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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 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.

From the people that brought us the the Sigma , Gold Rush , and Magnate concepts by way of its new Zeus Twelve automotive division comes a new concept that follows in the outlandish footsteps of its other concept offerings.

Gray Design is back, and as part of its lauded return to the headlines, the company announced plans to build a new concept , aptly called the Nouvair, which is being touted as carrying a huge design influence from the Art Nouveau movement.

Nothing is imminent as far as official details are concerned, but Gray Design did release a handful of design studies on what it wants the Nouvair Concept to look like. And just like it’s past creations, there are definitely a lot of curves on its streamlined, retro-looking body. The large rear wheel arches and the arrow-like rear evokes a classic aura to the concept that matches well with the modern-looking vented hood and muscular front profile. The grille needs some work, though, as does the mustache-looking intakes below it.

No word on performance numbers, either, but we expect it to carry a powertrain akin to the 2.0-liter, Caterham Duratec in-line-four engine the Zeus Twelve Sigma had under its hood. This four pot is capable of producing 335 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and is good enough to hit a top speed of 180 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the Zeus Twelve Concept

Source: Gray Design
Volvo Concept Coupe

If there was ever a company that needed some infusion of energy to its lineup, it’s Volvo .

Well, after years of toiling on Planet Bland, the Swedish automaker is seriously considering launching its name into the stratosphere after a recent report by Auto Bild indicated that the company is seriously considering a production run for the recently unveiled Concept Coupe .

According to Auto Bild, the concept ’s reception at the Frankfurt Auto Show has made company execs enthusiastic about the idea of building a small run of production models for the concept vehicle that may or may not have the involvement of coach house Bertone .

Volvo hasn’t given any confirmation just yet, but you can expect a decision to come soon, possibly as early as the start of the next year. That should give Volvo plenty of time to consider the ramifications of ridding itself of the design complacency the company has been mired in for years.

We’re firmly aboard the belief that Volvo needs to take this plunge, if only to let its customers know that its serious about moving forward with a new design language that could usher in a new era for the brand and its models.

Here’s to hoping Volvo does the right thing and sign off on a production model for the Concept Coupe.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe

Source: Auto Bild
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Along with the 2014 Silverado HD , Chevrolet also unveiled two concept trucks that show "the extremes of preparedness." Both concepts were unveiled at the State Fair of Texas, but they will also be on display in November at the 2013 SEMA Show .

The first of the concepts is the Black Ops — a sinister-looking based on a Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4x4. The concept features a black exterior paint combined with custom-fabricated lower body armor, and a lockable, a bed-mounted Truck Vault storage unit. The concept also features a solar power pack, a pair of gas masks, gloves, military first aid kit, a folding shovel and rope.

There are no details on what engine is under the hood at this moment, but we expect it to carry the same engine found in the standard Silverado, which is a 5.3 liter, V-8 that delivers 355 horsepower or the range-topping 6.2-liter, V-8 engine with 420 horsepower.

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

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We’re used to seeing Jay Leno behind s wide array of vehicles, including compacts, hatchbacks, sports cars, classic cars and supercars. For the latest episode of "Jay Lono’s Garage," however, he tested a rather strange car: Batman’s Tumbler.

The car made its way to Jay’s garage by way of Warner Bros. Transportation Coordinator, Hobart Lundt, who takes Jay for a super-fun look inside the custom-built Tumbler from Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Night Rises. What’s more, Jay gets a crack at driving this odd beast on public streets — with a police escort, of course — and boy is it an interesting rig.

It may not be nearly as fast as the Porsche 918 Spyder he tested a few weeks ago, but still it’s definitely rarer — only one running model remains — and just as cool. Check out the video to see what he thinks of this crime-fighting heavily customized vehicle and if he finds it easy to drive or not!

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The question of where to take Lincoln ’s styling was top-of-mind for Ford during the mid 1950s, and the net it cast was to both the internal styling teams and one special dream car creator of Italy.

Turbulent times for all the Blue Oval brands followed the market flop of their Edsel series, and Chevrolet was lighting up newsprint and auto shows with their swanky Motorama events and the original Corvette concept of 1953.

The desire for miraculous styling direction and stunning concept cars led to all the non-GM American car brands to pair off with Italian styling houses. During this flurry of deals, Ghia signed up with Chrysler , Bertone for Packard and Carrozerria Touring with Hudson.

Lincoln went with a less-renowned name of Felice Paolo to dress a rolling chassis with bespoke coupe bodywork ahead of the Turin motor show. The orange lacquer paint was barely dry on the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Carrozzeria Boano Torino when it was rolled onto the rotating platform of the Turin auto show.

This stunning concept car is headed for the glitz and flash bulbs again this November with RM Auctions, where the car’s previous million-dollar pricing is expected to climb in value yet again.

