The year is ending and looking back, there were a lot of concepts that we absolutely¬†loved. But here is our list of the five that we loved the most and wish would make it to¬†production.
Why? Because we cried when the RX-8 went out of production. We had thought that the¬†last of the rotaries had died and even though it had never made it to our country, we cried¬†buckets full. But then along came the Tokyo motor show and what was unveiled at the¬†Mazda stand? The all new RX-Vision in all its Wankel-powered glory! The car uses¬†Mazda‚Äôs new Skyactiv-R rotary engine that promises more efficiency, better emissions¬†and better reliability. As much as this car is all about the return of the rotary for us, there¬†is no denying that the shape is one of the most sensual ones we have seen this year. That¬†long sleek hood and that shapely rear are the stuff our dreams are made of.
We‚Äôre talking about Honda the motorcycle company, not the car company. And no, we‚Äôre¬†not adding this one to the wrong list. The 2&4 is actually a car that is a motorcycle, but is¬†still a car. Confused? We were too. It is a concept that is a lot along the lines of the KTM¬†X-bow and the Ariel Atom. According to Honda it features a cabin-less structure that¬†promises to deliver all of the thrills of being on a motorcycle despite being confined to¬†four wheels. All we know is, it looks a lot like a F1 car and we all know that almost¬†everything that looks like a F1 car is usually quite fast. And in case looks aren‚Äôt¬†guarantee enough, it is powered by the same V4 motor from the RC213V. So that‚Äôs a four¬†wheeled motorcycle that makes over 200PS, can rev up to 14,000rpm and weighs only¬†405kg. That good enough for ya?
Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6
This is what happens when Bentley sets out to prove a point. Bentleys have always been¬†identifiable as Bentleys. With the EXP 10 Speed 6 Bentley has taken a dramatic¬†departure from their usual design language. The only identifiable bit is the signature¬†grille. Everything else is sportscar-esque. From the side it is more Aston Martin like than¬†Bentley. No boxy proportions, only smooth flowing lines. Even at standstill it looks fast.¬†There have been no details about the car that has been revealed except for the space age¬†interiors. We don‚Äôt even know what engine will power it. All we know is that the way it¬†looks, we just might be falling in love.
Porsche Mission E
If the future looks like this, we do not mind the combustion engine kicking the bucket.¬†The Mission E is Porsche‚Äôs interpretation of an electric car. It looks every bit a Porsche¬†and even has the performance to go with it. It makes over 600PS and can hit 100kmph in¬†under 3.5 seconds. Maximum speed is limited to 250kmph, but we suspect an unrestricted¬†Mission E will be able to hit stratospheric speeds. But the best part is that the car has a¬†range of 500km and can be recharged to 80 per cent capacity in less than 15 minutes.¬†Quite evil for a car that looks like a baby seal.
Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo
If you thought the Veyrons were the epitome of motoring performance, you better take a¬†seat. The Vision Gran Turismo is the result of a car that was actually designed to stay¬†inside a gaming console. And since they took the effort to make one for the virtual world,¬†somebody at Bugatti decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and actually make one¬†for the real world. In reality, this is apparently what all future Bugattis will look like. All¬†we know is the concept uses the same W16 engine and should make the same if not more¬†power than the Veyron. But what‚Äôs really got us excited is the way this thing looks. It¬†looks like it has been moulded from hellfire. Not something we would fancy seeing¬†coming at us in our rear view mirror.