Most auto junkies get giddy when they hear wind that their favorite manufacturer is producing a concept car. Common at auto shows and various exhibitions, these prototypes signify the future of motor vehicles. But they also pay hommage to models of the past. Unfortunately, many of these specimens don’t ever make it into production. Instead, they remain the substance of legends and eye candy for eager fans. So while we grieve together, let’s feast our eyes on a few of the most recent “what if” cars.
Imagine being able to access your social media account via the center console. Extending from front to back, the Ciel’s “floating” console acts as a multimedia center to access maps, weather reports, and yes… Twitter and Facebook. There are also temperature adjustable seats, multiple charging outlets, and an Italian Olive wood interior. This is definitely the ride you’d want to take up the coast during summer.
2. Renault DeZir Concept
The two seater coupé made a splash at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Its butterfly doors open up to a leather interior, making for a comfortable ride. One thing is for certain, that with a top speed of 112 mph, it would be a primary target for highway patrol officers. The DeZir is part of an ongoing series of concept cars set to be built by Renault. Each vehicle is supposed to represent a different stage in a person’s life. Fascinating.
3. Hummer HX Concept
The 2008 North American Auto Show introduced this innovation in massive off-road vehicles. The 3.6 L V-6 engine SUV is smaller than the H2 or H3. But let’s face it, those are ridiculously over-sized. The HX Concept allows you to remove the rear seats to allow for extra cargo space. It also has removable doors and fender flares.
4. Lamborghini Estoque Concept
The first front-engine Lamborghini vehicle since the LM002, this latest concept includes a 5.2 L V-10 engine. Along with a 7 speed twin-clutch gearbox. As of 2009, Lamborghini has canceled plans for a release. First introduced at the 2008 Paris Auto Show, it was revealed as a concept for a $230,000 sedan.
5. Mazda Furai Concept
The word Furai means “sound of the wind.” This sporty vehicle’s chassis was based on a Le Mans Prototype that Mazda used to compete in the American Le Mans Series. It was created to use E100 ethanol fuel, and powered by a new generation engine that cranks out 450 brake horsepower.
6. Bertone Jaguar B99 Concept
The B99 was made of aluminum panels and included suicide doors. Developed by Italian design company Bertone, it was initially revealed to the world during the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Reports indicate that the B99 could eventually replace the previous Jaguar X-Type.
7. Ferrari P 4/5 by Pininfarina
The Ferrari P4/5 was redesigned by Pininfarina for wealthy filmmaker and stock expert James Glickenhaus. Originally made as a one-off sports car, tt can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3 seconds flat. Having competed in the 2011 24 Hours Nurburgring race, the car finished in 39th place, but had burst into flames. The following year it won its class and finished 12th.
8. BMW 328 Hommage
Widely considered the chicest looking sports car of the 1930s, the BMW 328 is now brought back to life in a creatively new age looking hommage. Its design is constructed using M3 and M6 carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, which is lighter but stronger than aluminum. Of course, the most mesmerizing feature comes in front, with those x-ed out headlights.
9. Cadillac Sixteen Concept
Released in 2003, this Cady was meant to emulate the Cadillac V-16 from the 1930s. Equipped with a 32-valve V16 engine, it was said to produce over 1,000 horsepower. Although the car ultimately fell short of production approval, it may appear in the future of Cadillac products.
10. Ford Interceptor Concept
Ford described this design as being “much like a Marine in dress uniform. He looks smart and elegant but you can see the raw power that lies beneath.” Probably a good analogy for historic Detroit company to utilize. Currently, there are no plans to produce this full-sized, rear-wheel drive sedan. Can’t you tell that it was influenced by 1960s muscle cars?
11. BMW M1 Hommage Concept
As a commemoration to the 30th anniversary of the M1, BMW designer Giorgio Giugiaro tried to draw inspiration from the BMW Turbo car. Unlike the stereotypical “pop lights” seen on the M1, this model uses a double headlight design. BMW has not revealed whether they have any plans to release this guy, although many in the auto community would like to see it happen.