Supercar concepts offered by the automotive manufacturers the chance to build excitement for the future of the brand. Sometimes that excitement is realized with amazing performance and an automotive legend, while other times the excitement is watered down a bit and blended into existing production vehicles.
|(Pictured: Infiniti Vision GT Supercar Concept.) The world would be a more interesting place with these ten supercar concepts out on the roads. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cMuU2)|
6. KIA SIDEWINDER CONCEPT
Yes, Kia. The company that makes the Rio and Optima also developed a respectable supercar concept. First shown at the 2006 LA Auto Show, the Sidewinder is a wild look at What Kia wants to build. The front looks a lot like most hypercars from 10 years ago, generic, but nice. The rear tapers to a point, with the rear suspension visible from outside the car, like a Plymouth Prowler in reverse.
|KIA Sidewinder Concept. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cMqO0)|
7. JAGUAR B99 CONCEPT
For a hint of where Jag is going, take a good look at the B99. Created by Bertone styling firm and Jaguar design chief Ian Callum, the B 99 is a possible future entry level Jaguar. Now, this list is for supercars, but the B 99 has it covered there.
Like most modern high performance cars, this cat is a hybrid. Instead of eco-cred, it gives you tire shredding power, with combined output at 570 hp. Accessing the interior is rather easy with the sleek rear “suicide doors,” and once inside, you are greeted by plenty of genuine wood and old school metal gauges. It’s a classy touch, and let’s hope Jag keeps all of it if they build this super sedan.
|Jaguar B99 Concept. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cMqO0)|
8. INFINITI ESSENCE CONCEPT
2009 saw 20 years of Infiniti, and the Essence revealed their design direction. Pity it wasn’t meant for more, as this car is beautiful and could have been the Japanese answer to the Corvette. The design language borrows the best bits from Aston and Jag, but takes its own path and feels new
|Infiniti Essence Concept. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cMqO0)|
9. LOTUS ELAN CONCEPT
Lotus went nuts at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and displayed five concept cars based on their impressive history. Arguably the best looking and most potent of the bunch is the Elan concept. Rather than a rehash of the cute ‘60s and ‘90s-tastic sports cars,
|Lotus Elan Concept. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cMqO0)|
10. MERCEDES-BENZ AMG VISION GRANTURISMO CONCEPT
For the 15th anniversary of the legendary Sony Playstation racing simulator, Kazunori Yamauchi, producer of GranTurismo series, requested manufacturers to send in concepts for futuristic vehicles. Some, like Chevy, went off the deep end and made cars powered by lasers and driven by a pilot in a wingsuit.
|Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision GranTurismo Concept. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cMqO0)|
The world would be a more interesting place with these ten supercar concepts out on the roads. Do you have a favorite on this list, or another that didn’t make the cut? Tell us about it, and why it should have gone from concept supercar to dream garage production car. (Back to previous part.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ZERO TO 60 TIMES]
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