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.

Extreme seems to be the most appropriate adjective for describing the new 2014 Opel Astra OPC EXTREME. Based on the euro-spec Astra OPC Cup , Opel has reworked this car with loads of carbon-fiber bits to cut nearly 200 pounds from its curb weight, upped the power output of the 2.0-liter I-4 to over 300 horses, and thrown in a full roll cage for good measure. And that’s only the start.

The OPC EXTREME is fully street-legal, but is geared more for the track with is ultra high-performance 245/35R19 tires, six-piston Brembo front brakes and aggressive aero package. And although it doesn’t help it go faster, the dark grey and silver paint scheme with yellow accents is one of this car’s most eye-catching upgrades.

Its all-aluminum engine displaces 2.0 liters, and comes fitted with a turbo, direct injection and variable valve timing. A six-speed manual transmission sends power through a limited-slip differential and out to the front wheels. Although Opel hasn’t released the official numbers yet, it says the engine is good for ‘over 300 horsepower.’ A carbon-fiber engine cover helps dress up the engine bay that itself is covered by a carbon-fiber hood.

Opel is set to officially debut the car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in early March and will be gauging public opinion on whether the hatchback should move into production. We figure the public outcry will be tremendous, so don’t be surprised if/when Open makes that move. Sadly, and like any Opels these days, the U.S. won’t be seeing any on this side of the pond.

Click past the jump for all in known info on the Astra OPC EXTREME

Volvo has made a lot of promises recently about concepts that will blow us away. The first two versions have done exactly that, and now, ahead of the third one’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show , we’re getting a few hints at what’s in store for concept number three.

The concept has been billed as the Concept Estate and follows in the work of the Swedish company’s first two concept offerings, the Concept Coupe and the Concept XC Coupe . Not much in the way of details yet except for a handful of teaser photos unveiled by a Swedish company called Stutterheim.

If you’re not familiar with the brand, Stutterheim is actually a Swedish raincoat maker that’s been tasked by Volvo to develop the car cover the Concept Estate will be, shall we say, hiding from before it makes its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Seems to explain why these photos were first seen in the website of Stutterheim; after all, the company is also probably showing off its new Estate Svart car cover, a design that was co-created by Volvo’s design time that makes use of "hand-stitched seams on a rubberized cotton fabric in the best quality."

As far as the Concept Estate is concerned, there are a few details peaking out from under that Estate Svart car cover, including the same prominent grille we first saw from the other two concepts. There also appears to be a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a dual exhaust system ,and five-spoke alloy wheels, which are all hardly surprising given the efforts Volvo put to show the world that it’s ready to come out and fight for attention.

More details of the Concept Estate are expected to drop when Geneva opens its doors.

Update 02/26/2014: The leaky faucet over at Volvo has officially turned on, and images of the Volvo Concept Estate have made their way online, thanks to the folks over at Jalopnik. You can see the images after the jump.

Click past the jump to read about the Volvo Concept Coupe and the Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Source: Stutterheim

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show is coming up next week and it looks like Hyundai is ready to make its first appearance there with the compact SUV called the Intrado Concept.

The new Intrado concept is the first vehicle developed by the company, using the new "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" design language, and it is the brainchild of a European design team supervised by Peter Schreyer.

The name "Intrado" is taken from the arch on the underside of an airplane’s wing that provides the lift needed for flight. As no surprise, this concept draws plenty of inspiration from the aircraft world, like its advanced materials that help ensure a low curb weight.

The concept features a super-lightweight structure made from a mixture of advanced materials and will use a smaller, lighter and improved version of the hydrogen fuel cell found in the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell .

Full details on the Hyundai Intrado Concept will be unveiled during its official debut in Geneva.

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai Intado Concept.

Hyundai is prepared to make some waves at the Geneva Motor Show and...wait, that’s not anything new.

What’s new for this year, though, is that Hyundai has developed a concept car in collaboration with the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Turin that will be unveiled in Geneva in less than a month’s time.

