Monday, October 1, 2012

Paris 2012: Top 10 concept cars

McLaren P1 (© Microsoft-Magic Car Pics)
Motor shows are a great excuse for car manufacturers to go mad and showcase outlandish concepts, most of which have no hope of making it into production. Paris 2012 is no different, with a number of hot "design studies" to capture the imagination. Here are MSN Cars' ten favourite.

McLaren P1 (© Microsoft-Magic Car Pics)
Boom - way to make an impact at your home show, Peugeot. The Onyx is a jaw dropping supercar concept built around Le Mans racer diesel hybrid technology. And as if up to 680hp wasn't impressive enough, it also features real copper panels and a dashboard made out of old newspapers.#

McLaren P1 (© Microsoft-Magic Car Pics)
Previewing the next generation of Smart road cars - not to mention the technology that will underpin the next Renault Twingo - the ForStars is a proper show stopper, thanks to the movie projector built into the bonnet, star-gazer friendly roof and its cartoonish visage.

McLaren P1 (© Microsoft-Magic Car Pics)
The Concept Active Tourer is sure to raise eyebrows amongst BMW enthusiasts. Not only is it a people carrier, it previews a new range of three-cylinder turbo engines, plug-in hybrid technology and - shock - it's front rather than rear-wheel drive. 1 Series GT here we come.

McLaren P1 (© Microsoft-Magic Car Pics)
 
 
Could this be what the next generation of Nissan Qashqai looks like? Though the chunky proportions seem fun we're less convinced about that cross-eyed front end. Either way, we won't be seeing the TeRRA's hydrogen fuel cell electric drive in dealerships anytime soon. Shame.

McLaren P1 (© Microsoft-Magic Car Pics)
One of the few genuine secret squirrel cars at the 2012 Paris Show, the Porsche Sport Turismo is a sort of Panamera shooting brake concept. Except it's actually slightly smaller. And better looking. Plug-in hybrid power hints of future production plans, too. Remember when Porsche used to build sports cars?
   McLaren P1 (© Microsoft-Magic Car Pics)
If this is what the next Lexus IS looks like, count us in. The LF-CC does a great job of transferring the premium Japanese brand's latest design language onto a smaller vehicle, and suggests a future compact coupé is on the cards. Sublime detailing throughout.
McLaren P1 (© Microsoft-Magic Car Pics)
At first glance the Crosslane Coupe may look like just another of Audi's off-road Q-models. But it's actually a rather unusual two-door design with a targa roof. It also debuts a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, which combined with two electric motors provides 177hp. Exotic materials, too.
  McLaren P1 (© Microsoft-Magic Car Pics)
We knew it was coming, but that doesn't make it any less sensational - the new McLaren P1 is aiming to re-write the rulebook for 'ultra sports cars'. No word on the engine or performance yet, but we do know it generates 600kg of down-force at 'track' speeds.
McLaren P1 (© Microsoft-Magic Car Pics)
It's got a range-extender powertrain, solar panels, social media integration and it's targeting the burgeoning compact crossover market - it's hard to thing how this SsangYong electric-eXicting user Interface Vehicle could be any more on trend. Looks good, too.
  

 

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