Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Mercedes CLC

 Version 1:

Version 2:

The CLC is a four-door coupé based on the Mercedes C-Class - a sort of halfway house between the C-Class saloon and the C-Class Coupé. The name follows Merc's new naming scheme - a 'CL' prefix signifies a four-door coupé, and the 'C' suffix represents the size class of the car.

Couldn't decide which window-line I preferred so I thought I'd post both versions and let you decide.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Honda Integra Type-S

The successor to the cult-classic Honda Integra is finally here in its 5th generation after a decade's absence. The Integra is a sports-coupé designed to appeal to keen drivers and imbue some youthful energy into the soulless Honda line-up.

Like previous Integras, the latest generation of the car will be based on the front-engine, front-drive platform of the contemporary Honda Civic. As well as the standard car, there is a sportier Type-S model (shown), and a range-topping Type-R model.

The styling of the car is uniquely Japanese. The front end is low and dominated by a large V-shaped grill. The side of the car is angular and futuristic, with a rising waistline leading up to NSX-style flying buttresses for the C-pillars and a floating roof.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Swagger Jaguar

The J-Type Jag would be the big brother to the F-Type, and rival to the Porsche 911, Mercedes-AMG GT, and Audi R8. It would be positioned as a sports/muscle car rather than a GT car like the discontinued XK.

Design-wise, the J-Type is roughly halfway between classic Jaguar and modern Jaguar - long and low, with a three-box shape, but also detailed with contemporary Jag design cues. There are no rear seats, so unlike many in its class the J-Type is a strict two-seater and doesn't pretend to have room for four.

The car would receive a ∼500bhp V8 shared with the next-gen Jag XJ, which would power the rear wheels.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Vauxhall Olympia B

Olympia was a name used in the 60s for a fastback coupé version of the contemporary Opel Kadett, which was the equivalent of today's Astra. Fitting then, that this name should be revived for a fastback coupé based on the Astra's platform.

Following the decline of the traditional two-door coupé market, I've decided to give the modern Olympia a trendy four-door coupé silhouette. It also marks a return of the pillar-less hardtop - a body-style which was common on 20th-century American and Japanese cars, but is now (I think, correct me if I'm wrong) extinct in four-door cars.

It would be sold as a Vauxhall, Opel or Buick, depending on the market.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Jaguar F-Pace Coupé

Jaguar F-Pace Coupé

Although the standard F-Pace is already a very sporty, car-like design for an SUV, I thought I could take it to the next level by introducing a Coupé version of the car. The Jaguar F-Pace Coupé would be sold alongside the existing F-Pace and be a rival to the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupé.

What the car sacrifices in rear-seat and boot space when compared to the regular F-Pace, it gains in style. With a fastback roof inspired by the F-Type, the stance is that of a leaping big cat - fitting for the Jaguar marque.

It would cost slightly more than the equivalent F-Pace non-Coupé.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Speculative rendering of Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Following on from the Lagonda GT I posted earlier this month, I present to you the next-generation Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The Lagonda GT and Aston V8 Vantage represent the two extremes of Aston Martin coupés, the GT being the big, wafty, luxurious range-topper, and the V8 Vantage being the smaller, nimble, "budget" Aston, if you could call it that.

There's a very clear visual connection between the new V8 Vantage and the larger DB11. Both cars have the new Aston corporate face - which means a larger grill and snake-like angled headlamps - as well as motor sport-inspired aerodynamic bodywork. Perhaps the most obvious nod to the Aston Martin DB11 is the dramatic roof strake which arcs from A-pillar to C-pillar. The car retains the long bonnet, short deck proportions that have defined Aston Martin grand tourers for a century.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Lagonda GT

Lagonda GT luxury car driving down road

The Lagonda GT is a grand tourer based on the Lagonda Taraf luxury saloon. The price tag would be upwards of the £685k asking price of the Taraf, so buyers can expect a level of opulence and exclusivity unparalleled by other luxury coupés.

The proportions are classic GT - long, low bonnet and short, high rear deck. The fastback profile is reminiscent of classic British GTs from the 1970s. Inside, there's ample room for four adults to sit comfortably. However, in contrast to the Taraf where buyers prefer to be chauffeured around, most Lagonda GT buyers will actually drive the car themselves. For this reason, the GT is engineered to be a much more engaging driving experience than the already-quite-sporty-for-a-limousine Taraf. It could be seen as a big brother to the DB11.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Capri: the car you always promised yourself

Ford Capri coupé parked up outside a building

When resurrecting classic automotive nameplates, the temptation is to go the retro route and pay homage to the car that originally bore the name. However, with this resurrection of the Ford Capri, I opted to give the car a thoroughly modern look, using styling touches from other models in Ford's post-'Kinetic Design' lineup. 

At the front of the car, angled headlamps adorn each side of the hexagonal Ford grill, which is tilted forward as if staring down the road. A sharp crease rises from the air outlet behind the front wheel up towards the rear of the car where it meets another character line which comes forwards from the rear of the car and then darts down ahead of the rear wheel. Optional extras include the blacked-out C-pillar, the two-tone alloys, and the 'Capri' emblem on the front wing.

The original Capri was designed to be a European equivalent to the Ford Mustang, and this ethos informs the design of my 21st century Capri. It would ride on a shortened version of the front-engine, rear-drive platform that underpins the Mustang, and feature a luxurious interior more in tune with European taste.

Friday, 30 September 2016

2017 Nissan Micra: prediction vs reality

My prediction:
Prediction of how the 2017 Nissan Micra would look

The real thing:
Real Nissan Micra hatchback

Nissan just revealed its 2017 Micra in Paris. I made an image a few years ago of what I thought the car would look like, and now that Nissan has revealed the official images I can compare and contrast their version with my own.

Overall, the real thing is a lot sharper and edgier than my prediction. While the basic shape and a lot of the lines are very similar, the real car looks razor-edged in comparison, and looking a bit more sporting than mine. One thing I prefer about my version is the chrome touches dotted around the car. I'm not sure how cost-effective that is for a car of this price-range, but I think it gives my rendering a bit more of a luxurious look - although the new Micra is by no means cheap-looking, unlike it's predecessor.

Bonus points for the almost-identical alloys.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Lotus Mondeo

My vision of a Lotus Mondeo performance car

This is my vision for a Lotus Mondeo. The car begins life as a Ford Mondeo, and is then sent to Lotus Cars in Hethel, England for engineering and styling modifications.

The car takes design cues from its predecessor; the Lotus Cortina of the 1960s. At the front, there's an off-centre Lotus badge in the grill, and the 'MONDEO' badge takes pride of place on the bonnet. As with the Lotus Cortina, the Lotus Mondeo would be available in a single colour scheme - Ermine White with a Sherwood Green flash along its flanks.

Other visual enhancements include a new front bumper, sideskirts, alloys, fuel cap, and rear wing.