Judging by its sleek, Aston Martin-ish form, you might think that the Jaguar C-X16 Concept ($TBA) was bound to become the company's new flagship speedster. You'd be wrong. Instead, the C-X16 is designed to compete with more affordable sporting coupes, but doesn't skimp on the performance, thanks to a supercharged, 3.0L V6 pumping out 376 horsepower that's paired with an eight-speed gearbox and an electric motor that's linked to a "Push to Pass" button on the steering wheel, boosting output another 92hp and allowing for a 0-62 time of just 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph. We're not sure when we might see it in production form, but we can guarantee it won't be soon enough. [Scouted by Stuart]
Sometimes concept cars are simply production model previews. The Ford Evos Concept ($TBA) is not one of them. This four-door, four-seat fastback operates on a lithium-ion plug-in hybrid powertrain, and apart from the strikingly sexy body and gullwing-style front and rear doors makes technology the focus, with features like a heart-rate monitoring seat, allergy-free interior, and the ability to communicate with the cloud and other wireless devices such as your cell phone, letting it perform crazy-future tasks like automatically playing the same music that you were just streaming at your house, heat or cool the interior to an ideal temperature before you get in the car by predicting when you're going to leave based on your calendar, automatically close the garage door and turn off lights as you pull out of the driveway, and tons of other Jetsons-ish tasks that are bound to make us even lazier.
Ever watch an old period piece and yearn for the casual, oversized, four-seat convertibles of the early 20th century? Apparently so do the designers at Cadillac, as that seems to be the inspiration for the Cadillac Ciel Concept ($TBA). This elongated drop-top boasts a hybrid system pairing a lithium-ion battery with a twin-turbocharged, 3.6L V6, four full-sized doors with suicides in the rear, a polished aluminum windshield frame, an interior borne of body-colored panels, wood, and leather, 22-inch rims featuring brushed nickel plating overtop milled aluminum, carbon ceramic brake rotors, LED lighting elements, a power-assisted transmission shifter, heating and cooling features in all the seats, and tons of other features that recall a bygone era of simple luxury.
Own a piece of automotive design history by placing the winning bid on the Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept ($150,000-$200,000; auction). Based on the Ford GT and inspired by the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe, this front-engine, two-seat fastback was one of only two such vehicles built, and features 12-spoke, 19-wheels, a distinctive Kamm tail with quad exhaust ports and vertical tail lamps, and an overall design that's futuristic but unmistakably Shelby. Unfortunately for those of you looking forward to driving it, this particular unit was a platform model, and therefore has no engine, drivetrain, or interior.
We knew it was only a matter of time before BMW got into the electric car game, but we never thought the design of their first models would take the idea so literally. The BMW i Series ($TBA) includes two models that wouldn't be out of place in a sci-fi flick — the all-electric, rear-wheel drive i3 hatchback, which offers 170 hp, seating for four, a top speed of 93 mph, and a 0-60 time of under eight seconds, and the hybrid i8 coupe, which pairs an electric motor running the front wheels and a turbocharged three-cylinder powering the rears for all-wheel drive possibilities, limited range all-electric driving, a 0-60 time of under five seconds, and a perfect 50/50 weight distribution ratio. No word on whether the production models will be as... funky as the concepts.