Top 7 Best concept cars of 2014 – Like a good sauce, a year in the life of CAR needs reducting down before it becomes truly rich and tasty. Here’s the first in a series telling the distilled story of 2014: 12 months of cars, people, incidents and much more stuff, both good and bad… and yes, even ugly. Kicking us off, it’s seven of the year’s most mind-blowing concepts.
Top 7 Best concept cars of 2014
1) Nissan Bladeglider
Weird, pointy electric three-seater most notable for pissing off Panoz, whose Nismo-powered DeltaWing racer it resembles.
2) Lamborghini Asterion
Its full name – Asterion LPI 910-4 – is the whole story: LP denotes longitudinale posteriore engine position, I means Ibrido or hybrid, 910 is the combined PS output and 4 means four-wheel drive. It’s Lambo’s first front-wheel driver (shock) but despite beardy intent still packs a V10 (unshock). More importantly, we want to marry it.
3) Maserati Alfieri
Suspiciously beautiful and desirable centenary gift from Maserati to itself surely destined for mothballs. But no! It’s a goer!
4) Toyota FT-1
Or Future Toyota One. ‘Don’t call it the new Supra,’ they said, so we called it the new Supra. Rustled up by Toyota’s LA-based substance-smokers as a Trojan horse PlayStation fantasy, FT-1 was first shown to boss Akio Toyoda on his console, and he immediately thrashed it round Fuji Speedway. His smile suggested he – and we – might be able to do that for real one day. Sigh. Now, back to that Auris…
5) Audi TT 420 Quattro Sport
Knowingly overdone Merc-scarer hinting at future TT RS. Carbon bodykit, rollcage, ludicrous rear wing and loud decals, plus 414bhp 2.0-litre turbo. A junior R8? We drove it, and hell yeah…!
6) Aston Martin DP-100
Another fantasy project made possible by Gran Turismo 6, but anybody not excited by a mid-engined V12 Aston needs help.
7) Peugeot Exalt
Looks pretty amazing for a wannabe 3-series rival, but Peugeot probably wanted to wow its Chinese partner Dongfeng with the promise of, er, oh-la-la? It’s 308-based but you wouldn’t know it. Shame they’ll never dare do it. Also a shame they ran out of silver paint.