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Concept cars are things that dreams are made of. These vehicles represent a manufacturer’s future, seen through LSD-laced rose colored glasses.
They are utopian automobiles for a world free of conservatism and convention. For better or worse, most will never see the light of day as a production model, but usually a few elements (and hopefully many) will find their way into future cars.
2013 has been another busy year for concept cars with manufacturers worldwide showcasing the best (and worst) new ideas within the automotive world. Sometimes these designs fail to resonate with the public; remember the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept? Not to worry, no one else does either.
But for every lackluster concept, there seems to be at least two that capture our attention, like the Audi Quattro Concept shown above. Here are the ten best concepts of 2013.
Images of a new concept car by Italdesign for the Geneva Motor Show have been released. Christened Italdesign Brivido, which means “thrill” in Italian, we have to agree that the Brivido is quite thrilling indeed.
Featuring classic kamm-tail GT sportscar proportions, blade-like LED headlamps, as well as a signature Italdesign “birdcage” cockpit treatment, the carbon-fiber extensive Brivido is sure to be one of the stars at Geneva. With a complex glass element, we’re not sure if the Brivido comes with functional windows but seeing that it is a radical sports car with gull-wing doors, we are quick to forgive its lack of practicality.
Supposedly, the Brivido will be powered by a front-mounted 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. Combined, the Brivido is expected to produce 360-hp, accelerate to 60 mph in under 6 seconds, and reach a top speed of 170 mph. The numbers are quite impressive, considering its combined fuel economy is rated at 36 mpg.
Interior shots have yet to be released but look for more details on the Italdesign Brivido Concept as we continue our coverage on the Geneva Motor Show.
GALLERY: Italdesign Brivido Concept
Those seeking to have a true collectible, one of three BMW ItalDesign Nazcas ever created is up for sale. The concept car originally designed in 1991 by Giorgetto Giugiaro, was supposed to be the successor to BMW’s M1 but manufacturing of the Nazca never made it to fruition. The car is being offered for a tad over $1,100,000.
Powered by a 5.7L Alpina V12 powerplant, the ItalDesign Nazca has 350-hp, which may seem low in today’s standards, but still aids in taking the supercar from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The prototype has less than 20 miles on it and features gullwing windows with conventional doors and leather interior.
After famed styling house Italdesign was swallowed up by Volkswagen back in May 2010, we knew it was only a matter of time before the two came out with some kind of physical manifestation of their union. A little over 9 months later and their new bundle of joy, the Volkswagen Giugiaro Tex concept has burst forth at the Geneva Auto Show.
According to Italdesign, the Tex is an “interpretation of tomorrow’s sporty Volkswagen, and what else could power such a vehicle besides a hybrid drivetrain. The Tex uses VW’s proprietary plug-in hybrid system which apparently has a range of 21 miles on electric-only power.
Inside, the Tex eschews the outlandish cabins of most concepts for a pretty production ready interior. The VW flat-bottom steering wheel will be familiar to anyone who’s spent time in a GTI, and if the exterior is an indicator of the future design direction of a VW hot hatch, we’re all for it.
GALLERY: Volkswagen Giugiaro Tex Concept
Italdesign has collaborated with Volkswagen in the past, with the original Golf and Scirocco widely considered as classics of design. They’ve gone on to pen the Volkswagen W12 concept and various SEAT, Lamborghini and Bugatti models since then. But Volkswagen bought the company outright last May, and these two concept cars are the fruits of that European union.
Not much has been revealed about these two cars since their designs were leaked from the European patent office. But it could very well predict the next Golf and Polo, or the Scirocco and Up! city car, but probably not the Phaeton and Touraeg. They may even be electric-powered, but hey, we’re just as eager to find out as you are when Geneva rolls around in two weeks.
Legendary Italian design firm Italdesign Giugiaro will sell a 90 percent stake to the Volkswagen Group, as the German firm looks to consolidate even more power in the automotive world.
“The Volkswagen Group will be continuing its model initiative over the coming years and will benefit from the capacity and competence of Italdesign,” said Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, in a statement released to the media. Italdesign’s patriarch, Giorgetto Giugiaro helped design the first generation Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen’s most important product, along with the original Beetle.
For his part, Giugario felt that the move was necessary to ensure the survivability of his studio. “We have grown from a small studio to a substantial industrial organization which is able to deal with global automakers. There are times when individual egoism has to step back to ensure the future sustainability of jobs.” The price paid by VW for the firm was not disclosed to the media.
[Source: Automotive News]