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 French automakers have a knack for creating some of the visually unique and interesting cars on the market. If you don’t believe that, take on look at the new KWID Concept from Renault . An exterior that looks like an angry, off-road hatchback is painted a hue of steel and covered in bright sunshine yellow accents. It has an interior that appears to be built by stretching massive rubber bands across the inside. It also comes with a remote controlled quad-copter.

Who the hell thinks of this stuff?

The quirky concept is design to shoot cupid’s arrow straight through the heart of the young and tech-savvy buyer. It is loaded with high tech wizardry, and even features a tablet computer built into the dash.

The KWID is aimed squarely at developing markets like India where new car buyers tend to be far younger than in other more developed car-buying nations.

Continue reading to find out more about this chunk of French madness.

Toyota FT-1 Concept

Well it looks like we have some solid confirmation that the bonkers Toyota FT-1 Concept is actually going to be the next Supra . Yes, every person in the entire world has said that the FT-1 is the next Supra already, but that was all speculation, conjecture and plain old rumor mongering. What we have now is much more solid proof that the folks at Toyota are turning their drop-dead sexy coupe concept into the next Japanese supercar .

The confirmation comes from a man named Peter Lyon. If you are unfamiliar with his name, I am sure you have probably read his work at some point. He is a journalist living in Tokyo who specializes in the Japanese Auto Industry. He has had his work published in MotorTrend, Autocar, Evo and many more. If anyone has connections at Toyota , it is this guy.

According to a source “close to Toyota” the next Supra is a go, and it is well into production. The current target is a 2016 release.

Beyond confirming that the Supra is really coming, Lyon gives drivetrain details.

Read on to hear what he has to say, and hear our take on it as well.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota FT-1 Concept

Source: 7Tune
Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Note: Volvo Concept XC Coupe pictured here.

As time grows short before the Geneva Auto Show , automakers keep announcing their plans for showcased vehicles. In this case, Volvo has only issued a press release about the third and final member of a trio of concept vehicles commissioned by Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Design. Included in the trio are the Concept Coupe that bowed at the Frankfort Auto Show and the Concept XC Coupe which won hearts at Detroit .

The new concept vehicle is still surrounded in secrecy, as the Swedish automaker hasn’t released a single picture of it. We’re left only to guess at what the class the vehicle will fall into and what it might look like. The only real detail that Volvo revealed is that this new concept will feature the Drive-E Powertrain.

The two concepts already in the public eye share many similarities – even riding of a modified version of the same platform architecture. It is probably safe to assume the third concept coming to the Geneva Show will sport many of the same cues and features.

Looking at the Concept Coupe and the Concept XC Coupe, its clear the two share the same design ethos. Futuristic lighting elements adornments, the same concave grille design, and many of the same interior features are common between the two. Rest assured that once the last of Volvo’s concepts hits the Geneva stage on March 4th, TopSpeed will bring you all the details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volvo Concept XC Coupe.

Volkswagen has been on a multi-year mission to sell more cars than any other company in the world. The next step in its ambitious plan involves making one of their larger European brands even more attractive. At the Geneva Motor Show in March, Volkswagen is rolling out the new Skoda VisionC Concept.

Designed as a concept study based around the Skoda Octavia sedan, the VisionC Concept is being created to demonstrate the future of Skoda design and visual aesthetic. All we currently have is this preview sketch, but we can see the design is a four-door coupe with sharp and aggressive lines. The squared off features and headlight detail are very reminiscent of Audi ’s newest vehicles.

We know that many vehicles will be produced using the general design language shown on the VisionC Concept, but we are as yet unaware if the actual concept car will be made into a road going model. The VisionC may become the new Octavia, or there may be a new swoopier model that is created much in the way Volkswagen has the CC and the Passat.

Check back here in March when the concept is officially unveiled in Geneva. We will have all the photos and details for you then.

Honda has graced the world with a new concept car — the Vision XS-1 — and it is actually pretty cool. If you were to imagine a futuristic Honda Fit with a lift kit, and a Hot Wheels shade of electric blue, you’d be getting close to what this concept looks like.

The Vision XS-1 concept features a compact exterior footprint to make it easy to maneuver in packed cities, but it has an increased ride height to give it that SUV look. Despite its relatively tiny size, Honda says the Vision XS-1 has room for up to 7 people.

The entire concept is built around Honda’s man maximum, machine minimum M/M design philosophy. The idea is to create something that is human centered, and designed to get the machines out of the way of the experience.

Honda has said that this India reveal is a concept only, but we have our doubts about that.

Read on to find out more about this new ambitious concept.

Thanks to a few new players in the market, the midsized truck battle looks be reviving. News about GM’s new mid-size trucks getting diesels have also stirred up a frenzy, starting with Nissan .

What you see here is the Frontier Diesel Runner, a “concept” truck built to gauge consumer interest in diesel-powered, midsized trucks. The truck itself is barely changed from the production line, but features a 2.8-liter, I-4 turbodiesel built by renowned engine builder Cummins. The Cummins/Nissan partnership isn’t new, however, as the pair have plans to power the next-generation Nissan Titan with a 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel in 2015.

The Frontier ’s diesel engine is expected to produce around 200 horsepower and more than 350 pound-feet of torque — all while increasing fuel efficiency by 35 percent over the standard 4.0-liter, gasoline V-6 engine. It’s backed by a ZF-sourced 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission. The new engine-transmission combo is expected to tow and haul roughly the same as the conventional gasoline Frontier.

