If you thought the other luxury car makers were going to take the CTS-V's claims of "fastest production sedan in the world" lying down, you haven't been paying attention. Soon up to challenge the Caddy's reign will be a slightly tweaked version of the 2012 BMW M5 Concept ($TBA). Powered by a high-revving V8 with M TwinPower Turbo Technology, the new M5 will crank out copious horsepower to its seven-speed, double-clutch transmission, with the Active M Differential sending power to each rear wheel independently based on traction, slip angle, and other considerations. Nürburgring tested, Uncrate approved.
Who are we to argue with a "grown-up golf cart?" The Rinspeed BamBoo ($TBA) is aimed squarely at the picnic/beach crowd, featuring a German-made 54-kW electric motor good for speeds of up to 75 miles per hour and a battery with 65 miles of range, an onboard foldable bike, a two-piece waterproof design, a communication display in place of the radiator grille, an inflatable roof that doubles as a beach blanket, a key hidden inside a Swiss Army Knife, 17-inch AEZ three-spoke billet aluminum wheels, and an included seven-inch tablet computer. Crazy? Perhaps. Cool? Definitely.
Imagine if you could go over 250 miles on a single gallon of gas. Volkswagen hasn't just imagined it — they've made it a reality with the Volkswagen Formula XL1 Concept ($TBA). Far more production-ready than the company's past one-liter efforts, the XL1 is powered by a hybrid two cylinder TDI engine and electric motor/lithium ion battery pairing, and features a seven-speed dual clutch DSG transmission, side-by-side seating, wing-style doors, carbon fibre reinforced polymer parts throughout the body, and the ability to go around 20 miles without needing any gas at all. We're just hoping the design gets a little more work, as the futuristic-as-of-1983 styling isn't really doing it for us.