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.

Track-oriented three-wheeled race cars are a niche market that belongs to a select few of vehicles, including the Campagna T-Rex 14RR , the Morgan Three-Wheeler , and the Can-Am Spyder .

If these recent U.S. Patent Office sketches are any indication, it looks like recreational automaker wants to join in on the party with their version, the Slingshot.

Considering that Polaris is regarded as an eccentric auto brand that has a penchant to build some wonky off-roaders, we’re not the least bit surprised that their next project is something along those lines.

The sketches reveal, first and foremost, a three-wheeled vehicle whose overall bodywork - minus the chassis configuration - resembles that of the KTM X-Bow. It might even resemble it a little too much; something we think KTM might even have a problem with should Polaris green light production for the Slingshot.

Regardless, that’s not our business to dive into. As far as we’re concerned, the Slingshot looks pretty cool and if it can have the same amount of power as its competitors possess - somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 horsepower - it should make for an awesome ride.

If the car ever reached production, it’d likely feature a 2.4-liter General Motors-sourced four-cylinder engine delivering just over 200 horsepower and mated to a manual transmission.

Just like the Morgan 3 Wheeler, the Polaris Slingshot will be driven by its single rear-wheel and even though no details have been released about a possible release date, this lightweight and most-likely affordable sports car is something to get truly excited about!

A few days after posting a teaser about a Geneva-bound model that Bertone was working on, we finally get to see the car beneath the shadows.

Turns out, it’s an Aston Martin. More specifically, an Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake called the Jet 2+2.

The Italian design and coachbuilder is apparently building this one-off concept, showcasing the mighty Aston Martin Rapide and turning it into a shooting brake.

Granted, the Rapide is Aston Martin’s first four-door sedan in their lineup and as such, an expansion to shooting brake territory could’ve been in order down the road.

But seeing as Aston Martin and Bertone have a history of working together in the past, including the creation of the Jet 2 concept back in 2004, it only seemed appropriate that the Italian coachbuilder would be tasked by Aston to create a strict one-off model.

Aston Martin and Bertone have yet to reveal official details surrounding the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2, but Autocar managed to find out some info about the one-off concept.

Find out what the initial word is surrounding the Rapide Shooting Brake Jet 2+2 after the jump

Source: Autocar UK

Fornasari made headlines almost a year ago when it released renderings of the Gigi sports car, a questionably named, retro-looking coupe that didn’t inspire much in the way of fascination.

To be fair, images of the Gigi were only renderings so we’re going to hold off on serious judgment until the Geneva Motor Show when the Gigi finally makes its world debut. More importantly, the Gigi won’t be alone in the Fornasari booth, as it appears that the Italian automaker will also have a couple of other still-to-be-named vehicles in Geneva.

Looking at the preview image on their website - again, all renderings - Fornasari is bringing a couple of SUVs, including the 2011 RR99 , a Porsche Cayenne look-alike if there ever was one and a camouflaged Hummer with a more pronounced front end.

Fornasari hasn’t released any details on these other models so it’s probably a safe bet to say that they’re preparing these models with intent to shock and awe all of us at Geneva.

Whether they accomplish that remains to be seen. But we are intrigued, which in itself is already half the battle won.

Cadillac Sixteen

Back in 2003, Cadillac developed a concept car called the Sixteen that it proudly showed off at the Amelia Concours d’Elegance. Rumor had it that the Sixteen came very close to production, but for whatever reason, those plans were scrapped and the concept went back to gather some dust.

It’s been 10 years since that time and apparently, Cadillac is getting ready to brush off the dust and bring the Sixteen back to the Amelia Concours d’Elegance. The automaker has given no indication as to why it’s bringing the Sixteen back, but don’t be surprised if they’re doing so to gather intel and feedback about the car in preparation for what could become Caddy’s next flagship sedan.

To refresh your memories, the Sixteen Concept was an extremely long car - 19 feet in length - that was powered by a ridiculous 13.6-liter V-16 engine that produced an astounding 1,000 horsepower. Its design, particularly the audacious vertical headlight setup, was eventually seen in a more recent Caddy concept, the 2012 Ciel.

The Sixteen’s powertrain alone is enough to make people take notice. We just don’t know how an engine with that much displacement will go over with the more environmentally aware population of today. But hey, Cadillac has long wanted a super luxury flagship in its lineup.

If they can do some tweaking here and there on the Sixteen, maybe it’ll receive that production future it was supposed to get ten years ago.

Today Bertone has unveiled the first teaser image for a new concept car they are going to display next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. No other details have been provided, but from what we can see it will be a mid-size four-door coupe that kind of reminds us of the Aston Martin Rapide.

