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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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.

Sergio Pininfarina Tribute Concept by Pininfarina

A couple of months after word spread that Pininfarina was thinking of building a limited production run of the Sergio Concept , it looks like there was more to those rumors than anybody previously thought.

According to Car and Driver, the Italian coach builder is really serious about building a production model of the Sergio Concept. The caveat is that it will be limited to just around five units. Each of the five vehicles will be built in the company’s headquarters in Turin, Italy.

Here’s the other interesting part about the Sergio Concept. The anticipated €3 million price tag (roughly $3.89 million at the current exchange rates) of the concept may not be as much of a reality after all. If it hits production, it’s still going to cost potential buyers more than a pretty penny, but the updated $2 million price tag is a relative bargain.

Click past the jump to read about the Pininfarina Sergio Concept

Admittedly, when we first saw this, our first thought was this was something MINI would do. But when we found out it came from Toyota , we weren’t surprised either.

Toyota knows when it’s time to think out of the box and it recently did so by presenting a colorful sports concept called the Camatte57s. The out-of-the-box part comes into focus because the Japanese automaker isn’t brining the car to an auto show.

It’s bringing it to a toy show, specifically the 2013 Tokyo Toy Show.

Essentially, the Camatte57s takes its name from the Japanese word for "care" with the “57” symbolizing the number of body panels it comes with. If you’re getting the hints by now, this concept is actually a kit car that’s simple enough to be assembled from the ground up.

The uniqueness doesn’t stop there, either. The car’s configuration is such that it has an open-top body with a 1+2 seating configuration. The seats, as well as the pedals, have all been configured in such a way that even kids can drive it. And as far as powertrain is concerned, Toyota says that it runs on electricity.

The whole point of the concept, according to Toyota, is to present the notion that people should feel more in touch with each other and with their vehicles.

Certainly, building a kit car like this - it measures 3,000 mm (118.1 inches) long, 1,440 mm (56.7 inches) wide, 1000 mm (39.4 inches) high and has a 1,800 mm (70.9-inch) wheelbase - will go a long way in fostering that driver-car relationship from an early age.

Click past the jump to read the press release

Every time we see Pininfarina make the news with a new concept it’s developing, we can’t help but get excited about what the Italian coachbuilder has in store for us.

Well, it looks like Pininfarina is preparing something; a concept, it appears, that will make its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este later this month.

The concept, which has been dubbed as the one-off Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe, was designed and collaborated with BMW and comes as a notable successor to the BMW Z4 Zagato Coupe that BMW and Zagato also introduced at last year’s event.

While the two companies said nothing about it, it has been rumored that the concept is in fact a preview version of a possible 8-Series luxury car. We’re jut hopping it will become reality!

Updated 05/31/2013: BMW and Pininfarina have released a video of Fabio Filippini and Karim Habib outlining the design process and showing how the two companies worked together to create a car that was both a Bimmer and a Pininfarina.

Updated 05/24/2013: BMW has unveiled the official details, images and specs on the new Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept.

Updated 05/7/2013: After revealing the official details on the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé, BMW also unveiled a first video revealing some details on the concept’s design. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept.

When Peugeot revealed its wild 2012 Onyx concept, we knew that there was little hope of it ever seeing production and a short email exchange with the automaker confirmed our suspicion. So, we wrote off any chance of a private owner reeling in this awesome copper-highlighted concept car. Well, now there is a chance for one person to get his or her hands on it.

No, you can’t take it home, but you can get a ride in it. At the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Peugeot will raffle off a chance to take a ride in the 680-horsepower, diesel-hybrid-powered supercar at its first public demonstration at the 20th anniversary running of the FoS.

The ride will take place on July 13th and the raffle will take place on July 1st. What’s more, you also get two free tickets into the Goodwood Fos. Unfortunately, the contest is only open to UK residents and you have to provide your own transportation to the event.

If you’re interested, you can enter the contest here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Onyx Concept

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It looks like this past few weeks have been pretty busy around Renault’s design center. First, that strange-looking 2013 Twizy F1 Concept was unveiled at the end of April and today, at the 71st Monaco Grand Prix, the French company unveiled the Twin’Run - a concept that pays tribute to legendary R5 Turbo and Clio V6.

The concept made its first run at the Monaco Grand Prix with Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer, at the wheel. Alongside it was a Clio V6 with F1 star Charles Pic at the wheel and a Maxi 5 Turbo driven by Jean Ragnotti.

While there is no chance for the Twin’Run to enter production, Renault did confirm that it previews the styling of the company’s future city car.

The unveiling of the new Twin’Run concept will be followed by a series of other dynamic demonstrations at various auto-centric events, like July’s Goodwood Festival of Speed .

Updated 05/24/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 05/27/2013: Renault unveiled a new video explaining the philosophy behind the new Twin-Run Concept. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Twin’Run Concept.

Just when we thought that we knew all there was to know about Lamborghini ’s 50th anniversary celebration , they go ahead and unveil a completely unexpected one-off model. This new model, which is dubbed the Egoista, was shown to a select group of 350 faithful customers at a special dinner that the Italian supercar builder held.

The first thing that strikes us as odd, sans the wild styling, is the name, which translates to “Selfish;” that’s quite an unusual name for a car. The Egoista obviously borrowed a lot of its design language from the recently launched Veneno , with its F1 -style nose and angular body.

The Egoista’s constructed mostly of carbon fiber and aluminum that is coated in a radar-absorbent material to help keep the cops from clocking you while flying down the highway – fortunately, this is only a concept, so Lambo can do as it pleases with the coating. Orange highlights the car in various areas, including the super-styled wheels and inside the intakes. The oddest of the orange accents is the orange-tinted front windshield.

Click past the jump to read more about the Egoista

UPDATE 5/13/2013: Lamborghini has released additional information and images of the Egoista. See more after the jump.


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