2001 Tokyo Motor Show
Welcome back to Motor Trend's ongoing coverage of auto shows around the globe, where a veritable smorgasbord of new cars and concept vehicles is just a mouse click away. Hungry to find out what's hot, new, innovative, or just a little wacky in the automotive world? It's all here by the baker's dozens to feed your appetite. While most auto shows are filled with a frenzy of journalists scrambling through myriad press events to consume volumes of information, in the aftermath of recent world events, the 35th Tokyo Motor Show skipped its first course and cancelled its opening ceremony and reception as way to show respect and give condolences to America's bereaved. We've got more than 40 vehicles and concept cars here, so get out your fork and knife and dig in!
The new Audi A4 Cabriolet made its world debut at Frankfurt and continues its auto show tour here in Tokyo. Two engine choices, a 170-hp/2.4-liter and a 220-hp/3.0-liter aluminum V-6, are available for the front-driver, as well as an optional continuously variable multitronic automatic transmission. Ride and handling are boosted by a four-link front suspension and trapezoidal-link rear suspension, both lowered and tuned specifically for this model. The four-seat convertible boasts an electrohydraulic top and heated glass rear window as standard equipment. Audi is taking orders now, though delivery will begin in April 2002.
How would you enhance the M3's balanced performance? Shed pounds. BMW openly flirts with this concept on the M3 CSL, a silver tease that was first shown in Frankfurt. The power-to-weight ratio is enhanced through extensive use of carbon fiber. The pricey composite is used to replace the front air dam, doors, decklid, mirror housings, roof, door linings, center console, twin racing-style bucket seats, and interior trim. Even more extensive is the special lightened steel unibody, thin rear glass, magnesium dash structure, and honeycomb sandwich plate used in flooring surfaces. Of course, this extensively enhanced vehicle is strictly a concept. However, the previous E36 M3 offered an M3 Light model late in its production run. Don't be surprised to see a Lightweight return.
General Motors and Suzuki Motor Corporation have combined to sell the Chevrolet Cruze in Japan beginning in November. The "lifestyle vehicle" will be marketed under the Chevrolet nameplate, but will be sold by GM Auto World and Suzuki ARENA with different trim and all-aluminum DOHC 1.5-liter and 1.3-liter engines (respectively). Both models will offer a new Active torque four-wheel-drive system, ABS, an Electro Magnetic Control Device electronically controlled coupling system, 15-inch wheels, MacPherson struts, and Suzuki's rear Isolated Trailing Link suspension.
Taking its name from "compact" and "open," the Daihatsu Copen succeeds in being a desirable roadster with retro character. Looking like an adorable Audi TT puppy, the Copen boasts a retractable hardtop, joining the elite ranks of the Lexus SC430 and Mercedes SLK. Previously a luxury for the well-heeled few, the Copen show vehicles illustrates an application in a much more approachable package. Rather than a complete one-touch operation like the pricier cars, the Copen requires manual unlatching before the lightweight top takes action. The Copen promises the sound, safety, and security from a hardtop, along with the sun-worshippers' dream of open-air thrills. A sporty interior, complete with MOMO steering wheel, puts the driver at the car's center for optimum feel. Measuring 134 inches nose to tail, the Copen is a tiny machine.
A sport/utility minicar with VW New Beetle cuteness, the Daihatsu U4B is an adorable concept for a city car with rugged ambitions. A tiny 660 cc three-cylinder DOHC turbocharged engine routes power through the four-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive system. While this combination sounds like a sure-fire bug splat on a Ford Excursion's grille in the U.S., the thrifty combination may have appeal in inclement foreign markets where fuel efficiency and powerplant taxes are the dominant factors in purchase decisions. The tidy package includes an ovoid interior with four-passenger seating in a sporty yet basic interior. The trick feature here is the five-plate glass roof. Each plate angles up and slides back for a large moonroof opening, solving the engineering challenge of where to slide a traditional one-piece unit.
The most affordable Ferrari, as it turns out, is the Northern Italian automaker's technological showcase, and it draws crowds wherever it is shown. The 360 Modena coupe features weight-saving aluminum construction, including body panels, frame structures, and suspension members. The 3.6-liter 40-valve V-8 with dry-sump lubrication, variable intake manifold, variable valve timing, and electronic throttle puts out 400 hp at 8500 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but buyers can choose between traditional or F1 paddle-style shifters. The Spider features an automatic folding soft top. You can have one for, oh, right around $150,000.
