#4: Lamborghini Asterion Concept
This car is more speculative than the sure-thing 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, as the Lamborghini Asterion Concept remains, well, a concept at this point. Lamborghini has built the car, so it’s been beyond the drawing board stage, but the company has not yet announced any concrete plans or timeline for the magnificent Asterion Concept to make it to factory production.
With that said, we imagine that Lamborghini will release the Asterion, or at least something heavily-inspired by this prototype, in the next few years. The Lamborghini Asterion Concept debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and made plenty of headlines for several innovations never before seen in a vehicle made by Lamborghini.
The biggest development of all was the Lamborghini Asterion Concept’s inclusion of an electric motor that serves as power booster, starter, and generator. Instead of the traditional front-axle driveshaft that traditional Lamborghinis place in front of the engine, the Asterion utilizes a lithium-ion battery pack. In addition to this exciting new electric component, the Asterion still features a 602-hp 5.2-liter V-10 producing 413 lb-ft of torque, with a even-speed dual-clutch transmission, giving the car plenty of speed and traditional power.
The shape of the car was also a major departure from modern Lamborghini models, looking like something more reminiscent of the car’s 1970’s-era GT models than anything they’ve put out recently. In any case, an electric Lambo with that much power? Sign us up.
#3: Tesla Model R Concept
The Tesla Model S has been a huge breakthrough for electric cars, with power and speed numbers that rival any typical petroleum-fueled car. However, Tesla isn’t done changing the game just yet. The Tesla Model R Concept – with a likely release date in 2017 – promises to change your thinking about electric cars forever.
If the Model S is impressive, then the Tesla Model R will be downright earth-shattering. Elon Musk, Tesla’s eccentric billionaire owner, has claimed that the Model R will be able to achieve somewhere around 620-horsepower, with dual wheel-mounted electric batteries, giving the electric beast a 0 – 60 miles per hour time of an astounding 2.4 seconds. Such a time would eclipse the 2.5 seconds that the Bugatti Veyron, nominally the world’s fastest-ever car, has achieved. So yeah, that’s a big deal, especially for an electric car – a designation that still gives many motorheads pause.
The Model R would also feature a single-speed gear-reduction transmission fitted with paddle shifters to enhance driver experience. If the specs become mass-produced reality, the Tesla Model R will blow away every other electric car ever made. And that is what the future will likely look like – incredible electric performance.
For that reason, we’re mighty excited for the Tesla Model R Concept, which will hopefully drop that concept designation by 2017.