Your inner six-year-old self will be thrilled to see these concept cars to finally hit the road by 2020!
Concept cars are always the most exciting displays to look at during auto shows. They can signal future styling cues for the brand, usher in a new model year, or simply flex an auto manufacturer’s artistic muscles. Concept cars appeal to our inner six-year-olds who likes robust front ends, minimalist interiors, rich and abnormal colors, and massive wheels. As a kid, I would always rush to the concept lawn at the Pebble Beach Car Show because that’s where all the newest technology and fastest cars were displayed. Seeing SUVs with scissor doors, razor-sharp angles, and aggressive stances back in the early 2000s, I was dumbfounded and intrigued all at the same time.
Some concept cars never make it to production and are just a way to show the world that someone is thinking about the future deep within the depths of a car company. Others show off the latest technology such as jet-powered hybrid engines with machine guns attached. Some will swear that their car will hit 330 mph based on no scientific evidence or testing whatsoever. The poster boy of concept cars that made it to the showrooms is the BMW i8. Seeing that in person for the first time gave people everywhere the chills. It just screams “future!” and very few cars on the road today have managed to capture that feeling after four years of production.
Seeing as the Detroit Auto Show is going on, let’s take a look at some other cars that have been teased. Many of the cars on this list will be on the road within the year, and some will never see the light of day.
Let’s start off with the biggest reveal of the year—the Tesla Roadster. Elon claimed some other-worldly numbers with this one. Tesla is claiming a 0-60 time of just 1.9 seconds, which is, frankly, impossible on tires that aren’t made out of a drag compound. Tesla is also claiming a freakish 7,000 lb-ft of torque being driven through all four wheels. That’s enough to slow the Earth’s rotation. Is any of this true?
Well, no. Not yet. The Roadster is a great example of a concept using big numbers as a form of shock and awe. Bugatti has done this with the Chiron, claiming that it’ll easily hit 300 mph, and yet, no official numbers have been released. Seems like a lot of hoopla, and it’s really easy to get caught up in its Star Wars-style numbers and jargon. Until the model hits the showroom and it lays down some numbers, though, the Roadster is just an experiment.