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Toyota GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II Revealed

Toyota GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II


During the 2012 edition of the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Japanese automaker Toyota revealed an interesting concept study that was based on the MR2 roadster. It was a front-wheel drive hybrid sports car that was developed in partnership with GAZOO Racing. A year after that and now we see the successor of that concept.

Toyota GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II


Dubbed GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II, the second iteration of the model will make its first public appearance this weekend during the 39 edition of the famous 24h endurance race at Nurburgring, Germany. If you are curious what “GRMN” means, you should know that it comes from GAZOO Racing tuned by Meister of Nurburgring, honoring the late Hiromu Naruse who passed away last year, Toyota’s chief test driver and the head of the GAZOO Racing Team, who died in 2010 while driving in Germany a prototype of the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition.

Toyota GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II


The new concept benefits from an entirely new design and features an upgraded AWD hybrid system. The car is powered by a V6 3.5-liter engine that produces 249 hp, along with the electric motors that drive the rear wheels. The gearbox of the concept is mounted in the middle while in the front there is another electric motor which is responsible for driving the wheels.

Source: Toyota via Carscoop

Strand Craft 122 Super Yacht Rendered

Strand Craft 122 Super Yacht


If you like big and luxurious yachts, you’ll certainly love the Strand Craft 122 Super Yacht. Unlike other similar beauties, this one has a pretty interesting feature – a built-in parking space for its very own supercar. Featuring a smooth exterior appearance and luxurious interior furnishings, the Strand Craft 122 carries as cargo a beautiful sports car that looks gorgeous.

Strand Craft 122 Super Yacht


This yacht features twin Rolls-Royce engines, enough to push it up to 55 knots, while the car benefits from a V12 power unit, capable of developing 880 hp, which should be enough for a top speed of 230 mph.

Strand Craft 122 Super Yacht


Unfortunately, these are only renderings, but we can dream, can’t we?

Source: TheCoolList

Buenos Aires Motor Show – Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept

Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept


Another concept revealed by Chevrolet at the Buenos Aires International Motor Show, aside from the Cobalt Sedan is this Colorado Rally Concept. This one is the continuation of the Colorado Show Truck that Chevy unveiled back in March at the Bangkok International Motor Show.

Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept


The new concept has been developed by General Motors South American design team and comes with a 4WD configuration, 18-inch aluminum alloys, 305/60R18 tires and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel power unit.

Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept


They’ve equipped the truck with 140 mm high performance shock absorbers along with a height-adjustable suspension. On both front & rear bumpers there is a 5.5 hp winch with a 23 meter long steel cable. All of the pickup’s exterior lights benefit from the LED technology and the concept has a traction capacity of up to 4 tones.

Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept


Speaking of the outside, the Colorado Rally Concept wears White Pearl paint with a contrasting interior cabin dashboard with ash-colored leather sport seats that have orange stitching. The model also sports a roll cage, along with a control for the stiffness of the dampers and a center console that has all the suitable dials for a rally racer. The air in the cabin can be quickly replaced thanks to the Air Boost system while the Hydration Pack is in charge with offering the necessary hydration of the driver and the co-pilot while racing.

Source: Chevrolet via WCF

Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan Concept

Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan Concept


At this year’s edition of the Buenos Aires International Motor Show, Chevrolet introduced this Cobalt Sedan Concept, which was created by the General Motors Design Center South America and comes with some modifications in comparison to the standard variant, like the steeper sloped windscreen, designed in order to provide an airier cabin feel.

Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan Concept


The concept which they brought to the show had a Smoke Beige paintjob and featured an aerodynamic kit with integrated twin chrome exhaust out in the back. The concept features 17-inch alloy rims wrapped around in 255/45R17 rubber.

Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan Concept


If it will turn into a product version, the car will be powered by a wide array of gasoline engines, starting with 1.3-liter and ending up to more powerful 1.8-liter units. These power units will be flex fuel and will be capable of running on ethanol. In addition, diesel engines are also a possibility.

Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan Concept


As far as the interior cabin is concerned, the Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan Concept features a two-tone scheme in dark gray and Very Light Platinum. The car also has entertainment and navigation systems with two 7-inch screens for the passengers in the back seat.

