Some people think “If you’ve seen one car, you’ve seen them all.” However, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are a lot of cars that have been and stayed concepts and have likely never reached your eyes. Even as a car enthusiast, you’re probably not up to date on all concept cars made within the last decade. There are cars that you could not have imagined(and cars that you have imagined but never thought possible) that have been turned into completely functional vehicles.
Shapeshifting, floating, and life-size Hot Wheels cars are all on this list. Breaking boundaries(and banks) are these kinds jaw-dropping concepts. Some of what’s on here are new and some date back to as far as 1975. Even the older ones look as though they’ve time traveled from the future. If you love cars and like to know what’s new then you’ll love learning about what’s only in the design and idea phases. There are cars that have been brought to production, but those are usually rare and expensive. Elegant designs, sleek lines, and exclusive features all make us feel like there’s no way these cars can be a reality. Unfortunately, some of these haven’t gone past the concept phase, but fingers crossed everybody.
From futuristic designs and even features that hint to the past, here’s a list of the coolest concept cars you’ve likely never seen before. To think some people feel like there’s nothing they haven’t seen in a car. What a concept.
While the Vanquish concept has come a long way since its AMV8 origins, this concept car designed by Sabino Design still impresses.The car was in part inspired by the Jaguar XJ 220 which explains the layout(one that features a central engine) which is nothing like the AMV 8. This car features a V10 engine(with 700 hp) which had never been used by Aston before. The year 2013 marked a century of Aston Martin and so the Vanquish was born. The recent 2015 Vanquish(AMV12) is equipped with an AM29 V12 engine, the most powerful GT production engine ever used by Aston Martin. The 658 hp car that reaches 201 mph and can go fro zero to sixty in 3.6 seconds is described as a “Super Grand Tourer.”
The Maserati Birdcage 75th, a concept car created and designed by a Pininfarina design team, was first introduced at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show. It was named to honor both the classic Maserati Birdcages of the 1960s and Pininfarina's 75th anniversary. The Birdcage 75th shares elements with the Maserati MC12 GT1 race car like the engine, for instance. It’s powered by the Ferrari/Maserati F140 V12 engine which has been customized for the Birdcage and produces around 700 horsepower. The six-month production and design process of the car was documented and created into the film “Sleek Dreams.” If brought to reality, the driver would have visibility problems and a bit of a tough time getting in as the car has no doors. Instead, the bubble canopy can be raised for entrance.
If you remember Sideswipe from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, then you know this is what the character transformed into. The Corvette Stingray Concept was built to celebrate 50 years of the Stingray model. Some features nod to the original car(like the split rear window), but it also has unique touches like scissor-style doors, rear view camera with night vision and a hybrid engine. The car debuted at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show and in 2013, it was announced the concept car would become a reality with the production of the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Unfortunately, some of the concept’s features didn’t make the grade and the 2014 Corvette Stingray is missing the scissor-opening doors and split rear window among other details.
The 2015 Chicago Auto Show gave sports car enthusiasts the chance to view Toyota’s FT-1 concept car up close. The beautiful opulent graphite and saddle color combination is just one impressive component of the vehicle. The muscular body is reminiscent of past Toyota models but other design elements, like the transparent glass hood, are all new. Unfortunately, though rumors said otherwise, the concept car did not come to life in the brand’s Supra model and will have to remain only a dream for now. Besides, not all specs were figured out. While the cockpit’s far rearward location was meant to improve weight distribution and the car seemed technologically advanced, no engine was specified nor were any horsepower or mph figures.
While the opposite is usually the norm, this car is based on one made for a video game. If you’re an avid gamer then this concept car is probably your dream car. The car was originally made in digital form for Gran Truism 6 in its Vision Gran Turismo digital collection and was brought to life as a concept car to pay tribute to the Chaparral race cars from decades past. Chevy is just one of the automakers that created full-size versions of their virtual cars. The Chaparral has a 1.5-second zero to 60 time and can go up to 240 mph.
As the first concept to debut since Marc Lichte took over at Audi design in 2014, the Prologue gives a peak as to what’s to come from the brand. A wide, flat, touch-sensitive organic-LED dash and a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 are just a couple modern touches. It also boasts an eight-speed torque converter automatic and has 605 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Audi claims that the car can get from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. The car made it’s debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and of the car Lichte says “Audi stands for sportiness, lightweight design and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. In the Audi Prologue, we are expressing this know-how in a new form – we have put the sportiest car in the luxury segment on wheels. Our team took new approaches in both exterior and interior design.” the Prologue is shorter and flatter than today’s A8 but, like all recent Audi vehicles, has all-wheel steering, making it more stable to drive.
