renault and recently, the French company released teaser photos of the concept in question, aptly called the Duster Detour Concept. The vehicle is based on the Renault Duster , the company’s resident budget off-roader that was penned and developed by Renault Design Central Europe in partnership with a Johannesburg-based design studio.

Four teaser images were spliced together to give us hints of what to expect of the Duster Detour Concept. The two-tone Pearl Yellow and Matte Grey paint is inline with past Renault concepts, and the edges and curves appear to suggest some inspiration on the Dakar rally, as well as what Renault calls a mix of a little "Mad Max with a touch of the Terminator."

Nothing like cinematic references to get our interests going.

Fog lights were also included just under what looks like a newly designed front grille. A set of five-spoke alloy wheels with orange accents is also part of the concept, as is what the company says is a spacious and revised interior cabin.

The Renault Duster Detail Concept will make its debut on October 16th, at which time we’ll get to see how much Mad Max and how much Terminator was inspired in the design of the concept off-roader.

Click past the jump to read about the Dacia Duster

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Scion FR-S Sedan

The future of the Toyota GT 86 Convertible is very much "on ice" at this point, with pretty much no chances for it to be put into production.

Overall drop-top sales have plunged since the financial crisis of 2008, creating very little market for even the best cars like the Mazda MX-5.

But even better is what they are planning instead. Work is already well underway at Toyota on an affordable rear-drive sedan version. This rendering gives a good clue to the GT86 sedan .

Toyota officials confirm that the concept will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The new GT86 sedan will go on sale in late 2015, with Toyota perhaps not sharing this body style with Subaru and Scion.

The first details on the GT86 suggest it will be about 100 mm (3.93 inches) longer than the coupe version.

The four-door will also wear a few exterior updates, including a new “keen-look” grille design that appears to replicate the shape of a Japanese ‘katana’ Samurai sword.

Under the hood, the sedan will keep the usual 2.0 liter boxer engine for most trims.

A performance hybrid is also very likely. It is believed that this version will use Toyota’s current Hybrid Synergy Drive system that incorporates a one-motor parallel drive set-up and most likely F1-style KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology. This system delivers a total of 268 horsepower and improves fuel economy by about 10 to 15%.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Toyota GT86.

Source: Motoring
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Pretty much everyone in this world has a different idea about a dream job; but everyone who visits TopSpeed probably dreamed about being “racecar driver” some day. Many of us still have that wish.

But racing is not a practical career ambition for most, so what to do?

Being a Transporter like Jason Statham might be fun, but the risk of death from a drive-by shooting is quite high. So what is a real-life supercar and track junky left to envision?

Luckily, there are many other options for how to get paid for driving fast. At least in Italy at the country’s famed supercar brands.

Being a professional test racer for Lamborghini or Ferrari is pretty close to the bulls-eye dream job for would-be racers.

Consistency and feedback on every aspect is mandatory, and hard to do. It also really helps if you grew up within walking distance of the Ferrari or Lambo compounds in Italy.

While most of us will only dream about this, Lamborghini ’s test driver Giorgio Sanna gives us a day in his life.

Sanna is Lamborghini’s chief R&D and motorsport test driver, so nothing ships without his settings and preferences applied to production cars. He must be quite busy with the Cabrera still under heavy wraps.

For a peek behind the curtain at one of the world’s coolest jobs, Lamborghini ’s driver profile video is a great piece. It shows his best talents as well as highlighting all the hard work that goes along with burning rubber professionally.


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