Chevrolet's S-10 Hyrbrid is the world's first onboard gasoline fuel processor for fuel-cell propulsion: the Gen III processor reforms "clean" gasoline onboard, extracting a stream of hydrogen to supply the fuel cell stack. Onboard gasoline processing is significant because other fuel cells run on either pure hydrogen or hydrogen extracted from methanol, but hydrogen and methanol are not yet part of our current refueling infrastructure, making practical use difficult. According to Larry Burns, GM vice president of research and development and planning, "developing gasoline-fed fuel cells makes the technology much more attainable-even within this decade."
Stocky and mean looking, the aptly named BullDog is described as a "search engine sport/utility vehicle" designed to find adventure in the real world, while being connected to the virtual one. The BullDog featuers a 1.5-liter engine complemented by Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid drive system. Among its tricks, the BullDog features two integrated e-Dax electric scooters. The symbiotic relationship between these cybernetic beings has e-Dax recharging when mounted in the BullDog. Rolled up the rear ramp and secured in place, e-Dax's seat flips forward to double as the rear seat back in the rather barren interior. To cinch its Gen-Y appeal, the BullDog communicates with the concept e-Dax scooters via digital camera and monitor, reminding of an anime crime-fighting team.
Honda has equipped the Civic sedan with the second-generation Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, packaging hybrid efficiency in a mainstream five-seater headed for production. The system combines a 1.3-liter gasoline engine with an ultra-thin, DC brushless motor and sophisticated powertrain management to achieve Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle status with minimal compromises. The electric motor assists the engine during acceleration and under heavy load, turning off in low-demand conditions. Compared to the Insight's systems, the battery modules and other hardware have been reduced 30-40 percent in weight and volume. The system components are packaged both underhood and tight against the rear seat, leaving considerable trunk space available. This 2003 model Civic will go on sale in spring 2002.
As the world cozies up to the idea of a four-door sports car, Honda's latest concept throws in a hybrid-powered, mid-engine configuration as a twist. A radical enhancement over the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) in the Civic hybrid, the DualNote combines a 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine with electric motor assist to achieve a combined 400-horsepower total, distributed to all four wheels. The potent, environmentally friendly output is kept in check by employing Active Torque Transfer System (ATTS) and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) technologies. The Buck Rogers interior features computer game-like displays befitting the sci-fi four-seater. The three-dimensional instrument cluster incorporates in-lane driving control and lane center deviation warning technology, and alerts to incoming e-mail or phone calls.
In the twilight of its model run, the exotic NSX is treated to a nip-and-tuck facelift to carry the aluminum-intensive sports car until the all-new model is introduced. Honda has liberally applied its Type R treatment to the NSX with this "concept," slathering the car in carbon fiber and attitude. Like SoCal street racers, Honda has left the carbon exposed au natural, making it easy to spot the carbon hood, rear spoiler, and engine compartment cover. Other noticeable enhancements include MOMO three-spoke steering wheel, Recaro carbon fiber seats, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Performance enhancements were focused strictly on weight savings, which translates to horsepower in the bank. Indications are that this model will see production but not be imported to the States.
Clearly not targeting the nudist community, the transparent Honda Unibox experiments with several interesting concepts, including the use of six wheels on a passenger vehicle. The clear panels are intended to be blank canvases for the expression of individuality, encouraging drivers to color or paint to their taste. The panels, in theory, could be changed as desired, adding textures, patterns, even differently shaped windows. Inside the 135-inch Unibox is an open, versatile space with integrated storage for an electric generator, i-Cargo navigation-enabled shopping cart, or scooter. On the tech side, the Unibox uses milliwave radar and CCD camera to monitor surrounding traffic and help avoid collisions. A small room on wheels, the Unibox takes a look at the possiblities for a mobile living space.
Crafting a mobile recreation center, Isuzu has transformed a commercial delivery truck into a hip show vehicle. Looking at ways that panel trucks can be better used by business to showcase their wares and services, and perhaps even appeal to private customers with large cargo needs, Isuzu teamed with outdoor goods company "mont-bell." With massive display windows, the FunkyBox displays a variety of kayaking gear. Other suggested, even fanciful, applications include a portable performance stage, mobile telescope observatory, or rolling art gallery. We would add a motorsports memorabilia concession stand to the list. With this concept, Isuzu asks, "What would you do with a FunkyBox?"
