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Top Five Concept Cars That Didn’t Make It

Posted on: October 24, 2013 by Platinum Direct

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There’s something special about a concept car. They are unique, beautiful and often surreal-looking vehicles designed to challenge the traditional notions of what a motor car should be. Often they are the draw cards at major motor shows, but, for one reason or another, they are rarely declared viable for public production.

While these cars show off what manufacturers can produce, they are by no means, the finished models. Most concept cars aren’t even fully functional, and can’t even go more than 10 mph. From there, car manufacturers decide whether or not, they go into mass production – many don’t and here are five that didn’t make the distance.

Hummer HX Concept

At the time, Hummer needed a smaller vehicle to entice customers in these fuel-heavy times. Smaller than the Hummer H3, this model was set to “save” Hummer with it less clumsy design and lighter-is-better appeal.

The HX followed its big brother designs, with its body-on-frame, its 20-inch wheels, six-piston calipers brakes and its powerful 3.6 litre V6 engine with ethanol capability.

Hummer HX Concept
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hummer_HX_NY.jpg

The Cadillac Sixteen

The name for this concept came from its massive 13.6L 1000 horsepower V16 engine. It was beast in every sense of the word, with its 24-inch tires and real crystal interior and exterior decor. Its luxurious cabin was covered in real wood, exquisite leather and loaded with modern day technology: a DVD navigation system, push start button and a Bose surround sound system.

It has to be said it was more of statement of intent than a serious model for production. The concept was used as spearhead to spark Cadillac’s drop in sales, by ex-GM design chief Wayne Cherry. Least to say, with its fuel-sucking monster engine, and its estimated $200,000 cost, the Sixteen didn’t make it to the production floor.

Cadillac sixteen
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Sixteen

2006 BMW Mille Miglia

Inspired by the 1930s BMW 328 Coupé, the 2006 Mille Miglia was considered a masterpiece, due to its marriage of tradition and modernity.

The fiber bodywork of the Coupe was coupled with a slick aerodynamic design to create a speed demon. Considering its 3.2 litre 6-cylinder engine, and the fact that no price was ever announced the Miglia was merely a styling exercise with no plans for mass production.

BMW mille miglia
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BMW_Concept-Coupe_2006_01.jpg

Mazda Furai Concept

Quite simply, the Mazda Furai is one of the loveliest concepts the motoring world has ever seen. Sadly though, was never intended to be made for production, considering it was well…too radical for the streets.

Powered by its 20B 3-rotor wankel engine (pushing up to 400ph limit), the concept reflected the car’s name: “sound of the wind”. With its ribcage sides and stunning engine canopy, the concept was based on the Courage Competition C65 Le Mans prototype that that Mazda used to complete in the American Series.

The last of the Mazda Nagare line, this $300,000 concept was the “speed car of the future” and while it will never be on the road, it’s been on the racetrack; and we’re still jealous.
mazda furai
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mazda_Furai_concept_-_001_-_Flickr_-_cosmic_spanner.jpg

BMW M1 Hommage Concept

This concept was unveiled to mark the 30th anniversary of the M1 sports car and boy, did it impress. Unlike the M1, the Hommage was primed for the racetrack and showed all the pedigree of the M1 with a sleek body. Designed by Giorgio Giugiaro, the Hommage was based on the BMW Turbo, known for its functional design and technical innovations.

While its specifications were never verified, it was rumoured to have 4-litre twin turbo engine capable of hitting VW 600hp. Its exterior design followed its old M1 design with its lowered rear window, invisible headlamps and trademark BMW grille. Sadly, no interior details were ever shown, but we really wish they did.
BMW Hommage
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_M1

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