We've seen plenty of high-end sports cars borrow technology from F1 racing, but a single-seater urban commuter? That's exactly what you'll find in the Renault Twizy Sport F1 Concept ($TBA). By borrowing the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) from Renault's F1 cars, the Twizy Sport can boost nearly 100hp, dashing from 0-62 mph nearly as quickly as the flagship Mégane R.S. road car. Other unique features include slick racing tires, a front splitter, side-pods, a huge rear wing, diffuser, and an F1-style rain light. As you might imagine, we wouldn't expect to see one on the street this year, or the next, or pretty much ever.
Some concepts seem ready for production, while some make you wish they were ready for production. The Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept ($TBA) belongs in the latter category. Built on the same compact vehicle architecture as the A- and B-Class, this compact crossover is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder good for 208 hp that's paired to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and MB's 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. That's all fairly normal, as are the 20-inch wheels, large roof spoiler, and interior that features a blend of leather and dark galvanized aluminum. The air vents are illuminated from behind, glowing blue for cool air and red for warm, but that's not outlandish — what is are the laser-beam projector headlamps, which provide light at night but can also project nearly anything you want onto a flat surface. That includes pictures, navigation info, or even video taken with the two removable HD cameras that are mounted on the roof rack. Coming to a dealer near you in 2026. Just kidding — we hope.
Not that we don't like the current WRX, but if this is to be the future of the line, you can count us emphatically "in". The Subaru WRX Concept ($TBA) has arrived to offer clues as to what the next-generation WRX might resemble, and the news is almost all good. Up front, you'll find an aggressive new front end, with a larger, bolder grille that sticks out to make room for the turbocharged engine and intercooler — but thankfully the iconic hood scoop remains. A carbon fiber roof and a lower, wider body extend to the rear, where you'll find a dramatically curved trunk lid that acts as a spoiler, as well as a large black rear diffuser set between quad tailpipes. The whole thing sets on BBS "RI-D" One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels, which may or not make it to the production version — if/when it ever appears.
Well, that didn't take long. The 2014 Corvette isn't even out yet, and we've already got an aftermarket conversion package. The Callaway AeroWagon Concept ($15,000) aims to turn the new Stingray into a shooting brake using a body package that's made using a resin transfer molding process that produces precisely-fitting, load-carrying carbon parts. In other words, the AeroWagon will boast far more room inside than a typical C7, while still achieving speeds of over 200mph.
It's only a concept, but my, what a concept it is. The Lamborghini Sesto Concept ($TBA) is setting a new bar for lightweight supercars, thanks to advanced carbon fiber technology construction that gives it a curb weight of just over 2,200 lbs. — and that's including its V10 engine and permanent all-wheel drive. And while the V10 outputs "only" 570 hp, that's still good enough for a 1.75 kg per hp power-to-weight ratio and an insane 0-62 mph time of just 2.5 seconds. If you're wanting to get your hands on one, you'd best wish for A.) Lamborghini to make it and B.) some sort of financial windfall, because this thing isn't gonna come cheap.
It might be "just a concept", but when Ford says they see the Ford Atlas Pickup Concept ($TBA) as the future of pickup trucks, you can rest assured you'll see most of the features on future F-150s. At first glance, the exterior styling looks quite similar to the company's current offerings, but look closely and you'll find features like active grille shutters, active wheel shutters, power running boards, and a drop-down front air dam, all of which help improve aerodynamics at highway speeds while maintaining maximum utility. Other features include a next-gen EcoBoost powertrain, LED headlamps, taillamps, cargo box and side mirror lighting, hidden cargo ramps, dynamic hitch assist, and a 360-degree Point-of-View camera to help position the vehicle in tight places. If only they'd actually make the damn thing.
SUVs and MPGs don't exactly go hand-in-hand, but it doesn't have to be that way. Take the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept ($TBA) for example. Designed for the US and Canadian markets, this six-seat SUV features a 2.0L turbo diesel engine and two electric motors for a combined output of 305 hp and all-wheel drive capability. Thanks to this hybrid setup, the concept is said to make the sprint from 0-60 in about 7.2 seconds and offer fuel economy as high as 89 MPG. As with any concept, you might not want to hold your breath on an actual release.
Yes, it's definitely intriguing. But unfortunately for anyone wishing to park one in their own driveway, the Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept ($TBA) is about as concept-y as a vehicle can get. Created for the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012, the Ener-G-Force was designed as a highway patrol car for 2025, it boasts such outlandish features as a tank on the roof to store water that's transferred to the "hydro-tech converter" where it's converted into hydrogen for running the fuel cells and a 360-degree topography scanner on the roof.
It's okay to drool. Created by the guys behind the crazy-awesome Ford Broncos with help from Banks Power, the Icon D200 ($TBA) combines modern technology with the look of Dodge's landmark 1965 crew cab truck. Thanks to new Dodge 3500 chassis and mechanical systems, the D200 is ready to handle the raw brawn of the 5.9 L Cummins engine that provides it with an insane 975 lbs. of torque. Other features include a Six-Gun diesel tuner, a Monster Ram intake manifold, a dual exhaust, a Banks Brake exhaust braking system, a 4.5-inch Baja 1000 Chase lift kit with Fox shocks, custom audio, and an interior featuring free-range American Indian Reservation bison leather. Expect to see it at SEMA 2012, but no word on whether you'll ever be able to buy one.
Last time we saw the LF-LC Concept, it was red, and details were scant. The Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept ($TBA) is the next step forwards for this radical four-seat coupe, as we can now tell you that it's powered by an Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive that pairs an Atkinson cycle combustion engine with a high-energy battery pack for 500 hp — and plenty of speed — and that the interior boasts twin 12.3-inch LCD screens for info and navigation display that are operated by a touch screen control board. Unfortunately, as with its predecessor, you can expect to see it in a garage near you approximately never.
Serious riders would never mistake Yamaha's XJ6 for a stunt bike — yet that's exactly what was used as the base for the Yamaha Moto Cage-Six Concept Motorcycle ($TBA). Being a concept, it will likely never become available, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the garish paint scheme, exposed framework, and car tire-carrying rear wheel. [via]
It might look like a cross between an SUV and an A1, but according to the company, the Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept ($TBA) puts an extreme stress on the "Coupe". Built atop a Multimaterial Space Frame, it's powered by a plug-in hybrid drive that pairs a 1.5L three-cylinder TFSI engine and two electric motors, giving it 177 hp, a 0-62 mph time of 8.6 seconds, and astonishing 213 mpg fuel economy. Other features include a 2+2 seat layout, a unique electrically-powered trunk, trapezoidal LED headlights, and a stylish interior.