The teaser image also reveals a sloping roofline, concealed rear door handles, multi-spoke alloy wheels and a cool Bertone logo. Up to this point, we cannot tell for sure what kind of powertrain the new concept is going to use, but we are pretty sure we are going to see some kind of hybrid system under the hood.

As you can see, the concept that Bertone has prepared for this year’s Geneva Motor Show is pretty different from what the company had unveiled last year at the same show - the Concept Nuccio . So, looking at the teaser image there are big chances that we will see this concept car put into production. We’ll find out soon enough whether we are right or wrong.

Lamborghini has been planning expand its lineup with a new model for quite some time now, but when it comes to a production version of the Urus concept, Lambo CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, reported that we will have to wait a few more years. However, a set of patent drawings from the leak-happy Chinese patent office revealing the production version Urus makes us believe that we could see the SUV on the market sooner than expected.

As you can see, the production version will remain basically identical to the concept version , with the only updates being the exterior mirrors, which seem to be a little bigger than on the concept.

If built, the production-version Urus will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-boosted V8 engine that will pump out just about 600 horsepower. Previous rumors suggested the model will be offered as a 2017 model year and will be priced from about $200k.

Alfa Romeo , in cooperation with European Design Institute (IED), will be unveiling a new concept car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Named "Gloria," the new concept is an attempt in combining sports spirit and Italian style in a sedan specially designed for the American and Asian markets.

The concept is 4,700 mm (185.03 inches) long, 1,920 mm (75.59 inches) wide, 1,320 mm (51.96) high and has been built on a 2,900 mm (114.17) wheelbase. The most striking elements of the new Gloria concept include its three-dimensional hood and the leather strips on the rearmost part of the hood. The concept has been designed to fit a V6 or V8 bi-turbo engine. The unit that will be displayed in Geneva will be offered with a set of 20-inch wheels designed by OZ Racing.

The new Gloria was designed by 20 students from Italy and other countries, and will be presented in a 1-to-4 scale. Also, for the Geneva Show, the concept will be reproduced on the iPad in a virtual environment, so visitors can choose between five models of rims and five body colors.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi will unveil a pretty impressive lineup of concept cars that previews the company’s future strategy market. One of them will be the GR-HEV - a concept car that applies the HEV technology for the first time to a one-tonne pickup truck.

This HEV technology combines a clean-diesel engine with electric motors in order to obtain a vehicle that is simple and more affordable than any other electric vehicle. The concept also uses Mitsubishi’s renowned full-time 4WD technology that includes the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system driveline. This system helps the concept deliver high traction and driving performance under all road conditions.

Mitsubishi revealed no details on the concept’s specifications just yet, but it did promise it will deliver an ambitious target of CO2 emissions below 149 g/km, far better than the segment average.

Full details will be unveiled during the concept’s official debut in Geneva.

Japanese automaker Mitsubishi has never been one to look for the spotlight. Even if they have concepts in these auto shows, they’re more than content to show their latest offerings without any hints of trying to upstage anybody else.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , Mitsu will be bringing two concepts that will probably get little attention but are no less important, as it pertains to the future of their vehicular lineup. One of these concepts is called the CA-MiEV Concept.

Described as a next-generation EV that follows in the reins of the MiEV, the CA-MiEV will feature a slew of new technologies to go with what looks like an aggressively designed exterior that’s highlighted by a pretty striking set of LED headlights. We don’t know about you, but we’re very interested to see this concept with the lights on.

As far as the technologies are concerned, Mitsubishi is indicating that the CA-MiEV will carry a lot of them, including high-energy-density batteries and high-efficiency EV systems (motor, inverter, regenerative braking and wireless charging system) with both systems, enabling the concept to carry a cruising range of 300 km.

We’re looking forward to seeing what Mitsubishi has with the CA-MiEV. At the very least, this could be an interesting concept that brings attention back to the Japanese automaker.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

We don’t know if Lamborghini saw the hype being generated by the expected debut of the Ferrari F70 , but whatever their reason is, it looks like they’re prepared to bring a showstopper of their own to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

It’s no secret that Lamborghini is bringing something to Geneva; the only question is what model is it going to be.

Well, according to company CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, the Geneva-bound Lamborghini is going to a be a front-engine, V12 GT.

Talking to Edmunds, Winkelmann alluded that the car will carry two doors, two seats, a V12 engine, and a different underpinning than what was used on the Aventador . All this points to a supercar that will carry a front-mid-engine set-up similar to the Ferrari F12berlinetta.

From these descriptions of the car, we’re more than interested now than ever before to see what Lamborghini is bringing to Geneva. If there’s truth to what Winkelmann claims that "something truly extraordinary that’s based on the V12" is being prepared as part of the company’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, then don’t crown the F70 as the jewel of Geneva just yet.

Note: Photo is of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Source: Edmunds

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