We all know that car-makers like to show off their design and engineering expertise every now and again in the form of a concept car. However, sometimes clients of these manufacturers like these concepts so much that the bosses give the thumbs up to put those concepts into production. Here are 5 cars that were concepts turned real-life production cars.
1. The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept
In 2009, BMW decided to showcase their Vision EfficientDynamics Concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show. In terms of its 3-cylinder hybrid engine, it was a taster of what cars would be like in the future. The very futuristic-looking concept was originally meant to have a turbo-diesel engine, but thankfully BMW decided on using a petrol engine instead. In 2014, BMW put what is now called the i8 into production, with the model line-up having recently expanded with the i8 Roadster.
2. The Jaguar C-X16 Concept
Jaguar’s concept for a two-seater sports car was revealed to the world at the 2011 Frunkfurt Motor Show. AT first it was meant to showcase Jag’s vision for the future in terms of coupling the gorgeous body with a hybrid engine. However, when Jaguar showed what was ultimately called the F-Type in 2014, it would only be offered with purely supercharged, fossil fuel driven engines. Namely the V6, V6 S and V8 S we know and love.
3. The Land Rover LRX Concept
Land Rover wanted to expand its range, so at the 2008 Detroit Motor Show it showcased its LRX Concept. Marketed as a replacement for the Freelander, Land Rover designed this car for people who wanted a SUV, but didn’t want to deal with the big bulk of a traditional one. Similarly to Jag’s concept, the LRX was also meant to have a hybrid engine, but that never really realised. In 2011 Land Rover was put into production with the name, “Range Rover Evoque”.
4. The Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
The launch of the 918 Spyder Concept saw the first of trio of hybrid hypercars being unveiled to the world. At Geneva in 2010, Porsche showed the world one of the most extraordinary and important cars to have ever graced the earth. It was so popular that 3 years and 2000 letters of intent later, Porsche put 918 of these cars into production.
5. The Lexus LF-A Concept
In 2005 the blueprints for one of the best cars in the world was shown. Built as a message to the world that Lexus could not just build luxury sedans, but could also go head-to-head with the Italian exotics. The car would have a V10 engine, derived from Formula 1 and have a body made from aluminium. But, then Lexus decided that carbon fibre would be lighter so they started to build the bodies from scratch. 5 years later Lexus revealed the final production version of the LF-A with only 500 units having been produced.