Category Archives: Concept Cars

Lamborghini Celebrates 50 Years with the Introduction its Egoista Concept Jet Fighter/Car

The Lamborghini Egoista is the latest, craziest concept car featuring an angular stealth like design from the team who work out of the Italian town of Sant’Agata Bolognese. While Lamborghini’s concepts and show cars usually look aggressive and fantastical, this one looks like an Aventador war plane. Launched at a private event on occasion of the brand’s 50th anniversary, this one-seater supercar is nothing less than the automotive equivalent of telling my 3 year old son to design his dream car.

Lamborghini Egoista Concept - Front 3/4

Lamborghini Egoista Concept – Front 3/4

The Egoista has more lines, angles, and edges then what I usually create out of Lego and the car’s true purpose seem more suited to dorm room poster inspiration then the progression of automotive design. The car is fitted with what we in vision to be a Formula 1 nose despite the brand’s lack of recent involvement in the racing series. In addition to an orange-hued canopy worthy of placement in the most ludicrous of Hot Wheels offerings, however Lamborghini prefers to invoke the appearance of an Apache helicopter. As we make our way around to the back of the car we come face to face with a pair of active aero flaps that are positioned just above a pair of overly large exhaust outlets.

Lamborghini Egoista Concept - Rear 3/4

Lamborghini Egoista Concept – Rear 3/4

The vehicle is crafted from aluminum and carbon fiber, and powered by a centrally mounted 600-hp, 5.2-liter V-10, which is the same engine that motivates Lamborghini’s Gallardo and the Audi R8. The interior is dominated by a racing seat with a four-point harness and a head-up display. The warplane-inspired theme goes all-out on this one, from the filler cap marked “jet fuel” to the clearly marked “step here” areas for cockpit ingress and egress.

Lamborghini Egoista Concept - The Cockpit literally

Lamborghini Egoista Concept – The Cockpit literally

Regardless of the Egoista’s inspiration, I can say that this is a very fearless design from a company not known for subtlety. Which then makes the real question in need of answering? What’s the price? Could it be more or less than the 4 million dollar Veneno concept car that was introduced to the world back at the Geneva Auto Show?

Lamborghini Egoista Concept - How the Eagles will see it

Lamborghini Egoista Concept – How the Eagles will see it


Will Volvo move forward with a Retro Inspired C60 Coupe?

Would you buy a Volvo if it it had a retro look to it? what about if it looked like one of our favourite Volvo’s the P1800 coupe?

1962 Volvo P1800

1962 Volvo P1800

Today in Automobile magazine it was reported that Volvo’s new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) could spawn a new C60 coupe. The report suggests that the C60 coupe will be a two-plus-two-style car with design inspired by the classic P1800 coupe. If the elegant coupe does make it to production, it wouldn’t arrive until 2016. It’s worth noting that even if the C60 coupe does enter production, there’s a possibility it wouldn’t reach U.S. shores.

A Modern Volvo P1800 Sketch

A Modern Volvo P1800 Sketch

Volvo is also in the process of phasing out five- and six-cylinder engines for a lineup of three- and four-cylinder engines. The three cylinders could be good for up to 204 hp while the fours could make as much as 306 hp, with an extra 100 hp using a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the report says. A new eight-speed automatic should help increase performance and reduce fuel consumption as well.

A Modern Volvo P1800 Sketch

A Modern Volvo P1800 Sketch


A cool take on Auto Show Concept Car reporting videos

The Concept GLA was one of the stars of the Shanghai motor show, and is described by insiders as being as much as 90 per cent representative of the GLA production car that will go on sale early next year, priced from around $40,000. We covered the leaked images and highlighted the GLA’s cool cutting edge technology about 2 weeks back in and article titled “Introducing the Newest in Laser Lights, HD Cameras, Dual Exhaust and 20 Inch Wheels”, so normally we would have left it there and moved on. However today we came across a new style of Vehicle over view video that was produced by auto car magazine out of the UK.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

The cleverness of using the stock footage in combination with a narrative description of the Design highlights seemed to work very well. In fact it has lead us to wonder why more journalists have not previously attempted to follow in Auto Car’s footsteps. Check out the video below, then stop by our story about the new GLA concept SUV and let us know which method of information transfer you prefer.

