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PostHeaderIcon Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is here and it cooler than ever. It’s sleeker, sportier, and stands out alongside any other Mercedes car thanks to its unique styling cues. It has a brand-new engine too, making it the first time when Mercedes debuts such a feature through the CLS. With the four-door coupe now official, there’s a lot of talk as to what versions will follow. Will there be a high-performance AMG model? How about a shooting brake in both standard and AMG guises?

We’ve seen these variants before, so it’s only natural to think that Mercedes-Benz will keep them alive for the third-generation. But are we getting new versions too? Like a coupe, or maybe a convertible? How about a pickup-style version with a big bed behind the cabin? Sounds pretty crazy, right? Okay, the Germans probably won’t go that far, but a new batch of renderings suggests that the CLS would look awesome in various body styles. The pictures come from X-Tomi Design and include five different CLS-based models. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

Continue reading for the full story.

Mercedes-AMG CLS63


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“The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018”

This is an obvious one and the CLS version that’s most likely to be launched in the near future. We might see it in the metal in less than a year at one of the major auto shows in 2018. We have a rendering of our own of this model, but this one is a bit cooler since it’s finished in Merc’s bonkers bright, metallic green color. There are no surprises here design-wise. Up front, we can see a more aggressive bumper borrowed from the AMG GT sports car and minor changes to the grille. The sides sport the usual AMG upgrades, including bi-color rims, a lowered ride height, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and front fender badges. Around back, we should see a more menacing diffuser.

“The AMG CLS63 S will be the most exciting CLS out there”

But the really big change will happen under the hood. The 3.0-liter inline-six engine will make way for the already familiar 4.0-liter V-8 from the AMG division. Output will probably be similar to the E63 model, so expect the CLS63 to arrive with 563 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph in this model should take around 3.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. The range-topping AMG CLS63 S will get even more oomph, with the twin-turbo V-8 likely rated at 604 horses and 630 pound-feet. With a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.4 clicks and a top speed limited to 186 mph, this version will be the most exciting CLS out there.

Does if fit on the market?

Definitely! While BMW doesn’t offer such a powerful version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the AMG CLS63 has big battles to fight with the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Will it go into production?

Absolutely! All previous generations of the CLS had AMG versions and this model will be no exception this rule. The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018. A Detroit launch isn’t very likely, but we could see it break cover in Geneva or at the Paris Motor Show next autumn.

CLS Shooting Brake


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“Much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons”

Although the CLS was introduced in 2004, the Shooting Brake version wasn’t offered until 2012, during the second-generation model. It’s among the very few modern shooting brakes available out there, and it would be great news if the third-gen CLS gained a similar version. Much like the previous variant, the new CLS Shooting Brake would be identical to the sedan from the nose to the B-pillars. The most notable change would be the longer roof, the revised rear doors, and the quarter window. Around back, it would gain a tailgate and a bigger trunk. Despite the wagon-like body, the Shooting Brake will look sleeker and feel sportier than the E-Class Wagon. And much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons.

Will it fit on the market?

The CLS Shooting Brake is pretty much a lone ranger. There are no other shooting brakes in the midsize market and we won’t see new models anytime soon. Automakers have been replacing most wagons with crossovers in recent years and very few of them still have any interest in long-roofed cars. But this hasn’t stopped the CLS Shooting Brake from making an impression and posting decent sales figures for what it is. The third-gen model would likely benefit from similar enthusiasm, especially if Mercedes will also make an AMG version.

Will it go into production?

Word has it that Merc doesn’t want a new CLS Shooting Brake, due to slow sales and customers losing interest in wagon cars. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Germans will shelve the shooting brake, but until further notice it’s safe to assume that we won’t get one very soon. Should Mercedes decide it wants one, expect the CLS Shooting to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019, most likely alongside an AMG variant.

CLS Coupe


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“It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features”

I know, the “CLS Coupe” name feels a bit redundant since the CLS is described as a four-door coupe, but we’re talking about a two-door version here. Yeah, it’s basically identical to the four-door front and rear, with the rear doors removed. Instead, we can see a slightly shorter wheelbase and a quarter window that helps the car maintain the sleek roof of the four-door version. It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features and that aggressive front end!

Will it fit on the market?

Given that the CLS is built on the same platform as the E-Class and that the latter already has a coupe version, the CLS Coupe would be a redundant model. Mercedes will basically have the coupe of the same size and with similar drivetrain in showrooms. Cannibalism at its best! However, the current market has a lot of strange trends going around. With the CLS having survived alongside the E-Class sedan for so many years, the coupes could get along as well. But is Mercedes willing to take the risk?

Will it go into production?

Most certainly not! Mercedes may be open to experimentation but the CLS Coupe isn’t a car that it needs right now. The E-Class Coupe is about the same size and a two-door version of the CLS would split sales to the point where both models would be pointless. Perhaps the CLS Coupe would be a great replacement for the E-Class Coupe since the former doesn’t look like a shrunken S-Class Coupe, but the midsize is virtually brand-new and replacing it this soon is out of the question. What’s more, the E-Class Coupe is an established nameplate and the CLS Coupe would need some serious marketing to get up there.

CLS Cabriolet


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“Where there's a coupe, there must be a convertible model”

Where there’s a coupe, there must be a convertible model. It’s probably what X-Tomi thought when designing the CLS Coupe, so we also got a topless model. Needless to say, it’s downright gorgeous with the CLS’ sleek design features, but I’m not really sure about that rear end. The flat but sloping decklid might not be suitable for a convertible design and this is pretty noticeable in the rendering. But I could be done with a significant alteration of the rear end and I’m sure Mercedes has the means to come up with a solid look.

Will it fit on the market?

It’s the same story as with the CLS Coupe. Will it looks appealing and would get a fan base, the CLS Cabriolet would compete in the same market as the E-Class Cabriolet. So there’s not much room for such a model.

Will it go into production?

It won’t go into production unless Mercedes decides to build the CLS Coupe. And as I argued above, that’s not something that will happen anytime soon. I’d very much like to see a two-door CLS replace the E-Class, but as I mentioned before, it’s all about having a traditional badge. A four-door CLS Cabriolet would be cool though.

CLS Pickup (Ute)


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“A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right?”

A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right? It certainly seems so, but I must admit it’s a pretty cool idea. There are couple of things in this rendering that I don’t like, such as the short doors and the quarter rear cabin that’s too round for my taste, but everything else looks alright. And needless to say, this thing would look even better with an AMG package.

Will it fit on the market?

Well, the CLS Pickup would be a brand-new type of vehicle so it will start yet another new niche for Mercedes-Benz. Granted, it’s not the kind of vehicle that would become very popular, but you can’t buy anything like it at the moment, especially since Holden ended all Australian production and discontinued the Commodore Ute. Speaking of which, the CLS Pickup will most likely become popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it could be sold as the CLS Ute. An AMG version would make things that much better. The latter could also become a hit in the United States, where enthusiasts have been clamoring for a modern Chevrolet El Camino for decades now. So yeah, as silly as it may sound, a pickup version of the CLS would be popular on at least two major markets, albeit still in a low-volume segment.

Will it go into production?

Unfortunately, it won’t. It would be very cool, but no automaker is willing to make pickups based on cars nowadays. The Chevy El Camino, Ford Ranchero, and the Holden Commodore Ute belong in the past, and they will remain there for years to come, if not for eternity.

References

Mercedes-Benz CLS


2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS - image 748196

Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.



Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

PostHeaderIcon Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is here and it cooler than ever. It’s sleeker, sportier, and stands out alongside any other Mercedes car thanks to its unique styling cues. It has a brand-new engine too, making it the first time when Mercedes debuts such a feature through the CLS. With the four-door coupe now official, there’s a lot of talk as to what versions will follow. Will there be a high-performance AMG model? How about a shooting brake in both standard and AMG guises?

We’ve seen these variants before, so it’s only natural to think that Mercedes-Benz will keep them alive for the third-generation. But are we getting new versions too? Like a coupe, or maybe a convertible? How about a pickup-style version with a big bed behind the cabin? Sounds pretty crazy, right? Okay, the Germans probably won’t go that far, but a new batch of renderings suggests that the CLS would look awesome in various body styles. The pictures come from X-Tomi Design and include five different CLS-based models. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

Continue reading for the full story.

