Bringing the imaginary to reality is not always possible. Science can’t always bring to life a dream machine an ambitious designer draws on paper. Most concept cars just epitomize a vision of the future. Phantom Corsair (1938), Alfa Romeo BAT 5 (1953), Lincoln Futura (1955), and Ford La Tosca Concept (1955) are just some of the concepts that, unfortunately, never made it to production.
There are also plenty of cars that most people thought would never make it to an assembly line. Boy, were they wrong!
Porsche 918 Spyder
Plug-in hybrid sports car, Porsche 918 Spyder, was first introduced as a concept at the 80th Geneva Motor Show in 2010. With its out-of-this-world look, no wonder why everyone would see Porsche 918 Spyder as yet another concept that wouldn’t become a reality.
But three years later, in 2013, a production version of the car was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. With a top speed of 340 km/h (210 mph), the limited edition beast had most sales in the United States. Porsche seized the 918 Spyder production in June 2015.
Compared to Porsche 918 Spyder, Nissan GT-R’s took twice as much time to go from a concept car to production. The concept was first introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2001. Four years later, at the same show, the creators of GT-R unveiled a new concept version of the car.
Slowly but surely, the car made it to production with very few changes in design. “Some of the concept’s blunt edges were toned down, but overall the GT-R remained pretty much the same throughout its long gestation period. Then it emerged and became one of the fastest cars… in the world,” according to an article by Top Gear.
What can we say about this car? Doesn’t it look like a classic, but with a modern twist? Not only it looks that way, but it surely will make you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time. Designed by Henrik Fisker (exterior) and Scott Lempert (interior), this beautiful sports car finally went into production in 1999. Its limited production lasted until 2003.
Most concept cars are a bit exaggerated when first revealed, to say the least. Not Audi TT though. The production version of the sports car looked almost identical to its concept. It was first introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 1995. Three years later the real version of the car was launched. If you’re thinking about buying this gem, be aware that Audi TT is not for everyone.
So there you have it. The Porsche 918 Spyder, Audi TT, BMW Z8, and Nissan GT-R are just some of the lucky concept cars that made it to production. And we are more than glad they did. Is there any concept car you would like to see in production soon? Tell us about it in the comments below!