Twelve Hot Concept Cars: 2011 Geneva Motor Show Page 2

March 7, 2011

Toyota FT-86 II Concept

This is the second-generation interpretation of the original FT-86 shown at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. The Toyota FT-86 II prototype is the result of collaboration between Toyota and Subaru. Think of the concept as a possible Toyota and/or Subaru sports car. How sweet it is. Imagine this in the family garage. Motor Authority has more info direct from the floor at Geneva.


Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept

While we’re looking at hot sports car concepts, take a gander at the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA concept – one of the top three concepts at Geneva. Auto reviewers call it a cross between a Lotus Elise and Porsche Boxster and say it is smaller than the photos look (in other words, more compact). Whatever, the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA concept is the epitome of intelligent lightweight engineering in a package that’s stunning to look at. Also see Nelson Ireson’s story here.


Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Diesel and hybrid aren’t two words that you’d think go together, but Volvo has a different idea. They’ve expressed it in the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid that delivers 300 horsepower and emits only 49 g/km carbon dioxide. Reportedly the V60 Plug-in Hybrid can go up to 32 miles on pure electric power. When diesel and electric motors work in combination, zero to 62 mph takes 6.9 seconds. There’s more here on the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.


Volkswagen Bulli Concept

Passengers sit three abreast on bench seats in the Volkswagen Bulli concept – which marks the automaker’s return to the Microbus concept it started a decade ago. For another take on the Volkswagen Bulli Concept vehicle, see Nelson Ireson’s article in Motor Authority. Also check out Family Car Guide’s story on the VW Bulli.


Rolls-Royce 102EX

Rolls-Royce bills the 102EX as the “world’s first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment.” The 102EX, also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric (EE), is a working test bed to explore opinions and reactions on alternative drive-train technology. There are no plans to build a production version, but that doesn’t mean 102EX won’t have merit for future Rolls-Royce models. In essence, the 102EX is a powerful, nearly 400-horsepower (290 kilowatts) super-luxury car that can go zero to 60 mph in under eight seconds – thanks to a huge 96-cell lithium-ion battery pack that powers two electric motors. Rolls-Royce says this is believed to be the largest battery pack ever put in a road car. Check out Motor Authority for more info.

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