Isuzu has transcended both minivan and sport/ute conventions with its distinctly Japanese Z-E-N concept, touching on the concept vehicle trend to develop vehicles that transform into a mobile room for important private time away from home, a desire for many young Japanese who live with their parents well beyond school age. The center passenger portion of the Z-E-N has a distinct arch with multiple panes of glass resembling a Japanese paper fan. Suicide-style doors open wide to expose a voluminous interior. The front seats fold forward to the dash and the rear fold into the flat floor. Reversible straw/bamboo flooring completes the mobile room feel, enhanced by a sliding rear tailgate that reminds of traditional yukimi-shoji-style paper doors.
A breathtaking anti-retro design, the Jaguar R-Coupe is a favorite wherever it travels on the auto show circuit. Spun off the S-Type platform, this luxury four-seater made its debut at the Frankfurt show as the first demonstration of Jaguar's new design philosophy, a style we anticipate will be manifested in the next XJ and 2004 F-Type roadster. Modern furniture and interior design inspired the styling and materials for the R-Coupe's luxurious, clean, and modern cabin, while abundant wood and leather help create a highly tactile interior. Ten-spoke alloy wheels are wrapped by ultra-low-profile Continental tires, with a unique 'Jaguar Cat Claw' pattern in the treads and on the ventilated and cross-drilled brake discs at each corner. Despite rumors of a production S-Type coupe, Jaguar says this R-Coupe is strictly a design exercise.
A combination of honest heritage and modern technology, the Jeep Willys2 concept vehicle sports a modern high-tech machined appearance while remaining reminiscent of its World War II ancestor, the Willys MB. Today's Willys2 design study has a lightweight aluminum frame, removable carbon-fiber hardtop with full-size spare tire holder and integrated luggage carrier, auxiliary fog and search lamps-and a practical interior that can be hosed out. Power is supplied by a 1.6-liter/160-hp inline four-cylinder engine coupled to a four-speed automatic. Jeep claims 0-62 mph times of 10 seconds and a top speed of almost 90 mph.
Since its debut at the Frankfurt show, the Murcilago has received as much attention as its namesake, a fierce bull spared in an 1879 fight for its exceptional courage. Odd name aside, the Murcilago is an evolution, not a revolution, improving the breed with a more refined suspension and potent mid-mounted V-12 engine. The 60-degree, aluminum powerplant cranks out 580 horsepower, enough to push the aerodynamic wedge to a claimed -- dramatic pause -- 205 mph! The mighty engine is commanded via a six-speed transmission, with power routed through an all-wheel-drive system with a viscous coupling, as found in the Diablo. All together, the improved drivetrain and chassis delivers 0-60 mph times of a mere 3.8 seconds. Pricing has not yet been determined.
Mazda's all new midsize car, the Atenza, is destined for sale in Japan in mid-2002, and will ultimately be considered as the 626 successor in the United States. The five-seat sedan is powered by a 2.3-liter DOHC inline-four featuring S-VT (Sequential Valve Timing), a variable induction system mounted in the resin-made intake manifold, TSCV (Tumble Swirl Control Valves), a single catalyst converter located under the floor, and a dual-pipe exhaust manifold. Uplevel power is expected to come from a 3.0-liter V-6 with variable-valve timing, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
Powered by a new-generation 250-hp rotary engine, the Mazda not-quite-ready-for-production RX-8 is an innovative four-door sportster that reconciles what might be thought of as three contradictory imperatives, combining original sports car styling with superior sports car handling and performance, all with comfort and practicality for four adults. Mazda claims the engine's weight, size, low center of gravity, and positioning in the vehicle give the RX-8 excellent maneuverability and high-end performance.
The Secret Hideout is a simple concept vehicle designed to provide young people with a relaxed personalized retreat in which to ease their mind and heart. Its warm and friendly interior has a homemade feel focusing on individual details and personalized components. It features such niceties as an engine starter button, pushbutton automatic transmission, and freestyle seating arrangements, and is powered by a new 1.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine that combines high-performance, fuel efficiency, and quiet operation.