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Our article from back on April 18th can also be found at the link below:

http://carrolodex.com/2013/04/18/introducing-the-newest-in-laser-lights-hd-cameras-dual-exhaust-and-20-inch-wheels/


Introducing the Newest in Laser Lights, HD Cameras, Dual Exhaust and 20 Inch Wheels

The Mercedes-Benz GLA concept debuts at the Shanghai auto show in two days’ time, so it was no surprise to use when we saw that the automaker’s newest niche crossover 3 days before its debut party. Set to slot in below the GLK in Mercedes’ lineup, the GLA will face off against the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Compact SUVs are all the rage right now, most of which look like the fat kid gone thin.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV - Front 3/4

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV – Front 3/4

The GLA holds a similar presence, but the underlying characteristics display slightly higher cheekbones, a more muscular physique, and, perhaps, a flair lacking with BMW’s similarly postured machines. The new GLA Concept has a bulging hood, a raked windscreen protection plates under the bumpers, roof rails and muscular wheel arches. There is also a dual exhaust and 20 inch alloy wheels. The front part is dominated by the huge grille and by the special headlights.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Under the hood this trendy sport utility is powered by a 208 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine which is oddly only seven horsepower more than the 1.8-liter that currently powers the C250. The U.S. version will also receive the high-performance 355-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four that debuted in the CLA45 AMG at this year’s New York Auto Show

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

The GLA features the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The handle of being a “cute-ute” is fitting in the case of the GLA as it tips the tape measure at just 172.5 inches from head to toe, although the show car’s flared fenders give it a hefty 77.8 inch width. It’s assumed that the GLA is based on the same architecture that underpins Mercedes’ subcompact A-Class range.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Filed under “Cool tech that will never make it to production” would be the GLA concept’s headlights are fitted with laser-beam projectors, which light up the road and project directional cues from the navigation system. An upcoming right turn, for example, would result in the usual visual and audio prompts from the COMAND infotainment system as well as a laser-projected right arrow on the road. The Concept is also fitted with two HD cameras housed within the front roof rails that can be used to record the scenic drive.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept SUV

The production version of the GLA Concept will probably borrow the engine lineup from its A-Class sibling. We will see a variety of 4 cylinder diesel and petrol engines. We’d expect to see the full fledge production version being officially unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.


Subaru Steals the NY International Auto Show with its WRX Concept Car

Late last week before Friday could be Good and the Easter Bunny could hide his eggs the Subaru introduced its WRX concept to the world. To say that this car has stollen the New York International Auto Show could just be the biggest understatement of this year as the buzz that this concept car has created is palpable.The WRX has always been a particularly aggressive looking car. The 2014 Subaru WRX Concept takes the aggression to a whole new level with a lower, wider, and bolder design.

Subaru WRX Concept Car - Front 3/4

Subaru WRX Concept Car – Front 3/4

If the cues from the Subaru WRX Concept carry over to the production version, we finally have a WRX that looks as great as it will probably drive. With a muscularly designed exterior that hosts a turbocharged engine and AWD powertrain, the WRX Concept combines signature power with superior handling and steering. To add to the sportiness of the vehicle, Subaru added a carbon fiber roof to minimize weight and lower the center of gravity, also helping to improve handling.

Subaru WRX Concept Car - Side profile

Subaru WRX Concept Car – Side profile

With a large and in charge grille and a bulge in the hood, the engine cavity provides enough space for the turbocharger and intercooler. A sharp line spans from the headlights to the rear lights, breaking only at the prominent wheel arches. In the rear, the curved trunk lid acts as a spoiler and the wide low bumper hosts the four exhaust pipes. Every new design on the WRX Concept adds to the powerful nature of the car.

