The 21 Greatest Concept Cars of All Time

When car designers let their imaginations loose, magic happens.

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When car designers are given free rein to create whatever they desire, some of the coolest cars on earth come to life. Here are some of the best.

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Jaguar
Jaguar C-X75

The C-X75 is a painfully pretty mid-engine supercar Jaguar almost put into production. Instead, the company decided to focus on electric cars. Don't get too disappointed, though—a few were built to star in the James Bond 007 film Spectre. One even popped up for sale recently.

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Suzuki
Suzuki GSX-R/4

The GSX-R/4 is sort of like a superbike in car form. It weighs just over 1400 pounds, and makes over 170 horsepower from its Hayabusa-sourced inline four.

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Chrysler
Chrysler ME412

The ME412 was first shown in 2004 as a complete, running prototype sporting a mid-mounted Mercedes V12 engine. It looked great, but the financial recession that set in a few years later would crush any hopes of it being produced.

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Dodge
Dodge Charger II

Built to show off Dodge's plans for the future, the Charger II uses a lovely streamlined design with understated front and rear fascias, as well as an impossibly long rear overhang. We especially like that singular concave taillight design.

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Peugeout Onyx

The sweet two-done matte black and copper body finish isn't the only thing the Peugeot Onyx has going for it. It's built on a carbon-fiber monocoque, and gets down the road using a 3.7-liter diesel V8. Yes, a diesel engine in a supercar.

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Honda Sports EV

The Sports EV concept was first revealed at Frankfurt in 2017 alongside the more city-minded Urban EV, both sporting a cool retro-futuristic fascia and some lovely proportions.

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While it wasn't necessarily intended to be built, all the ingredients were there. The concept was a running, driving prototype with a 7.0 liter V12 sitting behind the driver.
Cadillac
Cadillac Cien

The Cien wasn't the mid-engine Corvette we've been waiting for, but it was certainly cool. Powered by a mid-mounted 7.5-liter V12, it was a running, driving supercar that made 750 horsepower.

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Ford
Ford GT90

Before Ford launched the iconic GT in 2005, it revealed this, the GT90. Full of angular design cues and a few classic touches, it hid a quad-turbo V12 behind the cabin, capable of 720 horsepower.

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Lancia
Lancia Stratos Zero

The Stratos Zero is one of the most polarizing things on four wheels, built to slice through the air with its wedge design. Some people consider it the best concept ever made, and we tend to agree.

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Dodge
Dodge Copperhead

Presented as a more affordable variant of the then-new Viper, the Copperhead was a slimmed-down version of Dodge's V10 supercar. The concept used a 220-horsepower V6, but it was never put into production.

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A series of experimental rotary-powered supercars from Mercedes, they ran and drove, but they never went on sale.
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz C111

Though the C111 was technically a concept, Mercedes built over a dozen examples. The car was highly unconventional, especially for Mercedes, using a mid-engine layout and a rotary powertrain.

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Maserati
Maserati Birdcage 75th

The Birdcage concept of 2005 was built as a homage to the original Maserati Birdcage race car of the 1960s, as well as to celebrate Pininfarina's 75th anniversary. The front top half clamshell lifts up to allow access to the cockpit, in action.

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Jeep
Jeep J-12

The J-12, based on a modified Wrangler chassis, wears the face from a Kaiser-era truck, making it the off-roader of our dreams. It has all the modern hardware combined with the classic looks.

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DOME
DOME Zero

Though DOME's cars never took off, its first design, the Zero, remains one of the coolest out there. With a Nissan straight-six and a five-speed manual, it was intended to go into production, but never did.

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Mazda
Mazda Furai

The Furai was introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, only to light itself on fire and burn to a crisp while in the hands of Top Gear. It used a 450-horsepower three-rotor engine, and .

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Ford
Ford Indigo

The Indigo, unveiled in 1996, uses a radical front wing design, with lights integrated into the mirrors and an open cockpit. There are even LED strips built into the front wing. Only two examples were built, and according to Wrecked Exotics, the one not owned by Ford .

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Lamborghini
Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini introduced a modernized version of its classic Miura supercar in 2006 to celebrate the original car's 40th anniversary. Though it resembles the Miura of the '60s well, the car is mostly Murcielago underneath.

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Pontiac
Pontiac Banshee IV

The Banshee of the late 1980s had a bulbous yet streamlined look that heavily influenced the design of cars like the fourth-generation Firebird and Camaro. It had a fiberglass body, a head-up display, and a 230-horsepower fuel-injected V8.

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Cadillac
Cadillac Sixteen

The Sixteen concept has—you guessed it—a sixteen-cylinder engine under that long, wide hood. It was built by combining two LS V8s together, and sends power to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission.

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Jeep
Jeep Hurricane

The Jeep Hurricane has a body built almost entirely of carbon fiber, as well as independently turning wheels, and two (yes, two) Hemi V8s. It could get from 0-60 in less than five seconds, and looked like a retro-based Jeep Wrangler from the future.

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6

Designers often talk about using a single line to trace an entire car, and a great example is the Vision 6 Mercedes-Maybach concept, either in coupe or convertible form. It looks seriously good, and wonderfully futuristic.

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