Giugiaro Brivido Concept

Italdesign showed off the fabulous Giugiaro Brivido concept at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. But this was far more than just a show car, as you can see from the pictures included. This is well built vehicle, that some believe may be based on a Porsche Panamera Hybrid chassis.

There’s no word yet on if this will make it to production, but some of us think it might be worth running the numbers.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted if there is any more news about this car that comes up!

Limited Edition Nissan Juke-R

This is just plain cuh-razy. Nissan will be taking an extremely limited number of orders for the Juke-R. Bragging rights won’t come cheap, at an estimated $590,000! But that gets you one of the very few of these cars in existence, and it will have the 545hp Godzilla engine.

For those of you who just want a seriously fast, extremely capable, well handling car that is made in slightly higher numbers for a lot less money. You might consider the Nissan GTR, at $97,820 you could actually buy a base model Juke (about $21,000) and still have money left over.

If you’re seriously considering the Juke-R contact Nissan

Volkswagen XL1

The Volkswagen XL1 concept actually made it’s debut at the 2011 Qatar Auto Show. But don’t think this is old news just yet. First let me explain what this car is.

The goal for the concept was, through low weight, low coefficient of drag, and an efficient engine, to deliver the equivalent of 235mpg (1-liter/100-km). What they managed to achieve is nothing less than monumental, 261 miles per gallon. Yes, you read that correctly.

So how did they do it? Weight savings came by way of carbon fiber use throughout the chassis, and some exterior body parts. They even saved weight by using aluminum in the wiring instead of copper. They used real magnesium wheels, the type used in racing. The result is a vehicle that weighs in at 1735lbs. Then there’s the coefficient of drag, reduced to an astounding 0.186!

So how about the drivetrain you ask? Well they didn’t stop at weight savings and CD, I answer. They take their 1.6 liter diesel (the TDI) and chopped it in half. Yes, 0.8 liter two cylinder diesel making 48hp. They mate that to a 20kW motor, lithium-ion battery pack and a 7 speed dual clutch automatic. The result is a hybrid with a claimed 0-62 of 11.9 seconds (not bad, all things considered).

So that’s the concept from 2011, now for the news. They are building it, and testing it right now in fact. There have been some minor changes, to accommodate a production ready/road worthy vehicle. It will deliver 235mpg, but performance will drop from the concept. Top speed is rumored to be limited to less than 75mph, which on it’s own may not be a deal killer for the average commuter. But the bigger news is the rumor that the production ready vehicle would deliver a 0-50 time of around 32 seconds. That is not a misprint. Again, we are in rumor mode, and they are still testing the car, so anything could happen.

The good news from the rumor bin, the cool gull wing doors will make it to production.

Price TBD

Spy photos: Credit – Brenda Priddy and Company

Lamborghini Aventador J

When I was a kid I loved to watch a show called “Speed Racer”. I dreamed of one day having this car, fast and beautiful, with an alarmingly low wind screen, wearing my helmet as I drive down the highway.

The Lamborghini Aventador J is such a car. Described by Lamborghini as, “the most extreme and uncompromising super sports car of our entire history”. The windshield is small, reminding us of the Ferrari 166M. So small in fact that you are required to wear a helmet while driving it! And it is road legal, according to Lamborghini.

Lamborghini went to extremes to save weight, including the removal of the air conditioning system, this resulting vehicle weighing less than the Aventador LP700-4 coupe.

Price – A lot

Giugiaro Brivido

The Giugiaro Brivido is a four seat hybrid concept vehicle that some of us hope will come to production. Giugiaro has been acquired by the Volkswagen group, so there may be some chance that this will happen.

Extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum promise to keep weight down. While the use of a supercharged V6 combined with hybrid electric assist promise total horsepower of around 408. Together this should provide 0-60 times of around 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 170mph.

Price TBD

Ten Best Concept Cars

Alfa Romeo 4C

Every year Car and Driver magazine publishes their “Ten Best” list. What gets the most attention is the list of Ten Best Cars. But like the Oscars or Grammys, there are a lot of other categories that are really awesome, that barely get any press at all.

This is their list of the Ten Best Concept Cars, and in our view it’s a great list of cars.

For the whole story Ten Best Concepts

Robotic Cars Are Coming

Google has been working hard to develop a robot car, and they aren’t alone. Now I don’t want to be the guy that throws a wet towel on all of this exciting news, but I like to drive. In fact I love driving. But our job is to keep the readers informed, so here’s an article from NPR that gives some great information about how all of this stuff works. It includes a cool video of a ride along in a fully automated robotic car. Now don’t get me wrong, this technology is truly amazing, so please take the time to take a look at it.

So give us some feedback. If a robotic car comes out at a reasonable price would you buy one?

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