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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

FT 1 concept imageToyota always delivers great concepts, as witnessed by the FT-HS and the LF-LC, but the FT-1 takes things to a whole new level.

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 gT4 concept carKia 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

infiniti q50 eau rougeJapanese automaker Infiniti entered the world dominated by the Germans with their 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

Audi Crossover Concept PhotoThe next generation TT models created by Audi almost always begins life as a shooting brake concept.

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.

The Allroad has a top speed of 155 mph and can accelerate from 0-62 mph in a blistering 4.6 seconds.

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

2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept photoNissan 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.

3 thoughts on “Best Concept Cars Of The 2014 Detroit Auto Show

  1. It’s funny how the facelifted Chevy Traverse also ripped odd Audi’s tail lights. Also add the Infinti FX. Aucra ILX,Audi should be pround they have the most wanted designs out of the entire auto industry. Kia should be proud this just provws everyone is eyeing Kia…after all the Rav-4, escape, Grand Cherokee, Infinti FX, Traverse, Acura ILX, Ford Fusion, Focus, Lexus ES, Lexus IS, Lincoln, Outlander, all copied Audi after the 2007 Kia Kue. Did you know the Chevy Sonic’s face is Audi like? It’s funny the Lancer EVo came out in 05` copied Audi but no one was interested until Kia got Schryer. Now all of a sudden Toyota gave the Corolla Audi tail lights. Poor BMW and Mercedes no one wants those designs just Audi designs. Also funny how everyone wants a signature family look after the Kue was the face of Kia. Lincon’s version of the Ford Edge has Audi tail lights. Getting car designs are becoming easier and easier since everyone wants Audi Tail lights.

  2. So because everyone wants Audi tail lights, i can’t blame Kia for changing the 14′ Optima’s tail lights. After all I’m tired of looking at Audi tail lights every 10 seconds now. I wish someone copied Mercedes or BMW tail lights.

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