Every Concept Car That We Covered in 2019
Now that 2019 is in the books, we thought it was a good time to look back at all the new concepts that we covered throughout the year. There were so many, in fact, that we couldn’t even cover them all, but we sure did cover a lot of them. And, a significant portion of them were noteworthy in their own right.
Take the 2019 Jeep Gladiator by Katzkin Leather, for example. It was a perfect representation of how a tuner or upholsterer can make a rugged off-roader like the Gladiator as elegant as some of the most luxurious models on the planet. Then we have the Renault EZ-Ultimo that gave us a look into the future of what cars might be like just decades down the road. Some cars simply paved the way and prepared us for what was to come – I’m talking about models like the BMW Concept 4 or the Mercedes Concept GLB.
These models aside, we’re actually naming 2019 as the “Year of Concepts,” and we’ve added a full list of every concept review we wrote in the last year just a little further down the page. So, take a short walk with us as we take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of this years awesome concept cars.
The Best and Worst Concept Cars of 2019
Concept cars used to be a much rarer thing back in the day. Back in the 1960s, carmakers didn’t build many at all. Budgets were tighter, technologies were fewer, so most companies barely unveiled one per year, if not fewer. 50 years later and carmakers launch tens of concepts per year. We saw too many to count in 2019, but we remembered a few of them. We remember some for being cool, but we also remember a few concept cars for being some of the worst we’ve seen in years. In this list, I discuss the five best and five worst concepts launched in 2019.
10 of the Ugliest Concept Cars from 2018
We’re in the last legs of 2018, and while the year has been filled with some of the coolest concept cars we’ve seen in a while, it also had its fair share of atrocious anomalies the likes of which we hope we never see again. It’s a little harsh, sure, but some of these automakers didn’t do themselves any favors by rolling these out without getting input from people who probably would’ve told them that their concepts needed a do-over. But alas, these concepts are here to stay, and we’ll forever be reminded that, at various points in 2018, we were subjected to their ugliness.
The 9 Mid-Engine Corvette Concepts That Didn’t Make it To Production
For over five decades we’ve been teased with various Corvette concepts displaying the idea that the engine should be moved from just in front of the cabin to behind the rear seats. While this idea might seem ludicrous to purists, we know that it will finally become a reality with the forthcoming C8. But there wouldn’t have been a C8 without all the prototypes that preceded it.
If everything we’ve seen and heard in the past couple of years regarding the 8th generation of the Chevrolet Corvette is true, and there’s little doubt about it, the C7 will become the final front-engined Corvette because the C8 is bound to have the engine where rivaling Lamborghinis and Ferraris have had it since forever - behind the front seats. A few camouflaged prototypes have been seen testing over the past few months and, while we aren’t sure about its name, we know that it’ll be based on a new platform and it will cost a whole lot more than the current model.
The best view we’ve got of the new Chevrolet sports car is of a mule testing at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife in Germany. It features a radically different design although some design cues from the current model, like the side air vents up front, remain. We don’t know what engine will power the new car, pundits reporting that a racing version seen testing at Road America might sport a V-6, and we might not get much more insight on it until next year’s Detroit Auto Show where, supposedly, Chevy will take the wraps off the new model. Until then, here’s a look at the plethora of prototypes that predated it.
8 Forgotten Concepts That Should Have Made it to Production
Concept cars are often the result of an automaker’s desire to showcase possibilities. Very rarely, though, do these possibilities translate to reality. Some concepts get used as springboards for future production models. Some get used as blueprints for future technologies. But more often than not, a lot of concept cars get sent back to the shadows, never to be heard from again. It’s a shame because the concept cars on this list didn’t deserve that fates they received. These concepts should’ve been turned into production models. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, none of them did, and all we’re left with our thoughts of what could’ve been.
Bentley EXP 100 GT Quirks and Features
Celebrating 100th anniversary from the birth of the company, Bentley revealed an astonishing EXP 100 GT. A massive grand tourer with Lamborghini-like scissor doors pack the electric drivetrain, yet unseen technology, incredible luxury features, and the most astounding creature comforts we have seen in a car. Ever!
The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the ultra-posh Grand Tourer conceived for the year 2035. I feel that Bentley crafted it as an answer to the Rolls-Royce Vision 100 Concept. So, before you discard it as one more thing that will never happen, I have to tell you that it can drive by itself, it can mimic the surroundings by managing ambient inside the cabin, and it is fast!
I present to you the most incredible facts and features about the new Bentley EXP 100 GT.
7 Striking Zagato-Designed cars from the past two decades
Zagato is the modern equivalent of a coachbuilder and is based in Milan, Italy. It’s been in business since 1919, and over the years it has established itself as a creator of very dramatic looking cars. It has its own design center, and all its creations have a certain Zagato look that you can start to recognize once you’ve seen a wider selection of their cars.
This look has been continued and refined over the decades, and you can spot the visual links between their very latest creations and ones from half a century ago. They have made so many different cars, that it wouldn’t do them justice to try to pick the most notable ones from their nearly 100-year history, so in order to keep things fairly concise for the purpose of this article, I’ll be trying to pick the most striking and interesting ones from the past 20 years.
