The 4C Spider features a folding canvas roof
The Spider weighs 60kg more than the standard 4C
The DP-100 was developed by Aston Martin's in-house design department
The virtual car includes styling cues that could make its way onto future Aston road cars
The A3's Clubsport styling could influence the next-generation RS3
It has an identical power-to-weight ratio as the Audi R8 V10 Plus
The Allroad Shooting Brake is claimed to have 402bhp
Power comes from a 2.0-litre TFSI engine with twin electric motors
Audi's Sport Quattro Concept features headlights with Matrix LEDs and laserlight technology
The Sport Quattro Concept is powered by a 690bhp e-tron powertrain
Audi says this is the most likely of the TT concepts to make production
Total output of the hybrid powertrain is 402bhp
Audi's TT Quattro Sport Concept produces 207bhp per litre
Audi says it is purely a concept – at the moment
Prominent wheel arches are a hallmark of the TT and are retained for this concept
The Sportback is the latest in a family of TT concepts
Bentley's Grand Convertible concept has already been given the production green light
It's likely to wear a £275,000 price tag
Design elements of the Vision Future Luxury will appear on the next 7-series
The sixth-generation BMW 7-series is due to go on sale late in 2015
Citroën Divine DS concept points to the future direction of the DS brand
The low-slung concept rides on 20-inch alloy wheels
The Ford S-Max Vignale concept follows on from the Mondeo Vignale concept announced last year
The S-Max Vignale features a much more luxurious finish over the standard S-Max
The next-generation Honda Civic Type R is due to go on sale in the UK next year
Civic Type R will adopt a six-speed manual transmission
The Hyundai Intrado concept seats four adults
Much of the Intrado's body is made from carbonfibre-reinforced plastic
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is powered by the same engine as the Nissan GT-R
Rivals for the Q50 Eau Rouge include the BMW M5 and Audi RS6
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept is the brand's first attempt at a luxury saloon
The saloon's autonomous driving system uses cameras, lasers and sensors
Kia GT4 Stinger concept features a 2+2 seating layout
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission
Lamborghini's 5-95 Zagato concept was commissioned by collector Albert Spiess
The concept boasts a sweeping glasshouse and pillarless body
The Lamborghini Asterion concept could shape a future GT car
It showcases Lamborghini's future design technology and themes
The Land Rover Discovery Vision concept previews the new Discovery family
The first model to be spawned from this will be the Discovery Sport, on sale next year
Lexus LF-C2 hints at production RC convertible model
The 2+2 convertible shares many styling traits with the Lexus RCF
Lincoln's MKX concept previews a new production car, due in 18 months
It is based around the Ford Edge
Maserati's Alfieri concept is described as a perfect-sized 2+2, rather than a GT
The Alfieri is based on the MC Stradale's chassis
McLaren P1 GTR will be offered to existing P1 owners
P1's twin-turbocharged engine has been fettled to produce 986bhp
Mercedes-Benz G-code concept showcases a new entry-level SUV for the brand
If it goes into production, the G-code could rival the Audi Q1
Mini Superleggera concept could take on sports cars such as the Mazda MX-5
Mini says the concept blends British retro design with Italian styling
This year's motor shows haven't disappointed with their capacity to produce great concept cars.
Traditionally a glimpse into the automotive future, 2014's concept cars have brought us highlights including Aston Martin's virtual racer, the DP-100, Maserati's astounding Alfieri sports car and a string of Audi concepts to preview the new TT. Here are our favourite concepts from the past year.
Unveiled for the first time at the Geneva motor show back in March, the 4C Spider is powered by the same 1750cc turbocharged four-pot as the coupé. Despite a modest weight gain of 60kg over the coupé, Alfa claims the Spider will hit 0-62mph in 4.5sec and go on to 155mph. Weight distribution still remains 40 per cent front, 60 per cent rear. Production will begin early in 2015.
Created specifically for the Gran Turismo 6 racing simulation game, Aston Martin’s designers were given total freedom with the DP-100. Available for download, gamers can sample the mid-engined concept car which is powered by an 800bhp twin-turbocharged V12 motor with 774lb ft of torque. Sadly, it will never turn a wheel in reality.
Endowed with 518bhp from its heavily tweaked 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the A3 Clubsport Quattro boasts the same power-to-weight ratio as Audi’s flagship R8 V10 Plus. The 0-62mph sprint is cracked in just 3.6sec and it keeps on going up to 193mph.
To harness this speed, the concept gets 370mm carbon-ceramic brake discs which work in conjunction with an air brake function integrated into the spoiler. Although officially described as a concept only, Audi says elements of the new car will make their way onto future models.
Audi describes the Allroad Shooting Brake, which had its debut at the Detroit motor show back in January, as “a concrete look into the future”. Measuring 4.2m long and made from aluminium and carbonfibre-reinforced plastics, it’s powered by a hybrid e-tron powertrain with total outputs of 402bhp and 480lb ft. Watch this space.
Also revealed at the start of 2014, this concept is said to demonstrate the future of lighting technology. Featuring a combination of matrix LED and laser light technologies, the headlights can provide twice the lighting range and three times the luminosity of LED high-beam units.
The most likely of this year’s Audi concepts to make production. Arriving in 2015 at the earliest, the four-door compact SUV will have the Range Rover Evoque and Porsche Macan in its crosshairs. Powered by the same hybrid e-tron powertrain as the Allroad Shooting Brake, it’s said to be capable of 0-62mph in 5.2sec. Top speed is 155mph.
The wraps were pulled off this “extreme driving machine” at March’s Geneva motor show. Created as a tuning exercise for Audi’s 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, the company wanted to see how far it could push that powerplant's boundaries. The answer was impressive: 414bhp, 332lb ft and 0-62mph in 3.7sec.
