Rarely do concept cars go from the floors of auto shows to the floors of dealers. Concepts either exist as quickly bolted together pieces of sheetmetal built to showcase a new technology, or simply exist to showcase an automakers coming design change.
Most concept cars are quickly forgotten, but some linger in the collective minds of auto aficionados long after the auto show doors close.
Keep reading for the four concepts from 2010 that have stuck with me, either because of their jaw-dropping sexiness or mind-bending new technology.
The C-X75 is one of the most innovative and beautiful cars Jaguar has ever created. Underneath the beauty are two small jet-turbines powering four electric motors; one at each wheel. Horsepower us said to come in at 780. Is this a peek into the future of exotic supercars? I hope so.
There are no plans to produce the stunning Shinari concept, which debuted at the LA Auto Show this year, but its styling is said to influence the next redesign of Mazda’s lineup. Let’s be honest here, nothing Mazda makes today can be classified as beautiful. Maybe the Shinari will begin to change that.
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
If Satan drove a Lambo, this would be the one. It weighs in at just 2,202 pounds and is propelled by a mid-mounted 570-horsepower V10 engine capable of propelling itself to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds.
We’ve devoted a lot of virtual ink to the 918 Spyder concept since its Geneva debut. In my humble opinion, it deserves even more. The car is powered by a 500-horsepower V8 with electric motors on the front and rear axles, making the equivalent of 218 more horsepower for a total power output of 718 ponies. Even better? This futuristic rocketship will actually make it to production.
Do you have a favorite concept car, past or present, that you would have loved to see go into production?