10 of the Coolest Concept Cars from 2018
2018 has been a crazy year for concept vehicles. We’re used to seeing “traditional” concepts sporting traditional powertrains, and while those concepts still arrived in abundance this year, automakers mixed their offerings up to introduce what we like to call “new-age” concepts that tout electrification, autonomous driving technology, and over-the-top power and performance numbers. We saw a lot of those concepts, too. The specs and features of these concepts may be arbitrary and far-fetched, but their features point to where automakers are spending their time and money with an eye towards the future of the industry. Picking this year’s coolest concept cars was more challenging than in past years, but we were able to narrow it down to 10 concepts that, we believe, best embodies the year in the business that’s about to come to a close.
15 Must-Know Facts About The Stunning Audi E-Tron GT
We are prepared for the all-out invasion of electric cars from the Volkswagen Group. Audi showed a clear path to electrification with the E-Tron SUV, the Aicon, and even that crazy PB18, but now we have been introduced to the gorgeous Audi E-Tron GT. As a saloon, the E-Tron GT tends to be the ultimate expression of Audi’s own electric future by combining state-of-the-art technology with electric propulsion and framing it all into a form so gorgeous it’ll mess with your mind.
Actually, it is so gorgeous that it will make an appearance in The Avengers. Even if we disregard The Avengers, the Audi E-Tron GT is filled with such wonders that I am rather smitten by its presence and the technology included in one package. I will present you 15 astounding facts about the new Audi E-Tron GT - basically the first car to match the stature of the Tesla Model S. And in my eyes, to shatter that stature to pieces.
It is that beautiful.
8 Forgotten Concept Trucks Worth Remembering
SUVs may have taken over the auto world, but they’re not the only vehicle types that are the rage these days. Pickup trucks have exploded in popularity too, in large part because of their versatility, functionality, and all-around capabilities. A lot of today’s pickups were born from ideas that were developed over time in the past. Some ideas took longer to marinate while others arrived like Eureka moments. Oftentimes, these ideas evolve into concept vehicles, and depending on how the public reacts to these concepts; they either end up on the shelf or on the production line. On that note, a lot of concept pickups have been introduced in past years, including these eight forgotten models that deserve to have their names return to the spotlight, even for just a fleeting moment.
Porsche 911 Speedster Concept I vs Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II
Back in June, Porsche celebrated 70 years since it unveiled its first production car with a Speedster concept based on the current 911. Come October, and the German firm introduced a new concept car of the same variety, also stating that a limited-edition production car will follow in 2019. The two concepts are very similar, which made us wonder whether Porsche is trying to milk the Speedster ahead of its introduction as a production model.
Is this new concept a more production-ready version of the first car, which was already pretty close to a standard 911? Let’s find out by comparing the roadsters inside and out.
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2019 BMW Z4 vs 2017 BMW Z4 Concept
BMW concept cars are somewhat special. Most of them turn out to be clear representations of what one can expect to get from the production phase. The latest BMW Z4 Concept included. BMW pulled a stunt by introducing the Z4 Concept at The Quail in 2017 and, just one year later we got the all-new 2019 BMW Z4. So, while you may still be smitten by the new Z4, I am taking the opportunity to show you just how different the new production Z4 is compared with the Z4 Concept. Or, just how similar it is. Despite losing some sharpness, edginess, and exclusivity of the Z4 Concept, I feel that the production version of the 2019 BMW Z4 actually retained most of the important design cues. Except for the most important ones of course, because, well, real life is never that good.
This Is How The Audi PB18 e-tron Compares To The Audi R8 V-10 Plus
It is almost impossible to compare the new Audi PB18 e-tron and the R8 V-10 Plus. While taking the shape of supercars, the Audi R8 V-10 Plus and the new Audi PB18 e-tron are different on so many levels I find it rather amusing to see where Audi is going with its e-tron and sports car program. Nevertheless, revealing the Audi PB18 e-tron at the Monterey Car Week, Audi held a long said promise of developing a super fast electric supercar. I will go one step further here and say that PB18 e-tron, if it ever reaches production heaven, will be a supercar at the very least. Currently, Audi provides a whole set of sports machines from the S and the RS line of cars. Yet, the only one to even touch the majesty of the PB18 e-tron is the Audi R8 V-10 Plus. Of course, only the most powerful version as the PB18 is plainly mad.
Let me get something off my chest right away - PB in the PB18 e-tron actually stands for Pebble Beach. It is like a specially dedicated concept crafted only for the event. The 18, on the other hand, is from the Audi LMP1 racer - the R18 e-tron. Nicely tied Audi. Well played.
Now, we can definitely call the latest Audi R8 V-10 Plus a supercar. After all, it takes all the tech from the likes of the Huracan, and that is a supercar. The PB18 e-tron, on the other hand, is an even more extreme representation of the supercar ideology. One based on electricity and torque delivery that no V-10 can ever achieve.
2018 Geneva International Motor Show - Worst In Show
We went a little gaga in our list of the best debuts from the 2018 Geneva International Auto Show, including no less than five honorable mentions in addition to our regular list of five winners. But, as is tradition, we must now don our collective troll faces and single out those rides that not only failed to make the cut, but also elicited our ire and dismay. So read on for our list of the Worst In Show from Switzerland this year, and don’t forget to post your opinion in the comments!
Continue reading for the worst debuts from the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.