Includes plenty of big ideas, but will it make the cut?

If you’ve never heard of Varsovia Motor Company, it’s probably because the Polish automaker just announced its very first creation – the eponymous Varsovia Concept. Named after the city where it was designed (Varsovia is another name for Warsaw), this unique sedan offers a glimpse at what the automaker has planned for a future production model. Outside, you’ll find biodegradable composite body panels with an embossed diamond design, while inside is a slew of cutting-edge features that includes two enormous flat screens and passenger mood recognition, plus a good deal of luxury. Making it go is a hybrid drivetrain capable of propelling the vehicle to 60 mph in less than five seconds.

It all sounds quite nice, and Varsovia even says it’ll customize each example to the customer’s liking. But we’ve been burned before, and while this car talks a big game, it’s uncertain what it’ll offer when production ramps up in 2018. For now, though, read on for a breakdown of the concept’s crazy features.

Continue reading to learn more about the Varsovia Concept.

Exterior

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The Varsovia was designed at Kadler studio, located near Warsaw. The thought process behind the look was the pairing “minimalism and harmony” to connote the idea of “luxury and beauty.” The overall shape of the car is pretty traditional, with proportions that echo what a sedan is customarily supposed to look like. However, on top of this is laid a variety of futuristic elements that lend the Varsovia a unique appearance.

The most obvious feature is the embossed “scales,” which can be found in the grille-free nose and along the car’s flanks. These are meant to mimic the scales of Sawa’s tail, a mermaid that’s represented in the Warsaw coat of arms. Sawa’s likeness was also placed on the hood as an ornament.

The overall shape of the car is pretty traditional, with proportions that echo what a sedan is customarily supposed to look like.

Lighting ahead comes from thin strips in the fascia, while the rear uses equally thin strips for the taillights. Angled rectangular shapes on either side of the nose provide the DRL’s and turn signals.

The car is low and wide, with a roofline that dips down into a squared-off trunk. There are polished surrounds for the windows, and the shoulder line gives it all a nice, aggressive rake.

Varsovia says it’ll customize each example to whatever specification you need, including custom wheels, which is great if you’re not a fan of spoke-explosion rollers depicted in the rendering. Even more interesting is the offer to outfit the car with “the highest VIP B7 level standards” of armored protection, a perk usually reserved for models like the Audi A8 L Security or Mercedes S600 Guard. No word yet on how much this option costs, or how it affects the car’s performance, but I’d imagine the upgrade should include a good deal of extra power to overcome the added weight of the armor.

To my eye, the whole thing looks strikingly similar to the recently unveiled Cadillac Escala concept, albeit with a tweaked rear end that replaces the hatch-like Escala with a more traditional trunk. While the Varsovia doesn’t necessarily look bad, I don’t really think it looks that great, either. There’s just too much going on for my taste, and I have a hard time buying the whole “minimalism and harmony” line when there are embossed scales spread across the car’s profile. I bet there are a few folks out there who love it, but to me, the Varsovia is just too much of a try-hard to be considered a looker.

Side-by-side comparison

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Interior

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Inside, things improve dramatically. The car’s laid-back stance and straight lines carryover much more convincingly in the interior, where the seats and lines coalesce in an attractive cabin space that’s very much deserving of the phrase “high-end luxury automobile.”

One of the most immediately obvious features is the way the Varsovia arranges its seats. The car includes spots for a driver and two passengers, with the front passenger seat tossed in favor of a single “priority” seat in the rear. This unique layout basically provides oodles of room for one of the passengers to stretch out, including a footrest. Aiding ingress and egress, we find a large door that opens up, rather than out.

The car includes spots for a driver and two passengers, with the front passenger seat tossed in favor of a single “priority” seat in the rear.

The layout isn’t technically innovative, but it does make novel use of the space, and to be perfectly frank, I’m a bit surprised it’s not commonplace amongst the ultra-high-end LWB luxury mobiles already present on the market.

