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Old 11-22-2012, 02:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mazda Furai



The Mazda Furai was an exotic looking vehicle, and essentially a Le Mans race car under a funky shell. In fact, while most concept cars can barely move under their own power, the Furai has done laps at Laguna Seca.

By using a new rotary engine the Furai was able to put out 450-hp, running on potent E100 fuel.

In many ways it was a style piece meant to inspire the brand, but with the reveal of the Shinari concept and the introduction of Mazda’s new KODO design language, the Furai’s influence on the brand is essentially nonexistent.

VW Bulli



Volkswagen used to be defined by its van, so it’s no surprise that autoshow attendees were all clamoring for the Bulli. With its modern-take on the storied microbus, the Bulli was a huge hit.

In the end though, the idea was shelved, with apparently not enough interest spurring VW to make the retro looking van. It would have been nice, thanks to its spacious 7-passenger seating, and a pair of seven inch screens.

Maybach Exelero



Technically not a concept, it still deserves a spot on this list. This one-off made for Fulda Tires could have saved Maybach from its death if it was actually sent into production as a Bugatti Veyron rival – or even just an example of what next generation Maybachs could look and perform like.

Instead, Daimler condemned the Maybach brand to death through the sort of badge engineering we haven’t seen since 1990s General Motors.

The design of the Exelero is clearly the standout feature, with its throwback looks and gangster styling. The grille says it all, hiding a twin-turbo V12 engine which makes 700-hp.

As mentioned, one running version of the Exelero was made, and reportedly sold to rapper Birdman for a whopping $8 million.

10 Concept Cars That Didn’t Go Anywhere | AutoGuide.com News



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