Source: Chevrolet via WCF

Fiat Dino Revival Envisioned By Concept Designer

We haven’t seen a coupe from Fiat since the Coupe model which was axed back in 2000. If the Italian automaker is thinking of a Dino revival, they could get their inspiration from Peter Norris, a British designer that revealed his vision of a new coupe from Fiat, but most likely not the successor of the Coupe, taking into consideration that it features the Pininfarina badge, which means that it’s not as affordable as the Coupe was.

Anyway, his concept is a front-engine, RWD luxury sports car that has a very sleek profile with an extremely low roofline. It also has big wheel arches while the front fascia reminds us of some Aston Martin models, especially if we take a closer look at those headlights. Out in the back, it has C-shaped taillights and the exhaust pipes have been mounted in the center.

Peter Norris is from Rochester in Kent, United Kingdom and over the years he has worked for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and at Ideaworks 3d, which is a mobile games company. During his 7-years period that he spent at Free Radical Design, he was in charge of creating virtual vehicles for videogames like Star Wars: Battlefront III and Timesplitters 2.

I really like this concept except for the low roofline and those taillights. Other than that, it’s awesome. When we will be seeing a new Fiat Coupe or Dino? Time will tell. Until then all we can do is wait or turn our heads to other manufacturers as there are plenty of cars to choose from in this segment.

Source: CarBodyDesign

Protoscar Unveils Lampo3 EV Concept

Protoscar Lampo3

The Lampo3 is the successor of Protoscar’s other two EV concepts, the Lampo and the Lampo2. This 2+2 coupe has a composite body, a tubular steel chassis and a removable targa roof. The car is powered by three electric motors that generate a combined output of 563 hp (570 PS / 420 kW) and 664 lb.-ft (900 Nm) of torque. One engine is installed on the front axle while the other two sit on the rear axle.

Protoscar Lampo3

The car benefits from an all-wheel drive system and torque vectoring. The company estimates that the Lampo3 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h). With the batteries full, the EV can be driven for up to 124 miles (200 km). It features a 32 kWh lithium-ion battery that benefits from a BRUSA on-board charger, allowing the vehicle to be charged with basically just about any type of charger out there.

Protoscar Lampo3

Despite the fact that at the moment the Lampo3 is just a one-off concept; the manufacturer is taking into consideration a limited-run production series. There are no information regarding the price tag or when it will be available.

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Source: Protoscar via WCF

BMW 328 Hommage Concept – A “Futuristic Déjà vu”

BMW 328 Hommage Concept

The German automaker BMW has revealed its 328 Hommage concept, right before the car’s debut at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este near Lake Como in Italy. This exquisite concept is based on the company’s Vision Connected Drive Concept that we saw during the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show this year. Back in 2008, BMW launched another similar concept, the M1 Hommage.

BMW 328 Hommage Concept

The 328 Hommage is a modern interpretation of the 1930s classic sports car, featuring a lightweight construction thanks to the use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, achieving a curb weight of only 1720 lbs (780 kg). The car is powered by a 6-cylinder 3.0-liter engine but we don’t know how much power it produces.

BMW 328 Hommage Concept

This concept celebrates the 75th anniversary of BMW’s 328 roadster, a model manufactured between 1937 and 1939. The BMW 328 Touring Coupe still holds the record on the Mille Miglia circuit for the highest average speed. That car managed to achieve an average speed of 103 mph and it all happened way back in 1940.

BMW 328 Hommage Concept

The original 328 also featured a lightweight construction as the German engineers used a lot of aluminum and magnesium. As you can see, both models are basically cut from the same cloth to reach a lightweight construction, although the ways to achieving a low curb weight are very different.

BMW 328 Hommage Concept

Source: BMW via AutoBlog

1992 GMC Ultralite Experimental

1992 GMC Ultralite Experimental

This 1992 GMC Ultralite Experimental vehicle was developed by the General Motors Design Center, Advanced Engineering and the GM Research Laboratories. The team behind this car used scaled composites and was created by using 10 space-age carbon fiber panels, achieving a drag coefficient of only 0.192 while at the same time keeping the curb weight of the car down to a minimum, achieving a 1400-pound overall weight.

