Concept car central | Dubai Motor Show 2011

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 by

Amongst the thousands of ideas that crowd a designer’s mind only few make it to the drawing boards and fewer make it as near-production ready concepts. The 2011 had a fair share of concept cars and in no particular order here they are…

2011 Land Rover DC100 concept car’s Defender replacement concept was definitely a hit with the paparazzi. Created to embody the essence of the 1948 Series 1, which is amongst the first mass produced 4x4s for the public. Multi-terrain usability means everything for this vehicle and such mud ploughing power comes from a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The tech-heavy DC100 gets roof mounted solar panels and even On-Demand Spiked Tyres!!!!!

C-X75

2011 Jaguar C-X75 concept carC for concept, X for experiment and 75 for the 75th anniversary of the Tata Motors owned Jaguar brand. This plug-in hybrid car makes almost 800 horsepower, keeps emissions at 99g/km CO2 or less and has the potential to top 320km/h. It makes fellows with Porsche’s 911 Turbo S and the Bugatti Veyron in the 2 second club, 0 to 100km/h. The profile has an uncanny XJ 220 resemblance but with the benefits of a longer wheelbase.

Peugeot SR1

2011 Peugeot SR1 concept carQuiet in a corner was French manufacturer Peugeot’s SR1. The Lion symbol brand was never short on style as seen even in their production models but powertrains or specifically, power has never been their forte. No worries! The SR1 receives HYbrid4 technology that combines a 218bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 95bhp electric motor, 313 horses in total. Emissions are as low as 119 g/km of CO2 (0 in electric mode) and it manages a fuel economy of 4.9l/100km. Add to that 4WD, 4-wheel steering and a 0 to 100km/h time of 4.7 seconds. Kick a$$ is spelt Peugeot these days.

Toyota FT-86

2011 Toyota FT-86 concept carIt’s been donkey’s years since Toyota did affordable fun-to-drive cars such as the much loved Supra and Celica models, but it’s finally here, at least the concept is. An interesting thought…this is actually classified as a 3-door hatchback, you might have imagined it to be a 2-door coupe. The FT-86 comes with a 2.0-litre boxer engine, a 6-speed stick shift and rear wheel drive, what’s not to love.

Vision ConnectedDrive

2011 Vision ConnectDriveThink of this as the release-elusive iPhone 5. You will never get to drive one, anytime soon, but bits and pieces of its technology can be found in BMW vehicles today, like web and navigation connectivity. I’m not so sure what to think of the all around lighting theme but the sliding doors are a welcome change. No! Not like the Toyota Hiace…much, much cooler!

 

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