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.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer doesn’t look any part of a concept, at least not compared to what we’ve been accustomed to when that word is attached to a model name.

But we’re not holding against the Bavarian automaker because if for nothing else, it has a track record of building some pretty sick concepts, like the Vision EfficientDynamics ) in the past.

But the Concept Active Tourer doesn’t look like one and we’re confident that it will hit production sooner rather than later. That being said, BMW is treating it as such and it’s even taken to introducing a separate concept variant called the Concept Active Tourer Outdoor.

Everything about the Concept Active Tourer Outdoor is ostensibly similar to the Concept Active Tourer , albeit one aimed at those looking to get their outdoor fixes. It also uses the same 1.5-liter three-cylinder plug-in hybrid powerplant found in the original Concept Active Tourer.

The dynamic dimensions are all there, sporting the balance of luxury and sportiness that’s definitely fit for the outdoors. It also has that sporty look you rarely see in crossovers, a testament to what kind of production model the concept is going to be.
This model does boast of a Gold Race Orange paint finish, which in it of itself is fancy enough to warrant a separate concept model.

The interior was also treated some up-standard upholstery, including MoonWhite and MoonRock Grey leather, materials that should stand up well when in contact with outdoor equipment. Finally, an interior bike rack was also added, capable of carrying up to bicycles at a given go.

Click past the jump to read about the BMW Concept Active Tourer

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Citroen will come to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed with the DS3 Cabrio Racing — a concept car that combines the sporty feeling of a DS3 Racing hatchback with the sophistication of new DS3 Cabrio . The new concept was built by the Citroen Racing team and will offer some innovative features when compared to a base DS3 Cabrio .

The new DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept is offered in a bespoke Moondark matte textured grey paint combined with black chrome insertions on the door handles, trunk trim and door mirrors. The concept also sits on specially designed set of 19-inch alloy wheels painted in gloss black. The wheels are contrasted by brake calipers coated in Carmin red.

On the inside, the concept gets bucket seats in DS design with three types of fabric: Napa full-grain leather, DS-embossed leather and Alcantara. Citroen Racing also used Carmin red on the seats, dashboard, gearshift and the door side strips.

Under the hood, the concept retains the usual 1.6-liter engine that delivers a total of 202 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Citroen DS3 Cabrio.

When Jaguar promised to bring a design study of the F-Type to the Goodwood Festival of Speed , few people had any inkling that the British automaker was talking about this car.

This is the Project 7, a fully-functional, high-performance sports car (translation: it’s not a concept) that highlights the automaker’s new F-Type roadster while also paying homage to its winning tradition at Le Mans that saw the automaker take home the title seven times between 1951-1990 - a record for a British manufacturer.

Notice that the blue paintwork of the Project 7 looks like a classic shade turned up for a modern purpose. That’s not an accident because this same color is reminiscent of the victorious Jaguar D-types of 1956/1957. Pretty interesting historical fact, huh?

And like we’ve already mentioned, the basis for the Project 7 is the F-Type, particularly the latter’s rigid all-aluminum architecture, providing the perfect starting point for Jaguar to add some tweaks and modifications and giving birth to quite a stunning sports car.

Updated 10/03/2013: Jaguar unveiled a new video featuring Ian Callum which explains the design process behind the new Project 7. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar Project 7

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Jaguar F-Type R

Jaguar just revealed plans to unveil "an exciting design study" at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed set to take place at the end of this week. According to the first details we have on it, the model will be based on the F-Type roadster and will be driven up the Goodwood Hill by the company’s Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Mike Cross.

While these were all the official details revealed by Jaguar, we presume that this will be some kind of preview for the upcoming F-Type R version ; or even better, the previously rumored 700-horsepower F-Type R-S.

It is also worthy of note that this could simply be the debut of the F-Type Coupe . However, we don’t think that Jaguar would make a huge fuss over attaching a fixed-top roof to the F-Type. Also pointing to this being the R or R-S variant is the fact that Jag will put on display three other R and R-S variants of other models, including: XFR-S , XJR and XKR-S GT .

We’ll find out soon enough!

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type R.

"Transformers 4 " is already shaping up to be a supercar-loaded movie that is in the process of blowing away all three of its predecessors back to Cybertron.

We already had that thinking not knowing that Michael Bay had another surprise up its sleeve, which we soon discovered to be what’s being billed as the 2014 Concept Camaro Bumblebee.

To be clear, we haven’t seen the current generation Camaro look anywhere close to this one, leading us to speculate on whether this could be a future concept look at the next generation Camaro. All this despite the fact that the 2014 Camaro already boasts a pretty significant facelift.

And how does the 2014 Concept Camaro Bumblebee tie up to the previously introduced - and fully customized - 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS that we initially thought would be Bumblebee’s new guise in "Transformers 4"?

Best we can come up with is that it’ll be similar to the first Transformers when Bumblebee entered as a run-down and beat-up model only to transform into the modern-day Camaro.

