Concept cars are cool, but what’s the use if you can’t head over to the dealership and drive one off the lot? Here are eight concept cars that might make their way onto a showroom floor near you in the future.
Audi unveiled its Sport Quattro Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, taking inspiration from the Quattro Concept that debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Both cars draw upon the company’s legendary 1980 Ur-Quattro, but this concept car appears to be more production-minded than the 2010 version. The Sport Quattro offers 700 horsepower and 590 feet of torque, along with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, a top speed of 190 mph, and a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds.
A 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine powers the S-Max Concept, with estimates stating that the car offers drivers about 178 horsepower and 177 feet of torque. Although Ford would prefer you don’t call it a minivan (it sure doesn’t look like one), the S-Max Concept can seat seven passengers comfortably with extra room for luggage. The car is also loaded with all of Ford’s latest infotainment technology, including MyFordTouch and Sync.
The latest version of the road-going Honda NSX recently made its debut at the Mid-Ohio Raceway, providing a power output of about 400 horsepower from its V6 engine in the rear and two hybrid electric motors in the front. The car is being developed in the U.S. as opposed to in Japan, without much reason as to why Honda decided to do this. One of the biggest features you’ll notice in the external design of the car is the strategic use of carbon fiber, which makes it visually pleasing.
This Jaguar model is considered the most important one in the company’s modern history, having a production-ready body of a medium-sized SUV. Although Jaguar’s decision to make an SUV might anger some of its more hardcore fans, detractors will likely change their mind once they see the CX-17 in person and realize why the company is transitioning into the future. For now, they can take heed in the fact that Jaguar is revolutionizing and expanding its fleet.
Speaking of SUVs, Lexus has unveiled its latest compact crossover hybrid SUV concept car and it’s blowing away most other vehicles in its class out of the water. Some of this SUVs most attractive features include diamond-shaped LED headlamps, an ergonomically ideal cockpit, and a touch-enable interface. If you’re in the market for a vehicle that’s luxurious enough to satisfy your own needs while comforting your family, start planning for the LF-NX’s 2015 release.
This concept car is scheduled to replace the 7-year-old CL, offering drivers a muscular two-door look. Although this car is shorter and lower than the current CL, it has plenty of significant stylistic features like a soft nose grill, shapely front fenders, and long frameless doors. The car rides on 21-inch wheels, with a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 direct-injection engine underneath the hood that provides the car with 455 horsepower and 516 feet torque.
The Mercedes-Benz owned city car brand plans to unveil its new “Smart” car in 2014. Although the Fourjoy doesn’t have a roof, a tailgate, or doors, the car does feature Smart’s signature Tridion cell. You can expect the car to be 137.6 inches long, 77.9 inches wide, and 58.8 inches high, which means that it’ll be 10.2 inches shorter, 11.8 inches wider, and 1.7 inches taller than the first version Forfour released in 2003. It'll also have an electric driveline available or a new 900 cc three-cylinder direct-injection engine.
If there’s any concept car you’ll need car insurance for, it’s this one. Even though the “zero” in R Zero stands for no emissions, this electric car has a total of 1,091 horsepower and will flash before your eyes from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds. The car also has a top speed of 286 mph, featuring for electric motors (one per wheel). If you’re interested in buying one, keep waiting. A specific release date for this ultra-fast electric vehicle hasn’t been announced.
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