The main attraction in the F 400 Carving concept study is a system that varies the camber angle on the outer wheels between zero and 20 degrees, depending on the road situation. When the two-seater is cornering, the outer wheel tilts inwards, leaving only the inner area of these tires in contact with the road. Used in conjunction with newly developed tires, it provides 30 percent more lateral stability than a conventional system with a fixed camber setting and standard rubber. This system enhances active safety, since better lateral stability equals improved road adhesion and greater cornering stability.
We've known that the Mini Cooper range would be topped by a fiesty S model from the get-go, but that doesn't diminish the coolness of this hot coupe one iota. Making its world debut, the Cooper S looks the part with its air-gulping hood intake, special bumper caps, twisty-road S badge, twin chrome exhaust tips, chrome fuel filler cap, rear spoiler, and 17-inch wheels. Inside, the car is distinguished with leather trim elements, standard sport seats, "S" logo on door sill, and chrome accents. Underhood is an intercooled, supercharged variant of the 1.6-liter engine producing 163 horsepower, a significant increase over the 115 horses in the standard Mini Cooper model. Matched to a six-speed manual transmission, the S is both quick and fuel efficient. Performance claims have the S running 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds with a 135-mph top speed.
Riding on a long wheelbase, the sloped-nose CZ2 offers a look at a new Japan-market model targeting youthful city drivers. Sporty only in looks, the CZ2 has an economy-minded 1.3-liter DOHC engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. Another contradiction is passenger capacity is limited to four despite the front bench seat, a rarity in compact cars. Trick features include a switchable light-control glass that is quartered to permit each passenger to select the amount of light they wish to shine in. This concept vehicle showcases several imminent features, including MP3 player docking station, LCD telematics display, steering-wheel mounted transmission buttons (for selecting mode, not gear), and fiber optic exterior lights.
Building on its growing World Rally reputation, Mitsubishi cooked up the CZ3 concept as a rally-inspired counterpart to the CZ2, a model destined for the Japan market in 2002. Sharing the basic platform with the CZ2, the CZ3 turned to the Lancer Evolution VII for the all-wheel-drive system featuring active center differential and active yaw control. Motivation comes from a 1.5-liter intercooled, turbocharged engine matched to a continually variable transmission. The motorsports theme translates to the interior, where race-style buckets provide seating for four amid a stark, aluminum-intensive environment. Intended to be an enhanced city car, the CZ3 uses a center-dash monitor for its infotainment display, including nav system and DVD player.
Although saddled with a trendy acronym for Sports Utility Pack, the name actually stems from the common "wassup" used by youthful hipsters. An environmentally friendly hybrid powertrain drives the front wheels through an automated manual transmission, with the rear wheels powered strictly by electric motors. These aft motors provide extra acceleration or traction as needed. Once to the mountains for some tree hugging, driver can open exterior door casings (essentially outboard luggage holders) unpack hiking gear and grab a backpack encased in the bucket-seat backs. If heading to the beach, a scooter can be extricated from a rear storage shelf, salt water can be hosed off with an onboard sprayer, and even the waterproof upholstery worry-free. A pure concept, the S.U.P. demonstrates numerous interesting ideas.
Beyond its sleek, one-box exterior, the Space Liner was built to provide a room-like interior with several distinct packaging elements. Open the "suicide" style doors, and the massive door storage units appear like suitcases that are stuck on the linings. Shelves and immense storage bins help the four-seater to feel like a den, with generous arm rests. This is furthered by power swiveling front buckets, transluscent sun shade, flat floor, and integrated computer display with keyboard. When parked, the steering wheel and instruments fold into the dash for more room in this mobile hangout. The drive-by-wire steering can be positioned left or right. A production model akin to the Space Liner will reportedly be offered in 2003.
The much-awaited new Z is not just another retro evolution, but the birth of a totally new car that blends tradition with cutting-edge technologies and a fresh design. While it retains the "Z" heritage passed through successive generations, this Fairlady Z embodies many new features for a high-performance sports car, and is said to be a fair representation of the vehicle that will be on sale come July 2002. Under its sloped hood, the Z will get a version of the same 3.5L VQ35DE V-6 used in the 2002 240-hp Altima and 260-hp Maxima, although in the Z it will produce about 300 horsepower. A close-ratio six-speed manual will be standard for acceleration befitting such a sports car, and a limited-slip differential and traction control will be available. Estimated price is less than $30,000.