1992 GMC Ultralite Experimental

The GMC Ultralite Experimental managed to deliver 45 mpg (city) and 81 mpg (highway) on the EPA city-highway test cycle. It was powered by a 2- stroke 3-cylinder 1.5-liter engine that generated 111 hp, achieveing a top speed of 135 mph, while doing the 0-60 mph sprint in less than 8 seconds.

1992 GMC Ultralite Experimental

Source: ConceptCarz | Photos: carstyling.ru

Italdesign BMW Nazca M12 Concept, Up For Sale

Italdesign BMW Nazca M12 Concept

If you are in the market for a very rare and expensive sports car, you might want to take a closer look at this Italdesign BMW Nazca M12 Concept. This car was designed by Giorgetto Giugaro (the same genius that worked on the BMW M1) and only a few were ever made. The Nazca M12 debuted back in 1991 and one year later, the sportier Nazca C2 was launched, and it was followed in 1993 by the open top version, dubbed Spider C2.

Italdesign BMW Nazca M12 Concept

A dealer in Czech Republic has one of these beauties up for sale, based on the body of a Nazca M12 built in 1991, featuring a massive V12 5.7-liter engine that was prepared by Alpina, sourced from the golden days of the 850i.

Italdesign BMW Nazca M12 Concept

This power plant produces 379 hp, while the original M12 coupe model had a V12 5.0-liter engine from the 850i, delivering 300 hp. The aforementioned C2 Coupe had a V12 that offered 350 hp, also prepared by Alpina, while the C2 Spider had the V12 5.7-liter available in the 850 CSI, producing 380 hp.

Italdesign BMW Nazca M12 Concept

Price for this rare beauty? Almost $1.1 million (725,000 Euros).

Italdesign BMW Nazca M12 Concept

Source: Mobile via Gtspirit via Carscoop

Ram Long-Hauler Concept Revealed

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Measuring an almost incredible 24 feet (7.3 meters) long, we completely agree with the Chrysler Group saying that “they don’t get much bigger” than their new Ram Long-Hauler Concept truck. This huge vehicle is based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab, and sports a stretched wheelbase that measures a whopping 197.4 inches in length and is 79.1 inches tall.

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

As you would expect from a truck that has these dimensions, its weight is also quite astonishing, standing at 9,300 lbs (4,218 kg). Ram affirms that this truck has a maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating of 37,500 lbs (16,783 kg).

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Under that massive hood is a big 6-cylinder 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel power unit that has a peak torque of 800 lb.-ft, mated to a 6-speed Aisin automatic gearbox. It sports a 4WD transfer case linked to a 4.88 Dana 110 axle with dual rear wheels. To reach your destination, you need a pretty large fuel tank, and luckily, the Long-Hauler has one as Ram fitted the truck with three of them, with a total capacity of 170 gallons.

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

It features a full Kelderman Air Suspension and massive 19.5-inch Alcoa aluminum rims, while the 2+2 interior has a DVD player with an overhead screen for the passengers in the back, along with a rear center console that sports tray tables, cup holders and a refrigerator.

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Ram said that at the moment, the Long-Hauler remains a concept, but they will show it off across the United States during this year in order “to gauge public opinion”, which means that if it receives a positive feedback, we might see one the next year in our rear view mirror.

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Source: Chrysler Group via Carscoop

Mission Impossible 4 Will Feature BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

It seems that the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics will be a star of the upcoming Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol movie, which will be launched on December 16th this year. A member of the Team-BHP forums managed to grab a spy shot of the concept on the movie’s set.

As a reminder, this concept previews the i8 model which will be launched sometime in 2013. The VED sports an advanced powertrain that uses a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter turbodiesel power unit along with two electric motors, generating 351 hp (356 PS / 262 kW) and 590 lb.-ft (800 Nm) of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), while averaging 63 mpg (3.7 liters / 100 km). On electric mode, the car can be driven for up to 31 miles (50 km).

Source: Team BHP via Jalopnik via WCF

Shanghai Auto Show – Luxgen Neora

Luxgen Neora

The Taiwanese automaker Luxgen has released a couple of days ago at the Shanghai Auto Show its Neora concept. They’ve borrowed some styling cues from the Hyundai Sonata and the Chevrolet Volt when they’ve designed the car, which sports a panoramic glass sunroof, cool-looking LED headlights and gently sweeping character lines.

