In car industry, there is nothing worse than presenting a cool car, and not putting it in production. I know that some concepts are not so cool per se, but there have been many amazing ones like: Volkswagen Nardo W12, Chrysler ME Four-Twelve, Citroen Survolt, Peugeot 908 RC, Renault DeZir, Maserati Alfieri etc. I have seen all of these cars I've just mentioned (apart from Chrysler), and trust me, they would be amazing if they became real. So, for today, I decided to choose 5 best concept cars (in my opinion) that should've been made.
5. BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R
In one of my recent posts, I wrote about most iconic BMWs ever made, one of them being the 3.0 CSL Batmobile. Well, this concept is what the CSL could look like today. The Hommage R was revealed at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in 2015, and it was built with a lightweight racing interior. It sits lower than any other BMW, and has the mother of all grills. It was made to celebrate 40 years of the first race that was one by the Batmobile. Even though it was powered by a straight-6 with an eBoost hybrid system, this car will never leave the "concept zone". According to BMW, the Hommage R is made to celebrate the best from the past, and not to give a glimpse into the future.
4. Jaguar CX-75
Just like the Hommage R, the CX-75 is a modern version of another car-the iconic XJ220. This one was so close to be put into production in 2010. Jaguar wanted to make it with a hybrid engine which would have 780hp and a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). After a while, Jaguar decided to offer it with electric engines alone, which would be powered on the go by two micro-gas turbines. But, due to an ongoing global crisis at that time, Jaguar decided to scrap the entire project and focus on other things. Mind you, we were able to see the CX-75 in action in the last James Bond movie "Spectre".
3. Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge
Infiniti wanted to make a car that would rival the BMW M3 and Merc C63 AMG. So, the Q50 Eau Rouge idea was born. It had AWD, and a 3.8-litre V6 engine from a Nissan GTR producing 560hp. This super-sedan was named after one of the most famous corners in racing at the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps circuit. But, after some thinking, Infiniti's boss decided to cancel the project. When asked about the Eau Rouge concept, he said: "I'm not saying we're not thinking about it, it's just not a tomorrow-morning priority. Of course it is a fantastic car. But are you going to sell 1000 of them? Than isn't going to work. When you put into market a £60k or £65k car, you need some credibility."
2. Bugatti 16C Galibier
After Bugatti's name was resurrected by Volkswagen, which resulted with the legendary Veyron, many people wondered what would be their next step. Well, the Galibier would have been that next step. It was portrayed as a modern-day 57SC Atlantic, and it was met with huge interests when it was presented in 2009 at Frankfurt. Powered by an 8.0-litre W16 engine with a twin-supercharger, it was supposed to have over 1000hp and a top speed of over 378 km/h (235 mph). Everyone thought it would go into production, but Bugatti pulled the project out to make room for the Chiron project. In 2016, Bugatti CEO said that Galibier is being reconsidered. Well, I sure hope they are still thinking about it.
1. Lamborghini Miura Concept
There are some thing that are just "too much" for it. But, I really believe this should go into production
We need this car. Period. The Miura is one of the most beautiful cars ever made, and in 2006, Lamborghini celebrated 40 years of it by making a gorgeous concept. There are not many details about it but, even though many Lamborghini fans would like to see a modern-day Miura, Lamborghini crushed our hopes. According to them, Miura was a celebration of Lamborgini's history. But now, Lamborghini is about the future, so they will not do the Miura. The Miura Concept is currently displayed at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant'Agata Bolognese.
What do you think? Should these cars stay concepts or do you want to see them on the road?