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Cool Concepts

  • 8 concept cars from 2015 that unquestionably need to be built

    Here at Motorburn, we’ve always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with concept cars. On the one hand, most concepts draw us in with their extravagant styling, futuristic powertrains, and refreshing impracticality. But, when push comes to shove, these show-stoppers rarely make it through the arduous journey to production. And the lucky few that do indeed see the light of day tend to barely resemble the concepts that roused our interest in the first place. It’s a cruel cycle that petrol-heads endure year after year. The year 2015, of course, was no different. We spent countless hours ogling the...

  • Bugatti has a yacht, and it’s beautiful

    What happens when the ultimate luxury car maker teams up with the world’s largest motor yacht builder? Well if the Niniette series of yachts, built by Palmer Johnson under license from Bugatti, is anything to go by, then the answer is sheer unadulterated beauty. The series bears the Niniette name, is available in three models from 42ft to 88ft, and features plenty of carbon fibre and aluminum. Prices for the smallest model start at €2 million. According to Bugatti, the series is actually a return to the company's historic roots. Company founder Ettore Bugatti developed racing boats and yachts in...

  • The Subaru Impreza Sedan concept looks good, probably won’t set hearts on fire

    Subaru on Wednesday unveiled its Impreza Sedan concept and, apart from the fact that it has a few new design elements, there's really not much else to say. According to Subaru, the new Impreza will be the first example of the car maker's next-generation vehicles using a new modular platform. That means that some of the design elements seen on the concept will likely make their way onto future Subarus. That said, there's plenty on this car that'll be familiar to Subaru aficionados, including the grille and "hawkeye headlights". At this stage, it's worth noting that this isn't really...

  • 4 things this year’s Tokyo Motor Show tells us about the future of driving

    Most major motor shows are dominated by the official unveilings of new production vehicles – essentially models you’ll very soon be able to buy. But not a certain Japanese event… No, the Tokyo Motor Show rarely bothers itself with production car reveals. Instead, this biennial exhibition showcases the possible future of the industry via all manner of weird and wonderful concept cars. The 2015 version, of course, didn’t disappoint. Indeed, this year’s show featured as many impossibly long bonnets, incredibly large alloys, and eye-searingly bright paint schemes as usual. But what we’re really interested in is the ideas behind...

  • Volvo’s Time Machine concept will drive itself to LA Motor Show

    This is interesting. Volvo's built a car, which it says is a time machine. Unfortunately that doesn't mean its figured out the secrets to Doc Brown's DeLorean from Back to the Future. Instead it seems to be a car designed to save you time. "You won’t be able to go back in time and meet the legends of history, or go into the future and meet your kids," said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager of the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center, “but when our planned concept is applied to a SPA based vehicle, it has the potential of giving significant...

  • The Lexus LF-FC concept adds a touch of class to Hydrogen-powered cars [Gallery]

    Toyota really wants Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to work. As well as the recently-launched Mirai, it's got a whole host of fuel-cell concepts on display at the Tokyo. Heck it's even roped Lexus, its luxury in with the LF-FC concept. According to Lexus, the LF-FC offers a "peek into the design and technology of the Japanese luxury marque's future flagship sedan". Among the technological innovations is the way the fuel-cell itself operates. As well as driving the rear wheels, it also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making LF-FC all-wheel drive. Lexus reckons that doing things this way...

  • Mazda’s RX-Vision Concept is absolutely astonishing

    This year's Tokyo Motor Show has already produced plenty of wild concept cars, but when the dust settles there's little doubt that we'll remember Mazda's RX-Vision Concept as one of the most special. In part that's because it's heart-breakingly beautiful, with the kind of curves more typically found on luxury British roadsters. Add in rear-wheel drive and you have enough ingredients to put a smile on most people's faces. But the thing about the RX-Vision that's really setting car nerds' hearts aflutter is the fact that it's powered by a rotary engine. Before you get too excited though, you...

  • Merc’s got another autonomous concept planned for Tokyo

    Mercedes-Benz seems determined to prove to the world that it's ahead of the pack when it comes to autonomous motoring. The German auto giant on Sunday posted a teaser image of its latest autonomous concept ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. The car will be the second such concept from Merc, following the sensational debut of its F 015 concept at CES back in February. From the looks of things, this particular vehicle seems likely to have a larger passenger capacity than the F 015, but retains the distinctive windowless side-panels. That suggests there will once again be plenty...

  • Here’s what Toyota built for the ‘Back to the Future’ stars

    Last week we showed you a teaser video Toyota put out showing Back to the Future stars Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd reunited for a special reveal. The teaser came ahead of Wednesday, which marked the future date which Fox traveled to in Back to the Future II. From the start, it was obvious that the date would be used to mark the launch of the hydrogen fuel-cell powered Mirai, but Toyota went a little bit further than the video below: It also unveiled Back to the Future-inspired vehicles. The first re-imagined Doc Brown’s time machine as...

  • Check out Nissan’s ultra-techie Teatro for Dayz concept [Gallery]

    Nissan has announced the concept it plans to show off at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, and while the outside looks pretty similar to some of the Japanese Kei cars we've seen in recent years, things are pretty damn futuristic on the inside. According to Nissan, Teatro for Dayz "is a combination of mobile technologies unlike any previously imagined in a car". That's probably most evident in the fact that every surface of this car, inside and out, functions as a screen. When the car is not in drive mode, all the driver sees is a steering wheel, an...

  • Mazda teases new sports car concept ahead of Tokyo

    This should be exciting. Mazda is set to launch a new sports car concept and, if the teaser images are anything to go by, it'll look pretty damn special. The sports car concept will make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, where it'll be joined by 13 other models including the crossover concept Mazda KOERU making its first appearance in Japan, two racing-spec Mazda MX-5s and the Cosmo 110S, first introduced in 1967. According to Mazda, the design of the car concept to be unveiled in Tokyo is modern but "maintains a sense of lineage and authenticity, appearing almost...

  • 5 potential Tesla-fighters of the near future

    Right now, the Tesla Model S has no direct competitors. Not a single one. Sure, there are a handful of other all-electric vehicles bouncing around various markets. But none can match the combination of performance, range and outright desirability offered by the ground-breaking Model S. Yes, the luxury electric sedan is hard to beat both on paper and out on the road. The all-wheel drive P85D model, for instance, has a range of more than 400km, yet can dispatch the zero to 100km/h sprint in an almost unthinkable 2.8 seconds (with the “Ludicrous” speed upgrade, that is). Thought of a direct...

  • 5 of the most exciting concepts to come out of the Frankfurt Motor Show

    The past few days have seen car maker after car maker launching new cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show. That's hardly surprising, it's one of the most important motor shows in Europe. But those new cars only tell us what prospective buyers will be driving in the next few months. For a glimpse of what we'll be driving in the next few years, you need to turn to the concept cars launched at the show. These are some of the most exciting ones: 1. Porsche Mission E With the mission E, it looks like Porsche is trying to out-Tesla...

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