Luxgen Neora

Inside, we find leather upholstery, an elegant wood trim, as well as a 9-inch infotainment system and a head-up display.

Luxgen Neora

The car is powered by a 48 kWh lithium-ion battery that sends power to a 241 hp (245 PS / 180 kW) electric motor which turns the Neora’s front wheels. The concept has a curb weight of 3,527 lb (1,600 kg) and is capable of doing the 0-60 mph in a respectable 6.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). On a single charge, the car can be driven for up to 249 miles (400 km).

Luxgen Neora

Source: LUXGEN via ZerCustoms

Nissan Compact Sport Concept Revealed

Nissan Compact Sport Concept

This week at the Shanghai Motor Show in China, Nissan unveiled the Compact Sport Concept, a 3-door hatchback prototype that was developed by the company’s global design center in Japan and at its Beijing design studio in China. Conceived “for young customers in emerging countries”, we don’t have many information about it, but it appears to be a more masculine version of the Micra, featuring a couple of elements from the standard supermini, like the headlights and the two-part grilles.

Nissan Compact Sport Concept

With its heavily-sculpted bodywork, massive bumpers and those bulged wheel arches, this compact looks promising, but we don’t know if there is going to be a production version based on this concept. If there is going to be one, our guess is that it will be a 3-door version of the Micra, taking into consideration that Nissan’s supermini is available at the moment only in a 5-door configuration.

Nissan Compact Sport Concept

The Compact Sport Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 190 hp. This 4-cylinder power unit is mated to a CVT gearbox that features a 6-speed manual shift mode.

Nissan Compact Sport Concept

Inside, it looks similar to the production version of the Micra and adds a couple of sporty details, like the distinct instrument panel and gauges, along with the two-tone cloth seats and the flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Nissan Compact Sport Concept

Source: Nissan via Carscoop

Suzuki Kizashi Apex And EcoCharge Concepts Revealed

Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept

Today at the New York Auto Show, Suzuki unveiled two new concepts: the Kizashi Apex and EcoCharge.

Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept

The first one is powered by a 2.4-liter engine that produces between 275-300 hp (205-224 kW). This power unit features a Garrett/Honeywell 2871 R ball bearing turbocharger, along with an air-to-liquid intercooler. Taking into consideration that the automaker wasn’t able to say exactly how much power this 4-cylider 2.4-liter DOHC produces, it means that they haven’t really tested the car a lot.

Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept

As you can see from these photos, the Apex Concept sports Euro-spec HID headlights, LED fog lights and sits on 19-inch rims, covered by Yokohama S.Drive tires that measure 245/35/R19 on all four wheels. Inside the cabin, they’ve fitted the concept with a black leather finish that is complemented by a laser blue Alcantara trim for the steering wheel and the sport seats.

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

Moving on to the EcoCharge, it is a hybrid concept that couples a 2.0-liter engine (144 hp / 127 lb.-ft) with a tiny 15 kW electric motor. With the help of a 15 kWh lithium-ion battery, the fuel consumption drops by 25%.

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

The Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge has a luminescent white-satin paint finish, with a light blue undercoat. It also sports new headlights, aluminum rims with low roll-resistance tires, and LED fog lights.

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

Source: Suzuki via WCF

Volvo Concept Universe, Debuts In Shanghai

Volvo Concept Universe

Another concept revealed today in Shanghai is Volvo’s Concept Universe, a design study that previews a future luxury model from the Swedish automaker. They didn’t provide any technical specifications of the car, but we do know that it measures 5 meters in length and it will morph into a production model that will replace the S80 sedan.

Volvo Concept Universe

Volvo said that they will present the Concept Universe in Europe and in the United States, in order “to bring it into the global context”, an objective that Volvo is aiming towards to with all of its models.

Volvo Concept Universe

My personal opinion? The back looks great and those scissor doors are awesome, but the front look is simply hideous. I really hope that the replacement of the S80 will not have a face that looks like a moose.

Volvo Concept Universe

Source: Volvo via Carscoop


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