Mercedes-AMG CLS63


Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build - image 751361
“The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018”

This is an obvious one and the CLS version that’s most likely to be launched in the near future. We might see it in the metal in less than a year at one of the major auto shows in 2018. We have a rendering of our own of this model, but this one is a bit cooler since it’s finished in Merc’s bonkers bright, metallic green color. There are no surprises here design-wise. Up front, we can see a more aggressive bumper borrowed from the AMG GT sports car and minor changes to the grille. The sides sport the usual AMG upgrades, including bi-color rims, a lowered ride height, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and front fender badges. Around back, we should see a more menacing diffuser.

“The AMG CLS63 S will be the most exciting CLS out there”

But the really big change will happen under the hood. The 3.0-liter inline-six engine will make way for the already familiar 4.0-liter V-8 from the AMG division. Output will probably be similar to the E63 model, so expect the CLS63 to arrive with 563 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph in this model should take around 3.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. The range-topping AMG CLS63 S will get even more oomph, with the twin-turbo V-8 likely rated at 604 horses and 630 pound-feet. With a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.4 clicks and a top speed limited to 186 mph, this version will be the most exciting CLS out there.

Does if fit on the market?

Definitely! While BMW doesn’t offer such a powerful version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the AMG CLS63 has big battles to fight with the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Will it go into production?

Absolutely! All previous generations of the CLS had AMG versions and this model will be no exception this rule. The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018. A Detroit launch isn’t very likely, but we could see it break cover in Geneva or at the Paris Motor Show next autumn.

CLS Shooting Brake


Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build - image 751360
“Much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons”

Although the CLS was introduced in 2004, the Shooting Brake version wasn’t offered until 2012, during the second-generation model. It’s among the very few modern shooting brakes available out there, and it would be great news if the third-gen CLS gained a similar version. Much like the previous variant, the new CLS Shooting Brake would be identical to the sedan from the nose to the B-pillars. The most notable change would be the longer roof, the revised rear doors, and the quarter window. Around back, it would gain a tailgate and a bigger trunk. Despite the wagon-like body, the Shooting Brake will look sleeker and feel sportier than the E-Class Wagon. And much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons.

Will it fit on the market?

The CLS Shooting Brake is pretty much a lone ranger. There are no other shooting brakes in the midsize market and we won’t see new models anytime soon. Automakers have been replacing most wagons with crossovers in recent years and very few of them still have any interest in long-roofed cars. But this hasn’t stopped the CLS Shooting Brake from making an impression and posting decent sales figures for what it is. The third-gen model would likely benefit from similar enthusiasm, especially if Mercedes will also make an AMG version.

Will it go into production?

Word has it that Merc doesn’t want a new CLS Shooting Brake, due to slow sales and customers losing interest in wagon cars. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Germans will shelve the shooting brake, but until further notice it’s safe to assume that we won’t get one very soon. Should Mercedes decide it wants one, expect the CLS Shooting to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019, most likely alongside an AMG variant.

CLS Coupe


Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build - image 751363
“It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features”

I know, the “CLS Coupe” name feels a bit redundant since the CLS is described as a four-door coupe, but we’re talking about a two-door version here. Yeah, it’s basically identical to the four-door front and rear, with the rear doors removed. Instead, we can see a slightly shorter wheelbase and a quarter window that helps the car maintain the sleek roof of the four-door version. It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features and that aggressive front end!

Will it fit on the market?

Given that the CLS is built on the same platform as the E-Class and that the latter already has a coupe version, the CLS Coupe would be a redundant model. Mercedes will basically have the coupe of the same size and with similar drivetrain in showrooms. Cannibalism at its best! However, the current market has a lot of strange trends going around. With the CLS having survived alongside the E-Class sedan for so many years, the coupes could get along as well. But is Mercedes willing to take the risk?

Will it go into production?

Most certainly not! Mercedes may be open to experimentation but the CLS Coupe isn’t a car that it needs right now. The E-Class Coupe is about the same size and a two-door version of the CLS would split sales to the point where both models would be pointless. Perhaps the CLS Coupe would be a great replacement for the E-Class Coupe since the former doesn’t look like a shrunken S-Class Coupe, but the midsize is virtually brand-new and replacing it this soon is out of the question. What’s more, the E-Class Coupe is an established nameplate and the CLS Coupe would need some serious marketing to get up there.

CLS Cabriolet


Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build - image 751362
“Where there's a coupe, there must be a convertible model”

Where there’s a coupe, there must be a convertible model. It’s probably what X-Tomi thought when designing the CLS Coupe, so we also got a topless model. Needless to say, it’s downright gorgeous with the CLS’ sleek design features, but I’m not really sure about that rear end. The flat but sloping decklid might not be suitable for a convertible design and this is pretty noticeable in the rendering. But I could be done with a significant alteration of the rear end and I’m sure Mercedes has the means to come up with a solid look.

Will it fit on the market?

It’s the same story as with the CLS Coupe. Will it looks appealing and would get a fan base, the CLS Cabriolet would compete in the same market as the E-Class Cabriolet. So there’s not much room for such a model.

Will it go into production?

It won’t go into production unless Mercedes decides to build the CLS Coupe. And as I argued above, that’s not something that will happen anytime soon. I’d very much like to see a two-door CLS replace the E-Class, but as I mentioned before, it’s all about having a traditional badge. A four-door CLS Cabriolet would be cool though.

CLS Pickup (Ute)


Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build - image 751364
“A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right?”

A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right? It certainly seems so, but I must admit it’s a pretty cool idea. There are couple of things in this rendering that I don’t like, such as the short doors and the quarter rear cabin that’s too round for my taste, but everything else looks alright. And needless to say, this thing would look even better with an AMG package.

Will it fit on the market?

Well, the CLS Pickup would be a brand-new type of vehicle so it will start yet another new niche for Mercedes-Benz. Granted, it’s not the kind of vehicle that would become very popular, but you can’t buy anything like it at the moment, especially since Holden ended all Australian production and discontinued the Commodore Ute. Speaking of which, the CLS Pickup will most likely become popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it could be sold as the CLS Ute. An AMG version would make things that much better. The latter could also become a hit in the United States, where enthusiasts have been clamoring for a modern Chevrolet El Camino for decades now. So yeah, as silly as it may sound, a pickup version of the CLS would be popular on at least two major markets, albeit still in a low-volume segment.

Will it go into production?

Unfortunately, it won’t. It would be very cool, but no automaker is willing to make pickups based on cars nowadays. The Chevy El Camino, Ford Ranchero, and the Holden Commodore Ute belong in the past, and they will remain there for years to come, if not for eternity.

References

Mercedes-Benz CLS


2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS - image 748196

Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.



Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

PostHeaderIcon Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is here and it cooler than ever. It’s sleeker, sportier, and stands out alongside any other Mercedes car thanks to its unique styling cues. It has a brand-new engine too, making it the first time when Mercedes debuts such a feature through the CLS. With the four-door coupe now official, there’s a lot of talk as to what versions will follow. Will there be a high-performance AMG model? How about a shooting brake in both standard and AMG guises?

We’ve seen these variants before, so it’s only natural to think that Mercedes-Benz will keep them alive for the third-generation. But are we getting new versions too? Like a coupe, or maybe a convertible? How about a pickup-style version with a big bed behind the cabin? Sounds pretty crazy, right? Okay, the Germans probably won’t go that far, but a new batch of renderings suggests that the CLS would look awesome in various body styles. The pictures come from X-Tomi Design and include five different CLS-based models. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

Continue reading for the full story.

Mercedes-AMG CLS63


Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build - image 751361
“The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018”

This is an obvious one and the CLS version that’s most likely to be launched in the near future. We might see it in the metal in less than a year at one of the major auto shows in 2018. We have a rendering of our own of this model, but this one is a bit cooler since it’s finished in Merc’s bonkers bright, metallic green color. There are no surprises here design-wise. Up front, we can see a more aggressive bumper borrowed from the AMG GT sports car and minor changes to the grille. The sides sport the usual AMG upgrades, including bi-color rims, a lowered ride height, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and front fender badges. Around back, we should see a more menacing diffuser.

