Explore how automakers have advanced today’s notions of design, performance and technology and applied each to the luxury vehicles of tomorrow in this special feature article – top 10 innovative and futuristic car concepts.
1. 2012 Fisker Karma
Justin Bieber was presented with one of these beauties for his 18th birthday on the Ellen DeGeneres show. He followed in the footsteps of Leonardo DiCaprio, who was the first celebrity to buy the first 2012 Fisker Karma. A solar panel roof, 250 mile range, 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds and a sleek exterior to drool over are all wrapped cleverly into this nice work of car art and punctuated with a $90,000 USD starting price sticker. The Fisker Karma is able to go 50 miles on all electric charge and then carries on an additional 300 miles on fossil fuel, while still being able to achieve an admirable 100 miles per gallon. Its trademaked EVer technology uses an electric generator and battery pack to power dual-electric motors without using gas to drive the wheels. The car operates in two modes: stealth mode, with a top speed of 95 mph and a 50 mile range, and sport mode, which uses the top speed up to 125 mph and the range to 250 miles. Definitely an awesome 18th birthday gift.
The 2012 Fisker Karma tops the list of 10 Futuristic Cars.
2. Nissan Motivity 400C
This vehicle represents how designers at Nissan envision the future of automaking and I must say they see it quite interesting, to say the least. Motivity 400C is a vehicle that boasts a wide range of incredible functional features. It takes advantage of maglev’s engine system that adds more power to the car and every tire allows the driver to control the vehicle with ease. Having a triangular shape the vehicle considerably reduces air resistance when driving at great speeds and increases the car’s acceleration, thus saving a lot of power. A wonderful concept from a great carmaker.
The Nissan Motivity 400c is voted number 2 on top 10 list of Futuristic Concept Cars.
3. Bugatti 57 Atlantic
This is an incredible concept that was designed to focus on both the outside of the car and its performance. The design is credited to the French Designer Bruno Delussu. The front of the vehicle reminds us of Jaguar, but the rest is something car enthusiasts never seen before. The two-seater car surely looks very beautiful, but it is less likely to be developed in the near future. The concept looks so futuristic that there are two possible scenarios: whether it will still remain a concept or it will be produced in the next century. The designer gave us a hint- as long as we can imagine, he can create and design whatever he wants.
The Bugatti 57 Atlantic arrives at number 3 on top 10 list Futuristic Cars.
This model was designed to be able to pass through different types of terrain found in America. Terrene features a unique tire mechanism that is able to adapt the dimensions of the vehicle to a variety of terrain types, which makes it possible for the user to drive safely in various conditions. The reduced height of the vehicle along with a large wheel diameter improves Terrena’s functionality. The car also boasts integrated sensors that signal the driver about road conditions. In case the sensors identify a good road condition the vehicle’s wheels become wide and Terrena decreases its height to become more stable, allowing you to control it easier at high speed. In addition, this futuristic concept is covered with flexible materials that have an interesting and useful feature – they “absorb” any deformations that occur as a result of impact with different objects.
The Terrena arrives at number 4 on this top 10 list of Futuristic Cars.
5. BMV i8
February’s extremely cold weather was a blessing in disguise for EV fans, who got a sneak peak at the i8 concept car test driving in the snow. The BMW i8 bring 349 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque to bear on the road, taking the vehicle from 0-62 mph in just under five seconds seconds and shooting forward at a max of 155 mph. The all-electric driving range is about 20 miles, and the ideal fuel efficiency is around 94 mpg.
Maybe it is time to leave the city as the BMW says and Escape the restrictions of everyday life. The BMW i8 was made to become an icon of progress. It combines the energizing performance of a sports car with benchmark efficiency.
The sporting character continues into the interior. Boasting a driver-focused environment unmatched by any BMW Group vehicle before it, the BMW i8 Concept immerses the driver fully in the unique driving experience. The BMW i8 Concept is the sports car for a new generation – pure, emotional and sustainable.
The design of the BMW i8 Concept is as special as the car’s overall concept embodying the perfect synthesis of technology and aesthetic allure. Its sweeping lines and flat silhouette lend the vehicle a strikingly dynamic appearance even when standing still. A large, transparent greenhouse lends the exterior an extraordinary feeling of lightness and highlights the exceptional efficiency of this vehicle concept. Short front and rear overhangs round off the sporting overall impression. Despite its dynamic appearance, the 2+2-seater can accommodate four people, giving it a high degree of everyday practicality.
As with the BMW i3 Concept, layering again serves as the central design element of the interior and exterior. The individual vehicle components are also clearly visible from the outside, the black and transparent Life module clearly setting itself apart from the silver-coloured body components around it. This layering approach lends the BMW i8 Concept an extremely technical and cutting-edge appeal.
