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The Nissan Z Proto made its global debut last September, and this past weekend, it made a rare appearance at Tokyo’s Morning Cruise event in Daikanyama T-Site. This sleek concept boasts a bright yellow pearlescent paint that pays tribute to both the first generation Z (S30) and the 300ZX (Z32) as well as teardrop-shaped LED headlights. The rear draws inspiration from the 300ZX (Z32) taillights, set within a rectangular black section that wraps around the outer edges. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The second-generation Honda NSX, called the Acura NSX in North America and China, is a 2-seater, all-wheel drive, mid-engine hybrid that succeeded the original, which aws produced in Japan from 1990 to 2005. Some auto enthusiasts complained about its twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC 3.5L V6 engine, as they preferred the raw naturally aspirated sound, and designer Jordan Rubinstein-Towler gives us a preview of what a third-generation model could look like with just that. Read more for additional pictures.
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Elon Musk first announced the second-generation Tesla Roadster in November 2017, and shortly after, he revealed the SpaceX package, which includes 10 small cold gas thrusters installed around the car. What if there was a Model S Plaid Edition equivalent for the new Roadster? It might look something like the Tesla LM. If this were paired with the upgrades in the SpaceX package, you’d definitely see vast improvements in acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering. Read more for additional pictures.
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What’s so special about Pininfarina? Well, for those who aren’t auto enthusiasts, they are basically an Italian car design firm and coachbuilder that have designed vehicles for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat, GM, Lancia, Maserati as well as for emerging companies in the Asian market with Chinese manufactures like AviChina, Chery, Changfeng, Brilliance, JAC and VinFast. They’ve also designed some of the most beautiful high-speed trains, buses, trams, rolling stocks, automated light rail cars, people movers, yachts, airplanes, and private jets. Read more for additional pictures of what a Pininfarina eSUV could look like.
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Caviar has been releasing luxurious versions of famous smartphones since the iPhone X, and their latest creation is of Apple’s yet to be announced iPhone 12 Pro. This special Apple 1 Edition was modeled after the original computer from 1976. Featuring a natural wood shell identical to the Apple I, a “Hello World” program, matching keypad, and even a piece of the original motherboard. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The Nissan RE-LEAF, is a functional prototype is based on the Nissan LEAF passenger car, and it’s been heavily modified to navigate roads covered in debris. Featuring weatherproof plug sockets mounted directly to the exterior of the vehicle, which enable 110-230v devices to be powered from the car’s high capacity lithium-ion battery, allowing it to be driven into the center of a disaster zone with a fully mobile power supply to aid the recovery process. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
General Motors debuted their Buick Electra Concept at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show today, and this electric crossover is the base for the company’s future zero-emission vehicles. It’s based on the BEV3 platform and uses GM’s Ultium battery system, good for a 412 mile range on a single charge. The powertrain itself, comprised of two Ultium Drive motors, produces 583 horsepower, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in a respectable 4.3 seconds. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR (ADVANCED VEHICLE TRANSFORMATION) was inspired by the Avatar movie and first unveiled at CES 2020 back in January. It aims to showcase a new interaction between humans, machine and nature. By just lifting a hand, the menu selection is projected onto the palm, through which the passenger can intuitively choose between different functionalities, while a curved display module creates the visual connection between passengers and the outside world. Read more for the first road test video, additional pictures and information.
If you attended 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, the Ford Shelby Cobra concept car was one of the featured vehicles. Unfortunately, it never went into production. Inspired by the AC Cobra MkI, this vehicle was powered by an aluminum 6.4L V10 engine generating 645 hp and 501 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to hit a top speed of 207 miles per hour. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Honda debuted their all-new SUV e:concept at the Beijing Motor Show today, as they are striving to develop a mass-production EV model that offers value based on mobility experiences. To accomplish that, this model comes equipped with omnidirectional ADAS, the next-generation Honda SENSING safety and driver-assistive system for improved recognition, predication and decision-making performance. Read more for additional pictures and information.