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Best Concept Cars Of The 2014 Detroit Auto Show
There are always a number of great concept cars on display each year at the Detroit Motor Show.
The main difference this year was that many of those concepts look set to leave the design study phase and head into full production mode.
The cars that have no chance of ever getting produced for real are cool, but catching a glimpse of something that might one day be on the road is incredibly exciting.
Here are 5 concept vehicles that got our motor running this year.
1. Toyota FT-1 Concept
The official word from Toyota was that this was their idea of the ultimate coupe design, while the rest of us just wished for it to be the next-gen Supra.
There is no denying the nod to the proud history that Toyota has in the sports car world, but we can only hope the FT-1 becomes a street model.
2. Kia GT4 Stinger Sports Coupe Concept
Kia have already said that the GT4 Stinger concept will not go to production, but we have to imagine that many elements of it will.
There will certainly need to be something of a toning down of the aggressive style of the GT4, but the 315hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder would sit nicely into a production model that is equally as cool and ready to take on the fight against the Toyota Ft-86 and Subaru BRZ.
3. Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept
While they did revealed nothing about the drivetrain, the V-cylinder engine under the hood is rumored to put out a staggering 500 hp and 600 lb-feet of torque.
If that sounds like something that would be more at home in a race car, consider that the Red Bull F1 racing team inspired some of the carbon fiber elements that showed up on the Q50 concept.
4. Audi Allroad Small Crossover Concept Vehicle
This appears to again be the case with the Allroad Concept.
This beauty hides a hybrid unit under the hood that has a pair of electric motors linked to a 2.0-liter TFSI for a total of 402 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.
Audi say that the concept can get 149 mpg and a maximum driving range of 502 miles. The newest TT could be in showrooms as early as March of this year.
5. Nissan Sports Sedan Concept
Nissan didn’t put much thought into the naming of the Sports Sedan Concept, but they did reveal that it would be a future production model.
Whether or not that means it will be the next Maxima remains to be seen.
There is certainly a lot included in the concept, other than the height, that mimics the Maxima, most notably the 3.5-liter V6 that is found under the hood of this beautiful looking concept.