Click past the jump for all the unusual and one-off style of the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept

Frankfurt ’s legendary auto show is winding down this week, with fewer than expected debuts and almost none of the surprise guests that many were hoping to see from Porsche , Audi, Bentley, Volvo , BMW and Ford .

There are at least a half-dozen Volkswagen Group projects that the auto world is eagerly anticipating, but it seems the continuing grey clouds in the forecast is delaying projects left and right. Not only is there not as much cash to invest in so many simultaneous projects, the market climate is all wrong to launch most of these models in the usual ’as soon as possible’ fashion.

The Lamborghini Cabrera was a no-show, as was the Bentley Falcon, Porsche Macan, Audi Q7 and many others. The new XC90 was nowhere to be found on the Volvo stand, while the promised flood of VW crossovers seems to have slowed to a drip.

Even so, there were still plenty of spotlights and smoke machines for the cars that did make their grand entrance.

The BMW i3 and i8, the Renault Initiale Paris, the Audi Nanuk and Sport Quattro , the Jaguar Crossover Concept and the S-Class Coupe all brought some serious glamor to the stage. Fiat’s 500L Living was also hiding awkwardly in the corner, while the Volvo Concept Coupe finally brings some new blood to the snooze-fest Swedish lineup.

The best and worst are all in this list, but you will have to click past the jump to see which were the heroes, and which were the zeroes.

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Remember the days when Hyundai was the laughing stock of the automotive world? Remember back when it started producing relatively cool cars? Remember when Hyundai rolled into SEMA with a 1,000-horsepower Genesis Coupe? Oh, that’s right; that just happened!

The 2013 SEMA Show opened its doors yesterday and Hyundai came with five customized models, with the star being based on the Genesis Coupes .

Developed in cooperation with Bisimoto Engineering, this model is based on a Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec , and it will deliver a whopping 1,000 horsepower — that’s more than twelve 1990 Hyundai Excels.

In order to deliver the extra power — about a 652-horsepower bump over the stock model — Bisimoto equipped the Genesis with new connecting rods, updated injectors, new pistons, turbo power and intercoolers.

Updated 11/06/2013: The new Hyundai Genesis Coupe by Bisimoto Engineering made its debut today at the 2013 SEMA Show. This was the perfect opportunity to add a new set of images and two video of the 1,000-horsepower sports coupe. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe by Bisimoto Engineering.

Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept

When Bentley introduced the Mulsanne Vision Concept at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance , it did so believing that the car would garner significant attention that would inevitably lead to the company green-lighting a production version sooner than later.

Well, it appears that even the best laid plans sometimes go up in smoke after Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Schreiber, officially confirmed that the a production Mulsanne convertible isn’t in the cards anymore.

Speaking to Car & Driver, Schreiber stated that Bentley will not do the Mulsanne Convertible anymore because the demand for the car isn’t strong enough to justify the time and resources the company would have to put into it. "The demand for a Mulsanne convertible is just regional," Schreiber explained before saying that only a handful of markets like the U.S. would welcome a convertible model of the company’s flagship luxury sedan.

It’s also worth pointing out that the sedan version of the Mulsanne didn’t exactly burn the sales charts when it went on sale — last year’s 1,169 units sold barely crossed the 1,200 mark — so the decision to ax the convertible model isn’t exactly surprising, especially in light of the company’s renewed attempts at building a new crossover .

Make no mistake, the British marquee still has plans of expanding its lineup in the near future. It’s just that the Mulsanne Convertible won’t be a part of it anymore.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Bentley Mulsanne Vision Concept

Source: Car & Driver
Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

With some notable exceptions, like the incredible Ford Atlas Concept , concept pickups don’t usually move the meter of a lot of people.

But one recent concept that really got our attention was the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept . It wasn’t just the fancy yellow color or the fact that it had some fancy slick details on the interior; the concept pickup truck really screamed for attention without going overboard to get it.

So imagine our pleasant surprise when we found out that Ram is considering building a production version of the concept pickup. Speaking to Edmunds, Dave Sowens, head of Ram Truck’s light- and heavy-duty marketing, said that the brand will bring the concept to some dealer shows and talk to dealers in an attempt to gauge the interest of a production version for the Rumble Bee Concept.

If there’s a positive feedback from dealers, the company will seriously consider building a production model, albeit one that could be without the Drone Yellow finish and the amber-encased bee on the concept’s rotary gear knob. While we wouldn’t mind the encased bee to be left out, it’s going to be disappointing if Ram drops the fancy color finish that really gave the concept that sparkling attitude that reminded a lot of people of Bumblebee, the Transformers Autobot.

Power is likely to remain the same so expect a 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 engine that produces 395 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque, good enough to potentially hit 60 mph in 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 120 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

Source: Edmunds

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