2013 in review: Best Concept Cars image

As we wind down toward the end of another year, here are the best concepts cars that were unveiled during 2013. There’s no order, no top10, just the best concepts of 2013.

Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo
Designed for the new PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 6, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo from Mercedes-Benz has 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque courtesy of an AMG V8 engine.

Audi Nanuk Quattro Crossover
For those who don’t know, Audi owns Italdesign Giugiaro – and this is what they designed. A super-crossover that makes use of a twin-turbo V10 TDI engine that produces more than 500 hp. It is connected thru a seven-speed dual-clutch S Tronic gearbox. According to Italdesign Giugiaro, the Nanuk comcept is capable to hit 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It was unveiled during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Audi Nanuk frankfurt motor show 2013

Audi Nanuk frankfurt motor show 2013 front view

Audi Sport quattro concept
Quattro means a lot for Audi, not only the all-wheel drive system. Quattro GmbH is a wholly owned private subsidiary of Audi that develops R8 and RS vehicles (and not only).
On the same time, the Audi Quattro model build from 1983 to 1991 was one of the most successful model that Audi built.

To commemorate the success of the original vehicle, during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi unveiled the Sport quattro concept. It has an hybrid system – a 552 bhp 4-liter V8 engine is connected to a 110kW/295lb ft electric motor for a total of …… 700 bhp ! That’s insane. Audi says Sport quattro concept is capable to hit 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds. Yes, 3.7 seconds dors’t sound very impressive, but keep in mind that this concept has 1850kg.

audi sport quattro frankfurt 2013 - side view

audi sport quattro frankfurt 2013 front view

Concept S-Class Coupe
The S Class is considered by many one of the best cars in the world. So … how about a coupe! Yes yes yes. Yes please. It rides on a revised CL platform, and like the S-Class it can be equipped with the optional 4Matic four-wheel drive. It looks fantastic and the 4.7-liter V8 direct-injection gas engine that is capable of 455 hp will push this gorgeous concept to 100km/h in less than 5 seconds.


BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe
Como, Italy. What a great place. Since 1929 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este gathers the most important classic cars. Visitors can admire about fifty cars, all built between the 1920s and the 1970s, organized in different categories. But on the same time, some of the carmakers are here to present some of their upcoming models. For 2013, BMW team-up with Italian styling house Pininfarina for … the Gran Lusso coupe. It is based on the 7-Series architecture. The details are just gorgeous. The wood that was used for the interior of this “piece of art” is more than 48,000 years old. It even has a its own carbon-14 dating certificate.

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Como

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Como Back view

Opel Monza concept
Presented during the Frankfurt motor show, this beautiful concept is here to inspire future models for the brand. Under the hood is has a powertrain from Ampera – so the wheels are driven by electricity, but there’s also a three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo to extend the total range.

Opel has a lot of financial difficulties these days, but with models like this one they may finally see the light soon enough.

A new Manta, inspired by the Monza, may come in a few years.” said Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann when asked about a road going version of the concept.

Volvo Coupe Concept
This is the first model made under Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture. It looks very powerful and the car’s reception has been so positive that Volvo now plans to build a road going version. On the same time Volvo already announced that the fist model to benefit from this new aesthetic will be the upcoming XC90.

The gasoline plug-in hybrid driveline in the Volvo Concept Coupé generates about 400 horsepower, and the entire drivetrain is connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Lexus LF-NX concept
Aggressive, angular, sharp … The LF-NX concept from Lexus. There are no official details about the powertrain, but Lexus says it’s a “new variation” of Lexus’ Hybrid Drive system, “tuned for SUV performance”.

The concept is based on the RAV4 platform, an according to some reports; the LF-NX concept will actually be produced. Autoexpress reports that the production version model will be unveiled during the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Jaguar Project 7
A special one-off Jag that was unveiled during the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Project 7 … what a name … (yes we know – Jaguar won Le Mans seven times between 1951 and 1990) it is the most beautiful and most exciting model to come from the British brand in recent years. The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine produce 550 horsepower – but the noise it makes – you might think is has a problem.