“The AMG CLS63 S will be the most exciting CLS out there”

But the really big change will happen under the hood. The 3.0-liter inline-six engine will make way for the already familiar 4.0-liter V-8 from the AMG division. Output will probably be similar to the E63 model, so expect the CLS63 to arrive with 563 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph in this model should take around 3.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. The range-topping AMG CLS63 S will get even more oomph, with the twin-turbo V-8 likely rated at 604 horses and 630 pound-feet. With a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.4 clicks and a top speed limited to 186 mph, this version will be the most exciting CLS out there.

Does if fit on the market?

Definitely! While BMW doesn’t offer such a powerful version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the AMG CLS63 has big battles to fight with the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Will it go into production?

Absolutely! All previous generations of the CLS had AMG versions and this model will be no exception this rule. The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018. A Detroit launch isn’t very likely, but we could see it break cover in Geneva or at the Paris Motor Show next autumn.

CLS Shooting Brake


Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build - image 751360
“Much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons”

Although the CLS was introduced in 2004, the Shooting Brake version wasn’t offered until 2012, during the second-generation model. It’s among the very few modern shooting brakes available out there, and it would be great news if the third-gen CLS gained a similar version. Much like the previous variant, the new CLS Shooting Brake would be identical to the sedan from the nose to the B-pillars. The most notable change would be the longer roof, the revised rear doors, and the quarter window. Around back, it would gain a tailgate and a bigger trunk. Despite the wagon-like body, the Shooting Brake will look sleeker and feel sportier than the E-Class Wagon. And much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons.

Will it fit on the market?

The CLS Shooting Brake is pretty much a lone ranger. There are no other shooting brakes in the midsize market and we won’t see new models anytime soon. Automakers have been replacing most wagons with crossovers in recent years and very few of them still have any interest in long-roofed cars. But this hasn’t stopped the CLS Shooting Brake from making an impression and posting decent sales figures for what it is. The third-gen model would likely benefit from similar enthusiasm, especially if Mercedes will also make an AMG version.

Will it go into production?

Word has it that Merc doesn’t want a new CLS Shooting Brake, due to slow sales and customers losing interest in wagon cars. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Germans will shelve the shooting brake, but until further notice it’s safe to assume that we won’t get one very soon. Should Mercedes decide it wants one, expect the CLS Shooting to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019, most likely alongside an AMG variant.

CLS Coupe


Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build - image 751363
“It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features”

I know, the “CLS Coupe” name feels a bit redundant since the CLS is described as a four-door coupe, but we’re talking about a two-door version here. Yeah, it’s basically identical to the four-door front and rear, with the rear doors removed. Instead, we can see a slightly shorter wheelbase and a quarter window that helps the car maintain the sleek roof of the four-door version. It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features and that aggressive front end!

Will it fit on the market?

Given that the CLS is built on the same platform as the E-Class and that the latter already has a coupe version, the CLS Coupe would be a redundant model. Mercedes will basically have the coupe of the same size and with similar drivetrain in showrooms. Cannibalism at its best! However, the current market has a lot of strange trends going around. With the CLS having survived alongside the E-Class sedan for so many years, the coupes could get along as well. But is Mercedes willing to take the risk?

Will it go into production?

Most certainly not! Mercedes may be open to experimentation but the CLS Coupe isn’t a car that it needs right now. The E-Class Coupe is about the same size and a two-door version of the CLS would split sales to the point where both models would be pointless. Perhaps the CLS Coupe would be a great replacement for the E-Class Coupe since the former doesn’t look like a shrunken S-Class Coupe, but the midsize is virtually brand-new and replacing it this soon is out of the question. What’s more, the E-Class Coupe is an established nameplate and the CLS Coupe would need some serious marketing to get up there.

CLS Cabriolet


Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build - image 751362
“Where there's a coupe, there must be a convertible model”

Where there’s a coupe, there must be a convertible model. It’s probably what X-Tomi thought when designing the CLS Coupe, so we also got a topless model. Needless to say, it’s downright gorgeous with the CLS’ sleek design features, but I’m not really sure about that rear end. The flat but sloping decklid might not be suitable for a convertible design and this is pretty noticeable in the rendering. But I could be done with a significant alteration of the rear end and I’m sure Mercedes has the means to come up with a solid look.

Will it fit on the market?

It’s the same story as with the CLS Coupe. Will it looks appealing and would get a fan base, the CLS Cabriolet would compete in the same market as the E-Class Cabriolet. So there’s not much room for such a model.

Will it go into production?

It won’t go into production unless Mercedes decides to build the CLS Coupe. And as I argued above, that’s not something that will happen anytime soon. I’d very much like to see a two-door CLS replace the E-Class, but as I mentioned before, it’s all about having a traditional badge. A four-door CLS Cabriolet would be cool though.

CLS Pickup (Ute)


Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build - image 751364
“A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right?”

A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right? It certainly seems so, but I must admit it’s a pretty cool idea. There are couple of things in this rendering that I don’t like, such as the short doors and the quarter rear cabin that’s too round for my taste, but everything else looks alright. And needless to say, this thing would look even better with an AMG package.

Will it fit on the market?

Well, the CLS Pickup would be a brand-new type of vehicle so it will start yet another new niche for Mercedes-Benz. Granted, it’s not the kind of vehicle that would become very popular, but you can’t buy anything like it at the moment, especially since Holden ended all Australian production and discontinued the Commodore Ute. Speaking of which, the CLS Pickup will most likely become popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it could be sold as the CLS Ute. An AMG version would make things that much better. The latter could also become a hit in the United States, where enthusiasts have been clamoring for a modern Chevrolet El Camino for decades now. So yeah, as silly as it may sound, a pickup version of the CLS would be popular on at least two major markets, albeit still in a low-volume segment.

Will it go into production?

Unfortunately, it won’t. It would be very cool, but no automaker is willing to make pickups based on cars nowadays. The Chevy El Camino, Ford Ranchero, and the Holden Commodore Ute belong in the past, and they will remain there for years to come, if not for eternity.

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PostHeaderIcon Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?

Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.

Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept


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I like how this turned out. You can clearly see elements of the modern DB11 in the front. The headlights, the front grille, and the hood are all straight out of the DB11. Meanwhile, the bumper is straight out of the DB5. It’s the same thing with the wheels. The rest of the body features a blend of the two vehicles. The upright windshield is a callback to the iconic Aston Martin but as the roof approaches the rear section, the shape takes a more streamlined turn, departing from the boxy look of the DB5. Overall, there’s good balance in this rendering. Both the DB11 and DB5 are well-represented and there shift from the design of one car to the other doesn’t feel forced.

Mercedes-AMG GT Retro Concept


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I’m not a fan of this one. This is what the Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept avoided. I do appreciate the references to the AMG GT on the front, specifically the headlights and the front grille. What I didn’t like is how busy and front-heavy the car looks. The modern AMG grille already attracts a lot of attention, but when you add that long hood and the front bumper of the 300SL, the result is too many things happening in such a small space. The rest of the car looks great, especially the use of the 300SL’s side intakes. Shorten the length of the front hood and use the 300SL’s grille and this rendering could look a lot better.

Ford Mustang Retro Concept


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This one is a beauty. I love everything about it. I love that references were used on more than just two versions of the Mustang. I love that even with a big canvas to work on, the finished product still looks like a proper Mustang. The modern front end blends seamlessly with the old-school rear section. It’s the latter that really takes this rendering to another level. Those imposing fenders look like well-tuned traps, creating the look of a perfectly toned muscle car. The hood scoop is also a nice touch. Of all the renderings in this article, this is the one that stands out as something that I would love to see come to life.

Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept


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I’ll say this about the Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept: no shame was spared in the rendering of this car. I can see a pocket of people who’d appreciate the use of design elements from the Type 57C. I just don’t think it works. The separate front bumpers look completely out-of-place on the Chiron-inspired front section. I wouldn’t have added them in the first place. Those intakes on the front would’ve been fine on their own. Leave it like that as opposed to adding front bumpers that don’t do anything aesthetically. As messy as that looks. the rear section is the real eyesore in this rendering. I’m sorry, but if you’re going to use the Chiron as the modern inspiration in this rendering, there’s no way the finished product works if you’re going to go old-school in the design of the rear section. Not only are those wheel covers aerodynamic hindrances, but they just look completely out-of-place in this kind of rendering. This one could’ve been a lot better if it wasn’t too ambitious.

Aud R8 Retro Concept


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I find the Audi R8 Retro Concept rendering to be the opposite of the Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept. There’s not enough here to make this rendering stand out. If you look real close, the only notable elements from the R8 are the side blades and the rear shape of the car. Every other bit is a mix of old-school Audi’s that make the rendering look like a convoluted mess. If you’re going to use the R8’s name to identify this retro concept, shouldn’t you have more noticeable references to the R8 in the rendering? It’s not the case here so I’m having trouble seeing anything that’s worth remembering.

Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept


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I like the Ford Mustang Retro Concept the best. The Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept is a close second. My only concern about this rendering is how the low the front end sits. It’s a little too close to the ground for my liking. Other than that, this rendering hits all the right spots, right down to the use of the LaFerrari’s front section and the cockpit-style interior. Combine that with the elegant length of the legendary Ferrari F40 and this creation hits all the right spots. It’s a Ferrari that I wouldn’t mind seeing on the road today.

Dodge Charger Retro Concept


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Ok, I’m changing my mind. The Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept gets bumped down to third place in my personal rankings of this list. The Ford Mustang Retro Concept slides into second and the Dodge Charger Retro Concept takes its place as the best of the lot. Look at it. Everything about it speaks muscle and performances, right down to the perfect design balance attributed to the Charger Daytona and the Plymouth Superbird. I’ve always been fascinated with these so-called “Wing Cars,” and to see them combined into one car is a sight to behold. This is the best rendering of the lot, and it’s not even close.

PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

BMW i8 Dodge Charger

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

BMW i8 and Dodge Charger


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Kicking things off, we got two wildly different takes on what it means to be fast. On one side, we’ve got the hybrid-powered BMW i8, a cutting-edge, CFRP-laden spaceship, while on the other side, we’ve got the old school muscle legend that is the Dodge Charger. I guess this is what happens when you put them together, complete with laser headlights and topped by a massive blower. It’s like a sustainable flamethrower, or an eco-conscious chainsaw. Wait, what?!

Bugatti Chiron and Volkswagen Beetle


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Originally created as a vehicle for the people, the VW bug was about simplicity and low cost, offered as a modest approach to moving from A to B. Then we have the 1,500-horsepower, ultra-complex, quad-turbo Bugatti Chiron, a rolling statement of wealth and prestige that screams for attention. Talk about opposites, and yet, the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely here…

Pagani Huayra and First-Generation Chevrolet Camaro


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Now this one is just flat out weird. We never, in a million billion years, would have thought about infusing the gorgeous top-shelf Italian styling of the Pagani Huayra with the good-old-boy chic of the original Chevy Camaro. This thing is an abomination, no doubt about it, and yet, we can’t look away. The flat black paint, the chrome trim, the mid-engine proportions, the polished hubcaps… would you call us crazy if we admitted to thinking this thing actually, kinda… works?! Yes, you would? Fair enough.

Nissan GT-R And Nissan Juke


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If you ask us, this is the kind of machine that would manage to simultaneously make your little niece squeal with delight over its cuteness, then go off and rip your dedicated sports car to shreds on the track. The body shape says Juke, while that front end and rear wing are pure GT-R. Maybe we shouldn’t give Nissan any ideas – after all, the 485-horse Juke-R is already a thing, so we know this mashup isn’t a total impossibility.

Ford GT and Ford Raptor


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We know the Blue Oval has a variety of vehicles at its disposal when it comes to going fast. Wanna smash the local lap record? Climb aboard the Ford GT, a carbon fiber supercar made for domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What about flying over rough terrain? In that case, saddle up in the Ford Raptor, an off-road specialist ready to conquer the rough stuff and all of Mother Nature. But what if you wanna do both?

Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Tractor


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Believe it or not, Lambo was originally a manufacturer of farm equipment before it branched off into making high-dollar exotics. In fact, the Italian marque is still making tractors today as Lamborghini Trattori. So then, the above is what you get when you do a little inter-company cross-pollination. All we see is the perfect conveyance for ripping mean four-wheel drifts across freshly plowed fields.

Ferrari LaFerrari and Fiat Multipla


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Take the jaw-dropping body of the Ferrari squared, then plop a dollop of Fiat MPV in the middle, and this is the result. Yikes. At least it’s one of the more, eh, practical Prancing Horses we’ve seen. Right? Maybe?!

PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

BMW i8 Dodge Charger

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

BMW i8 and Dodge Charger


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Kicking things off, we got two wildly different takes on what it means to be fast. On one side, we’ve got the hybrid-powered BMW i8, a cutting-edge, CFRP-laden spaceship, while on the other side, we’ve got the old school muscle legend that is the Dodge Charger. I guess this is what happens when you put them together, complete with laser headlights and topped by a massive blower. It’s like a sustainable flamethrower, or an eco-conscious chainsaw. Wait, what?!

Bugatti Chiron and Volkswagen Beetle


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Originally created as a vehicle for the people, the VW bug was about simplicity and low cost, offered as a modest approach to moving from A to B. Then we have the 1,500-horsepower, ultra-complex, quad-turbo Bugatti Chiron, a rolling statement of wealth and prestige that screams for attention. Talk about opposites, and yet, the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely here…

Pagani Huayra and First-Generation Chevrolet Camaro


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Now this one is just flat out weird. We never, in a million billion years, would have thought about infusing the gorgeous top-shelf Italian styling of the Pagani Huayra with the good-old-boy chic of the original Chevy Camaro. This thing is an abomination, no doubt about it, and yet, we can’t look away. The flat black paint, the chrome trim, the mid-engine proportions, the polished hubcaps… would you call us crazy if we admitted to thinking this thing actually, kinda… works?! Yes, you would? Fair enough.

Nissan GT-R And Nissan Juke


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If you ask us, this is the kind of machine that would manage to simultaneously make your little niece squeal with delight over its cuteness, then go off and rip your dedicated sports car to shreds on the track. The body shape says Juke, while that front end and rear wing are pure GT-R. Maybe we shouldn’t give Nissan any ideas – after all, the 485-horse Juke-R is already a thing, so we know this mashup isn’t a total impossibility.

Ford GT and Ford Raptor


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We know the Blue Oval has a variety of vehicles at its disposal when it comes to going fast. Wanna smash the local lap record? Climb aboard the Ford GT, a carbon fiber supercar made for domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What about flying over rough terrain? In that case, saddle up in the Ford Raptor, an off-road specialist ready to conquer the rough stuff and all of Mother Nature. But what if you wanna do both?

Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Tractor


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Believe it or not, Lambo was originally a manufacturer of farm equipment before it branched off into making high-dollar exotics. In fact, the Italian marque is still making tractors today as Lamborghini Trattori. So then, the above is what you get when you do a little inter-company cross-pollination. All we see is the perfect conveyance for ripping mean four-wheel drifts across freshly plowed fields.

Ferrari LaFerrari and Fiat Multipla


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Take the jaw-dropping body of the Ferrari squared, then plop a dollop of Fiat MPV in the middle, and this is the result. Yikes. At least it’s one of the more, eh, practical Prancing Horses we’ve seen. Right? Maybe?!

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept Unveiled

Lamborghini just unveiled its latest concept vehicle. Dubbed the Terzio Millennio, or “third millennium,” don’t expect to see one of these driving around on public roads any time soon. Rather, the Terzo Millennio is Lambo’s look into the distant future, imagining what’s possible in terms of energy delivery, material technology, and of course, insane exterior design. And before you go off in the comments section about the impossibility of some of the ideas proposed here, you should probably know the concept was developed in collaboration with MIT. So then – maybe you could call this thing an “educated guess”?

