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Scion FR-S Concept

We're pretty sure Scion would have been the last company we'd have expected to announce a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car, but then again, that's why they call it a "concept." The Scion FR-S Concept ($TBA) is a throwback to Toyotas past, like the AE86 generation of the Corolla and the 2000GT, meant to bring fun back to the Camry-maker's extended lineup. It's powered by a flat 2.0-liter boxer engine mated to either a six-speed, short-throw manual or automatic with steering- wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and offers plenty of other niceties, including LED lighting around the headlights and taillights, 20-inch wheels, a low center of gravity, and a "dynamically favorable" front-to-rear weight ratio — but enough with the chit-chat. Just make it already.

  • Rinspeed BamBoo

    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.

  • Volkswagen Formula XL1 Concept

    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.