Some things are too good for this world, and that’s certainly the case for these cars. They were designed and build with passion but never arrived on the showroom floor. These are the top eight amazing concept cars that were sadly never made.
Concept Cars That Were Never Made
1.NISSAN MID 4
It was supposed to be the ultimate Japanese rival to Porsche and Ferrari but sadly never saw the light of day. The specifications of this car are present in its name. It featured a V6 engine mounted right behind the driver seat sideways in the middle of the car.
The car was also supposed to get an AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system along with four-wheel steering. What’s almost ludicrous is that NISSAN never put the MID 4 into production and introduced another concept called the MID 4-II, which had two turbos and a V6 engine. Both these cars were never made, but the engine did end up getting used in Z32 300zx.
2. AUDI AVUS QUATTRO
Based on the streamlined design of land speed record cars from the 1930s, the AUDI Avus Quattro is the future car we never got. After the discontinuation of Audi Quattro, fans had high hopes for the AVUS to take the crown of 4-Wheel drive king, but it never did. It had a 6.0-litre W12 engine which produced an outrageous 502 HP. The car also had a “Space Frame”, making it incredibly light and strong.
3. Volkswagen Nardo
VW isn’t known for making supercars. They prefer to put function over speed, but there was a time when VW went overboard and gave us a sneak peek into the future. Enter the VW Nardo, it was a W12 powered supercar first revealed in 1997.
The car was so fast that it smashed 12-speed records in a 24-hour test. During the entire test, the car stopped for fuel and still managed to achieve an average speed of 321 km/h. But the cost of building such a car was too high, and hence VW scrapped the project. However, when VW bought Bugatti, they used the W12 engine from Nardo and made the Veyron, a car which we all know is bloody powerful.
4. Mazda RX Vision
First teased during the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show, the Mazda RX Vision never went into production. It was a long, sleek, RWD (Rear Wheel Drive), front-engine mounted supercar that ticked all the right boxes. On top of that, it had the famous rotary engine Mazda is famous for making.
According to its makers, Mazda RX Vision was made following the KODO philosophy, which means breathing life into the car. Experts also speculate that RX Vision would’ve been the rumoured successor of Mazda’s popular sports car, the RX9.
5. Dodge RAM T-REX
It was designed in 1997, had three axles and a Magnum V10 engine. The Dodge RAM T-REX was a six-wheel-drive vehicle that produced 300 HP and 610 Nm of torque. The RAM T-REX never went into production, but Mercedes owned Dodge at the time, so they used the six-wheel-drive technology to make a 6X6 version of the G-Wagon, which we all know and love.
This cancelled prototype from Chrysler was the main competitor of the Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren, or it could have been. The ME4-12 was a mid-engine quad-turbo V12 supercar that produced 850 HP and 1,150 Nm of torque. The vehicle had a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a Rear-Wheel Drive function.
As visible from the spec sheet, the ME4-12 gave a bit too much competition to the Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren. And Chrysler was owned by Mercedes, so they scrapped the project in favour of SLR.
7. Jaguar CX-75
The CX-75 was poised to be that 900 HP hybrid supercar that’d cost a million dollar. While other cars had big engines, Jag used a small 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit. Williams F1 team worked on the small powerhouse and made it churn out a whopping 500HP.
The Jaguar CX-75 reached 900HP power output with help from a few additional electric motors. But someone at Jaguar decided that selling a million-dollar hypercar is a bad idea. It makes no sense because some of the best selling supercars cost close to a million-dollar.
8. TVR Speed 12
Said to be the most powerful and fastest car in the world at the time. It was the car destined to put TVR on the map. The British car company was ready to shock the world, but suddenly, the project was scrapped. One day, the company’s CEO Peter Wheeler took the car home for a ride and the next day stopped its production.
The car was too powerful and had no driver aids. Furthermore, it made the drivers too scared for their life. According to rumours TVR even broke a dyno machine rated at 1,000 HP. So much power was present in a car that weighed less than a ton, making it one of the world’s fastest and dangerous cars.
If you’re looking to buy the prototype, you’re out of luck because TVR dismantled every single Speed 12 that they made and returned customer’s deposits.