First and foremost, the concept is electric, bristling with various kinetic energy recovery systems to keep it as efficient as possible. However, rather than the traditional battery set-up, the Terzo Millennio uses a supercapacitor system, which would theoretically provide an ever bigger wallop when pressing the go pedal.

Next up, the Terzo Millennio is made from lightweight composites. No surprise there, but apparently, this ain’t your daddy’s carbon fiber. Instead, Lambo proposes a nanomaterial construction that actually acts as an energy storage system, keeping the electricity flowing while also providing the structure and body of the car. What’s more, Lambo foresees a self-monitoring system that will actually detect cracks in the composite structure and self-heal the damage, like some kind of giant organic skin.

Finally, Lambo wants an AWD drivetrain with independent electric motors, allowing more freedom in the body design, and as a result, better aero. More importantly, though, Lambo says the Terzo Millennio has to sound like a proper supercar, which will be quite the trick indeed.

What do you think of it? Does the idea of an electric, self-healing Lamborghini sit well with you, or is all this just a bunch of crazy talk?

PostHeaderIcon Honda Sports EV Concept

When Honda debuted the Urban EV Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, I was quick to scrutinize the brand for building something so weird, but as I looked at it more, it began to grow on me. And, it’s a good thing it did because that thing is slated for production for the European market sometime in 2019. And, to really top it off, Honda showed up to the 2017 Tokyo Auto Show with a sports car that looks quite familiar – the Honda Sports EV Concept. Following suit with the previous concept, it carries the same general styling cues in a futuristic but feasible package. Of course, it’s a sports car, so it doesn’t have that love seat up front, but it is quite sporty for what it is, and it could just as easily shift into production thanks to being built upon the same platform used for the last concept.

Unlike the last concept, however, we have next to no information. And, Honda didn’t even take the time to release interior shots of the concept either. We can tell that it has that massive display screen and that it’s missing the couch, but outside of that, we can’t see much. But, that doesn’t mean that this little battery-powered sports car should be overlooked. Out of all the EV sports car concepts we’ve seen, this is the one we really want to see become a reality, so let’s take a good look and see what’s crackalackin.

Exterior

  • Smooth body
  • lightweight
  • Compact and nimble

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“The contrast between the white and the black is just what the doctor ordered.”

If you’re thinking that this thing looks kind of like a funky Hot Wheels car, well, I couldn’t really blame you because it kind of does. But, at the same time, it also has a bit of a sporty nature to it. When I first looked at it, I had the same reaction I did with that funky little Urban EV Concept – “what the hell is Honda thinking” – but the more I looked at it, explored its lines, made love to its curves with my eyes, I realized that I wouldn’t be upset at all if Honda sent this thing rolling into dealers. In fact, I’d be pretty damn happy and would be one of the first in line with a big dumb smile on my face waiting to sign over an arm, a leg, and a testicle to own one. Range-anxiety and ICE sole be damned, this thing is freaking cool. It’s got the modern but circular headlights that point back to the original Civic, and it’s got those muscular front wheel arches that just scream sports car. That big illuminated G in the center of the nose is quite attractive too – kind of like it’s saying “yeah, that’s right; I’m a Honda.” In a world where everyone, including Honda, has gone overboard with the sharp body lines, massive fake vents, and over-styling, the Sports EV (and the Urban EV, for that matter) are a breath of fresh air.


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The side profile is dominated… well, wait. It isn’t dominated by anything, and that’s the beauty of it. Sure, there are big wheels, but they aren’t too big, and they wear thick enough rubber that they don’t look stupid. I doubt those cameras will make into production until regulations change, but some sporty little chrome mirrors would look pretty good hanging on the doors, don’t you think? It’s hard to see, but there are door handles that sit flush with the doors and the way that roof slants down at the B-Pillar, then widens as it hits the rear quarters is something that should rewrite the book of future car design. Honda did tint the windows here to keep folks from getting too good a look inside, but you have to admit, blacking out the windows adds quite the stylish touch too, doesn’t it?


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“That smooth rear bumper is as fresh as it is simple”

Around back, the bubbly look of the body, and the extent of that all-glass roof is painfully obvious and sexy at the same time. The body wraps around the class like a blanket around a newborn baby, and the contrast between the white and the black is just what the doctor ordered. That smooth rear bumper is as fresh as it is simple and those square taillights that carried over from the original concept really seem to fit in well. Just like its bigger brother, the front and rear displays can be programmed to display messages. All told, it’s sporty and attractive and is certainly what I expect future cars from Honda to actually look like. The question now is whether or not Honda can put something like this into production. I certainly hope so.

Interior

  • Probably a two-seater
  • Two seats mean decent cargo room

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Interior from Honda Urban EV Concept shown here
“there could be a few gauges to measure G-force, acceleration, pitch, and battery life.”

Honda didn’t take the liberty to release shots of the Sports EV Concept’s interior, but considering the fact that it is based on the Urban EV Concept, we have a pretty good idea. When you look at the outside, you can see that massive screen stretching across the dash. There’s no telling what size it is, but it seems to be at least 30-inches wide and about 10-12 inches tall. Since this is a sports car concept and not an urban lounge-mobile, there’s not going to be a couch behind the wheel, but instead, a pair of supportive racing seats. If Honda doesn’t go aftermarket, it will most definitely tap into Acura for seats similar to those found in the new NSX.

“I suspect the car would be a two-seater as it’s a rather small sports car”

Of course, this thing is all-electric, so what you see is really what you get. There isn’t a need for huge gauge clusters or anything of that nature. However, there could be a few gauges to measure G-force, acceleration, pitch, and battery life. These could be positioned in the face of the dash below the screen where there’s simple wood trim in the EV concept. In production form, I would expect to see some carbon fiber here for the sports car because, well, it’s a sports car. Instead of plush carpeting, I would expect to seat carbon floorboards or even Alcantara layered floors. The side view screens on the door trim panels will carry over, but I would expect there to be a better sound system as sports cars gotta have that good sound too.

I suspect the car would be a two-seater as it’s a rather small sports car and trying to fit someone in the back would certainly be difficult. On the plus side, however, that means there should be plenty of room in the rear hatch. And, to top it off, the car does feature that massive glass roof, just like the Urban EV, so those riding up front get a pretty gnarly view of the sky at night.

Drivetrain

  • Potential for 300+ horsepower
  • Could get AWD
  • Could see 60mph in three seconds

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“Honda will likely position the battery across the length of the floor between the two axles.”

What’s “Under the Hood” is actually a complete mystery. Honda didn’t even divulge details about the Urban EV’s drivetrain, and it sure didn’t spill the beans about this concept either. Of course, that wouldn’t matter considering one is meant for lounging and chillin while another is meant to bend corners and tear up those straightaways. So what could be lurking under that sweet, sexy, rounded body that makes this an “according-to-Hoyle” sports car?

Well, first of all, Honda will likely position the battery across the length of the floor between the two axles. This will be a high-density lightweight battery that also takes advantage of Honda’s new Power Manager Concept to keep things as efficient as possible. As far as motors go, Honda has a couple of options:

Front Motor Setup


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“The setup could include a single, 300-horsepower motor or dual 170-horsepower motors for a total output around 340 ponies.”

If Honda wanted this thing to be front-wheel drive only, and that is kind of Honda’s calling card, then Honda could position a rather powerful motor up front while the battery can be positioned just to the rear a bit to provide the perfect offset for as close to a 50:50 weight distribution as possible. Honda could also move the battery further to the rear, and place two motors that are a little less powerful but deliver equal amounts of power. This would allow the onboard computers to adjust torque delivery as needed to combat over-and understeer with ease. Again, the more weight put up front, the further to the rear the battery needs to be. A setup like this could include a single, 300-horsepower motor or dual 170-horsepower motors for a total output around 340 ponies. I would prefer the latter – not only because it’s more powerful but because torque distribution on demand is where it’s at in the sports car world.

Rear Motor Setup

Much like the front-motor setup described above. A rear motor setup could work the same way. A single 300-horsepower motor could turn both wheels with the battery positioned just a bit toward the front axle. Or Honda could go the preferred way and use a dual motor setup with more power and torque vectoring. Now, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that, as a sports car, this thing almost needs to be rear-wheel drive, so we all really hope this thing ends up as rear wheel drive if it ends up in production. But, there’s another approach that could prove fatal to other models in the compact sports car segment.

