Lexus LF-NX Concept
Small crossovers are red hot right now, particularly ones from luxury brands. Lexus has stayed on the sidelines in this segment, which is rather surprising when you consider parent brand Toyota has the RAV4. But it looks like the Big L is just about ready to jump into the segment; why else would it have created the LF-NX Concept? The angular exterior features elements from the LFA and the new IS, while propulsion comes courtesy of an unspecified hybrid system. We can’t imagine a production version being too far away time-wise, but we can imagine the styling being toned-down a bit (at least, we hope it will be).
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean Bugatti Edition
It’s a day ending in “y,” so it must be time for Bugatti to introduce another special edition Veyron, right? Well, yeah. This particular Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is named for Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of company founder Ettore Bugatti. Jean Bugatti was responsible for the design of many of the brand’s road and race cars during the 1930s, the most noteworthy of which was the legendary Type 57SC Atlantic coupe. The Veyron bearing his name features a color scheme patterned after that of Jean’s personal 57SC Atlantic, “La Voiture Noire” (“The Black Car”), with a jet black exterior and a beige-and-brown interior. Just three of these raven rockets will be made, with a MSRP of about $3.03 million.
Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept
Back in March at Geneva, Italdesign Giugiaro (which is currently 90% owned by the Volkswagen Group) presented a tall-riding Lamborghini Gallardo based concept called the Parcour. Audi management must have really fallen in love with it, for the Nanuk Quattro Concept bears more than a slight resemblance to the Parcour. It also shares its V10 engine configuration with the Parcour; however, the Nanuk uses a 5.0L turbodiesel instead of its predecessor’s 5.2L atmo gasser. Call us crazy, but we’re starting to want “sport-utility supercars” (We should probably trademark that…) to become a thing.
Volkswagen Golf R
Although neither the seventh generation Golf nor the seventh generation GTI has made it to the U.S. yet, Volkswagen is already set to unleash the new Golf R upon Europe. The turbocharged 2.0L inline-four sends 296 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft of torque to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual clutch transmission and VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. We enjoyed our time with the Mk. 6 based Golf R, so we’re chomping at the bit for the latest Mk. 7 derived model to hit our shores; unfortunately, that’s probably about 18 months away.
Opel Monza Concept
Back in the 1980s, Opel offered a mid-size rear-drive hatchback coupe called the Monza. Skip ahead to today and GM’s German outpost is showing off a rakish hatchback/shooting brake concept of the same name. Don’t expect the massive gullwing doors to show up on a production Opel anytime soon, but we reckon some of the styling cues and the latest version of GM’s Voltec plug-in hybrid driveline (featuring a natural gas burning 1.0L inline-three serving as the onboard generator) to reach Opel (and maybe Buick) showrooms fairly soon.
Brabus B63S 700 6×6
Sometimes, you just want to let the world know that you don’t give a flying you-know-what what it thinks of you. If you want to broadcast this message with what you drive, you probably can’t do much better than the Brabus B63S 700 6×6. Based on the already loony limited production Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6, Brabus adds different interior and exterior trim, plus some extra speed parts under the hood to let the 5.5L twin-turbo V8 punch out 691 horsepower and 708 lb.-ft of torque. And with six-wheel-drive, portal axles and big knobby tires, you can uncork that power just about anywhere on dry land.
We know what you’re thinking: “Oh goody, another single-seater racing series. The world so doesn’t have enough of those.” But the Spark-Renault SRT_01E (How long before Ralph Gilles calls them out on Twitter?) isn’t just another formula car; it’s an all-electric formula car. It will be the spec car for the inaugural Formula E Championship, which is set to kick off a year from now and tentatively include races in Los Angeles and Miami; after the first season, it is hoped other manufacturers will build their own cars. But even if they don’t, the 270 horsepower SRT_01E at least looks (if not sounds) sufficiently racy to carry the series forward.
BMW Concept X5 eDrive
The i8 wasn’t the only plug-in hybrid BMW chose to debut at Frankfurt; it also rolled out the Concept X5 eDrive. Starting with the new third generation X5, the gang from Munich dropped in a twin-turbocharged inline-four of undisclosed displacement and output and a 95 horsepower electric motor to create a luxury SUV that is allegedly capable of some pretty mean feats (19 miles on battery power, 62 MPGe, and 0-62 mph in less than seven seconds). Again, it’s officially a concept but, if you ask us, it seems pretty polished and well-sorted for a concept…
Mansory La Revoluzione
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is stupendously powerful and stupendously fast, but that hasn’t stopped Mansory from trying to improve on it. As you’d expect from a Mansory creation, the styling is decidedly…uh…different from the vehicle on which it’s based (though we kinda dig the red carbon fiber), but the La Revoluzione is quite different mechanically, too. The 6.3L V12 now breathes through a pair of turbochargers, producing a claimed 1,200 horsepower. That’s good enough to lower 0-62 mph times to 2.9 seconds, and raise the top speed to something beyond 230 mph. Yowzer.
Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series
One-make production car racing series, be it the Porsche Carrera Cup, Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup or something else, are great ways for both young up-and-coming racers and older gentleman drivers to get out on track and test their road racing mettle. Mercedes-Benz isn’t joining that club (yet), but it’s given the world an idea of what a spec racer based on the new CLA45 AMG might look like. Alternatively, Mercedes-Benz says the car could have its all-wheel-drive and 2.0L turbo engine replaced with front-wheel-drive and a smaller engine to allow it to compete in, for example, the World Touring Car Championship. Regardless of where it might race, it would definitely add a heaping dose of style to the starting grid.
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