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The 10 That Got Away

Alas Automotives: 10 Concept Cars We Wish Had Been Built

Some concept cars are the stuff of dreams, and some make a justified beeline for the crusher. But then there are the truly glorious ones: the concepts built just for show, never meant to be anything more than the Paris runway model of the automotive world, or those lucky few that see their design elements actually influence production cars, even if they themselves never make it to the street. Tragically, for many of the best, somewhere between an auto show debut and the fevered, hopeful dreams of auto enthusiasts, some kind of childhood-hating shutdown switch gets flicked by faceless bean counters. In honor of the fallen, we take a look at 10 of the best concept cars that only ever got to lay rubber on the auto show floor.

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Time to meet the winners

10 Best Cars of the New York Auto Show

Imagine spending years designing, redesigning, engineering and finally building a car — only to have public opinion weigh in on your baby. No pressure, right? Well, at this year’s New York International Auto Show, plenty of brands did a damn good job. We were tantalized by some of what’s to come: cars that will certainly hit production in some form or another (and thank goodness for that). From track beasts to practical and attractive sedans, we rounded up the cream of the crop, in our humble opinion. Take a look at the 10 best in show.

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Sportier Utility Vehicle

Want This, Get This: BMW X5 M or Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Time for a driveway upgrade? Gear Patrol’s new series, “Want This, Get This”, moves to the automotive space this week, presenting a lust-worthy SUV along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. Read on for the dream car (BMW X5 M) and its reality-based substitute (Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8).

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Making SUVs fun again

BMW Alpina XD3 Bi-Turbo

In the hallowed halls of Gear Patrol, you’ll occasionally hear a whimper, nay, more of a subdued weeping, when we get wind of a car that appeals to our senses that we’ll never be able to get here in the states. The BMW Alpina XD3 Bi-Turbo is an SUV we can get behind (but not behind the wheel of).

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Driving in a Winter Wonderland

Battling the Ghost of Winters Past: 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe

My winter BMW driving history is a sad one, littered with shattered taillights, bent frames and too many loaner cars. After one too many calls to my insurance agent, I finally gave up on the Bayerische Motoren Werke for good, moving on to more sensible Scandinavian cars that understood what winter is all about. Given my less-than-stellar driving past, the prospect of piloting a 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe, in Germany — in winter — both thrilled and mortified me. On the one hand, the opportunity to put the whip to 445 twin-turbocharged horses on the very roads for which they were bred was a once in a lifetime opportunity. But it was December, and my PTSD flared up, with visions of mid-Autobahn donuts making my palms sweat.

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Mash the throttle, hold on and smile

Best Sports Cars at Detroit 2013

As happy as we are to see a smorgasbord of automotive selections at the Detroit Auto Show this year, our pulses raced especially fast for sports cars. But even the definition of a sports car has changed. They don’t always have two doors anymore, and they may never even set tire on a track. But some things never change; what they still can do (at least the good ones) is perform and put a crick in your neck from looking too hard. Here are some of our favorites from NAIAS 2013.

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Gran Daddy

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

When it comes to BMW M cars, it seems there can never be enough horsepower. Clearly, that was the philosophy behind powering the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe. What is arguably BMW’s best looking vehicle gets bumped up to the Motorsport division from whence all good things Bavarian come next year, and the payoff is…

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Get Even

BMW 4-Series Concept

Is BMW making their lineup more confusing or more distinctive? Hard to say. As rumored several years ago, BMW is finally doing away with their 3-Series coupe nomenclature and making their 2-doors consistent with even-numbered badging, a la 6-Series. The all new BMW 4-Series Concept reveals what the coupe version of BMW’s segment-leading, bread-and-butter 3-Series…

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425 lb-ft. Diesel. 'Nuf said.

Behind The Wheel: BMW X5 xDrive35d

The BMW X5 xDrive35d is a mouthful, an earful and a pocketful all at once. Its visually eclectic nomenclature is BMW speak for all-wheel drive and a diesel powertrain. Yes, we said diesel. Get used to it, because the clean-burning fuel is here to stay — providing both efficiency (relative, of course, for something this…

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No espresso needed

CRD BMW R100RT “Ruby Ring”

“Café racer” was originally a derogatory term, identifying a poseur-type of motorcyclist who typically rode from coffee shop to coffee shop without doing any real riding. Luckily, the category has outlived ridicule to become one of the best retro styles around today, as exemplified by the Cafe Racer Dreams BMW R100RT “Ruby Ring”. With the…

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Wunderkind

40 Years of BMW Motorsport

BMW Motorsport is the hand that’s pushed BMW harder and faster for 40 years now. Responsible for BMW’s racing programs, including automobiles and motorcycles, BMW Motorsport GmbH (or BMW M-Technik or just BMW M) has delivered to the world legends like the E30 M3 and the legendary M1 supercar and continues to produce M-badged cars…

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Zagato staccato

BMW Zagato Roadster

A few months ago, we showed you gorgeous photos of the BMW Zagato Coupe formed from the minds at the Italian design house. Well, they’ve pulled off the covers and the roof of the BMW Zagato Roadster for the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach this weekend, and it is stunning — on screen and in…

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C the future now

BMW C evolution e-Scooter

BMW is making waves in the scooter scene, using its extensive knowledge in motorcycle technology with their C 600 Sport and C 650 GT maxi scooters (which will hit showrooms in the fall) and the same lithium-ion battery technology used in the futuristic BMW i8. On the heels of the two remarkable maxi scooters comes…

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Two-wheeled Blitzkrieg

BMW HP4

BMW motorcycles are some of the finest two-wheeled machines made and the new BMW HP4 is testament to that end. Based on the killer S 1000 RR, the HP4 is pure performance. Powered by a 4-cylinder 1000cc engine with a monstrous 193 horsepower output (more than my car, a BMW E46 325Ci). Yeeowch. The HP4…

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Tastier touring

2013 BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon

To a certain automotive set — including us — wagons are hip (and frankly, as good as ever), so news of the 2013 BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon is definitely not to be missed. Besides the impending bonkers M3, this is easily our favorite version of the 3-Series. The enlarged greenhouse actually does more justice to…

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Ossobucco and Sauerkraut, anyone?