It should come as no surprise that there are three Lamborghini concept cars on this list. Basically, all of their cars are dream cars. The Asterion made an appearance at the 2014 Paris auto show and was one of the biggest surprises. It features a 602-hp 5.2-liter V-10 engine, has 897 horsepower, and can get from 0 to 62 mph in a three seconds. It’s top speed is 199 and it comes in the eye-catching Blue Elektra color. The one trademark Lamborghini trait it’s missing is sharp edges, but everything else is Lamborghini to a tee.
Hinting to its Swedish roots is the Volvo Concept Estate. The car is, according to Volvo,“A powerful silhouette of bold proportions, with a vivid, bright and cosy interior—a nod to the Swedish living room, a place that makes you feel so comfortable you’re reluctant to leave.” The two-door estate is the third and final model in a series of concept cars by Volvo. Its build is similar to Volvos past, but this is a truly modern car. From high-quality materials to the utilization of Volvo’s Drive-E, Sensus, and IntelliSafe innovations, this ride is an example of what’s to come in Volvo’s future.
Though Gina is simply an acronym for "Geometry and functions In 'N' Adaptations,” hecklers have poked fun at the name, referring to the car as the very immature nickname “Vagina.” The name is only thing you can make fun of on this shapeshifting car, though. Yes, the car can change shape; it has a moveable frame the driver can control at will and the materials used to make the car can handle both high and low temperatures. Its polyurethane-coated spandex exterior allows it to grow a spoiler if need be and is made to be water resistant as well. The manmade fabric skin is extremely durable and does not wear out from all the stretching and outside elements. The doors open butterfly style and the headlights are revealed in an eyelid manner when the motors pull the fabric back.
Car and toy lovers alike all get giddy and are filled with a childlike excitement when they see the Lotus Hot Wheels concept from 2007. It was designed by Lotus for the Hot Wheels toymaker and looks amazing. It’s a 1;5 scale model, though, so you probably won’t be able to squeeze into it unless you are actually a kid. The model of the concept was revealed at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas but in 2008, it became a 1:64 model. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before and embodies the spirit and badassness of many of the Hot Wheels toy cars.
There are only two of this concept car in existence. The 5-litre V10-powered concept car is worth $2.4-$3 million and is a street-legal roadster. It’s been shown twice at Pebble Beach and, according to Stephen Winkelmann, the President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.P.A, “The Concept S represents everything that Lamborghini stands for. It is extreme, uncompromising, and Italian.” When the non-running design of the Concept S was presented at Geneva in 2005 received so much attention, the fully operational was created and first shown at the Concorso Italiano. The 520-horsepower car looks futuristic and cool but, unfortunately, the operable model was the first and last and will not see production.
Though the Ford GT90 looks like something from the future, it was created over 20 years ago. The car was first seen at the Detroit Auto Show in January 1995 and called "the world's mightiest supercar.” It doles out 720bhp from a quad-turbocharged V12, can accelerate to 60mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 100mph in 6.2 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 235mph. Because so much heat is produced from the V12 engine, the car uses Space Shuttle ceramic tiles to prevent from melting body panels. The futuristic car began as a secret project and shares features with the Jaguar XJ220 as Ford owned Jaguar at the time.
We don’t have a flying car quite yet, but driving into the sea is a possibility. The Volkswagen Aqua and its hovercraft-style air cushion allows you to drive across water(as well as ice and snow among other terrain) and go effortlessly between any surfaces at up to 62mph. The Aqua, which uses two hydrogen-powered engines to allow hovering, is good for the environment. The fans at the back of the car/hovercraft are disguised as wheels and provide forward thrust and directional control necessary for a vehicle of this sort. Though it looks slightly like a spaceship(and has some of the same capabilities too), the design is sleek, clean, and modern and any driver would happily hop aboard.
It’s possible that this is the most beautiful car on Earth. It’s aerodynamic lines and state-of-the-art materials make for high performance. Made for and by car enthusiasts, the Onyx, which features a Hybrid4 engine under its copper sheet, gives everyone car lust. While not something Peugeot would usually do, everyone is hoping and praying they’ll put this car into production. It’s not just the aesthetics that has everyone going crazy, either. The hybrid has a 3.7-liter V8 hybrid (which is surrounded by a carbon fiber shell) and gets 600bhp. It’s light, too, and only weighs 1,100kg.
Just in case you were counting down, yes, this is the third and last Lamborghini on this list. The four-door sports car is suitable for daily driving but can handle almost whatever you throw at it. As the first sedan to come from the Italy-based automaker Sant’Agata Bolognese, the Estoque comes with choices. A Gallardo-based V-10, turbocharged V-8, a diesel/hybrid V-8 are all options the car can use as an engine and the split five-spoke wheel will be able to transfer all the power to the ground. A large LCD display, high-quality audio, and a rear-seat entertainment system are all included in the package, too. Plus, interior space will be enough to fit additional passengers.