Nissan and Cummins did have to modify the truck slightly to get the powertrain nestled within the engine bay and transmission tunnel. Saving room and further development, this frontier lacks the optional four-wheel-drive and added complexities the system brings to a driveline.

It’s very unlikely the Frontier will be sold with a diesel option in its current generation. Nissan is hard at work developing the second-generation Titan pickup, and will likely turn its attention it the Frontier once development is competed there. We expect a new Frontier won’t be far behind the new 2015 Titan. If Nissan chooses to include a diesel as a powertrain option, it’s likely to happen then.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by Cummins.

The Veyron has been the epitome of ultra luxury , ultra performance for well over a decade now, and to celebrate that, Bugatti is taking a look back at the original — or in this case, the first concept EB 18/4 Veyron design study displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 1999.

Bugatti is bringing the Veyron concept to display at this year’s Salon Rétromobile in Paris, the premier event for vintage and historical French vehicles. This marks the first time the EB 18/4 Veyron concept has been displayed since its debut in ’99.

One look at the concept, and it’s apparent how true the production Veyron stayed true to the original design. The first production Veyron was completed in 2005, and featured a monstrous 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged, W-16 engine with DOHC and four valves per cylinder. Its output was equally as monstrous at 1,001 horsepower and 922 pound-feet of torque. It’s Haldex all-wheel-drive system was a must in order to send power to the ground without melting the tires. Its top speed was in excess of 200 mph, with later versions hitting 250 mph.

Bugatti’s current crop of Veyrons include the 16.4 Grand Sport and 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The latter of which delivers a mind-blowing 1,200 horsepower and currently holds the title of word’s fastest series production roadster. Only 150 Vitesse Veyrons will be built, but according to the press release below, roughly 40 are still unspoken for. A fat checkbook is a requirement, however, as the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse costs well over $2.6 million.

Then again, if 1,200 horsepower isn’t enough, rest easy knowing that Volkswagen says the next Veyron will exceed that current output rating.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti EB 18/4 Veyron.

So, what happens when a Kia Soul and a Chevy HHR decide to have little babies? Well, you get this really, really weird concept that showed its awkward self at the Delhi Auto Expo . We’re not saying that the Adra Concept is ugly or anything... well, okay, maybe we are, but it at least falls under the 4 meter (157-inch) length required for a tax break in India, right? No sir, it does not. The Adra is actually 4.2 meters (165 inches), so you can nix that thought.

Honestly though, from the front end, the Adra Concept actually looks fairly decent, though that high roof is not my cup of tea. Its front fascia is pretty stylish and modern, the apron is sporty, and its sweptback headlights are really sharp. Around back, however, things quickly head south, as it is way too bland and that short rear overhang combined with the high roofline just looks strange.

What the Adra offers is a high seating position, so drivers get a good view of the road, more ground clearance and a pretty roomy cabin for its relatively petite footprint.

There’s no mention of what’s going on under the hood, but we wouldn’t be shocked to see it come with the same 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine found in the Chevy Beat — called the Spark in the U.S. — with about 60 horsepower.

We’re willing to bet (read: hope) that this model stays right at home in India, if it ever reaches production.

Click past the jump to read more on the Adra Concept

There will probably come a time when Mercedes vehicles will look like this. That time hasn’t come yet, and we’re not really sweating t too much, especially when there are things like Gran Turismo that can give us glimpses of what the future could look like.

To this point, BMW and Mercedes have unveiled their Vision Gran Turismo Concepts . But Mercedes isn’t content with just one iteration of its concept; nope, it actually has two of these concepts and the latest is the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series.

According to Mercedes, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series was designed to compete in Gran Turismo 6’s "competitive racing scene." That’s all well and good and the concept looks really incredible. It’s also slightly modified from the "standard" Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concept to fit its racing credentials, including the addition of a a fixed rear wing that improves downforce on high-speed circuits and conventional mirrors in place of the CCS cameras the original concept had.

As far as performance goes, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series is powered by a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that produces an impressive 591 horsepower and connected to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. No performance numbers were given, but seeing as the car only weighs 2,866 pounds, it should be good for at least 200 mph.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series is now available on Gran Turismo 6, and you can acquire it by participating in a new seasonal event that’s available in the game.

Click past the Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept

Source: Gran Turismo

Any car that gets the kind of attention that the BMW i8 has received is going to be on the radar of a lot of aftermarket companies. It’s not so much a question on if a tuner will build a program for it as it is when somebody will be the first to do it.

Well, it looks like Lumma Design already has the leg up over the competition.

The German tuning firm is jumping in on the i8 phenomenon with a preview of what it plans to do with BMW ’s all-new electric sports car .

Nothing is final as of yet, but the preliminary announcement from Lumma has the i8 receiving a host of high-tech carbon components, including a new front spoiler, new side skirts and a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser tacked on to it.

In addition, the aptly named CLR I8 program also gets a fancy set of new wheels and the most distinguishable modification of them all, tailor-made stickers — yes, stickers — that change the blue accents on the standard i8 into a shade of green that, quite frankly, looks a lot better than the standard blue hue. And if anything, it goes with the eco-friendliness of the electric hybrid. Just sayin’...

No performance upgrades have been announced, but rest assured we’re going to expect significantly more than the 362-horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque output of the standard i8.


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