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10 Concept Cars That We Want to Test Drive

8/10/2012
Like you, many of us at J.D. Power dream about driving beautiful, exclusive, and entertaining cars down our favorite twisty mountain roads. During the past year, automakers have introduced a number of vehicles to feed our fantasies, and these are the 10 concept cars that we want to test drive, listed in alphabetical or
 
Acura NSX Roadster
Developed for the 2012 summer blockbuster film "The Avengers," the Acura NSX Roadster is a convertible version of the hybrid-powered NSX Concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show. Chances are good that we'll see one in showrooms by 2016.
 
BMW Zagato Coupe
Introduced at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on the shores of Italy's Lake Como, the BMW Zagato Coupe is a one-off but is fully roadworthy, featuring aluminum body work, a double-bubble roof, and rumored Z4 underpinnings.
 
Cadillac Ciel
Rolled onto the lawn at the 2011 Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, the Cadillac Ciel is a sharp-edged, 4-passenger, luxury hybrid convertible equipped with a 425-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6 engine, 22-inch wheels, and lots of old-school Cadillac flavor.
 
Carrozzeria Touring Disco Volante
Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria re-imagined the original 1952 Alfa Romeo Touring Disco concept with this 2012 Geneva show car. This one is built upon the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, complete with a 443-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 engine.
 
Ford Evos
As it turns out, Ford's 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show concept, the plug-in hybrid Evos, previewed the Ford Fusion's styling themes. Industry oracles think the Evos foretells the next-generation Mustang.
 
Jaguar C-X16
This supercharged hybrid Jaguar is closer to reality than fantasy. Introduced in 2011 in Frankfurt, the Jaguar C-X16 is small, aimed at the Porsche Cayman in and price. Jaguar claims 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and ability to hit 50 mph purely on battery power.
 
Jeep J-12
For the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep converted a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited into this retro-themed J-12 Pickup concept, complete with a 6-foot cargo bed.
 
Lexus LF-LC
The sophisticated Lexus LF-LC 2+2 coupe features a hybrid powertrain, fighter-jet design, cutting-edge technology and a cabin decked out with leather, suede, and lots of polished wood trim.
 
Volkswagen Buggy Up!
The Volkswagen Up! is a new micro-car for global markets. To showcase the platform's versatility, VW debuted a slew of Up! concepts in Frankfurt, including the Buggy Up!, a modern interpretation of the old Meyers Manx dune buggy bodies that used to be installed over Beetle running gear.
 
West Coast Customs Super Mario Kart
For the L.A. Auto Show, Nintendo teamed up with West Coast Customs to build life-versions of Mario's Standard Kart and Luigi's Bumble V Kart. Each is front-wheel drive, and each looks like a ton of fun to zoom around in.

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