Cars. There are sports cars, monster cars, concept cars, race cars, trucks, vans, etc…. There are all types of cars for all types of people. That is the beauty of the car. And with hot cars generally come hot women. Race cars and beautiful women go together like peanut butter and jelly. Hit a NASCAR event and you will see an array of beautiful women looking on as if they were at a Backstreet Boys Concert in the early 2000s. Cars bring out the crowds of men too. There’s nothing like a little car racing and testosterone to get the juices flowing.
Each year, car companies roll out an exciting array of concept cars for the world to see. These cars have a variety of looks and feels. There is no limitation to their look or feel. Some of these cars are rolled out with the hopes of them making an impact at a car show and potentially becoming a launch point for a much bigger rollout. The car shows also show terrific displays of both past and futuristic stylings, a convergence of extraordinary creativity. Car designers can go the extra mile when it comes to concept cars and sometimes the splash from the car shows is worth the money invested by car companies. Much like every other year, 2016 has been a big display for creative car concepts.
Courtesy of Car And Driver, Top Speed, and Top Gear as resources, here are The 15 Greatest Concept Cars of 2016.
15. Infiniti Q80
Sleek, silver, stylish and superb are just some of the “S” words we’d break out to describe this phenomenal vehicle. Shimmering like a perfectly polished diamond in a case, the Infiniti was designed as a “precursor to production” by Infiniti. Infiniti stopped short of announcing the Q80 as production model, but this twin-turbocharged V-6 luxury car is a hybrid with an electrical motor (although its output has not been specified). With 550 horsepower and insane torque, the Q80 is more than just a pretty face on the road. This car brings a big punch to the road.
14. Kia Stinger GT4
Kia went retro with its body and appeal with the Stinger GT4. Some of the highlights of this beautiful concept car is the wraparound windshield that makes the vehicle’s body pop. Looking like a sparkling new design out of the 70s, the body and feel scream antique but the high-end wheel base, design and trim scream new and innovative. Kia may not be dropping this car off as merely a concept. Many believe that the Stinger GT4 is possibly the look of the future for this car.
13. Lexus LF-C2
This is not your mom and dad’s Lexus. The Lexus LF-C2 sports an impressive sharp body including an accented front with cat eyes-like headlamps. The sleek body blends both “2+2” roadster and a “luxury Grand Touring” designs. These designs were originally formatted after the Lexus RC coupe. Lexus naturally put its trademark “spindle grille” on the car. 40-spoke chrome wheels with faux-knockoff caps will make heads turn on every road across the world. The convertible top makes onlookers even more excited about taking this car out on a sunny day by the ocean. If you want high-class and cool, the Lexus LF-C2 delivers.
12. Maserati Alfieri
This model was created in honor of Maserati’s history. The Alfieri was designed at Maserati Centro Stile in Turin. The Alfieri may be smaller than the Gran Turismo, but the vehicle pops nonetheless and stands up on its own as an incredible vehicle. The goal was to unveil the Maserati Alfieri some time in 2016 and actually roll it out to the public. The concept emerged back in 2014 and has since gained strength as a 2016 hit. The car was expected to arrive at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The car will be priced at a cool $100,000 and is certain to be a big hit with luxury car buyers.
11. Mini Superleggera Vision
Primed and approved for production by 2018, the Mini Superleggera Vision is a mini Roadster with a sleek body and a powerful punch. Touted as “British born and Italian tailored,” the Mini Superleggera Vision showcases traditional MINI design on a classic Speedster bonnet. The iconic round headlights provide creative splashes that draws a classic image from the past with futuristic flare. The hexagonal grill is another striking feature that immediately draws eyes to vehicle. A wide stance combined with muscular wheel arches contrast against sleek aluminum mirrors and rims that shine. The fingerprints of British racing heritage is clear throughout.
10. Nissan Sport Sedan
Nissan proudly unveils it’s 4-door sports sedan that has quite a look that goes far beyond your father’s sedan. This wheel base adds both depth and character. Boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights are a strong contrast for this vehicle and almost never seen on a sedan. The design is inspired by a modern furniture design, and on top of the original shaping, metallic accents and contrasting colors give the car an ultra-modern feel.
9. Silicon x Riley Hawk Skate Tour xB
This groovy vehicle is inspired by the Skate King himself, Tony Hawk. Riley Hawk’s Skate Tour xB outfitted as a hark back to America’s 1970s van culture. According to Topspeed.com, “this van has it all.” The hoop-style manual chrome mirrors that impressively extend off the sides of the car like perfect accents, added chrome grille inserts and Cragar S/S wheels wrapped in fat rubber with raised white letters only continue the accented appeal of this car with eye-popping grandeur. The character of the car is cemented by its physical design with the eye-popping orange, yellow, and brown stripe job covering the entire vehicle. The back hatch opens up in Tony Hawk-esque style to reveal a mini workshop. Even smaller is the pint-sized halfpipe for Tech Decks.