Varsovia says its primary motivation was to “create an exclusive car, whose functionality and equipment clearly exceeded the offer of other producers.” As such, that handsome interior comes with a multitude of features that make it an ideal location for work or to unwind.

Upping the car’s mobile-office usability is an advanced audio-video system that integrates with the user’s various mobile devices and laptop computers. Once set up, the Varsovia will allow you to immediately resume whatever task you were working on as soon as you sit down, without even taking out your devices. There’s a self-stabilizing table, and a built-in keyboard/mouse combo, plus a detachable tablet that acts like a big remote control for the car’s various information and comfort systems. A satellite-based web connection is included.

Providing the visuals are two 19-inch flat screen displays. These units actually swing up into the roof when they’re not needed, providing a view of the sky thanks to their near-transparent appearance. Alternatively, they can be used to put on a roof-based light show, if the mood is right. Squeezed together, they provide a 38-inch panoramic screen for whatever you need to display – be it for work, or pleasure.

Speaking of which, the car also comes with an “extended spa system” that promises nine different ways to adjust the seat, including heating and cooling, massage settings, and firmness. The seat also uses sensors to self-adapt to the passenger’s unique physique.

Now for the weird stuff. The Varsovia supposedly comes with the ability to monitor the passenger’s emotional state, employing cameras and sensors to detect things like heart rate, thus determining whether the passenger is tired or excited. Based on these readings, the car will automatically pick out the most appropriate music selection, interior lighting levels, and seat firmness settings.

The Varsovia will use all the usual suspects in the luxury segment – wood, leather, and aluminum will all be present.

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a vehicle that can read your mood. The Toyota FV2 concept is another example, and the Hyundai Project Ioniq Lab just outlined such a technology in a recent statement about upcoming “megatrends.”

As for the materials, the Varsovia will use all the usual suspects in the luxury segment – wood, leather, and aluminum will all be present. Silver and other minerals will also be used. The Polish automaker also says it won’t use any plastic whatsoever, which won’t just up the perceived quality, but also supposedly supports the car’s eco-friendliness. No word yet on how the wood, leather, and aluminum are obtained, but in order to retain its eco-credibility, it’s gonna need to be sustainable on all counts.

The seats use an embossed pattern similar to the “scales” seen in the exterior, and they come as well-cushioned buckets with a surprising amount of lateral bolstering.

A few other interesting features are the presence of a variety of “antiseptic” materials on areas that “have the most contact with passengers’ hands,” supposedly to help reduce the spread of bacteria and other nastiness. It sort of reminds me of Tesla’s “Bio-Weapon Defense Mode,” albeit a bit more abstract. The carpet and leather upholstery will also be hydrophobic to stop “dirt from settling.”

Beyond all this, each customer will be able to specify whatever equipment he or she may want, from the materials, to the information systems.

Drivetrain

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Pairing high-end luxury with eco-mindedness isn’t always a happy marriage, but the Varsovia Concept tries anyway.

Motivation comes from a hybrid powerplant, which is arranged in series with forward momentum coming directly from an unspecified number of electric motors. Providing extra electricity is a “small” internal combustion engine (ICE), which acts like a generator for the electric drive units. The batteries are located inside the floor, making max room in the cabin.

Providing extra electricity is a “small” internal combustion engine (ICE), which acts like a generator for the electric drive units.

This set-up provides the best of both worlds – all-electric torque, silent running, and zero local emissions, plus the range and assurance of an ICE when called on.

Varsovia was actually so bold as to provide a few numbers with this hypothetical poweprlant – up to 350 km (217 miles) on electric power alone, plus an extra 500 km (311 miles) when burning the dino fuel, making for an 850-km (528-mile) range with a tank full of gas and battery pack full of electricity.

That’s huge, especially when you consider how the top dog Tesla Model S gets roughly just 300 miles per charge. Which begs the question – how does Varsovia plan on getting so much range?

We’ll see what happens when this car hits production (or maybe I should say if it hits production), but here’s another number that leaves me doubtful – 0-to-100 km (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds. That’s mighty quick for any passenger car, let alone a hybrid luxury car with oodles of equipment onboard (check the section below for the supposed curb weight). That said, the car’s claimed top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) seems much more reasonable.