Access to information has been a common feature in many of the concept cars presented at the Tokyo show, and Nissan's ideo is a standout. Regarding the perfect network vehicle as one with an "interface connecting people and their town via information," ideo is a medium for connecting the closed passenger compartment to the outside world. Driving in ideo functions as a communications medium for searching the vast sea of information available around town, in a "city browsing mode" similar to surfing the Internet. The entire instrument panel functions as a "Super Surround Screen" providing info about the world around the car as it drives through it, with displays fed by 14 CCD cameras mounted around the body of the car. Indeed, it does provide interactive communication between people and their vehicles.
Nissan's Kino concept is a six-seat compact minivan designed for young families, with flexible seating and entertainment systems to provide a host of "living room comforts." Its interior space uses three rows of independent seats that can be rearranged for a variety of uses, from limousine style to "Living Room" and cargo modes. The exterior design doesn't belie the spacious insides but still remains aerodynamic. An interesting asymmetric door design has three portals on the driver's side and two on the passenger's side to allow convenient access to all seating positions. A ceiling-mounted 15-inch double screen monitor folds down to entertain passengers with videos, games, or Internet access.
Nissan stole the show with the one-two punch of the production Z car and the musclebound Skyline GT-R. Arguably the Japanese Corvette, the potent Skyline GT-R line has represented extreme performance for generations. Nissan has offered a first look at the design direction for the next coupe, differing dramatically from the Skyline sedan, which will be offered in the U.S. as the Infiniti G35. Insiders said to look at this GT-R concept like the first Z concept; it shows the design language and general scheme, but expect refinements before introduction. This is the first left-hand-drive Skyline Nissan has built, clearly signaling interest in exporting for the first time. The volume increase North America can offer may prove critical to the business case for building this high-performance, limited-production car.
Nissan calls the Nails concept car a "fun to use" vehicle, emphasizing that it can be used as "a tool for communicating with friends" rather than simply as a "means of transportation." It achieves this purpose with integrated communications tools including cellular phones and a multifunction display screen mounted in the instrument panel. Additional functionality is found in the versatile rear luggage area with its flat floor and soft rear partition that can be folded down to allow easy storage of long and heavy items like surfboards and bikes. The funky two-seat vehicle also wears specially treated body panels that protect against scratches or dents in rough use.
Crazy but cool, the Opel Frogster concept is not just a car, but also a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) on wheels. Instead of a conventional convertible top, the vehicle has an electrically powered roller cover, and four individually configurable seats that allow the car to change from a one- or two-seat roadster to three- or four-seat convertible or pickup, all at the push of a button. A detachable PDA in the dash display serves as a display for climate control and navigation system, and also operates as a radio and MP3 player. Out of the car, the PDA acts as a radio-controlled "car key" and roller-cover operator. When it's time to park, the roller cover slides forward like a shutter to close the car all the way down to the base of the windshield. Cool.
Renault's Talisman concept car is a high-tech coupe with a sporty design and a powerful, streamlined silhouette. Inside, technical complexity defers to a more simplistic cabin encapsulating a new driving experience Renault calls "Touch Design" which promotes an ideal relationship between man and machine, wherein though its shape and materials each element must suggest its function and invite people to reach out and use it. Talisman is a rear-drive concept with a V-8 engine cooled by side extraction outlets and an aerodynamic rear diffuser. Another interesting aspect of the Talisman are its fixed seats-the dash changes position to best suit the driver's need.
Known for its wagons, Subaru explores new packaging possibilities and an edgy styling direction with its midsized WX-01 concept. Termed a "5+2" wagon, the WX-01 has three rows of seats to accommodate seven passengers total; the rear seat can be folded flat to maximize cargo capacity. The interior is liberally covered in suede material, including the dash, for a cozy commuting space. A simplified control structure emphasizes an all-purpose center display screen where air conditioning, audio, and navigation systems can all be accessed. The design works with a triangle motif, as seen most clearly in the grille, headlamps, and mirrors. Power comes from the familiar 3.0-liter boxer six-cylinder engine matched to an all-wheel-drive system with Vehicle Dynamics Control.
