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Disruptive beauty at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza

  • Italian dreams

    Every spring, the collector-car hive mind shifts to the shores of Lake Como, in northern Italy, where the Concorso d’Eleganza takes place on the gracious grounds of the Villa d’Este hotel. Amid the judged classes in the concours is a category for concept cars and prototypes – some making their global debuts and others engaging in victory laps after debuts on the auto-show circuit.

    The 2013 edition of the concours brought the eight following concepts and pre-production prototypes, each looking fit for an Italian count.

  • Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept

    The CC100 Speedster Concept is a two-passenger vehicle designed to commemorate the brand’s 100th anniversary, as well as signal a new design direction for the British brand – particularly through the front grille, side strake and rear end. It was officially revealed at the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race earlier this month. (Eric Gallina)

  • Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept

    The CC100 Speedster Concept is a two-passenger vehicle designed to commemorate the brand’s 100th anniversary, as well as signal a new design direction for the British brand – particularly through the front grille, side strake and rear end. It was officially revealed at the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race earlier this month. (Eric Gallina)

  • Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept

    The CC100 Speedster Concept is a two-passenger vehicle designed to commemorate the brand’s 100th anniversary, as well as signal a new design direction for the British brand – particularly through the front grille, side strake and rear end. It was officially revealed at the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race earlier this month. (Eric Gallina)

  • BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Concept

    Tame in comparison to the windshield-less concepts displayed beside it, the Gran Lusso is coachbuilder Pininfarina’s take on a two-door flagship coupe for BMW. The Italian flair is obvious, from its sculpted hood through to its slender tail lamps. Based on a shortened 7 Series platform, the elegant concept retains its donor’s V12 power plant. (Eric Gallina)

  • BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Concept

    Tame in comparison to the windshield-less concepts displayed beside it, the Gran Lusso is coachbuilder Pininfarina’s take on a two-door flagship coupe for BMW. The Italian flair is obvious, from its sculpted hood through to its slender tail lamps. Based on a shortened 7 Series platform, the elegant concept retains its donor’s V12 power plant. (Eric Gallina)

  • BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Concept

    Tame in comparison to the windshield-less concepts displayed beside it, the Gran Lusso is coachbuilder Pininfarina’s take on a two-door flagship coupe for BMW. The Italian flair is obvious, from its sculpted hood through to its slender tail lamps. Based on a shortened 7 Series platform, the elegant concept retains its donor’s V12 power plant. (Eric Gallina)

  • Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring

    Carrozzeria Touring’s Disco Volante was awarded the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes. Inspired by the concept-car series created by Touring in collaboration with Alfa Romeo in the 1950s, the Disco Volante name resurfaced at the 2012 Geneva motor show. Now a fully running prototype, it will be built in limited numbers. Price? If you have to ask … (Eric Gallina)

  • Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring

    Carrozzeria Touring’s Disco Volante was awarded the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes. Inspired by the concept-car series created by Touring in collaboration with Alfa Romeo in the 1950s, the Disco Volante name resurfaced at the 2012 Geneva motor show. Now a fully running prototype, it will be built in limited numbers. Price? If you have to ask … (Eric Gallina)

  • Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring

    Carrozzeria Touring’s Disco Volante was awarded the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes. Inspired by the concept-car series created by Touring in collaboration with Alfa Romeo in the 1950s, the Disco Volante name resurfaced at the 2012 Geneva motor show. Now a fully running prototype, it will be built in limited numbers. Price? If you have to ask … (Eric Gallina)

  • Pininfarina Sergio Concept

    This one-off was all the rage on the public day at the nearby Villa Erba, with scores of onlookers gathered around the latest masterpiece from the fabled carrozzeria. Built around a Ferrari 458 Spider and using the same mechanicals, the Sergio, which was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva motor show is said to symbolise Pininfarina’s core values of “elegance, purity and innovation”, according to design director Fabio Fillipini. (Eric Gallina)

  • Pininfarina Sergio Concept

    This one-off was all the rage on the public day at the nearby Villa Erba, with scores of onlookers gathered around the latest masterpiece from the fabled carrozzeria. Built around a Ferrari 458 Spider and using the same mechanicals, the Sergio, which was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva motor show is said to symbolise Pininfarina’s core values of “elegance, purity and innovation”, according to design director Fabio Fillipini. (Eric Gallina)

