As for the best of the best, well, we've whittled the list down to just five machines that impressed us most. Read on.
Volkswagen’s Golf R 400
Adding tasteful styling enhancements, fatter guards and a 295kW turbo engine, the R 400 - with a 3.9 second sprint to 100km/h - ought to eat Merc’s A 45 AMG hatch alive.
If they build it, that is. Because while the A 45 is already out there collecting phone numbers, the R 400 is strictly a concept. For now, that is, and reports suggest it’s on the way.
BMW Vision Future Luxury
Loaded with luxury features and advanced new technologies, the Future Luxury is likely a preview of what we can expect from the next 7 Series - and possibly even a new 9 Series range, if reports prove true.
Land Rover Discovery Vision
Land Rover has been frightening the faithful with talk of a modernised Defender, moving away from the old warhorse that has carried the standard for decades.
Now, a sleek new Discovery concept has also been revealed, offering an insight into the sleek new look that will soon replace the brand’s legendary boxy styling.
Are buyers ready for a curvaceous new Land Rover line? We reckon yes.
It’s the car that Peugeot needs, this Exalt concept.
Low and wide with a powerful face and muscular lines, Peugeot’s Beijing Auto Show unveiling is the strongest preview yet of the future that last year’s Onyx concept first promised.
And, with a 253kW petrol-electric hybrid powertrain packed beneath the ‘shark-textured’ skin, the Exalt wouldn’t be the least bit out of place in today’s market.
As an impressive new flagship concept for the French carmaker, this should be a done deal.
Peugeot 2008 DKR Racer
Not strictly a concept, but Peugeot’s competition-only 2008 DKR Dakar racer is one we’d like to see influence the company’s production line-up.
But how? Well, as neat as it would be to see this Peugeot-badged ruffian hurtling over dunes at the beach, a roadgoing version would be just the ticket.
The current market also presents the perfect climate for such an offering, with performance-tuned SUVs cropping up all over the place. Could see a powered-up 2008 GTi? That’d be something…