Renault chose to unveil their latest concept car at one of the most famous automobile events in the world, the Monaco Grand Prix. While the race itself takes place on Sunday, the entire weekend is just one big build-up before the green lights come on. Renault’s decision to debut their concept at such a notorious race is an obvious reflection of the car itself.
The Renault Twin’Run might look almost identical to the earlier Renault Twin’Z concept, and indeed both cars are a preview of the next Renault Twingo city car. But whereas the Twin’Z was a mild-mannered electric car, the Twin’Run is a custom built race car based around a motorsport grade tubular chassis. Into this Renualt’s engineers have wedged a 3.5 litre V6 engine borrowed from a Megane Trophy race car. The mid-mounted engine produced 320 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm and 380 Nm of torque @ 4,850 rpm. The transmission is a six-speed sequential unit with limited slip differential. The 0-62 mph sprint takes just 4.5 seconds. The top speed is 155 mph.
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The Moretti EGS Concept is a classically inspired sports car concept designed by Coventry University Transport Design student Brian Males. The Moretti EGS Concept was developed for a university project called “Emotions of Italy”.
The concept was inspired by the 1954 Moretti Grand Sport, a compact lightweight road/race car with a small displacement engine. However for the concept, Males has ditched the internal combustion engine in favor of a fully electric drivetrain.
The styling of the Moretti EGS concept is extremely delicate and graceful, and the retro design cues are found throughout the entire car. Including the chrome door handles, window surrounds and headlight bezels. Even the wheels have a simple, classic appearance.
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Aston Martin today revealed a stunning new concept car which the company says hints at a potential future design direction for their vehicles. Unveiled at the Nurburgring, the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster is a radical, Spartan roadster which is clearly designed to spend more time on the track than on public roads. As well as providing a glimpse of what future Astons might look like, the CC100 Speedster was also created as part of the company’s 100th anniversary celebrations.
Inspired by the classic DBR1, the CC100 Speedster does away with basic luxuries – like doors and windows – and leaves the occupants exposed to the elements. But that’s fine, because that means the snarl of the 6.0 litre V12 engine shoehorned in up front should be easier to hear.
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The Indy Seven Roadster concept is a design dreamt up by the incredibly fertile mind of Swedish designer Bo Zolland. Zolland’s 3D modeling skills really are breath taking. Managing to look photo-realistic yet strangely magical at the same time. His specialty of creating retro-inspired concept cars and jaw dropping boat/sports car fusions has certainly worked for him. His portfolio is filled with a diverse selection of imaginative creations all rendered beautifully in HD imagery.
But getting back to the Indy Seven Roadster concept, the name is a bit of a giveaway. The car was designed to fit on the chassis a of a Lotus/Westfield/Caterham Seven, with just a few modifications. As such it shares almost identical dimensions to the Seven, as well as the same layout.
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For their latest concept car, BMW have teamed up with perhaps Italy’s most celebrated design studio, Pininfarina. The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe is a one-off creation which will make its world debut at the 2013 Concours d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy.
The car is a follow-up to the BMW Zagato Coupe concept which was shown at the same venue last year. Same German brand, different Italian designers. And whereas the Zagato Coupe was based on the Z4 Coupe, the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe looks to be built around the 6 Series Coupe.
However the fact the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe is powered by a V12 engine means that many people will make the obvious connection with the gone-but-not-forgotten mighty 8 Series. A car which in my opinion is long overdue for revival.
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This year’s Worthersee event saw several VW, Audi and SEAT concept cars unveiled. But by far the most practical vehicle on show surely has to be the Volkswagen Amarok Power-Pickup Concept, which is, obviously, based on an Amarok single cab pickup.
The Volkswagen Amarock Power-Pickup Concept is powered by a 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged diesel engine. It produces 272 horsepower and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. Enough to scoot the pickup to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds, and tow small mountains. Just not at the same time. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic unit mated to a permanent 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system.
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Men in dark suits, in dark sunglasses, in a darkened room, applauding their own work really isn’t a good look. Call it the pinnacle of douchery if you will. But that’s just how Lamborghini chose to reveal their surprise 50th birthday present to themselves.
The concept, called the Egoista, which means “selfish” in Italian, is a single seat hyper car with stying inspired by the deadly and stealthy Apache attack helicopter. Sounds promising.
Yet somehow the Egoista somehow manages to take Lamborghini’s stealth aircraft inspired design language and turn the dial up so far the system can’t handle it and overloads. In my book Lamborghinis should be mad, fast, and effortlessly cool – in that order. The Aventador J is a prime example. The Egoista tries way too hard. It’s a bit like those tangerine-colored guys you see wearing fake tan who are unable to accept the fact they don’t have the body to carry off a muscle shirt anymore. You know the type.
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Volkswagen today published some sketches of a super high-performance VW Golf GTI-based concept car which they will be showing off at this year’s Worthersee gathering in Austria where Audi/Volkswagen/Skoda fans get together to talk shop.
The Volkswagen Design Vision GTI concept is the most potent Golf-based vehicle since 2007, when Volkswagen introduced the GTI W12 650 concept, again at Worthersee. The Design Vision GTI is based on the recently-launched 7th generation Golf GTI, however the car has had so many modifications it’s virtually an all-new car. It’s longer, lower and wider than a standard GTI, while also having a longer wheelbase, wider track both front and rear, and shorter overhangs.
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Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.
This is truly a Titan’s endeavor, as we are today pitting against each other two very rare and remarkably beautiful cars, that are well prepared to go under the auctioneer’s hammer and grab astonishing amounts of cash – if you ask us, somewhere north of the $2 million mark. So, this is not the usual vote about which one would best suit your garage, as the cars featured today are at the pinnacle of automotive style and of course, cost.
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