Concept cars you won’t see on the road on Driving the Nation

Concept cars you won’t see on the road on Driving the Nation

There are different types of concept cars; cars that you will never see on the road and production concept cars, cars that are close to production. The cars below are this year’s concept cars shown throughout the year at different auto shows.

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Audi Prologue concept

Audi Prologue – Headlights that shine as though infused with an illuminating youthful eye gel, they make you want to wink back.

Rumored to be the next Audi A9 the vehicle on display held the 4.0 TFSI engine that can produce 605 horsepower and 553.2 lb-ft torque. The Audi prologue accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds.

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Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo (VGT)

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo (VGT) – Are you a fan of PlayStation3 racing game, Gran Turismo6? You’ll love the Chevy Chaparral concept that combines the 45-year old partnership of Chaparral Racing and Chevrolet.

Space travel and future aircraft design were the inspiration for the Chaparral 2X VGT’s concept propulsion system. If this vision becomes your Avatar, it will have a 671-kW laser, powered by a pack of lithium-ion batteries, and an air-powered generator that will be able to extract 900 horsepower. In the video game your avatar, The Chaparral 2X VGT, will be capable of a top speed of 240-mph top with a 0-60 acceleration capability of 1.5 seconds.

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Infiniti QX 30 concept


Infiniti QX30 and Q80 Inspiration

Enough with the strong indications and hints of future design. Enough with the press releases that wax eloquently about romance and teardrops. Build some of these concepts! Carbon fiber, sculpted lines, roof racks that create sculptures encased in high-performance powertrains swathed in luxurious leather.

Whether it’s a QX 30 compact crossover or a four-door full-size fastback sedan Infiniti Q80 Inspiration, Infiniti is bringing out brilliantly conceptualized concepts.

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Infiniti Q80 inspiration concept

Lexus RC F GT3 CONCEPT – Based on the RC F sports coupe, the RC F GT3 concept is 78 inches wide, 185.2 inches long, and only weighs 2,755 pounds. The V-8 engine, modified from the RC F will melt all your problems away at 540 horsepower.
Lexus says the RC F GT3 has been certified by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. That certification allows the RC F GT3 to enter some of the most notable races around the world, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in Germany and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

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Lexus RC F GT3 concept

Maserati Alfieri – Masterminded by Lorenzo Ramaciotti the 2+2 concept is a love letter to the genius engineer Alfieri Maserati.

Marco Tencone led the designers to the creation of the Alfieri at the Maserati Centro Stile in Turin, Italy. The A6 GCS stood for Alfieri 6 cylinder, Ghisa, Corsa, Sport and denotes the long bonnet and 2+2 seating.

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Maserati Alfieri concept

The Alfieri shares the platform with the Maserati GranTurismo. The 4.7-liter, naturally aspirated, V-8 engine from Ferrari’s Maranello plant can extract 460 bhp @ 7,000 rpm and 520 Nm @ 4,750 rpm.

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Maserati Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition


Maserati Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition
– a refined elegance designed with your well-being in mind.The iconic automotive company Maserati and fashion designer Ermenegildo Zegna have collaborated to connect Italian power and style.

Mercedes-Benz F 015 – Daimler has conceptualized every technology, energy and de rigueur luxury to showcase the futuristic creation of the autonomous vehicle.

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Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept

What could look like a blob of mercury moving down the street is actually a vision of freedom. Autonomous driving allows people to add more time to their life while keeping the privacy allowed us by commuting in our personal car.

Time to think, dream and be is as precious as the gasoline Mercedes-Benz F015 is not using. The F-CELL PLUG-IN HYBRID drive system emit’s no emissions leaving a trail of H20, another resource that Mercedes will figure out how to capture before this vehicle goes to production.

MINI Superleggera Vision – If you’re one of the few that have been invited to George and Amal Clooney’s Villa Oleandra in Laglio on Lake Como, Italy you have seen the blue, blue lake. Apparently, MINI spent some time there as well.

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MINI Superleggera concept

Born in Britain, tailored in Como blue, sized to fit the streets of Italy the MINI Superleggera Vision is a roadster waiting to be driven to St. Moritz. Shades of Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo pull this bull-dog together in a refined manner.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV – a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that applies the Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology. To capitalize on the efficiency solar cells inside the roof of the XR-PHEV to charge the auxiliary equipment battery.

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Mitsubishi XR PHEV concept

The SUV concept, dressed in black and red and ready for Pikes Peak competition, is an equation of dynamism and future connectivity.

Scion iM – Function and form are the foundations of the evolving nature of today’s young people that buy this car.

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Scion IM concept

Hatchbacks are all the rage because of the versatility of the vehicle. Couple that with the sporty look of the iM and the sports package and Scion is back in the business of appealing to young people.

Toyota FV2 – Seating for one is all you’ll get in this vehicle, but it’s all you need in most the commuter cars on the highway. When we talk about how intuitive a car is, what we usually mean is how quickly we can understand the technology inside the vehicle.

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Toyota FV2 concept

The Toyota FV2 takes intuitive and interactive to a different level in their car of the future. The FV2 senses the way the driver moves and grows smarter with each ride.

The body color of the car can change as if it were a mood ring.

Volkswagen Golf R 400 – A hatchback with 400 horsepower? The regular VW Golf R comes in under 300 horsepower but for those people that just have to have a hatchback and horsepower Volkswagen is thinking of you.

Be prepared to pay a pretty penny for the concept if it becomes a production vehicle; a 2015 Volkswagen Golf R with DCC and Navigation is almost $40,000.

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Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept


Volkswagen GTI Roadster
– The two-seat convertible is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbocharged TSI engine that can produce 503 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque.

The Vision GTI vehicle was made to mark the 15th anniversary as a purely electronic computer graphic image (CGI) for the Sony PlayStation 3 classic “Gran Turismo 6” (“GT6”).

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Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision concept

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.