Chassis And Handling

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Varsovia says that weight was a serious concern, and rightfully so considering the car’s goals in terms of range and performance. To keep it as feathery as possible, the exterior body panels and even part of the construction are made from a composite material.

However, it’s not the composite you’re thinking of – rather, in keeping with the car’s eco-friendly attitude, the Varsovia uses “natural, biodegradable fibers.” What exactly these fibers are made from has yet to be determined, but I’m not exactly convinced I would want to drive a car with biodegradable construction. Just sayin’.

Whatever it’s made from, the car supposedly weighs just over 2,000 kg (4,409 pounds), which is a lot, but even that number seems a bit off when you consider just how much stuff this car brings to the table (I’d expect something closer to 5,000 pounds).

Prices

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Varsovia says a full-size prototype of its car is on the way, with plans to drop the sheets at an unspecified international auto show sometime in the near future. The Paris Motor Show would be the next event on the list, but odds are the carmaker won’t have something ready by the time that show gets underway in October.

After it debuts, production variants of the Varsovia will begin to roll out sometime in 2018, with production capped at no more than 50 cars per year. Varsovia says each unit produced will “literally be one of a kind” thanks to the level of customization offered.

Should it actually hit production, odds are good this thing will come to the U.S., especially when you consider the automaker’s website uses a U.S. flag to designate English-language settings, and several of the rendered photos incorporate California license plates.

So how much will it cost? Even if this thing delivers half of what it promises, I couldn’t see it selling for less than $200,000 a pop. Throw in extra for the bespoke equipment, and you’re looking at something around a quarter million bucks.

Competition

Mercedes-Maybach S600

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Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the European pricing for the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

Recently dusting off the Maybach nameplate, Mercedes unveiled the S600 limo with a huge rear cabin space, a 523-horsepower V-12 engine, and enough presence to turn heads in all but the most elite circles.

Read our full review on the Mercedes-Maybach S600 here.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

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Here’s another V-12 powered sedan for the lavishly wealthy. Both a SWB and LWB version are offered, and inside the palatial cabin, you get all the tech you’d need to take care of business.

Read more about the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II here.

Bentley Flying Spur

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While a bit more understated compared to its V-12 brethren, the V-8 Flying Spur gets a little extra eco-friendliness thanks to 24 mpg on the highway. The rest of it, however, is still worthy of the $200,000 price tag.

Find out more about the Bentley Flying Spur here.

Conclusion

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First things first – I like the enthusiasm Varsovia is showing with this concept. I like a lot of the ideas they’re throwing at this thing, and I’m eager to see what sticks.

Here’s the problem – there are just too many cool ideas at play here. It’s like the top brass reviewed all the high-end luxury models already out there (both production variants and concepts), and promptly stole the most attention-grabbing ideas for the Varsovia.

Armor plating optional? Green sensibilities? Over 200 miles on electric power, plus a gas extender? Five seconds to 60 mph? Mood-sensing cabin technology?

Here’s the thing about the auto industry – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If the automaker provided more specifics (horsepower? ICE displacement? Battery?), I’d have an easier time accepting this thing as bound for production, but as is, it’s more of a wish list than a feature list.

There’s another problem. These kinds of cars are sold almost as much on brand recognition and social perception as they are features and quality, and I’m not convinced anyone with 200 hundred grand to blow would look to Poland for their ride.

No offense, of course (shout out to Arrinera and the Hussarya), I’m just saying these cars are about status, and the Varsovia has yet to collect the clout needed to turn heads.

But hey – if this thing really does deliver on its promises, the clout should flow like water.

