These innovative designs give a sneak peak into what we'll drive in the future.
From roadworthy, affordable coupes through to completely hypothetical, video game-inspired dream machines, these recent concepts from the world’s biggest car brands give a tantalising insight into what we can expect in the coming years.
- Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo
Fans of the popular Gran Turismo 6 video game will recognise this futuristic speedster. Chevrolet is the lastest manufacturer to bring one of the futuristic cars available in the game to life. Inspired by the wing suits worn by cliff divers, the Chaparral would have a top speed of 386km/h and could accelerate to 100km/h within 1.5 seconds. However, as the 67-kW laser propulsion system hasn’t progressed beyond theoretical design, it will likely be a long time before we see the Chaparral in a dealer showroom.
- Infiniti Q80
Surprisingly, it’s highly likely that you will find this 550 horsepower, nine-speed automatic luxury roadster at your local dealer. Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti has announced that this concept model is being adapted for production. It’s powered by a twin-turbo 3.0L direct-injected V6 engine that’s paired with an electric motor.
- Aston Martin Nebula
The British manufacturer has kept information on the Nebula tightly guarded, but some specifications have been leaked to the public. While we only have a concept sketch, we do know that the design is heavily inspired by F1 technology and will be powered by 7.0L v12 engine. Only 99 will be made and buyers of other premium Aston Martins, like the $3.1M Vulcan, will be offered the first chance to sign the contract.
- Kia Stinger GT4
The South Korean manufacturer has spent the last few years working on innovative concepts to capture the imagination of high end enthusiasts. With its wraparound windshield, vertical headlights and retro shape, the Stinger GT4 will definitely turn heads if a roadworthy version is released.
- Opel GT
This is snappy little coupe is a homegrown success. Although sporting a European Opel badge and an unveiling at the Geneva Auto Salon, the Opel GT was designed by Holden in Melbourne. It’s a small sports car, about the size of a Mazda Mx-5 and powered by a tiny 1.0L 3 cylinder turbocharged engine.
- BMW Vision Next 100
This reptilian roadster shows BMW at its most forward thinking. Designed to celebrate the automaker’s 100th year of operation, this radical concept car features highly advanced intelligent electronics that will allow a seamless transition from manual and autonomous driving. Proud of their achievements with this design, the company is putting finishing touches on similar concepts for Mini, Rolls-Royce, and its motorcycle range.
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