8. Toyota FT-1
The Toyota FT-1 is a concept car developed by the brilliant brain trust from both Toyota and BMW. The ambitious vehicle hopes to compete with sports cars like the Corvettes of this world. With an output expected to exceed 400 horsepower, the juicy potential of having a turbocharged engine or a hybrid V-6, the FT-1 will have the looks and the muscle to truly compete with the Vettes of the world. The base price of a Chevrolet Corvette starts at $55,000, and the FT-1 may rival that price.
7. Toyota U2
The Toyota U2 is the kind of concept car that evolves when a group of engineers have way too much fun one night and pick random ideas out of a hat. According to Car And Driver, the convergence is a crazy car model that is the love child of a postal mail truck/SUV. Some see it as a hybrid cargo van. But the Toyota U2 is labeled as an Urban Utility concept. The car shares some resemblance to the Nissan S-Cargo. There’s an extremely clever tie-down system featuring a highlighted cargo-hauling application that also includes a roll-back roof over the load area. In addition, there’s a drop down rear tailgate that can double as a ramp along with a very cool roll-down glass feature. This truly is a fun off-roading vehicle made for any urban jungle encounters.
6. Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo
This two-seater designed by Volkswagen is a new sleek sports car and the name, “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo,” only adds to the allure. The designers for this hot model used the DNA from the legendary GTI to conceive a both visually successful and technological exciting ride. The car features a 503 HP VR6 TSI engine that leaves very little not to like. It’s powerful torque will give its drivers all they can take. And the handling characteristics have been tuned specifically for the “Gran Turismo” racetracks. The 20-inch GTI alloy wheels are a nice accent along with the classic GTI stripes. This car screams throwback while also combining impressive powerful technology and a body for sin.
5. Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4
When you put the words Lamborghini and concept car together, everyone in the world pays attention. The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 builds on the 2014 show in Paris when Lamborghini first unveiled its Asterion line. The car combines classic looks from Lamborghini’s past, present and future. The car employs a longitudinally mounted, 602-hp 5.2-liter V-10 engine. An integrated starter motor and generator sits between the engine and transmission. The combined output reaches an impressive 897 horsepower; enough to launch the Asterion from rest to 62 mph in 3 seconds flat. The gist: this car is damn fast and looks cool doing it!
4. Volkswagen Tristar
The Volkswagen Tristar emerged as a short-wheelbase Volkswagen Transport van. The rear portion of the roof has been cut away, creatively leaving a deep stubby pickup bed. The Tristar features an awesome full-size spare-tire mount and the bed features a sealed trunk-like compartment similar to Honda’s deceased Ridgeline. A nice 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI diesel making 201 horsepower engine a fantastic touch to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Zero to 60 in 10 seconds combined with 115-mph top speed is a nice addition made by the VW crew for a transport van.
3. Volkswagen XL Sport
This extraordinary design contains an awesome super-charged engine. The Volkswagen XL Sport is a phenomenal vehicle with a 197bhp V-twin engine from the Ducati 1199 Superleggera motorbike. Weighing just 890 kg, this microcar shouts performance. For fun and kicks, the VW engineers claim that the XL Sport will get from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds with a top speed peaking at 168mph. According to Top Gear, the XL Sport boasts the best aerodynamics of any sports car.
2. Volvo Concept Estate
The Volvo Concept Estate is a throwback vehicle, a hark back to Volvo’s P1800 ES from the 1970s. The exterior of the Volvo Concept Estate looks amazing, but it’s the interior that really pops on the Estate. The interior features a new in-car control system that Volvo hopes will span the new generation of the company’s rollouts. The system is based around a massive iPad style touch screen. The touchscreen is the kind of technological advancement that Volvo engineers hope will bring their new line of vehicles in-line with the advances all around the world. The kind of swipe and pinch gestures are how consumers will engage the device, that similar to smartphones.
1. Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Gran Turismo
Looking like a vehicle straight out of the last Tron movie, this Chevy concept car sports an out-of-this-world body to go along with stunning wheel wells. The white race car-like body is both stylish and futuristic. The car was conceived as Chevrolet’s entry into the Gran Turismo 6 video game’s Vision Gran Turismo digital collection. The car pays tribute to the Chaparral race cars built decades ago by racing legends Jim Hall and Hap Sharp. Although this was more of a digital creation in theory, Chevy brought the full-size vehicle to life in stunning fashion.