Whatever the case may be, this 2014 Concept Camaro Bumblebee looks completely bad sick.

Click past the jump to read about the "other" Camaro that’ll be in Transformers 4

Source: Michael Bay
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Jaguar C-X75

We know that the Jaguar C-X75 supercar won’t make it to production. We’ve accepted the idea and we are no longer angry ay Jag for eliminating the possibility. The good news that we just heard about the concept’s F1-derived 500-horsepower 1.6-litre turbo engine possibly being used in a future production model certainly helped us get over our disappointment.

in an interview with PistonHeads, Cosworth’s principal engineer Andy Ball said that the company is preparing a four-cylinder engine for next year. Ball chose not to elaborate on his statement, but since Jaguar already used it in the C-X75, the big cat may be first in line to use it.

What he did said about the engine is that it will "have similar specific power as a Formula 1 engine of 300 horsepower per liter." Next, Cosworth will need to work on the road-going engine’s longevity a little bit, as F1 engines typically need routine rebuilds after just a few races. Ball said: "We’re very good at taking engines of the limit and knowing where that limit is."

It’s more telling that Cosworth’s announcement comes shortly after Jaguar’s global brand director, Adrian Hallmark said "With projects like C-X75 we are laying the foundations for the next generation of Jaguar innovations."

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar C-X75.

Source: PistonHeads
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At the 2010 Paris Auto Show Jaguar showed off the C-X75 concept car , but we’re pretty sure all of you remember that. As all of you also remember, theC-X75 never made it to production.

To remind us once again what a great car the C-X75 could have been, Jaguar unveiled a new video (above) showing that amazing concept car.

The development of the concept car took over 2 years and the result was the most innovative and technologically advanced prototype ever created. The C-X75 pushes every boundary of power, performance and even fuel efficiency.

It was powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine delivering 502 horsepower. Additionally, it featured two electric motors that added another 390 horsepower. With a combined output of 850 horsepower, the C-X75 could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and went up to a top speed of 205 mph.

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The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic American muscle cars and its run started back in 1964 when the first generation was unveiled at the New York World’s Fair.

However, before the final model hit the market, Ford developed a few concept versions. The first of these concepts was announced 2 years before the launch of the car that would become a nationwide sensation. The concept was unveiled in 1962 at Watkins Glen for the F1 United States Grand Prix and it used a small 1.5-liter V-4 – yeah, a V-4 – engine installed behind the two seats.

Ford named its Mustang project "Allegro," due to many of the engineers and designers working on the concept also being musicians. In order to keep the true nature of the project under wraps, they used musical terms as a code. Of course the Mustang 1 Concept didn’t make it to production, but a number of design cues were used in the final production car.

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Audi Quattro Concept

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Audi unveiled a 402-horsepower Quattro Concept Car , which made quite an impression on the masses. Now, for the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi is preparing a successor for the concept.

Apparently this will be the next step made by the company in its attempt to resurrect the legendary Sport Quattro of 1984 and to add a new sports car to its lineup.

The new Quattro concept will feature a radical look and will be sharper and more sculpted than the previous version. It will be built on an A5 platform and will feature a lightweight body that will combine carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum and magnesium. This will keep the total weight down to about 2,800 pounds.

Under the hood, Audi will install a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine with an output of about 650 horsepower. Of course, permanent all-wheel drive is mandatory and the new concept should go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2011 Audi Quattro Concept.

Source: Autozeitung

BMW has been twiddling around with the BMW X4 since 2008 when the idea of a sportier version of the X3 was looking like a profitable venture. Back then, the German automaker was calling it a Sport Activity Sedan (SAS) and had thought they might be able to crank it out in 2010. Obviously that didn’t pan out, but plans for the X6’s smaller brother are still in the works, with a possible debut in 2013.

As you can see from the leaked prototype image provided above, the BMW X4 will get many of its exterior components from the X3 , including the use of the X3’s platform. Rumors suggest that the future vehicle will be produced at the company’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, which would be fitting considering the passion we, as Americans, have for SUVs.

Do we need another sporty off-roader to cram into our parking spaces and guzzle up more gas? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that the future BMW X4 won’t zoom right out of dealerships when it finally goes on sale.

UPDATE 04/05/2013: BMW has officially lifted the veil from the X4 Concept to confirm that the leaked concept images are, in fact, a reality. Also released were three videos of the new X4 concept (above). BMW went rather deep into the design of the X4 Concept, but left any details regarding the drivetrain out. See the details after the jump and you can find the images in the gallery.

UPDATE 04/17/2013: BMW has dropped a set of new images for the X4 Concept car. Find them in the picture gallery!

UPDATE 06/14/2013: The folks over at BMW Blog were at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, and caught the real-life X4 concept sitting on the floor. So they did what any auto-loving bloggers would do: snap tons of images and put them online. The new images are after the jump and more in the Gallery.

Hit the jump to get details for the BMW X4.


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