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    Concept cars I wish had gone into production

    Companies show great concept cars, generate a lot of interest and then don't build them. What's up with that? Here are a few I wish had gone into production.



    1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair. Yes, it was called the Corvair 5 years before the more familiar rear-engined air-cooled Corvair came out. The C1 Corvette was only available as a roadster without roll up windows. A fastback Corvette would have been more practical, but still fun (if it had been introduced in 1955 so it would have gotten the 265 V-8 and a 4-speed manual.)



    1959 Porsche 754 Typ T7. Porsche started working on a replacement for the 356 as early as 1956. The 754 was built to investigate the idea of a true 4-seater Porsche. The styling was by Butzi Porsche who designed the 911 a few years later. The front end is almost identical to the 911. Ferry Porsche decided he wasn't prepared to enter the sedan market, so it never went into production. It's a shame, because I think it's a sexy little sedan and it could have been very successful with people looking for a little more interior room.


    1998 Plymouth Pronto Spyder. I've always loved the look of this little mid-engined sports car. Unfortunately, with Mercedes-Benz buying Chrysler, the Plymouth brand was shut down and the Pronto Spyder didn't stand a chance.


    2001 Suzuki GSX-R/4. What a great idea. Take the engine from a Suzuki GSX-R1, and then wrap the absolute minimum bodywork around it to carry two people. Plenty of power and it weighs next to nothing. It's like a Japanese Super 7. What a great track tool it would have been.


    2003 Subaru B9 Scrambler. Why, Subaru? Why tease us with such a sexy little sports car and then not build it? You're so cruel.

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    Ford GT90


    engine Quad Turbo V12
    valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
    displacement 5927 cc / 361.7 in³
    bore 90.2 mm / 3.55 in
    stroke 77.3 mm / 3.04 in
    compression 8.0:1
    power 536.9 kw / 720.0 bhp @ 6600 rpm
    specific output 121.48 bhp per litre
    bhp/weight bhp per tonne
    torque 894.8 nm / 660.0 ft lbs @ 4750 rpm
    body / frame Carbon Fibre & Fibreglass
    driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
    front tires F 275/35ZR-18
    rear tires R 355/30ZR-19
    front brakes Vented Discs
    f brake size x 328 mm / x 12.9 in
    rear brakes Vented Discs
    r brake size x 328 mm / x 12.9 in
    front wheels F 45.7 x 50.8 cm / 18.0 x 20.0 in
    rear wheels R 48.3 x 66.0 cm / 19.0 x 26.0 in
    steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
    weight 1451 kg / 3199 lbs
    wheelbase 2946 mm / 116.0 in
    front track 4470 mm / 176.0 in
    width 1963 mm / 77.3 in
    height 1140 mm / 44.9 in
    transmission 5-Speed Manual
    gear ratios :1
    top speed 378.2 kph / 235.0 mph
    0 - 60 mph 3.1 seconds
    0 - 100 mph 6.2 seconds
    0 - 1/4 mile 10.9 seconds

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    One car I ALWAYS liked was the 1984/1985 Nissan MID4..... talk about a super drift car :mrgreen: :tu:

    I think it was the 1st Nissan car to have the HICAS system.


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    MID4 YAY!

    Holy hell, if Suzi came out with the GSX/R-4.... YUM YUM YUM YUM

    Mountain roads! 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KresSlyda180
    One car I ALWAYS liked was the 1984/1985 Nissan MID4..... talk about a super drift car :mrgreen: :tu:
    I was about to post the exact same thing. :P

    I loved this car. So with they had actually put it into production. Always thought of it as a cheaper Ferrari 308... :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    Quote Originally Posted by KresSlyda180
    One car I ALWAYS liked was the 1984/1985 Nissan MID4..... talk about a super drift car :mrgreen: :tu:
    I was about to post the exact same thing. :P

    I loved this car. So with they had actually put it into production. Always thought of it as a cheaper Ferrari 308... :mrgreen:
    It actually looks more like a Ferrari 512 Boxer... the look it was trying to go for :wink:

    Some more Mid4 eye candy:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bag
    Ford GT90


    engine Quad Turbo V12
    valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
    displacement 5927 cc / 361.7 in³
    bore 90.2 mm / 3.55 in
    stroke 77.3 mm / 3.04 in
    compression 8.0:1
    power 536.9 kw / 720.0 bhp @ 6600 rpm
    specific output 121.48 bhp per litre
    bhp/weight bhp per tonne
    torque 894.8 nm / 660.0 ft lbs @ 4750 rpm
    body / frame Carbon Fibre & Fibreglass
    driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
    front tires F 275/35ZR-18
    rear tires R 355/30ZR-19
    front brakes Vented Discs
    f brake size x 328 mm / x 12.9 in
    rear brakes Vented Discs
    r brake size x 328 mm / x 12.9 in
    front wheels F 45.7 x 50.8 cm / 18.0 x 20.0 in
    rear wheels R 48.3 x 66.0 cm / 19.0 x 26.0 in
    steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
    weight 1451 kg / 3199 lbs
    wheelbase 2946 mm / 116.0 in
    front track 4470 mm / 176.0 in
    width 1963 mm / 77.3 in
    height 1140 mm / 44.9 in
    transmission 5-Speed Manual
    gear ratios :1
    top speed 378.2 kph / 235.0 mph
    0 - 60 mph 3.1 seconds
    0 - 100 mph 6.2 seconds
    0 - 1/4 mile 10.9 seconds
    this car has already been built. i think it's called bugatti sumfin :lol:

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    $$ Bottom line. What can be produced cheaply, and profit the company. Period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDROID
    $$ Bottom line. What can be produced cheaply, and profit the company. Period.
    The Bugatti Veyron sort of flies in the face of that logic, doesn't it? :P

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    1959 Porsche 754 Typ T7. Porsche started working on a replacement for the 356 as early as 1956. The 754 was built to investigate the idea of a true 4-seater Porsche. The styling was by Butzi Porsche who designed the 911 a few years later. The front end is almost identical to the 911. Ferry Porsche decided he wasn't prepared to enter the sedan market, so it never went into production. It's a shame, because I think it's a sexy little sedan and it could have been very successful with people looking for a little more interior room.
    The reason the front end is almost identical to the 911, is because this was the first prototype that eventually evolved into the 911 we know today.

    BTW, isuzu owns you all...





    Mid engined 4.2L V8, wouldve eaten the GTR and NSX. IF they had built it...

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