Another year means another onslaught of big name American auto shows. New York, Detroit, LA- the list goes on. Like every year and every auto show, American companies release concepts that may or may not enter production. And if they do, they usually tend not to bear a huge resemblance to the originally flashy and fascinating concept we saw a few months back.
So, what are some concepts that American automakers should have produced but never did? Or what new concepts are we still waiting for brands to set for production? Honestly, there’s a bunch; but we managed to pull six of our favorite concepts from past and present which we want to see produced.
In 2007, Buick’s Riviera concept was quite the looker. And why shouldn’t it be? Considering the original Riviera was the Buick’s attempt to epitomize all things muscle in both style and performance, this futuristic take on the classic could have prevented them from nearly sinking to the bottom of the GM lake with cement shoes on.
I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t have a filthy obsession with this car. And really, i’m not entirely sure why. It’s not any super fast muscle car thing to which everyone is accustomed; it’s light, it’s nimble and it’s good looking. Oh, and it might just be the next generation Camaro, at least, I hope it is.
This was undoubtedly one of the most ambitious yet confusing undertakings imagined by the Chrysler crew. The 850-hp 6.0L quad-turbo V12, was dare we say, ‘stupid’, but it was a concept that would have made Chrysler less Chrysler and more, well, awesome.
Fisker is quite the ambitious automaker. Aside from developing an over-priced, under-engineered hybrid sedan, the brand had the cajones to say the same overpriced machine would come in the form of a wagon. Mind you, wagon sales in the U.S. in the past few years have been about as successful as Adam Sandler’s post-Waterboy film career.
But we like it. It has character, it has creativity and most importantly, it looks damn good.
Yet another controversial post if you’ve been keeping up with anything we have to say about the upcoming 2015 Ford Mustang. Yes, while this will be a major sneak peak to the new pony car- as some of our readers pointed out- it does have another capability to become a Fusion-based, M3-killing coupe, or even Ford’s rear-drive V8 answer to the Chevy SS’s of the world. Think about that.
We’ve been waiting for this one for a while. In 2008, Saleen revealed at the New York Auto Show its plans for a rebirth with their S5S Raptor. In this writers opinion, the most beautiful American car/concept ever produced.
The 5.0L supercharged V8 was good for 650-hp, a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of over 200 mph. So much good. Unfortunately, this project came at a time where the recession was hitting companies like Saleen harder than others, and founder Steve Saleen himself was in a court battle over naming rights. So, the project was put on hold.
Good news is, Saleen is back. Pulling themselves out of the recession and regaining rights to the Saleen name, the brand hopes to have their S5S and other new models on the road within a few years. We can’t wait.