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Top 5: The New York And Beijing Concepts (And One Racer) That Wowed Us Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Apr, 28 2014 | 0 Comments

What a week. The New York Auto Show opened with a landslide of unveilings, and its Chinese counterpart the Beijing Auto Show brought an onslaught of its own.

There was plenty of fine metal on display, and you can find our exhaustive coverage at our New York and Beijing tag pages.

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

A tastefully re-styled powerhouse with production potential.
A tastefully re-styled powerhouse with production potential.

Volkswagen’s Golf R 400 tore into Beijing last week, sliding into the parking space between the never-happened and never-could GTI W12-650R and the regular ol’ Golf R hot hatch.

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

New 7 Series? 9 Series? Who knows, but it's swish...
New 7 Series? 9 Series? Who knows, but it's swish...

BMW rolled out the latest installment in its Vision concept series last week, unveiling the big Future Luxury concept in Beijing.

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

A vision of things to come, but is it too sleek for a Land Rover?
A vision of things to come, but is it too sleek for a Land Rover?

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.

 

Peugeot Exalt

A low-slung shark-skinned concept that could do well for Peugeot.
A low-slung shark-skinned concept that could do well for Peugeot.

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

A Dakar racer that we'd love to see inspire a performance 2008 crossover.
A Dakar racer that we'd love to see inspire a performance 2008 crossover.

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…


 
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