  • Pininfarina Sergio Concept

    This one-off was all the rage on the public day at the nearby Villa Erba, with scores of onlookers gathered around the latest masterpiece from the fabled carrozzeria. Built around a Ferrari 458 Spider and using the same mechanicals, the Sergio, which was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva motor show is said to symbolise Pininfarina’s core values of “elegance, purity and innovation”, according to design director Fabio Fillipini. (Eric Gallina)

  • Infiniti Emerg-e Concept

    The Emerg-e has been making the rounds since being introduced to slack-jawed onlookers at the 2012 Geneva motor show. Designed at Nissan’s European design studio in London, with input from designers at Nissan’s studio in California, the range-extended EV concept shows Nissan’s ambition to build an alternative-powertrain halo model for its luxury nameplate. (Eric Gallina)

  • Infiniti Emerg-e Concept

    The Emerg-e has been making the rounds since being introduced to slack-jawed onlookers at the 2012 Geneva motor show. Designed at Nissan’s European design studio in London, with input from designers at Nissan’s studio in California, the range-extended EV concept shows Nissan’s ambition to build an alternative-powertrain halo model for its luxury nameplate. (Eric Gallina)

  • Infiniti Emerg-e Concept

    The Emerg-e has been making the rounds since being introduced to slack-jawed onlookers at the 2012 Geneva motor show. Designed at Nissan’s European design studio in London, with input from designers at Nissan’s studio in California, the range-extended EV concept shows Nissan’s ambition to build an alternative-powertrain halo model for its luxury nameplate. (Eric Gallina)

  • Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale by Zagato

    Created by Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada, the carbon fibre-bodied TZ3 Stradale is limited to a production run of just nine cars, with most in the hands of the German collector Martin Kapp. The TZ3 Stradale is built on a Dodge Viper ACR platform and sources power from that car’s 8.4-litre V10 engine. It is good for 600 horsepower and 560lb-ft of torque. (Eric Gallina)

  • Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale by Zagato

    Created by Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada, the carbon fibre-bodied TZ3 Stradale is limited to a production run of just nine cars, with most in the hands of the German collector Martin Kapp. The TZ3 Stradale is built on a Dodge Viper ACR platform and sources power from that car’s 8.4-litre V10 engine. It is good for 600 horsepower and 560lb-ft of torque. (Eric Gallina)

  • Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale by Zagato

    Created by Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada, the carbon fibre-bodied TZ3 Stradale is limited to a production run of just nine cars, with most in the hands of the German collector Martin Kapp. The TZ3 Stradale is built on a Dodge Viper ACR platform and sources power from that car’s 8.4-litre V10 engine. It is good for 600 horsepower and 560lb-ft of torque. (Eric Gallina)

  • Subaru Viziv Concept

    Complete with oversize butterfly doors – which open to reveal a four-passenger cabin – the Viziv concept sources power from a plug-in hybrid system that combines a 2-litre Subaru boxer diesel engine and three electric motors. Crucially, the Viziv, which was shown in Geneva in March, likely previews the Japanese automaker’s successor to the long-in-the-tooth Tribeca crossover. (Eric Gallina)

  • Subaru Viziv Concept

    Complete with oversize butterfly doors – which open to reveal a four-passenger cabin – the Viziv concept sources power from a plug-in hybrid system that combines a 2-litre Subaru boxer diesel engine and three electric motors. Crucially, the Viziv, which was shown in Geneva in March, likely previews the Japanese automaker’s successor to the long-in-the-tooth Tribeca crossover. (Eric Gallina)

  • McLaren P1

    The P1 did not strictly fit within the concept or prototype group, having made its official debut in production form in Geneva earlier this year. The hybrid-powered supercar’s aerodynamically optimised bodywork cloaks a lightweight carbon fibre tub. It begins shipments later this year, when it will go head-to-head with the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. (Eric Gallina)

  • McLaren P1

    The P1 did not strictly fit within the concept or prototype group, having made its official debut in production form in Geneva earlier this year. The hybrid-powered supercar’s aerodynamically optimised bodywork cloaks a lightweight carbon fibre tub. It begins shipments later this year, when it will go head-to-head with the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. (Eric Gallina)