All-Wheel Drive

If Honda really wanted to set the market on fire, it would bring this thing into production with AWD as standard equipment. Not only would that make it one mean little sports car, but it would offer something that cars like the Mazda Miata, Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86, and even the Audi TT can’t – power to all four wheels. Honda could do it with a two motor setup, or it could go with a motor for each wheel. The latter would be preferred as it would offer some serious torque vectoring possibilities and some amazing spirited driving. Both setups would allow the battery to be positioned right in the middle for a near-50:50 weight distribution, but they would have to be powerful enough to handle the extra weight.

Range Woes

The biggest problem with an all-electric sports car such as this is its size. Yeah, they are fun to drive, but when you’re relying on battery power alone, your supply of go-juice is limited. I speculated that something like the Urban EV would have around 150 miles of range, which wouldn’t be bad for a vehicle of its caliber. But, a sports car needs a little more. Honda needs to be able to deliver at least 250 miles with this car for it to really pose a threat to anything else on the market – gas or electric. With this thing potentially available by the turn of the decade, Honda could be one of the first to put a true EV sports car this small on the market – one with decent range and power.

“Hopefully, those lightweight, high-density batteries will be good enough to get the job done.”

But, and that’s a big but, Honda has to do it right. The biggest limitation here is the car’s size. You can only fit so big of a battery in the floor. Of course, Honda could use the space in the front and rear for auxiliary batteries that would help increase range, but it would have to maintain a pretty even weight distribution and still can’t be too heavy, or this sports car is going to be a slug. When we’re talking about battery power, the heavier it is, the harder it is to go, the more power you need.

That doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Hopefully, those lightweight, high-density batteries will be good enough to get the job done. Even at 200 miles, that would be ok, but 250 would be better. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Conclusion


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In the past, I have voiced very strong opinions against automakers going EV with all of their models. I’ve spoken out against it every way I can, even arguing that the ICE essentially has a soul and the lack of that wonderful combustion would, in turn, leave a hole in our hearts that cannot be replaced. Now, I’m looking at this car, and all I can think of is that this is the electric sports car that we really need. Hell, it’s the electric sports car that we really want. It’s small enough to be very maneuverable and has the opportunity to be potent enough to really pose a real threat to some great names that are already on the market. For now, this car is just a concept, but like the Urban EV, it could become a reality in the next few years. And that, my friends, is a very cool thing.

  • Leave it
    • May not get very good range
    • Could end up being expensive
    • No guarantee of production yet

PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS+ Concept

2017 Lexus LS+ Concept

The fifth-generation Lexus LS just hit the market this year, but the Japanese automaker is already looking ahead into the future with a new concept for its flagship sedan that’s heavy on state-of-the-art technology. The concept is called the LS+, and if you were thinking it to be outlandish in the typical Lexus concept fashion, then you’d be right. The LS+ Concept is a feast for the senses in more ways than one.

We already have an idea of how Lexus does concept vehicles. The NX Concept from a few years ago blasted our expectations through the roof, and it’s nice to see that Toyota’s premium brand isn’t letting up. This car, Lexus says, is going to be a showcase of what the LS could look like down the road. It’s not a certainty that this blueprint will be put to use in the future, but as far as giving us a taste of what could come, then it hits all the right spots. It looks the part of a futuristic concept though more important than that are the litany of tech features that it comes with, including the curiously named “Highway Teammate” automated driving technology that brings autonomous driving tech to life. That’s just one of the technology goodies we can expect from the LS+ Concept, so expect a whole lot more now that the full-sized beauty is sitting pretty at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lexus LS+ Concept

Exterior

  • Laser light technology
  • Spindle front grille with mechanized shutters
  • Side-view cameras
  • 22-inch wheels

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“The thing that you’ll immediately notice is how Lexus designers were able to combine current design elements with new visual features that are culled from improved technology”

If this is what the Lexus LS is going to look like in the future, then sign me up. Of course, Lexus has shown a penchant for designing some of the most incredible concepts that I’ve seen in recent years, so it’s nothing out of the ordinary that its vision for the future of the LS flagship sedan follows in that tradition. At first glance, . Take the massive spindle grille for example. Lexus already employs that feature in its current lineup but it still plays a prominent part in the overall look of the concept. Here’s the new-age rub, though. The grille itself incorporates what looks to be a mechanized shutter that does double-duty by helping with cooling the car’s internal parts and boosting the sedan’s overall aerodynamic flow.

The boomerang-like headlights are also similar in design from the current LS but, like the spindle grille, there’s more to it than meets the eye, specifically the illumination. Turns out, laser technology will be a big part of Lexus’ future, as is probably the case too with a lot of automakers down the road. Not only does it guarantee much better illumination than what we’re used to these days, but it’s a clear step in the right direction towards improving road safety for everyone involved. Then there’s the use of cameras instead of conventional side mirrors. It’s not a new “concept” but everyone’s doing it too. What’s a bit surprising is that the concept sits on massive 22-inch alloy wheels, much bigger than the 20-inch wheels the current LS uses.


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Overall though, the exterior of LS+ Concept is solid work from Lexus designers. The whole shape of the body is consistent with what we know the LS to be, so it’s good that the designers didn’t go too out of the box with its presentation. It’s imposing in its own right, but not at all intimidating. That’s what you want a flagship sedan to look like.

Interior

  • Inspiration from Japanese design
  • Should have leather interior
  • Should have wood trim
  • Ambient lighting

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Interior from 2018 Lexus LS500 shown here
“The heavy inspiration on Japanese design has been a hallmark of Lexus for years so there’s no reason to think that the future LS will adopt a similar design philosophy”

The interior of the Lexus LS+ Concept is trickier to get a hold off because judging by how blacked-out those windows are, it appears that there’s very little there to talk about. Some concepts adopt this approach so it’s nothing that we’re not used to. That said, we can still speculate on what the concept’s cabin could look like.

Personally, I don’t think the interior will be a far departure from what the current LS already has. That’s a good thing because the cabin of the current LS is one of the cleanest ones in its segment. The heavy inspiration on Japanese design has been a hallmark of Lexus for years so there’s no reason to think that the future LS will adopt a similar design philosophy. Fine leather should be a gimme. Same thing with ambient lighting and some kind massage feature on the seats. These are hallmarks of Lexus’ Japan-style cabin treatment and I’m all for getting all those things – maybe even more – on the future LS sedan.

As far as tech features go, the expectation is that Lexus is going to take a massive leap from what it has on the table now. A navigation display should still be in the mix, but it could cater to a number of new tech items in the future, including the aforementioned “Highway Teammate” technology that effectively puts a fully functioning autonomous system in place for the LS sedan.

Drivetrain

  • Highway Teammate autonomous driving technology
  • Data tech system
  • Could be all-electric
  • Could have 354-horsepower drivetrain from LS500h

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“Lexus LS+ Concept is going to adopt autonomous driving technology using its Highway Teammate system”

The only thing we know about the Lexus LS+ Concept is that it’s going to adopt autonomous driving technology using its Highway Teammate system. This technology essentially gives the luxury sedan full autonomous driving capabilities to navigate around specific road conditions, including merging, lane changes, and diverging. It’s also tipped to be smart enough to keep the sedan in its lane, a safe distance from the car in front.

Coinciding with the use of Highway Teammate is the concept’s ability to communicate with a data center, allowing the system’s software to be updated on the fly. It’s something that Tesla is already doing with its fleet of models so if Lexus is going to get that level, it’s going to need to have it’s own architecture in place if it’s going to fully adapt autonomous driving technology in the future.


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“The likeliest candidate is a fully-electric set-up, though a hybrid shouldn’t be dismissed either”

Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess what kind of drivetrain the future LS could have. The likeliest candidate is a fully-electric set-up, though a hybrid shouldn’t be dismissed either. If it does end up being the latter, Lexus can point to the setup of the current LS 500h, which makes use of a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine and a couple of electric motors. Total output is rated at 354 horsepower, giving the LS enough boost to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.

