If the BMW 6 Series Concept was basically an early look at an upcoming production model, the Peugeot EX1 ($TBA) is the polar opposite: a wild creation that lets the car's designers stretch their imaginations with out worrying about pesky topics like actual production cost or real-world feasibility. Still, the EX1 is every bit as intriguing, with its open-cockpit mix of car and motorcycle, it's world-class acceleration, dual electric motors cranking out the equivalent of 340 hp, and its all-time four wheel drive. Just don't expect it in dealerships any time soon.
Unlike some concepts that are pie-in-the-sky creations, unlikely to ever see the light of day outside of the world's auto shows, the BMW 6 Series Concept ($TBA) most definitely represents the company's next high-end coupe. The new design features an upright double kidney grill, new curves, LED headlamps, a redesigned cabin with driver-focused controls and a waterfall-like element connecting the dash and the center console, and plenty of creature comforts.
It takes some real balls to put "Style" right in the name of your car, and despite its shark-that-ran-head-first-into-a-wall front end, the Mercedes-Benz F800 Style ($TBA) has it in spades. Still a concept at this point, the F800 boasts a ton of predictably high-end technology, including a plug-in hybrid drive system that pairs a 300 hp V6 gasoline engine with a 109 hp hybrid module for a total of 409 hp, a seven-speed transmission, a new multi-function display concept and touchpad-equipped interface, a new Distronic Plus Traffic Jam Assistant feature that basically drives the car for you in heavy traffic under 25 mph, rear pivot-and-slide doors, and plenty of LED lighting. [Thanks, Joey]
The result of a mad scientist's experiment involving a 911, a Prius, and the front end of a Ferrari F430, the Porsche 918 Spyder ($TBA) is a new plug-in hybrid concept borrowing bits of all three. A 500hp V8 mid-mounted motor is paired with two electric motors — one for each axle — giving the open two-seat 918 a total of 718hp, good for a 0-62 time of 3.2 seconds, a top-end speed of 198 mph, and yet, amazingly, the possibility for 78 mpg fuel economy. A seven-speed PDK transmission, a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body, powerful brakes, a bevy of driving modes, and that prancing horse-inspired front end round out this eco-enthusiast's dream ride.
It's just a concept at this point, but the Peugeot 5 ($TBA) is likely to share more than a few features with the company's next 508 sedan — and that's a good thing. It's powered by Peugeot's Hybrid4 technology, which combines a 2.0L HDi FAP diesel engine, mounted at the front of the vehicle and good for 163hp, with a 37 bhp electric motor at the rear for a total of 200hp. Other features include automatic four-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, LED lighting, and a concept-worthy windshield that seems to disappear into the roof.