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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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.

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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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Germany was actually a very humble place in all the interwar and post-war periods of the twentieth century. These hard-working people loved industry from the clang of first steel horseshoe on stone streets.

In 1934, a Mercedes Silver Arrow W25 won the famous Klausenpass hill-climb event, plus four other important races.

The SIlver Arrow’s sleek styling and high-speed mission was the Pagani Zonda R of its time. Or perhaps the Bloodhound SSC .

The Klausenpass hill climb is 14 miles long and in 1934 the Silver Arrow managed to run it in 15 minutes and 22.2 seconds.

Now, Mercedes in and IWC Watches have teamed up to recreate the famous run on the Swiss Alpine course.

IWC, sharp-eyed readers may recall, makes the elegant new boxed timepiece in the center of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model driven earlier this week.

The video begins with Mercedes-Benz’s resident F1 hero. Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrow are just about the epitome of modern, thriving and also deeply humble Germany.

The W25 prepared for the 1934 season weighted only 750 kilos (1653 pounds) and was powered by a supercharged Straight-8 M25 engine with an output of 300 horsepower. The W25 remained into the racing world until 1937, during which period it was updated with a more powerful 4.3 liter supercharged inline-eight engine with an output of 490 horsepower.

With so many automakers looking to break free from the dull and stale auto designs, a few brands have been left to collect everyone else’s dust.

Mitsubishi is one of those brands that appears to have been content with rolling out models with designs that left a lot to be desired. But the Japanese brand seems to be turning the corner — finally! — and for the first time in seemingly forever, it will roll out a trio of new concepts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show next month.

Not a lot of details have been divulged about these concepts, other than the fact that the company is preparing all three as the first batches of its new "@earth" philosophy.

One is an SUV that’s been dubbed as the Concept Grand Cruiser Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or Concept GC-PHEV if you find the other name too long. This concept appears to be a future version of the Montero SUV, highlighted by a new front profile with aggressive edges and a new headlight setup that’s eerily similar to the Range Rover Evoque .

The next concept is called the Concept Cross Runner Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or XR-PHEV. Mitsubishi says that this concept will be introduced as a compact crossover with coupe-like styling cues, possibly taking the place of the current Outlander Sport in the coming years.

Finally, there’s the Concept Active Runabout, or Concept AR. In addition to being the simplest-named of the three concepts, the Concept AR is being touted as a compact MPV that, unlike the two others, will come with a conventional gasoline engine with turbocharging and direct-injection technologies.

Based on the teaser photos of the concepts, all three appear to be a far departure from what we’re used to when it comes to Mitsubishi. That’s a great thing because, if for nothing else, the Japanese brand’s move to the present is long overdue.

Click past the jump to read about one current model that appears to have its next-generation successor in the pipeline, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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This weekend at the State Fair of Texas, Chevrolet unveiled two concept cars based on the 2014 Silverado pickup . Both concepts give Silverado customers the chance to see the incredible capabilities of the new Silverado , and this concept is set to haul volunteer firefighters to the firehouse or out on a call.

The Volunteer Firefighter concept is based on the Silverado Double Cab equipped with the Z71 Off Road package. It was specially developed for the the service of grassroots first responders, with input from the National Volunteer Fire Council. Along with its task-based paint scheme and special logos, the new Firefighter concept features lots of sirens and a full complement of rescue equipment.

No details were offered on which engine Chevrolet fitted in this concept, but we believe it will be offered with the 5.3-liter, V-8 that delivers a total of 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Silverado.

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The Genesis Coupe is not the only model that caught tuner’s attention for this year’s SEMA Show, the Veloster seems to have done the same thing. While the Genesis Coupe developed by Bisimoto Engineering is by far the coolest concept Hyundai brought to Las Vegas, this Veloster developed in cooperation with EGR Group also worth our attention.

As its name suggests, the Veloster Night Racer was specially developed for the night racing circuits. But for this, the car’s standard 201 horsepower were not enough. So, Bisimoto Engineering checked in to tune the Hyundai Veloster’s 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and MagnaFlow added in an exhaust system. This helped push the final output to 250 horsepower - a number much worthy of the car’s sporty name. Helping drag this hatchback to a stop are oversized Brembo brakes.

Updated 11/06/2013: The new Hyundai Veloster Night Racer Concept by EGR Group was unveiled today at the 2013 SEMA Show, so we have updated this review with a new set of images. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai Veloster Night Racer Concept by EGR Group.


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