Is it possible that the future LS will have a gas-engine? I’d say yes, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if Lexus goes fully hybrid and electric in the future.

Conclusion


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I’m always intrigued every time Lexus comes out with a concept vehicle. It’s arguably one of the best at it and if you’re not a believer, look up some of the past Lexus concepts from the last few years. The LS+ Concept fits into that mold because it not only looks the part of a futuristic concept, but it also looks like something that Lexus will eventually turn into a production car in the future. Those are always the best kind of concepts to begin with so I’m expecting big things out of the LS+ down the road. Don’t expect it to happen anytime soon though because the LS just got its fifth-gen model rolling.

But for the future? You bet I’m looking forward to it.

  • Leave it
    • Not happening anytime soon
    • How much of it will be adapted to future LS models is a good question
    • Not enough details on the interior and drivetrain

References

Lexus LS


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Read our review of the 2018 Lexus LS500

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PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Automakers As Star Wars Podracers

Arguably the coolest scene from 1999’s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was when young Anakin Skywalker took to the sand and battled for his freedom in a homemade podracer. Sure, the final lightsaber battle was pretty friggin’ awesome as well (Darth Maul! Double-bladed saber! Epic music!), but when it comes to high-speed CGI glory, the podracer scene is hard to beat. In fact, the folks over at Click Mechanic liked it so much, they rendered seven unique podracers as though they were built by real-world manufacturers.

The manufacturers in question all produce some kind of speedy four-wheeled machine worthy of podracer-ization, and include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ford, Subaru, BMW, and Dodge. Like their real-life equivalents, each rendering gets easily recognizable liveries, and in some cases, a few sponsorship decals as well, all of which was inspired by actual race cars (you know, from planet Earth). Which one of these wild contraptions would you bring to the Boonta Eve Classic? Let us know in the comments section!

Continue reading to learn more about real-life automakers rendered as podracers.

Ferrari


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The Prancing Horse already has a penchant for turning out some pretty crazy-looking, spaceship-esque designs, so Ferrari is a natural fit for something like this. The first thing to grab us is the rosso corsa paint color, which seems to complement the flaming engines rather well. The cockpit looks like it draws from Formula 1 (top-mounted intake) and the FXX K (rear winglets), while both UPS and Shell branding were added to the profile.

Lamborghini


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Speaking of spaceships, Lambo has traditionally met Ferrari blow for blow when it comes to creating designs destined for bedroom posters. The latest example of this is the Huracan, a V-10-powered monster that looks right at home as a podracer. Point and squirt for the win.

Aston Martin


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Aston Martin clinched an incredible victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, securing a first place-win in the GTE Pro class on the final lap of the iconic race. Indeed, the British Racing Green Aston looks most at home when talking a race track, but seeing it here on the sands of Tatooine ain’t bad either. Up front is the easily recognizable Aston Martin grille, while yellow accents offset the green paint.

Ford GT40


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If that front hood vent doesn’t tip you off, the baby blue and orange Gulf livery surely will. When it comes to American-built race cars, the Ford GT40 is arguably one of the most famous, having taken the fight to the Europeans at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in the 60’s. Which naturally leads us to ask – which would take the win on Tatooine, the Ford, or the Ferrari?

Subaru WRX STI WRC


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Dirt. Sand. Rocks. Jumps. These are the things you find in professional rally racing, a sport where Subaru has earned a huge collection of wins and championship titles. Indeed, the rally racing environment seems like the perfect primer for podracing, so we aren’t surprised to see the Six Star’s blue and gold livery making an appearance here.

BMW M1 Procar


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Back in the late ‘70s, Bimmer teamed up with Lamborghini to create a rear/mid-engine production race car, and although Lambo eventually dropped out of the agreement, BMW followed through. The result was the M1, a sexy speed wedge that eventually formed the base for the one-make Procar Championship. Providing a competitive format for well-known race drivers from a diverse range of backgrounds (sports cars, touring cars, Formula 1) to go head-to-head, the M1 Procar livery is recognized worldwide. Now, it’s going intergalactic with this podracer, which even gets a squared-off BMW kidney grille in the nose.

Dodge Charger


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The first generation of the Dodge Charger hit production back in the day for the 1966 model year, followed by a second generation in 1968. Although initially unsuccessful in NASCAR stock racing, the follow-up Charger Daytona arrived in 1969 to break new ground in the sport. In fact, the Daytona was the first car to ever break the 200-mph barrier in NASCAR. We’re not sure about the top speed in this podracer, but with that enormous blower sticking out of the hood, we’re pretty sure it won’t be slow.

References

Ferrari FXX K


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Read our full review on the Ferrari FXX K.

Lamborghini Huracan


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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Huracan.

Aston Martin DB9


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Read our full review on the Aston Martin DB9.

Ford GT40


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Read our full review on the Ford GT40.

Subaru WRX STI


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Read our full review on the Subaru WRX STI.

BMW M1


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Read our full review on theBMW M1.

Dodge Charger


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PostHeaderIcon Borgward Isabella Concept

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Borgward Isabella Concept ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. I even got a little caught up in the buzz. It’s a good thing, then, that Borgward delivered in spades on its promise to shake up Frankfurt with the Isabella Concept because the car is absolutely stunning – never mind that Borgward didn’t bring any information on the car’s powertrain behind the hints of it going electric in the event it hits production. I was prepared for that because the company made it clear that the Isabella Concept would be a design exercise more than anything else. And as far as that was concerned, the company passed its Frankfurt test with a firework of exploding colors.

As far as concepts go, this is the kind that you wish had a production future with no changes made to it. I know that’s asking a little too much given how concepts go in the first place, but it’s a credit to Borgward’s design team that it could create a concept study like the Isabella and have people clamoring for it to come to life. At the very least, the Isabella marks a triumphant return to the Western auto scene for Borgward. It’s been gone for over 50 years and while it has returned by way of the arrivals of the BX5 crossover and the BX7 SUV in the Chinese market, the Isabella Concept is the first real indication that Borgward is making some noise once again. I don’t mind it one bit. I may not have been alive when the old Borgward went under, but I sure am looking forward to seeing what the new Borgward is capable of moving forward.

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PostHeaderIcon Kia Proceed Concept

Launched in 2006 as a replacement for the Cerato, the Kia Cee’d is now one of the company’s most popular vehicles in Europe. Redesigned in 2012 into a more modern, better-looking car, the Cee’d, along with its Procee’d, GT, and station wagon variants, is getting a little long in the tooth, and a third-generation model is likely under way for 2018. While we don’t know much about it, Kia unveiled the Proceed concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, giving us a good glimpse of what the next-gen Cee’d might bring to the table.

Described as an “extended hot hatch that presents a new body type for Kia,” the Proceed concept appears to be the bastard child of a Kia Stinger and a low, sleek shooting brake. And it’s one of Kia’s most intriguing design to date. Not surprisingly, it was penned at the company’s European design center in Frankfurt, only 500 meters (0.3 miles) from where it will be unveiled. Kia also says that the Proceed concept indicates what the next-generation Cee’d “could look like,” so we might be looking at a fancier version of the upcoming hatchback.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault R.S. 2027 Vision

Formula 1 has always been a bastion of the high-tech, a series where futuristic ground-bound spaceships boom by at terrifyingly high speeds, challenging what we think is possible when a human pilot takes the helm on four wheels. For the past 40 years, Renault has taken part in this orgy of speed and technology, and now, we’re getting a peek at the French automaker’s vision of things to come. Long story short, expect even more of the heart-stopping pace we know today, plus more excitement, higher levels of spectator engagement, reduced costs, increased safety, and even a dash of environmental responsibility as well.

You gotta love it when a press release kicks off with the line “the year is 2027,” so I was keen to dive into the specifics as soon as I saw this thing roll across my desk. And while these sorts of design studies don’t always nail it in terms of predicting the real future, they almost always come with a nice set of interesting ideas that could gain some traction (in one form or another, at least) in the years to come. Not only that, but the aesthetic-driven renderings are a surefire way to light the imagination and set you off on a little sci-fi day dreaming…

Updated 09/18/2017: Renault R.S. 2027 Vision made quite an appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Hit the “Pictures” tab to see it on the auto show floor.

