At next month's Detroit Auto Show, Toyota will unveil this stunning concept sports car that would be powered by a 400-hp hybrid powertrain. Sporting super aggressive styling, the Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept ($35,000 est.) is envisioned as a coupe to replace the retired Supra, with a 0-60 target of 4 seconds. A 3.5-liter V6 engine would deliver most of the power, while an electric motor will provide fuel-efficiency. It'll sport a unique retractable roof and an ultra-futuristic interior. Let's pray to the car gods that this one gets made.
Dodge showed off a tiny new B-segment car this week at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show that is surprisingly hot. With its wide stance and aggressive front-end, the 2006 Dodge Hornet Concept has a rally-inspired look that will take your mind off the fact that you're riding in something the size of a Chevy Aveo. The Hornet has a an exposed engine intercooler flanked, 19-inch wheels, blue-tinted windows, and is powered by a 1.6L supercharged four-cylinder engine putting out 170 hp. As always, there's no word on if/when this will go into production.
Apparently, the American muscle car is back for good. Like the Chevy Camaro concept, the Dodge 2006 Challenger ($TBA) is one good lookin' beast. Based on the iconic 1970 model, the HEMI-powered concept was designed with the essential attributes of a muscle car — "distinctly American; mega horsepower; pure, minimal, signature lines; aggressive air-grabbing grille; and bold colors and graphics." Yep, that about sums it up.
It takes a lot for us to drool over an American muscle car — we'd much rather be cruising around in a German or Japanese designed car. However, Chevrolet has finally created one that we'd love to see go into production, like, next week. Inspired by a combination of the 1969 Camaro, 2005 Corvette and the YF-22 fighter jet, the new Chevrolet Camaro Concept ($TBA) delivers killer styling, shape and stance. It boasts a 400-horsepower aluminum small-bock V-8 with Active Fuel Management technology, which shuts off four cylinders to save fuel when the engine is lightly loaded — yielding highway fuel economy of 30 mpg or better. A muscle car with fuel efficiency. About damn time.
We continue our concept car coverage from the Frankfurt International Motor Show today with the spectacular BMW Z4 Coupe ($TBA). Obviously based on the Z4 Roadster, the new two-seater hardtop is powered by BMW’s new 3.0-liter straight-six, which produces 265 hp for a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. It's equipped with an advanced suspension and brake system, and has a unique contrasting interior featuring caramel leather with polished and brushed aluminum components. Word from the show is that the Z4 Coupe looks production ready and could be on showroom floors before we know it.