The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept features lightweight carbon-fiber construction, which is expected to keep the weight down to 1870 lb. The low mass will enable the car to have good performance despite having such a small engine displacing less than 2.0 liters. Alfa estimates that the car will hit 62 mph in 5.0 sec. and have a top speed of 155 mph.
The Nissan Esflow Concept has been created from the ground up as an EV sports car. As such, the aluminum-chassis 2-seater boasts two electric motors in back, each driving a rear wheel. The Esflow will also be quick, able to hit 62 mph in less than 5 seconds. The range is impressive, pegged by Nissan at nearly 150 miles on a single charge.
Although the Nissan Esflow is just a concept vehicle at this point, the rear-wheel-drive electric sports car employs the proven electric vehicle technology pioneered in the company’s Leaf EV production car.
The Smart Forspeed Concept is a roofless and windowless roadster powered by a 30-kW electric motor installed in the rear of the little 2-seater, which gives it a 75-mph top speed and an ability to hit 60 km/h (37 mph) in 5.5 seconds.
At first glance, the physical design of the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept conveys innovation. The mood lighting that snakes through the exterior and interior is fiber optic, and it pulses in reddish-orange, green and blue light, depending on location.
The Volkswagen Bulli Concept has an Apple iPad mounted in the center console, which also serves as a multi-functional touch-screen for vehicle controls. The system provides on-board navigation and hands-free, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity.
An early concept version of the Lexus LFA, then called the GT 450/500. Price of the Toyota exotic was expected to fall somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000. How’s that for inflation?
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The BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept delves into the multitude of possibilities that mobile networking and integrated technologies can have to improve the driver’s experience. Meaning? Really cool gadgets and stuff.
A Microbus by any other name.
Although it is inspired by a nostalgic design, the Volkswagen Bulli Concept is truly state-of-the-art.
Unlike the original T1, which was powered by a rear-mounted flat-4, the VW Bulli concept features its engine (or electric motor) up front, where it will drive the front wheels. Also, the compact size means that the Bulli comes equipped with only two rows of seats.
While there’s no word of whether the Rocketman concept will make it into production, the fact that Mini is considering such a vehicle is a welcome development for purists in light of recent introductions of larger and larger Minis in the form of the Clubman and Countryman.
Mazda is working on the next-generation rotary engine dubbed the 16X. The styling of the next-generation rotary sports car will be based on the Shinari concept vehicle. Expect Mazda’s flagship sports car to make its debut sometime in 2014.
The Volkswagen XL1 Concept, unveiled at the Qatar Auto Show, is a range-extended vehicle, very similar in concept to the Chevrolet Volt. But this VW mates a 2-cylinder 48-bhp diesel engine with a 20-kW electric motor, and the power for this plug-in hybrid concept with lithium-ion batteries reaches the wheels via VW’s 7-speed DSG gearbox. How does 235 mpg sound to you?