2013 10 Best: Concept cars

This year's nine best examples of auto-show eye candy, and also the Bentley EXP 9 F.

Lamborghini Aventador J

It is Lamborghini’s place in the world to produce life-size Hot Wheels toys. If Lambo doesn’t conjure up outrageous, nutball automotive weaponry, who will? The fanged and topless Aventador J is exactly that: a malevolent force of nature, wickedness incarnate, a plutonium-packed burr. Lamborghini says that the J, a one-off that was sold to a customer, is the distillation of its brand DNA. As we said: Hot Wheels.

Mazda Takeri

In our 10Best Concepts calculations, we give special consideration to beautiful show cars that are built around practical packages. The Mazda Takeri is that kind of concept. Making the silky-smooth Takeri all the more wonderfully deserving is that it looks nearly identical to the production Mazda 6 sedan. Here’s to Mazda wiping the smile off its face.

McLaren P1

What do you get when you cross a peregrine falcon, a sailfish, and a cheetah? Nothing. You can’t cross those things. That’s just McLaren’s designer-y way of describing the P1, successor to the McLaren F1. The P1 is nonetheless shocking. Its undulating body panels droop away from the passenger canopy in an attempt to glide beneath the wind. With its odd fillips and cavities, the P1 appears to be the result of an alien knowledge of aerodynamics.

Peugeot Onyx

Peugeot’s Onyx concept looks like the world’s most wicked Duracell battery. Why shouldn’t the front fenders and doors of a sports car be made of copper that will develop a patina with age? Why shouldn’t the interior be covered in wool felt and the dashboard be constructed out of compressed old newspapers? We now know that if any automaker is going to heed our advice and replace carbon-fiber interior trim with Bakelite, it will be Peugeot.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

At the 2012 Paris auto show, Porsche revealed that the goiter-inspired styling of the production Panamera was just an elaborate setup for the reveal of this sexy station wagon. Clearly, this is the Panamera that Porsche wanted to build all along because, well, just look at it. Porsche says the concept carries a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Sure, okay. Make ours a Turbo.


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