Looking like a child's toy, the semicircle-shaped Covie provides a cut-n-cuddly platform for illustrating the types of synergies that exist with the General Motors and Suzuki alliance. Covie combines GM fuel cell technology in a cleverly crafted Suzuki micro car. The fuel cell system generates power by separating hydrogen from natural gas supplied to a household, creating clean electric power for the motor and generating warm water for the house. The house/car relationship also ties in with the computer system, which networks with the house to provide two-way communication. The interior features a center-dash 12-inch display for accessing computer functions. A truly tiny car, the passenger compartment extends only to the sliding doors' trailing edge.
Toyota's DMT ("Dual Mode Traveler") concept is a minivan-sized special-purpose vehicle designed to be appealing in motion and at rest. Its tall cabin boasts a high eyepoint for excellent visibility, a wide-opening roof for extra cruising pleasure, and a space-efficient box-style interior that can be customized to best suit the driver's needs. Technical features include an advanced radar cruise control system that maintains car-to-car distance even in crawl-paced traffic jams, and an automatic payment system for parking fees and road tolls
Secluded in a shadowy room deep in the massive joint Daihatsu/Toyota booth, hidden behind a ring of eco-friendly urban commuters, was the seductive FXS concept. Gentle feminine curves arch gently around the wheel openings for an organic profile that juxtaposes against the sharply angular front with its vertical lights and Hoover-esque intakes. Short speedster-style windscreen and twin roll hoops have the FXS occupying a sports car fantasy realm between a Porsche 550 Spyder and Jaguar F-Type. The FXS stands on its own merits, with a balanced 50/50 weight distribution and low-mounted 4.3-liter V-8. The interior has a neo-classic look with abundant chrome used in a dramatic fashion, highlighted with pale blue light. Its name stands for Future Experimental Sports, leaving us hoping there may be more than the Supra in Toyota's high-performance future.
Toyota has a concept car with personality that wants to be your friend. The oddly upright Pod was bred to express itself and adapt to the driver's unvoiced needs. The deep-carved front grooves illuminate in four different colors to show ten emotions, including happiness, surprise, sadness, and even anger. The headlamps have eyebrows and eyelids to give the car its emotive face. Reactions include a cheerful expression when an owner approaches (along with a wagging tail, seriously) and sadness when out of fuel or tire is punctured. A Sony mini pod learns musical, TV, and other preferences in the home, then helps the car to react to signs of stress, urgency, and contentment with appropriate environmental changes. The vehicle dynamics also change smartly on the fly, with suspension and transmission changes reflecting both road and driver conditions.
Toyota will market the 2003 Pontiac Vibe as the Voltz in Japan, bringing a rugged-looking tall wagon to the lineup. Developed alongside the platform-sharing Matrix, the Vibe/Voltz is a "sport/utility wagon" with a versatile interior, some clever features, and an X Games attitude. Seats can be flipped, folded, and removed for a versatile, mountain-bike ready interior. The rear hatch has hinged glass for convenient loading of smaller items. The powertrain is shared with the Celica: 1.8-liter inline four and six-speed manual transmission. The show vehicle was shod in low-profile 18-inch tires, but a less aggressive fitment will be used for production.
Toyota Motor Company has joined forces with several other non-automotive partners to produce a wide range of products under the unified WiLL brand. Among them is Toyota's WiLL VC five-door hatchback, a concept vehicle designed to appeal to today's information/technology junkies. It utilizes a "G-Book" information terminal that can be hooked up to network services to receive internet access, e-mail, and real-time navigation. It also features secure-digital memory audio and provides two-way voice support for voice recognition operation commands, the reading aloud of received information, and hands-free phone operation.
Volkswagen has teased us with supercars before, leading up to this latest show vehicle: the W12 Coupe. The name gives away the potent heart of this sophisticated beast, a compact 6.0-liter 12-cylinder that produces 600 horsepower. Matched to a six-speed transmission, VW claims the coupe can rocket 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds and top 217 mph. Such performance is achieved due to a low 2650-pound curb weight. With a track-tuned double-wishbone front and rear suspension, 50/50 weight distribution, various electronic assists, and massive 19-inch tires, equally impressive handling is ensured. Penned by Giugiaro, this latest gull-winged challenger to supercar supremacy appears to be in the staging lane for production.