  • Leave it
    • * Looks and feels a lot like vaporware
    • * Unproven brand
    • * Will most likely be ludicrously expensive

Source: Varsovia

Press Release

Varsovia Motor Company sp. z o.o. have the pleasure of presenting a concept vehicle named “Varsovia”. Designed by the Kadler design studio situated near Warsaw, it presents a new level of design and luxury, which cannot be offered by any other vehicle available on the market.
The name of the car is directly derived from the birthplace of the concept – the capital city of Poland, Warsaw, one of the most dynamically developing capitals in the world. The presented concept signals a production version of the vehicle, of which only a strictly limited number will be made.
DESIGN
For the creators of Varsovia the basis for luxury and beauty is primarily minimalism and harmony. These features became a priority during the designing of the car – the overall proportion and mass took a simple, classical form, deprived of any unnecessary elements. In a similar way, the inside, described by a few dominant lines enriched by a functional detail, is characterized by refined simplicity and elegance. An important aspect which affected the shape of Varsovia was its origin. The main symbol of the car is beautiful Sawa, a legendary mermaid depicted on Warsaw’s coat of arms – she is reflected in the statuette on the bonnet, the scales from her tail are visible in the form of characteristic embossing both outside and inside the vehicle.
A NEW LEVEL OF LUXURY
The main aim which motivated the originators and designers was to create an exclusive car, whose functionality and equipment clearly exceeded the offer of other producers. Varsovia broadens the definition of a luxury vehicle, being not only a wonderfully made and equipped means of communication, but also a comfortable place for work, entertainment and relaxation.
The meeting of the main principles was started with the reorganisation of the seat arrangement in the cabin. The lack of the front passenger’s seat allowed to create additional space and to make it more convenient for one of the back passengers. That permitted the designers to make a priority seat with a unique space and facilitated access, thanks to a large door which opens upwards.
Warsaw, 31.08.2016
Varsovia Motor Company sp. z o.o. 63-100 Dąbrowa ul. Grodzewska 18 NIP: 8513173075

