Pics: Hot concepts at the LA Auto Show
Take a look at a roundup of the most intriguing, exciting and interesting concepts to grace the LA Auto Show this year...
The Bentley Grand Convertible
The only thing that could make the Bentley Mulsanne any better than it already is, would be the removal of its roof. And for this year's show, that's exactly what Bentley has done. The hand-built drop top is a masterclass in craftsmanship and features the biggest single piece of walnut veneer ever hand shaped, cut, polished and fitted to a Bentley.
Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Tursimo (VGT) concept
This car is Chevrolet's contribution to the Gran Turismo video game franchise, a concept car deigned literally for the PlayStation generation. It uses a battery-powered laser to go from 0-100km/h in 1.5 seconds and in the video game at least, has 900hp on tap and a 240mph (387km/h) top speed.
The Galpin-Fisker Rocket
The Rocket was designed by Henrik Fisker, the same man that designed the Aston Martin DB9. And the new car, based on the current Ford Mustang is equally striking. Its shell is hand built almost entirely from carbon fiber and its look inspired by classic Mustangs from the 60s. However, under the hood things are bang up to date thanks to a supercharged V8 engine capable of outputting 725hp.
Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV
A taste of Mitsubishis to come, this concept packs a remarkably potent yet small hybrid electric engine and a seriously futuristic all-digital cabin. Even the transmission tunnel that runs between the seats is a huge touchscreen display. Expect a real-life version of this crossover/SUV styled concept to be coming to the US too.
Audi Prologue Concept
The Prologue has four-wheel steering, four-wheel drive and can use just four of its eight cylinders to improve fuel economy. The first show car from Audi's new chief of design, Marc Lichte, the Prologue is the clearest idea yet of what the company's upcoming luxury GT coupé is going to look like.