The study is called the PassoCorto and according to Hyundai, it was commissioned by the Hyundai Design Center Europe "as a tribute to the Made in Italy design that is studied at the IED". That’s a fantastic way of saying "hey, thanks for the help, IED!"

For now, the PassoCorto Concept is a static model, which means that it might show up at Geneva without all of its faculties together, but as far as describing what the car is going to look like once fully setup, we’re getting hints that Hyundai will use a lightweight, carbon-fiber monocoque chassis in order to meet its target weight of 1,852 pounds.

Likewise, the engine will be Hyundai’s 1.6-liter, bi-turbocharged engine that produces 270 horsepower, while the interior is designed with the idea of installing two cockpits, each with their own integrated instruments and seats that are optically connected to the dashboard. We’re not quite sure how that’s going to look when its all said and done, but then again, that’s the beauty of concept cars these days.

You’re not always going to get what you expect, but you know you’re going to get something that’ll be talked about.

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai PassoCorto by IED.

Source: Carscoops

While this may sound more like a vehicle designed for 2050, but it will actually be on display at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . Called the "XchangE Concept," this vehicle was designed by the Swiss company Rinspeed , and the company plans to revolutionize the automotive industry with it.

The new "XchangE" concept is all about autonomous driving and making long trips even more enjoyable. The concept is "smart" enough to drive autonomously up to 120 km/h (74 mph), while the driver and the passengers read, listen to music, surf the web, play games, watch movies or any other activity besides driving.

A very cool feature of the new concept is the seats, which are inspired by the relaxing business-class seats of an airliner, with a world-record-setting 20 functionalities built in. Thanks to the new seats, the driver is not obligated to stare at the road, as he can also rotate the seat and talk with the rest of the passengers or watch TV on the 32-inch high-definition screen.

Not much is known about what changes Rinspeed has done to the Tesla Model S on which the XchangE is built from, so we suspect the Tesla ’s standard fare of 60- or 85-kHw electrical systems to be used.

The thought of never having to fight the morning rush hour or keep yourself awake on a late-night road trip sounds very enticing. Plus, being able to control the car when the roads got twisty or when trying some 5.4-second 0 to 60 mph runs in the 85 kWh model, might be the best of both worlds.

Full details on the Rinspeed XchangE Concept will be revealed during its official debut in Geneva, but click past the jump for what we know so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Rinspeed XchangE Concept.

The Honda Civic Type R is one of those cars that can be painful to talk about. As the last bastion of true Honda Performance, the Type R makes every enthusiast drool and dream. But like so many Japanese rockets, the Civic Type R has never been a U.S. import.

Now with the Geneva Motor Show coming up next month, Honda has seen fit to tease us with more forbidden fruit; the concept model for the new Civic Type R .

All we have currently is this artist’s concept drawing which is far more aggressive and interesting than we ever imagined a Civic could be. The entire car looks like it was designed to be racecar , and then someone stripped off the sponsorship stickers.

Massive tires, extreme aero pieces and a full body kit are all part of the new Type R design.

Click to read more about the design of the new Honda Civic Type R.

We have another tiny SUV concept that is making its Indian debut at the Delhi Auto Show. Volkswagen’s upcoming Taigun SUV has been shown in multiple versions of “concept” form, and the latest update has graced the stands and eyes of the Delhi Auto Show.

The new Taigun is a tiny soft-roader that fits under the Tiguan in the VW lineup. It will be powered by a new three-cylinder, 1.0-liter turbocharged gas engine with 81 horsepower. That might not seem like a lot, but this car is being aimed at markets like Brazil and India, and it’s extremely small and light. With an exterior length of just 152 inches, the Taigun is more than 22 inches shorter than VW’s smallest SUV sold in the States.

This is likely the last pre-production version of the Taigun we will see before Volkswagen unveils the official production version.

Read on to see just how much we know about this tiny German SUV.

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.


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