Maserati Kubang Concept

Maserati brought an SUV to the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Seems everyone is slowly getting into the SUV market again, again…

The Kubang concept idea was originally displayed in 2003, and looks to be becoming a reality thanks to the Jeep/Chrysler relationship with Maserati.

I don’t know if I’m sold on this, but seeing as it’s not yet set for production (Tentative release date of 2013) maybe there’s hope yet. What we do know:

  • Ferrari built Maserati engine.
  • 8 speed automatic gearobx (too many in my opinion)
  • Adjustable steering, brakes and suspension, courtesy of those components being built in Modena (along side the engine).
  • And that’s about all we know at the moment.

Let’s just hope that the Chrysler/Jeep side is strictly for financing, and plays no part in the actual chassis or driveline development. Expect pricing to be the standard Maserati fare. $$.

 

What do you think?

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Das Vette

German builder Endora-Cars has shown us their renderings of their retro-futuristic (“Klassisches Sportwagen-Design mit modernster Technik”) Corvette-based supercar the SC-1.

Designed to be reminiscent of past concept cars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, the SC-1 will avail itself of modern touches such as LED lighting and supercharged Detroit iron.

There are three power options to choose from: the base 6.2-liter aluminum V8 with 437 hp, 7-liter powerplant with 512 hp and a supercharged 6.2 liter V8 that sends 647 hp to the rear axle. All engines are coupled to a manual transaxle design with six gears and the base unit is optionally available with a six-speed automatic includes shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Endora cars will announce pricing and a production schedule at a later date.

New Mazda Shinari Four Door Sports Coupe Concept

The Mazda SHINARI is a pure design concept model of a four-door, four-seater sports coupe which perfectly expresses the ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme in a graceful and carefree form.

The Japanese word shinari describes the powerful yet supple appearance of great resilient force when objects of high tensile strength, such as steel or bamboo, are twisted or bent. It also refers to the appearance of a person or animal as it flexibly transforms its body to generate a fast movement. Within this movement, Mazda designers discovered the potential to realize ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’.

One glance at SHINARI stirs the emotions. Its form expresses the powerful movement of a lean body with highly developed muscles, supple but at the same time filled with tension. Mazda’s desire is to reach car lovers’ hearts and go beyond the notion of rational logic. This form purely embodies that desire.

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Concept Supercar….

Let’s face it, there are quite a few people, companies and collaborations that bring us concept cars. Some are solar powered, some are wacky left field alternatives to the norm, and then there is the genre of the ‘Supercar Concept’.

While only a handful ever make it to prototype status, let alone production, every once in awhile the ‘Concept Supercar’ becomes a reality. You only have to look to Pagani, Koenigsegg, and even a throwback to Vector to see that sometimes it happens. Some of these concepts were hugely expensive ideas, with outlandish goals and incredible claims. But….Sometimes they happen.

Take a good hard look at the Bugatti Veyron and you’ll see this in it’s truest form. The Veyron took what seemed ages to complete, and was essentially designed around a set of standards that had to be met: Top speed, handling, braking, the list goes on. When Bugatti was purchased by the VW group, the concept nearly went the way so many others like have in the past. But VW stated they would produce the car, and years later, they did. And did they ever.

We’ll go into the nitty-gritty details about the Veyron another time, but it makes for the prefect example of what has to happen for a ‘Concept Supercar’ to come to life. It’s takes obscene funding allowances, inordinate amounts of research, incredible engineering minds, and a lifetime of patience to make something like that happen. So what’s next?

Maybe this: The AMV-R Supercar.

Penned roughly 3 years ago by Alexei Mikhailov, the AMV-R Supercar called for an 850hp boosted V-10, smooth and flowing lines, and hopefully a significant emotional impact. Will it ever be produced? Probably not, but every once in awhile the stars align and another ‘Concept Supercar’ is produced.

From Automotto

Citroen GT May be Bound for Limited Production.

Citroen GT circa 2008

Autocar filling us in on the though to be dead-in-the-water Citroen GT. A bit outlandish looking, but hey, what do you want for $1 Million Pounds?

Citroen has denied earlier reports claiming it no longer plans to put its radical GT by Citroen supercar into limited production.

The firm had been expected to build six units costing around £1.1million each, but French media claimed Citroen had gone back on these plans after it decided the engineering and development costs required to get the GT by Citroen production ready would not be worth the returns on the car; each unit would be sold for a significant loss.

However, Citroen has now confirmed to Autocar that the GT by Citroen is still “under evaluation” for production and no decision on whether or not it will make production had been taken.

The earlier reports claimed Citroen planned to focus on developing more smaller sporty cars, such as the Citroen DS3 Racing, rather than developing a flagship supercar.

Mike Duff blog: Citroen’s supercar stars at Goodwood

The GT by Citroen’s powertrain has never been revealed, but it’s rumoured to be powered by a V8 producing in excess of 500bhp supplied by either Ford or General Motors. (OMG…Why?- Rausch) The production car is expected to use a paddle shift manual gearbox.

The GT by Citroen was the star of the Paris motor show in 2008 and was seen in action as recently as last weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.