BMW Zagato Coupe

Zagato, the Milanese automotive design house, doesn’t really have to uphold its longstanding and stellar reputation for producing some of the most beautiful vehicles this side of oxygenated planets. The BMW Zagato Coupe, recently created for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, one of the most prestigious automobile and motorcycle events around. If you think it’s…

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Bold Three

Behind The Wheel | 2012 BMW 335i

Love it or hate it, the new 2012 BMW 335i (internally, F30) makes a bold statement. A continuation of BMWs design language found in the current 5 and 7 series, especially in the completely reworked front fascia with its exposed kidney grilles and elongated headlamps, the 335i makes no bones about what it’s here to…

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Urban Mario Kart

BMW eSetta Concept

The 1950s BMW Isetta certainly wouldn’t break any land speed records, especially since it looks like a windowed deep freezer on wheels. But no one can question its success as a practical and inexpensive mode of transporation. Designer Tony Weischelbraun has taken this icon and modernized it with his brilliant eSetta concept. Replacing the original…

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Who needs traction control?

2012 BMW Mountain Bike Enduro

Perhaps you already drive a Bimmer and want to add the same brand name to your two-wheeled man-powered vehicle. Your choice would clearly be the 2012 BMW Mountain Bike Enduro. With a fully updated design and material upgrades, the Enduro uses an all-aluminum frame for lightness and rigidity, full Fox suspension and Shimano XT and…

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We've seen the future, and it's topless

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

If Jeff Bridges’ Kevin Flynn was ever searching for the perfect summer ride, it would most certainly be the BMW i8 Concept Spyder, about to debut in New York. Based on the ultra-futuristic BMW i8, the Concept Spyder is driven by the same 131 horsepower electric motor, providing a whole 19 miles of electrical driving…

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Restoration done right

Urban Motor R100RS “Werkstattrenner”

Plenty of amazing vintage vehicles are bludgeoned through restoration. Making them “new again” does not always equate to making them better. The original BMW R100RS, built in the late 1970s, remains a classic bike whose looks will stand the test of time, but we’ve seen our fair share of restoration nightmares on this model to…

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May I have a little more, please?

2013 BMW M6

Not that the previous generation BMW M6 was a slouch, but lately the German automaker has eschewed their naturally-aspirated-only mindset and gone all forced induction on us. The 2013 BMW M6 has been the latest beneficiary of this Bimmer revolution. Boasting a 4.4 liter V8 with 560 hp and 500 lb feet of torque, the…

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5-Alive

2012 Vorsteiner BMW 5-Series V-MS

We think we can all agree that the current BMW 5-Series is both a performance and design upgrade from the last generation. Well, BMW tuner Vorsteiner has taken the German sedan and made it even more spectacular with their 2012 Vorsteiner BMW 5-Series V-MS. All new carbon fiber body panels adorn a standard 5-Series sedan…

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Triumphant Teutonic Triumverate

2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

It’s an answer to a question that nobody asked. The four door luxury sports ‘coupe’, an oxymoron, frankly. But the odd thing is, it works. The Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe spawned it all and showed the world that a car can be rakishly good looking, have a low roofline, four doors and still be utterly desirable….

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Mechanical Synfonica

“What happens if we mix the sound of a classical orchestra with the modern tones of a powerful motorsound? What’s the outcome if we try to use the momentum of a melody and blend it to the deep sound of a V8 or the high tone of a biturbo engine?” These are the questions the…

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3-Series, 6-Deep

In-Depth: 2012 BMW 3-Series

The BMW 3-Series stands as one of the all-time greats. At the top of every automobile magazine’s list of best cars for the past three decades and the performance benchmark by which all other sport sedans are measured, the 3-Series is a modern icon of automobilia. Outdoing the last one is tantamount to making the…

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Mo'-ped

BMW Concept C Motor Scooter

Typically, riding a scooter as a full-fledged male has the ability to take you down a few notches on the coolness scale. Well, BMW hopes to change some of that, as they try to edge in on the ubiquitous scooter market with the introduction of the BMW Concept C motor scooter. Using a high displacement…

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Family Dragster

Edo Competition BMW M5 Dark Edition

The last generation M5 will have its final hurrah in five-door form and under cover of darkness. Edo Competition, the mad German tuner, has just pulled the cover off its BMW M5 Dark Edition. The V10 has been ramped up to 555 horsepower from the original and already ferocious 500 via increased air flow, allowing…

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Frosty Goodness

BMW M3 CRT

There are very few times when it’s not good to be an American. This is one of them. BMW is producing the M3 CRT in limited numbers (67) for markets other than the U.S. Yes, you can cry now. The Frozen Polar Silver painted sedans are designated as Carbon Racing Technology vehicles due to the…

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M-agnificent

2012 BMW M5

Fully into the post-Bangle era, BMW has created what might be the actual perfect BMW. Every proportion of the BMW M5 bleeds with utter German perfection. Gone is the shrill V10 in exchange for a firecracker 4.4 liter twin-scroll twin-turbo V8 overflowing with technology. Power figures? A head-spinning 560 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque,…