Perhaps the biggest lament about reporting on a international auto show abroad is the disappointment of knowing most of these vehicles will never come to America especially some of the sports cars. So many cool bells and whistles, such a wide variety of platforms, and yet the most we can possibly hope for are watered down versions of all their good stuff. Not fair. Concept cars are a different story though and the Geneva Motor Show this year was packed full of them.
From the Alfa Romero 4C Spider concept car to the more wild Maserati Alfieri concept car the Geneva international auto show highlighted some very interesting vehicles that may never become production anywhere. This roundup represents the most striking concept cars from the 2014 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, of which there was an eclectic mix – enjoy!
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Concept
If the Alfa Romeo 4C is the brand's star rear-wheel drive sport car (coupe), the Spider is its topless offspring, trading the fixed lid for a canvas one. This concept car is also replete with carbon fiber touches, no doubt keeping weight down, which is preferred given its modest motivation, a 1.75L turbo inline-4. This design preview also flosses different headlights from the regular 4C and custom titanium/aluminum exhaust, and is apparently set for a production run beginning early 2015.
Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept
With a new TT on the horizon, Audi went ahead and teased out another alternative future for the two-door sports car platform, one that flosses a 2.0L turbo mill capable of 420hp and 331 lb-ft of torque (whoa, that’s 210hp per liter of displacement!) Single-lug dubs sit at all four corners, rolling stock that necessitated some flaring of the fenders, while vents and CFRP aero add to the TT Quattro Sport’s raciness.
Citroën C4 Cactus Adventure Concept
Citroen’s Adventure Concept exercise of the C4 Cactus displayed at the Geneva Motor Show aims to take the crossover from urban utility to off-road ready. With features like BFG Mud-Terrain tires, brush bars, roof rack, cargo box, and auxiliary lights, we have no reason to doubt the Adventure can handle whatever is thrown its way.
Giugiaro Clipper MPV Concept
At first glance the all-electric Clipper MPV is pretty low profile – that is until you want to get into the sorta-SUV-looking thing. Egresses floss both butterfly doors (a la Lambo) at the front and gullwing doors (a la SLS) at the rear, with the b-pillar integrated into the rear doors, making for a completely wide-open experience when all hatches are flung open. Those doors hide three rows of seating, iPad Minis, a large central display and a cabin otherwise festooned in Alcantara, and the Clipper is motivated by two 110-kilowatt electric motors, one mounted on each axle.
Maserati Alfieri Concept
To commemorate 100 years of making sports cars, Maserati brought the 1954 A6 GCS-53-inspired Alfieri concept car to the Geneva auto show party, which may or may not be the successor to the GranTurismo (seems that jury is still out). The sexy-as-sin coupe rocks a 460hp 4.7L N/A V8 under hood and performance bits like a six-speed sequential gearbox and carbon-ceramic rotors with Brembo calipers. Also outfitted with bi-xenon/LED headlamps, 21-inch wheels, and an interior rocking TFT displays and copper-tone billet aluminum trim, the Alfieri is sleek and stripped down, just like we like it. Undoubtedly, one of the most popular concept cars at the international auto show.
Mini Clubman Concept
Here is the gist of the Clubman Concept, heir apparent to the current Clubman: it’s bigger. Just like every other model in the Mini stable, the Clubman has grown, no doubt to accommodate the ever-increasing waistlines and asses of its consumers. For the concept car, that means another 4.4 inches in length and 2 inches in width, plus a sixth door.
Vauxhall/Opel Astra VXR/OPC Extreme
This year’s show has been a good one for hot hatches, the Astra Extreme a prime example; the GM compact concept car just oozes performance thanks in part to the copious use of carbon-fiber components – the aero, roof, hood, engine cover and suspension bracing, even the wheels, are all weave. The spare cabin – sporting just roll cage, Recaros and six-point harnesses – and power plant, which is a little vague at this juncture (Vauxhall/Opel saying only it will be a 2.0L turbo four with direct injection and variable cam timing,) could add up to a fun ride in the making.
Skoda VisionC Concept
Skoda is a brand we weren’t super familiar with (they rally those, right?) but after catching sight of this Kermit the Frog-mimicking VisionC we were compelled to dig a bit deeper. The concept car rides on the same underpinnings as the VW Golf and Audi A3 but sets its own futuristic agenda with lots of cutting lines and sharp angles. The VisionC’s mill looks to be pretty advanced as well, capable of burning either gasoline or compressed natural gas.
Volkswagen T-Roc Concept
Volkswagen’s all-new utility vehicle could be its smallest, burliest yet - smaller concept cars watch out. It flosses a number of crazy-cool exterior treatments, like a convertible middle section to its roof that can be removed and stowed in the hatch, and a handful of spotlights and cameras that feed into a large removable touchscreen tablet display mounted in the center console. Under the hood is VW’s most advanced 2.0L turbo diesel mill and 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and in the cabin features include rugged, non-slip surfaces all around, low-profile dashboard and leather trimmed steering wheel and seats.
Volvo Estate Concept
Finally, a Volvo that doesn’t induce a concept car yawn; in fact, as far as wagons go this one is pretty killer, sporting some super clean lines design-wise and futuristic qualities like the T-shaped headlights and floating grille. Inside we are wowed by the profuse utilization of white leather and touchscreen-laden infotainment setup. Add two more doors and a power plant (which was not indicated at the show) and Volvo has itself a winner. And so that rounds up our Top 10 list of concept cars seen at this year's Geneva Motor Show.