Top concept cars of 2014

Top concept cars of 2014

'Brunch' looks back at this year's five show cars that should be put into production.

Toyota FT-1

What is it: The FT-1 is a two-seat, front-engined, rear-drive sports car penned by Toyota's North American research and design centre, called Calty. It starred at the year-opening Detroit motor show.

What's cool: The FT-1 not only looks jaw-dropping on the catwalk, but there's a great sense of technicality to its aerodynamic properties which also includes a rear spoiler that can pop up when driven on the road at certain speeds.

Why it should be made: Although it already made its debut in PlayStation 3 game GT6, Toyota is seriously considering a modern-day Supra replacement because Nissan already has the fantastic GT-R and Honda's all-new NSX is out next month.

Maserati Alfieri

What is it: Maserati has used its 100th anniversary this year to host the world premiere of this sensational-looking Alfieri at the Geneva car show. It was named after one of the marque's founding brothers.

What's cool: Just look at it. It simply has all of that Italian design flair rarely missing in any modern-day Maserati. The Alfieri gets a 470hp 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8, which sounds absolutely fabulous when fired up in today's GranTurismo MC Stradale.

Why it should be made: The truncated platform it borrows from today's GranTurismo lends the Alfieri a good chance of making it to production. Yes, two seats are enough.

BMW Vision Future Luxury

What is it: BMW has shown off its new vision of a traditional saloon with the Vision Future Luxury in Beijing. The VFL is based on last year's Gran Lusso Coupe Concept.

What's cool: That super-big kidney grille and the ultra-slim lights is taking BMW design to the next level. Interior gimmicks include a real-time heads-up display and next-generation lighting systems.

Why it should be made: Chatter suggests that BMW is looking at a new 9-series flagship. We'd say just make it as next year's all-new 7-series, which desperately needs to topple the unbeaten heavyweight champion, the Mercedes S-class.

Renault Eolab

What is it: Now that hybrid technology is becoming common, Renault finds it vital to go light in weight, as well, to further improve economy. The French car-maker freely said at the Paris car show that the Eolab will be made before 2024.

What's cool: The Eolab comes with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder hybrid, good for 100km/litre. That can be attributed to a raft of weight-saving measures to shave about 400kg off today's B-segment Clio hatchback.

Why it should be made: Many mainstream cars today unnecessarily carry around too much weight. Let's just hope that Renault's other better half in Japan will gain access to such technology for Nissan cars.

Audi TT Offroad Concept

What is it: Audi wants to expand the third-generation family with a racy-looking SUV. This pumped-up TT followed a Shooting Brake-style concept and preceded a saloon-cum-coupe show car.

What's cool: This 2+2 concept comes with a 408hp 2.0-litre petrol-turbo and plug-in facility to enable 50km of pure electric driving. It can be recharged via a wireless system. Very modern.

Why it should be made: Of all the three concept cars, it is quite logical that Audi should make the Offroad Concept as the third TT after the Coupe and Cabriolet. The market for SUVs doesn't seem to be abating at the moment.

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