A MOBILE OFFICE
A significant aspect in the designing process of Varsovia was to provide the users with an exclusive workplace which would allow them to fulfil their work-related duties when travelling.
The basis for the functioning of a mobile office is an extended audio-video system, together with a builtin computer and an advanced information system. It can pair with all the mobile and computer devices on board, and enable to work remotely without them, without having to take them out of a bag or pocket; a superfast access to satellite Internet allows to communicate from every corner of the world. The data and functions of the system are shown on two large 19-inch transparent displays, which – when folded – integrate with the glass roof of the vehicle and become completely non-invasive. Thanks to the use of innovative matrices the turned off displays are 90% transparent – when they are folded, they function as a roof window, but they can simultaneously show any given images, e.g. they can imitate a view of a night sky during the day; when they are unfolded, they create a double panoramic screen with a record diagonal of 38 inches. The operation of the equipment is possible thanks to a built-in tablet, keyboard and mouse. In addition, passengers have folded tables with a special mechanism for the stabilisation of level at their disposal.
Such an extended system makes it possible to easily use all the applications and programs installed in the personal computer or phone, as well as to hold teleconferences or use the Internet or TV. All these elements combined with a comfortable seat, quality of materials and sound-insulated interior take the mobile work to a whole new level.
INTERACTIVE SPA
In order to ensure the best possible experience of comfort during the journey, the vehicle offers an extended spa system, which integrates the functions of a luxury seat, lighting system and audio-video system. The seat, developed from the scratch, consists of 9 independent elements with multifaceted calibration – each of them is equipped with a separate system for cooling, heating, massage and regulation of hardness. Thanks to an extended system of sensors the seat can adapt to user’s build and weight on its own.
However, the biggest innovation is the function of automatic recognising of passenger’s emotional state. The system, which is based on the number of sensors and a camera, recognizes passenger’s pulse and assesses if they are tired or excited in the given moment. This opens the way to automatic selection of many functions, e.g. favourite music, intensity and colour of lighting or hardness of the seat according to preferences pre-defined by the user, ensuring maximum comfort. In this way, Varsovia is the first vehicle in history which can automatically adapt to passengers’ mood.
ENTERTAINMENT
Advanced AV equipment, consisting of two 19” screens, internal computer and high-end sound gear, provides users with new experiences in the field of entertainment during the journey. Watching a film, TV or listening to music on the board of Varsovia reminds more of a visit to the cinema or a concert hall than of a journey. The operation of the entire on-board equipment is possible from the level of an extractable tablet, which also functions remotely, e.g. when it is necessary to program and set it before the journey begins. 
TOP-QUALITY MATERIALS
The basic motto of luxury is quality. This was also the key word during the designing and matching the materials inside the vehicle. The whole interior is made of top-quality natural materials – wood, leather, aluminium, silver or mineral rocks. No element inside the car is made of plastic, which not only increases passengers’ comfort, but also reduces the troublesomeness of the vehicle for the environment, both at the stage of its construction and utilization. Passengers’ health is an exceedingly important aspect, that is why the parts that have the most contact with passengers’ hands are made of antiseptic material, which minimises the growth of bacteria and microorganisms. In addition, the materials that are most exposed to pollution, such as carpets or leather surfaces, have hydrophobic properties, which prevents the dirt from settling.
FULL ADAPTATION TO CLIENTS
According to the creators’ philosophy, a luxury vehicle has to fit every client directly, just like a glove. One of the most important principles of the Varsovia concept is the fact that the buyer can significantly affect the shape of the vehicle – a team of designers will be able to meet almost every demand of the client, from the creation of an individual design of rims, through the installation of a nonstandard equipment, to the use of individually selected finishing materials. Additionally, such elements as the layout of the multimedia system are designed individually according to buyer’s needs, in such a way that they are as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. If necessary, the car can be armoured with the application of the highest VIP B7 level standards.
In this way every produced Varsovia will literally be one of a kind.
TECHNOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
An extremely important aim of the project was to develop the drive and technology which would allow to maintain full functionality with simultaneous reduction of the negative effect on the environment. This concerns both the applied drive and the materials of which individual sub-assemblies of the vehicle are made.
Varsovia is equipped with a hybrid engine with serial configuration. Unlike classic hybrid vehicles, here the drive is transmitted to the axle from electrical engines, and a small combustion unit installed on board serves as a generator which feeds the batteries built into the floor in case they are discharged. Such a drive enables a fully ecological use of the car in everyday conditions – when the current is supplied from an external charging station, the use of a combustion unit is not necessary. In case of a need for a longer journey with a discharged battery, the vehicle can continue by producing electric energy out of conventional fuel. This eliminates the biggest flaw of fully electric cars, i.e. the need for long-lasting charging of batteries, while maintaining their biggest merit – the possibility of fully ecological ride in everyday conditions. The purpose of electric engines as the basic prime mover, apart from full functionality and minimisation of the emission of harmful substances to the atmosphere, also provides full comfort – it reduces the number of sounds generated by the vehicle to a minimum. The total electric reach of the vehicle is about 350 km, and every filling-up with conventional fuel increases it by another 500 km. In this way the total reach of the vehicle with a full battery and fuel tank is about 850 km.
The fulfilment of the described technical principles requires actions aiming at the maximum reduction of the weight of the car. The entire plating of the body and a part of construction elements will be made of composite material, and in order to ensure the lowest possible negative effect on the environment, the composites will be based on natural, biodegradable fibres. The predicted weight of the vehicle will be
little over 2000 kg. The acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h will drop below 5 seconds, and maximum speed will significantly exceed 200 km/h.
FUTURE
The firm will present a full-size prototype of the vehicle during one of international car shows. If it is received positively by potential buyers, the planned low-volume production will begin after 2018, and maximum 50 cars a year will be produced.
COMPANY
Varsovia Motor Company Sp. z o.o. is a special purpose entity established for the execution of the Varsovia project by a group of experienced businessmen and designers. The Varsovia creators’ team gathers professionals from various fields, among others industrial design and transport designers, engineers and journalists. Their clearly defined aims, determined by the company founders, include the construction of a full-size prototype of the car and its presentation in public, as well as implementation of a strictly limited production of the vehicle in the next few years.
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