The designers and engineers at Audi were clearly working overtime as yet another concept was showcased, this time at the Paris motor show. Potentially another member of the TT family, Audi execs say it closely previews a new liftback model with individual rear seats.
Unveiled last month at the Los Angeles motor show, it’s described by its maker as “the most sophisticated open-top car ever created by Bentley”. Powered by the same 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V8 as the Mulsanne Speed, company officials told Autocar last month that the car will make production.
The Vision Future Luxury boasts pillarless doors front and rear, state-of-the-art laser headlights, three-dimensional graphic displays and a brushed aluminium and wood interior. Expect some of the technology to feature on the next-generation 7-series, mooted to arrive late 2015.
With its debut at October’s Paris motor show, the Divine DS concept symbolises the future styling of the DS brand, according to Citroën.
Highlights include the lack of a rear window, which is substituted by a rear-view camera with its image projected where you’d normally find the rear-view mirror. The luxurious cabin is the result of a partnership between jeweller Swarovski and embroidery company Lesage.
Adorned with the company’s new flagship brand's badge, the S-Max Vignale concept gets quilted soft-touch leather seats, "woven texture embossed" aluminium, 21-inch alloy wheels and a unique paint finish. Ford has confirmed that a production version of this will follow the Mondeo Vignale next year.
Previewed at the Paris motor show in October, Honda has made no bones about its ambition to make the next-generation Civic Type R the fastest front-wheel-drive car yet around the Nürburgring.
Power will come from an all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged i-VTEC petrol engine, with sources saying it will produces at least 300bhp and 300lb ft of torque.
Honda is promising a “sensational driving experience”. We can’t wait to try it.
The Korean car maker chose the Geneva motor show earlier this year to showcase its vision of the future. The super-lightweight crossover coupé is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain.
It features a ground-breaking carbonfibre reinforced-plastic chassis made up of interconnected ‘hoops’. The structure is said to be 70 per cent lighter than and twice as torsionally rigid as an equivalent steel chassis. Hyundai hopes this material technology can find its way on to the mass market in the future.
Aimed squarely at the likes of the BMW M5 and Audi RS6, the Q50 Eau Rouge was first unveiled at the Detroit motor show back in January.
Power comes from parent company Nissan’s 3.8-litre turbocharged V6 engine. Also found in the GT-R, it has been lightly tweaked to develop 552bhp and 442lb ft . Zero to 62mph is said to be blitzed in "less than 4.0sec" with a top speed limited to 180mph. Read our first drive thoughts of the prototype, here.
With its Q80 Inspiration, which was one of the stars of the Paris Motor show, Infiniti plans to "disrupt the premium saloon category" and battle with the Mercedes S-class and BMW 7-series. Powered by a hybrid powertrain featuring a 543bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 mated to an electric motor and a nine-speed automatic gearbox, combined economy is a claimed 51.4mpg.
The Q80 Inspiration has been given the production green light and should appear in "three to five" years.
The GT4 Stinger is pitched as a direct rival to the Toyota GT86 and is expected to go on sale by 2016. The rear-wheel-drive coupé is powered by a 315bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot motor and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Korean brand is also planning a four-door fastback variant with a 390bhp 3.3-litre V6 turbo. Exciting times ahead.
Enjoying its debut at the prestigious Villa D’Este Concours D’Elegance back in May, the 5-95 Zagato is based on the underpinnings of a Gallardo. The pillarless body is surrounded by continuous glass surfaces and harks back to Zagato’s 1940s design theme.
When the wraps came off the Asterion at the Paris motor show, it stole the limelight. Right at the heart of the concept is a naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 mated to three electric motors to produce a combined 898bhp. In front-wheel drive pure electric mode, the Asterion is claimed to possess a range of up to 38 miles at speeds ofup to 78mph.
Revealed at the Beijing motor show back in April, the Discovery Vision Concept points the way forward to at least four SUV models that will wear the Discovery badge. A raft of driving technology was showcased with this car, including the ability to control the car remotely via an app in situations such as extreme off-roading.
Despite Lexus calling this an “open-top design study”, the LF-C2 could be a preview to the forthcoming RC convertible. There is a strong hint of performance with the design of the car, which could see feature RC F’s 471bhp 5.0-litre V8 later down the line.
Based on the Ford Edge and unveiled at the Beijing motor show, the MKX marked the first time Lincoln revealed a concept car outside of North America. Aimed directly at the Chinese car market – the world’s largest – it’s predicted to go into production within the next year.
The Jaguar F-type-rivalling Alfieri concept was flaunted at the Geneva motor show earlier in the year and has now been given the production green light. It has recently been confirmed that the car will keep its conceptual name and will launch in 2016.
The entry-level version will be powered by 404bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged V6, while a 513bhp all-wheel-drive range-topper has also been mooted.
Revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the P1 GTR's aerodynamic performance has been even further enhanced over the standard P1, while power has increased from 903bhp to 986bhp. The track-only McLaren P1 will cost prospective buyers a cool £1.98 million when it goes on sale in the middle of next year.
This innovative, hydrogen-electric SUV concept has the Audi Q1 in its crosshairs. The bold twin-blade grille, angular headlights and mammoth 21-inch wheels on the short-overhang body accentuate Mercedes’ current design language. Compared to the Audi Q1 concept, it is 110mm shorter, 20mm wider and 10mm higher.
Previewed mid-year at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, this is the result of a partnership between Mini and Italian design and coach house Touring Superleggera. The Superleggera Vision two-seater concept hints strongly at a new roadster model that could rival the Mazda MX-5.
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