It Looked Good On Paper: 10 Concepts That Never/Haven't Made It To Production
Unfortunately, not every car can be successful. In some cases, automakers like to field ideas in the form of concept cars that look absolutely stunning, but no matter how much we beg and plead, these vehicles will never properly set their tires upon our roadways. Here are ten cars that never made it to production, or rather, haven't made it yet.
1. Lamborghini Asterion
I'm starting off strong this time around, and the Asterion had so much flair to it that it's a crime against auto enthusiasts around the world that this never made it. The Asterion would've been Lamborghini's answer to the McLaren P1, Porsche 918, and Ferrari LaFerrari. The Asterion came equipped with a 5.2-liter V10 from the Huracan, but it would've had three electric motors as well. This quartet of powerplants had a total system output of 910 horsepower. It would've had an electric-only range of 31 miles. The Asterion project was cancelled so that Lamborghini could focus production efforts on the Urus.
This is particularly interesting to me because we got the Urus and the Holy Trinity of hybrid supercars, so now that we have the Cayenne Coupe, and the Ferrari SUV on the way, will the Asterion finally show up to the party? I sure hope so.
2. Buick Avista
The Buick Avista would've lined up perfectly with GM's dream of creating a trio of performance coupes based off of the Alpha Platform. The Camaro would be the base of the Alpha Platform, and Cadillac uses the Alpha Platform for the ATS, but that left a hole in the middle for Buick to have the coupe that it so desperately needed back in 2016. The Avista would've had a version of Cadillac's 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 making 400 horsepower, and any older fans of Buick know that "Buick + two-door + Turbo = FUN".
Unfortunately for everyone, the Avista was only a design study, and although a sedan version was planned to replace the Regal, that too never saw the light of day. However now the ATS Coupe is no more, the Avista would make even more sense to be introduced, even though that wish is a long shot at best.
3. Chevrolet Bel Air Concept
While we're on the subject of cool two-door cars from GM, let's talk about this barge in-charge. When the 2002 Chevrolet Bel Air concept was unveiled, it immediately turned heads. The Bel Air had its sights set on the eleventh-generation Ford Thunderbird, and would've made more power than the T-Bird as well. Powering this concept was a unique DOHC version of GM's L52 3.5-liter, five-cylinder engine producing 315 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque. Although this concept never made it to production, it could've bridged the gap between the fourth and fifth generations of the Camaro.
4. Jaguar C-X75
The Jaguar C-X75 is easily the automotive equivalent of the one who got away, because had this actually been put into production, the whole of the supercar market would've been turned upside down. The original C-X75 had 778 horsepower, but the five prototype models that were developed had a total system output of 890 horses. That combined with the price tag of nearly $1,500,000 made the Jag a force to be reckoned with, not to mention that had this Jag actually made it to production, it would've come out alongside the P1, 918, and LaFerrari, not to mention the Asterion as well, had that made it to production.
Like the Asterion, the C-X75 project was cancelled, but unlike the Asterion, Jaguar wound up taking the design language, and several of the tech features and put them in the F-Type.
5. Cadillac Elmiraj
This thing could and should still be on the table. With a brand new S-Class Coupe, and 8-Series, how in the world is GM dragging their heels and not producing this as Cadillac's high end coupe? Is it because the ELR sucked? Is that why? I can't look at this elegant coupe for too long because I get too annoyed at GM for not producing this incredible vehicle, with its unique 4.5-liter, twin-turbo V8 making an estimated 500 horsepower.
Though it should be said that the Elmiraj was the continued development of the Ciel which led to the Omega Platform which underpins the CT6. So there is still hope yet, even if GM continues to flatten my dreams of wonderful performance coupes from a company that once made three different versions of a 455 cubic inch V8 for no legitimate reason, I'm salty, but I digress.
6. Lincoln Futura
The Lincoln Futura was an incredible car, designed way before the likes of the 1959 Cadillacs and their massive tail fins, the Futura was one of the first completely functional show cars of the era. Powering the Futura was a 368 cubic inch (6.0-liter) V8 producing up to 300 horsepower and up to 415 lb-ft of torque. The original Futura was sold to George Barris and modified to become the original Batmobile in the 1966 TV Series, Batman.
7. Bugatti 16C Galibier
Move over Porsche Panamera. The Bugatti 16C Galibier is the rightful king of the weird five-door fastback segment. Unlike the Veyron, the Galibier featured a twin-supercharged version of Bugatti's legendary W16 engine. This behemoth of an engine was good for an estimated 986 horsepower and a top speed of 235 miles per hour, but what did you expect from something that came with eight exhaust pipes?
Unfortunately, production for this "1.2 to 1.5 million dollar fastback" was cancelled in favor of the Veyron's successor, the Chiron, but I wouldn't put it past Bugatti to be looking into a project such as this to become the crown jewel of the sedan market as well.
8. Chrysler ME Four-Twelve Concept
This is another car that I can't look at for too long without wanting to send angry emails to every person responsible for cancelling its production. The ME Four-Twelve Concept was from the peak of Chrysler's last resurgence and was a V12 supercar that would've dominated the world, had they built it. Dissecting the name, "ME" stood for Mid-Engined, the "Four-Twelve" part stood for four turbochargers and twelve cylinders. The V12 was courtesy of Mercedes-Benz meaning that this thing was some sort of weird American Zonda, and with a total output of 850 horsepower, it would've out Zonda-ed the Zonda.
Zero to sixty in 2.9 seconds, top speed of a claimed 248 miles per hour. Had it reached production, it would've been the fastest and most powerful car on the road at the time. Bear in mind it was 2004, so it would've outrun an Enzo too.
9. Lamborghini Miura Concept
The 2006 Lamborghini Miura Concept was what happens when designers truly understand how to bring an old car into the modern era. Looking nearly identical to the old Miura, the 2006 Miura was simply a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the unveiling of the 1966 Miura. Lamborghini has been very clear that they would not bring the Miura back, but worry not, as the 2006 Miura is available in a variety of video games.
10. Pontiac Stinger Concept
What happens when you combine the wonders of a Dune Buggy and the active lifestyle of the modern era? You get a unibody Jeep Wrangler wanna be, that can disassemble itself for the ultimate party machine!
Unveiled in 1989, the Stinger, of no relation to the Kia Stinger (obviously), was designed for beach cruising. The door panels could be removed entirely, or optioned to turn into beverage coolers that could be removed from the car when you arrived at your destination. The same could be said for the center console, radio and a host of other features. Powering the Stinger was a 3.0-liter four-cylinder making 170 horsepower which was mated to an all-wheel-drive system and three-speed automatic.
It would be interesting to see what would've happened if the Stinger was produced and actually sold well, maybe Pontiac would still be here, the Stinger would be a wildly successful Wrangler rival, and Kia would have an awesome four-door liftback called the Magentis. Who knows?
Some of these cars looked better on paper, but some of them would've definitely given their respective automakers the attention they so desperately needed, and had any of these concepts make it to production, the automotive industry as we know it, could be entirely different.
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