Subaru WRX Concept Car - Rear 3/4

Subaru WRX Concept Car – Rear 3/4

After gazing upon the gorgeous WRX Concept, it is clear what direction Subaru is taking the next generation Impreza/WRX/STI and we are all in. Unfortunately, Subaru offered no details on the next WRX, only saying that this concept is a preview of “what the future might bring.” So it will be interesting to see how the production model compares to the concept and to the previous WRX’s.


Spyker Returns, with the Announcement of the B6 Venator Concept Car

After almost going bankrupt, Spyker is set to begin building cars again on its own, as it was outsourcing production to British Coachbuilder CPP. This new sports car is part of what the brand calls its “global resurgence,” as it plans to sell more mainstream products and step away from its troubled history. The car is called the B6 Venator and it is looking to pick a fight with any Cayman or F-Type that dare cross its path.

Spyker B6 Venator Concept Car

Spyker B6 Venator Concept Car

The first raw numbers that we have seen for the B6 Venator in brief would be: midengine layout, 375-horsepower V6 (no word on displacement or forced induction), six-speed automatic transmission (no word on supplier or number of clutch plates), all aluminum chassis with carbon-fiber body panels that tip the scales at a hair over 3000 pounds. If these figures hold true it would mean that the B6 Venator would have a Power to weight ratio of 8.21 pounds per horsepower (a little better than the Porsche 911 Carrera’s) in a footprint the size of a Porsche Boxster.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Spykers CEO Victor Muller was quoted as saying that “he played the role of designer. He promised that the all new Venator, will have all the piquant details of Spyker’s previous cars, an aesthetic evoking an era of silk scarves and aerial chivalry.” He went on to say, “that the stylistic features of: a machine-turned aluminum dash, the exposed gearshift mechanism, the rich, quilted leather will also be incorporated into the final design language.

As production of the C8 Aileron begins to ramp back up for Spyker, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they moved quickly to get the B6 concept car out onto the global marketplace. The company’s equipment has reportable been moved from England to Holland as it continues to recover from the Saab disaster. The B6 Venator will be priced between 125,000 and 150,000 Euros (160,000-195,000 in Dollars), however no official word has been given on a North American sales strategy or price.


Interested in seeing the most powerful and most expensive Lamborghini ever made?

After a lone image surfaced earlier today, several more pictures have leaked out of the most powerful and most expensive Lamborghini ever produced.

Lamborghini Veneno - Front 3/4

Lamborghini Veneno – Front 3/4

Set to debut tomorrow at the Geneva Motor Show, the Veneno is based on the already awesome Aventador but gets a retuned version of the 6.5-liter V12 engine to make an outrageous 740 hp. All of those horses are then transmitted through Lamborghini’s the familiar seven-speed ISR gearbox and all-wheel-drive system. Lambo says the Veneno’s top speed is 220 miles per hour. Fine by me!

Lamborghini Veneno - Rear Diffuser and Le Mans Style Wing

Lamborghini Veneno – Rear Diffuser and Le Mans Style Wing

Pair all of that that with a carbon fiber chassis and a new body sculpted entirely of the light weight material. Not to mention the massive front headlights that look as it there were ripped right out of a Le mans type endure racer and you’ve got a fighter jet on wheels.

Lamborghini Veneno - Undressed from the top down

Lamborghini Veneno – Undressed from the top down

Just three version of the Veneno are to be built to help celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary at the astronomical price of £3.1 million, or roughly $4.6 million in our North American money. So there you have it. Instead of being drowned out as background noise to McLaren and Ferrari, Lamborghini just shrugs and throws down its own gauntlet. Which one might argure was also one of the major driving forces in the companies creation back when it was founded 50 years ago.

Lamborghini Veneno - Interior

Lamborghini Veneno – Interior