The BMV i8 arrives at number 5 on this top 10 Futuristic Cars List.
6. Jaguar XF:
The XF is offered in three distinct trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Supercharged. The Supercharged is powered by an incredible 420-horsepower supercharged 4.2-liter V8 engine, while the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims are powered by a 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8. All of the trims come with a modern 6 speed fully automatic transmission.
The car arrives at number 6 of the top 10 list – futuristic car car concepts.
7. 2013 Vokswagen Type 1
Volkswagen Beetle– One of the most iconic cars ever manufactured by the Volkswagen Group, The Volkswagen Beetle, officially called the Volkswagen Type 1 (or informally the Volkswagen Bug), is an economy car produced by the German automaker Volkswagen. With over 21 million manufactured in an air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform, worldwide.
And now, Volkswagen is launching its Iconic Beetle, which is not just a normal Beetle, rather it is a Convertible Beetle! Yes you heard it right! the new Beetle which conveys the company’s story from how it began with the original Beetle Convertible (known to be as Type 15) which was first launched in 1949 and then 2002′s Beetle Convertible, and finally now, with the third one which offers a new dimension for roof-less, driving pleasure.
This may sound shocking to many out there reading this news that, during the period of 1949 to 1980, 330,000 units of the original Beetle Convertible were produced, which proves the fact that this car used to run from generation to generation, presumably the german automaker had tried this one into a cult car. While creating this new model the german automaker took days, and months, to come out with such a legendary design structure of this car, which boasts of its flatter roofline and a windshield which has become more upright, which reminds us of the original version.
Talking about its design this new Beetle also incorporates the air-inlet under the bumper, the flat outline of hood’s bottom edge, and certainly the tailights which shows a bond of the family ties. The new Beetle boasts of new technology and the standard quality flow which reminiscent the legendary model, and as an tribute the headlights are still in their classic round shape.
Despite its compact construction the new Beetle’s soft-top when lies flat enables a good vision to the rear, whereas the top is very wide and extended in shape, the new soft-top open/closes in about 10 seconds and accelerates up to 30mph.
This car comes in at number 7 on the top ten list of futuristic concept cars.
8. Audi A9
Reports regarding the flagship of Audi A9 have been churning all around for several years but latest information is starting to appear regarding the greatly anticipated car model.
As per to the sources of sport and Auto Motor, the A9 would be available in the year 2016 as well as ride on the similar platform which underpins Q7 of the next generation. This resonance such as a strange choice, but the car model would supposedly be situated as the Allroad sedan which marks an augmented ride height as well as underbody slide plates.
Small else is identified regarding the car, but rumor suggests this would feature the impressive range of technology together with a semi-autonomous system of the driving which will allow the car to park and drive itself.
With the crisis of economic affecting each main automaker that are available there, the rescue frequently arrives from Asian increasing and from new cheap and small type of cars. In case you are using the logos which have four-ring and the name is Audi, as automaker is making a plan to develop the sedan car that will be more effective and advanced as compare to current model of A8.
This car comes in at number 8 on the top ten list of futuristic concept cars.
9. Peugeot Angel
From its name you can guess that angels served as an inspiration for the design of this incredible concept. The car was designed for city use. Peugeot Angel represents a mix of futuristic and retro looks. Its front wheels work just like on standard vehicles but the rear wheels work on idea of opposite magnetic fields circulation, developing a magnetic field that levitate the car in its back. Such technology allows the car to be much lighter, plus less power is needed.
This car comes in at number 9 on the top ten list of futuristic concept cars.
10. Porsche Cayenne:
Ah yes, that brings us to the Porsche Cayenne. Few vehicles in recent memory have been as controversial as this one, save for perhaps the German automaker’s own Panamera. But these days there’s simply no argument against profits and their ability to float a small automaker like Porsche through turbulent times… and that’s exactly what the Cayenne accomplished. So, do you like seeing cars like the 911, Boxster and Cayman — and yes, even the Panamera, on the market? Well then, thank you, Cayenne.
The Porsche Cayenne is based on the same platform as the Volkswagen Touareg, and both vehicles were designed to be completely off-road capable. To drive that point home, Porsche won the epic Transsyberia rally with specially prepared — but still completely street legal — Cayennes and commemorated the victory with a small batch of production versions.
So the Cayenne makes this list both for the foresight of Porsche to put this vehicle on the market in the first place and for the actual vehicle’s insane ability to perform amazing feats on the racetrack, on the road and off. Impressive, to say the least. The Cayenne was also Porsche’s first V8-powered vehicle (with up to 550 horsepower in the latest Turbo S) since the 928 left the market in 1995. Controversial? Absolutely. Successful? Beyond even Porsche’s lofty expectations.