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PostHeaderIcon Kia’s Upcoming Shooting Brake Concept has us Saying “Please Take our Money!”

The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner and, as usual, we’re in for a ton of debuts including both production and concept cars. Kia, which runs a design center just 500 meters from the Frankfurt Motor Show, is among carmakers that will bring new products to the event. The company’s main highlight is a concept car that presents “a new body type for Kia.” It doesn’t have a name yet, but the Korean manufacturer points out that it indicates what the next-generation Cee’d “could look like.”

It’s bold, athletic, and indeed brings a new body style to the current Kia lineup. While the company describes it as an “extended hot hatch,” it’s actually some kind of modern shooting brake. Or a really sleek wagon with an almost fastback rear end. But it’s gorgeous, and the really wide wheel arches, the sculpted side skirts, and the rear diffuser suggest we’re looking at a performance model. Kia didn’t share any actual details about the car, but I might have an idea about what it may be. Keep reading to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 9 Everyday Cars With F1 Style

We love it when we get our hands on a fresh batch of renderings. Sometimes, it’s lifelike speculation on some hotly anticipated next-gen model, while other times, it’s an imaginative mash-up of the unexpected. This particular set of renderings (nine of ‘em total) falls firmly into the latter category, mixing everyday rides like the Toyota Prius and classic Ford Mustang with the styling cues inspired by Formula 1. The images come courtesy of our friends over at Budget Direct, and long story short, we think they look awesome.

Of course, this opens up possibilities to a whole range of F1-themed rides. Never before has a Smart car looked so good, or a Jeep looked so quick, or a Prius looked so desirable. Of course, there are a few sports cars tossed in for good measure, like the Audi R8, Porsche 911, and Subaru WRX, all of which make the transition into the world of high-performance a little more easily. Read on for a breakdown on each, and don’t forget to post your favorite in the comments below, plus your suggestions for other street models that need the F1-treatment.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Concept Z4

BMW essentially struck gold in the compact, two-seater market when it released the Z4 back in 2003. It featured a sporty exterior, with potent, naturally aspired engines, and could be had as a soft-top convertible or in coupe form. That first generation lasted until 2009, but before the first-gen made its exit BMW was able to introduce a Z4 M in both forms with performance credentials good enough to get the little car that could up to 60 mph in as little as 4.8 seconds if you knew how to shift it right. The second-gen came to be in 2009 and, while most of the engine choices were naturally aspirated, one was offered with turbocharged goodness. Within a couple of years, the entire drivetrain lineup went turbo, and BMW hasn’t looked back since. The second-generation model lasted from 2009 to 2016 and, ever since its discontinuance, fans and purists everywhere have begged for the third-gen model – an all-new roadster that’s due for the 2018 model year and has been caught many times testing out in public over the last two years. At the kickoff of Monterey Car Week, BMW decided to release the Concept Z4, a wild interpretation of the upcoming roadster and something that at least gives us a little hint as to where BMW is going with the third-gen model.

As is the usual case with concepts, this car isn’t a firm representation of what we’ll see. For instance, it has no roof or, at the very least, has a Targa-style top. The exterior design is quite bold and features stout overhangs with crisp lines and a style that you could only get from BMW. There’s no word on what might be lurking under the hood, but BMW claims the Concept Z4 is an “all-out driving machine” that is stripped down to the bare essentials. With that said, let’s take a good look at the concept and talk more about it!

Updated 08/21/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s presentation at the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

PostHeaderIcon Gordon Murray Exhibition Showcases Designer’s Most Famous Works

Gordon Murray is one of the world’s best auto designers. That statement is pretty much indisputable, especially since Murray is responsible for the design of some of the most iconic cars in history. He’s designed concept cars, race cars, and one-off creations, all of which are still revered to this day. His best and most famous work, though, is the McLaren F1 and it’s fitting that the most iconic of all McLaren supercars will play a starring role in an exhibition depicting the 50-year run of Murray as one of the best designers in the business.

The exhibit will take place in Dunsfold, England, and while the event will start off on an invitation-only basis, there are plans to later open up a detailed virtual tour of pretty much every car Murray has had a hand in designing in his five decades in the business. If you’re a fan of Gordon Murray and the cars that he penned from paper into actual reality, this is one exhibition that you shouldn’t miss, even if it means only being able to walk around it in virtual form. The exhibit is expected to kick off on November 3, 2017. And to make it even more special than it already is, Murray and his team of designers have also set the date as the launching point of an all-new car that he’s been working on. Care to venture a guess what car that’s going to be?

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PostHeaderIcon The Michelin Visionary Concept Tire Could be a Game Changer

The modern automotive tire is the product of centuries of development, with forerunners including leather, iron, and wood bands once mounted to horse-drawn carriages. These days, you can get a rubber tire to suit a wide range of applications, whether it’s maximum forward grip, such as the drag radials equipped on the Dodge Demon, low-rolling resistance tires on hybrids like the Toyota Prius, or studded snow tires for your winter beater. Which begs the question – what comes next? Well, Michelin is giving us a few ideas with its Visionary Concept, recently presented at the Movin’On summit in Montreal. While it’s unlikely you’ll see anything like this offered for mass consumption anytime soon, the Vision Concept does offer a few enticing models for future mobility, including enhanced adaptability, extreme long-term usage, and environmentally conscious production.

Essentially a 3D-printed tire and wheel combination, the Michelin Visionary Concept doesn’t use air to keep it pumped up, which means you won’t be breaking out the pressure gauge at the gas station. And since it uses additive manufacturing techniques, the tires will last for a very long time – “as long as the vehicle itself,” according to Michelin. Adaptability is also a key feature, with new tread designs printed directly onto the tire/wheel surface to suit whatever conditions you might face. The details on this concept are pretty interesting, so read on for more.

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PostHeaderIcon Is The Infiniti Q60 Project Black S Headed For A Production Run?

When Infiniti presented the Q60 Project Black S at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, it was tipped to be nothing more than a concept vehicle, a muscle-flexing opportunity of sorts to show what Nissan’s premium brand is capable of. Three months later, the Q60 Project Black S is back in the news, only this time it’s been loaded with appropriate Formula One technology that’s opening the door to the possibility of a production version in the future.

Does it mean then that we’ll see more of the Q60 Project Black S soon? That’s still a matter of debate, but the recent return of the concept sporting specially developed Pirelli P Zero rubber tires is an indication that something’s brewing within Infiniti that’s giving execs reason to reconsider its position on the 500-horsepower coupe concept. Even Tommaso Volpe, the head decision-maker of Infiniti’s motorsport division, isn’t shutting the door on the concept’s production future. “Pirelli’s input and knowledge, both motorsport and automotive, will be invaluable,” he said, referring to Infiniti exploring the feasibility of the Q60 Project Black S. It’s easy to get optimistic, especially with all the activity surrounding the concept these days. But like everything else, it might be best to not get those hopes up just yet. Remember, we all know what Infiniti’s recent history with these things has been. Shout out to the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. We’re still waiting for you.

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade

The Worthersee Treffen is one of the more unique auto events on the calendar. It’s far from a traditional auto show, but it’s been home to some pretty incredible debuts over the past few years. Remember, this is the same event where companies like Audi and Volkswagen make yearly concept debuts. VW, in particular, holds Worthersee in high esteem because, in addition to debuting models at the event, it uses the venue to introduce apprentice-built concepts of the Golf GTI the Volkswagen Vocational Training program. This year, 13 apprentices are headed to Worthersee to unveil the newest one-off model of this unique lineage: the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade.

For those who aren’t familiar with the VVT program, it’s essentially a training ground for up-and-coming designers and engineers. These trainees are given the opportunity to design their version of the ultimate Golf GTI. This year, the Golf GTI First Decade takes center stage as the first GTI concept to feature electric propulsion. While it is a concept car by definition, it’s interesting where these young minds see the future of Volkswagen. Whether an electric future actually happens or not is another issue entirely, but if it does, consider the Golf GTI First Decade as a precursor to what that future could look like.

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