Isn’t it fun to dream? Essentially that’s what automobile designers get to do every day. Their dreams start with sketches and drawings, and if they’re lucky culminate in mockups or even road worthy prototypes. The ultimate recognition is commercialization and full production.
But the cars look best to me in the "dream state" where they have features and characteristics often too expensive for the resulting production car. Or the designs are not practical for everyday use. It’s in this spirit that I offer these 10 exciting concept cars.
5. Jaguar C-X16 Concept
The Jaguar C-X16 has been described as a production concept that will serve as the prototype for future Jaguar sports cars. This car "aims to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology." According to Jaguar, the C-X16 is our compelling vision for a 21st century Jaguar sports car. It embodies the established Jaguar strengths of sensual design, animal-like agility and inspirational performance and combines these with attributes that set us on a course to create sustainable sports cars of the future.
|Jaguar C-X16 Concept. (Picture from: http://uncrate.com/)|
|Interior view of Jaguar C-X16 Concept. (Picture from: http://www.netcarshow.com/)|
4. Maserati Birdcage 75th Concept
Whether this prototype, or concept, takes its place among the great Italian design exercises is up to time and evolution. As it is, showcased at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Birdcage 75th stands a great chance for being remembered as a sexy, sporting dream with an edgy communications future. The name helps, of course, as the concept carries the famous title of the Maserati Birdcage racing car built from 1959 to 1963 – so named because of its tubular chassis.
|Maserati Birdcage 75th Concept. (Picture from: http://www.carpages.co.uk/)|
|Interior view of Maserati Birdcage 75th Concept. (Picture from: http://www.flickr.com/)|
3. Honda EV-STER Concept
The EV-STER's world premier reveals a two-seat roadster with electric power driving the rear wheels for a performance-focused driving experience. Lightweight materials contribute to both the EV-STER's agility and its range. The unique interior design integrates entertainment and connectivity functions along with vehicle information, while the exterior combines futuristic details with classic sports car cues.
|Honda EV-STER Concept. (Picture from: http://www.greencarreports.com/)|
|Interior view of Honda EV-STER Concept. (Picture from: http://www.zercustoms.com/)|
2. Lexus LF-LC Concept
This is the Lexus LF-LC 2+2 sports coupe concept, which debuted at the Detroit auto show. The car’s proportions and profile are as sultry as they appeared to be in earlier teaser images, and we really dig the complex surfaces that dive and flow down the body sides. As for the front, one C/D editor who saw pre-show photos opined that the overly fussy fascia looked like someone chucked a grenade into the front bumper. The mug is no less over-the-top in person, but it is more cohesive and comes across as far less tragic.
|Lexus LF-LC Concept. (Picture from: http://www.listadecarros.com/)|
1. Renault DeZir
The new DeZir concept features a new front-end design that previews the new front-end identity of the next Renault models. The headlights take the form of backlit prisms and the perforated ’eyelids’ add to this high-tech feel and contribute to DeZir’s specific lighting signature. Rear lighting is provided by an illuminated, seemingly floating strip and the Renault logo is highlighted by backlighting through the fins of the grille and consequently appears to hover in the middle of this space.
|Renault DeZir. (Picture from: http://www.autoblog.com/)|
|Interior view of Renault DeZir. (Picture from: http://www.cardotcom.com/)|
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