Sure, it's still a work in progress, but we'd be more than happy to hop behind the wheel of the Subaru BRZ STI Concept ($TBA) as-is. Developed in collaboration with Toyota, the BRZ STi is a rear-wheel drive sports car, powered by a 2.0L Boxer four-cylinder engine and sporting a carbon fiber roof for reduced weight and a lower center of gravity, as well as a STi-designed lower front grille, hawk eye headlights, and fin-shaped fog lamps. Hit up the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show this weekend if you'd like to see it before it retreats back into the development labs, (possibly) never to be seen again.
Sometimes the future invented by the past is even more exciting than the one we're actually living. The 1969 Holden Hurricane ($TBA) is a perfect example. Originally unveiled at the 1969 Melbourne Motor Show, this sleek ride featured a mid-mounted, 262hp V8 engine boasting advanced components such as the four-barrel carburetor, rear-wheel drive, a glorious fold-forward windshield assembly in lieu of doors, and "futuristic" features like electronic digital instrument displays, a radio with seek capability, automatic temperature control, a rear-vision camera, and a quasi-GPS system called the "Pathfinder". Come to think of it, that sounds an awful lot like the present — only most of our cars aren't this good looking.
And you thought a matter of months was a long time to wait for a concept car to become real. The 1969 BMW Spicup ($TBA) has been hidden away for over 20 years — after nearly as many years of use — only recently rearing its futurism-from-the-past head at an auction. Features include a 2.8L SOHC straight-six engine, a retractable roof — novel for the time — designed by Enzo Cingolani, and a completely restored body and interior that replaces some... interesting design choices, such as rust-friendly untreated metal body panels and termite-attracting wooden bumpers.