Infiniti Q80 Inspiration

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We gave you a little preview of Infiniti's entrance into the premium sedan category and this week they've given the world a complete look at the car and one thing's for sure, they're not entering the category quietly.

Long, muscular, and curvy, the Q80 Inspiration has an incredible presence that should have Germany (and Lexus) a little worried. The car is powered by a new, turbocharged V6 and a hybrid electric powertrain that produces 550hp. Bleeding edge technology will also be a big focus with an exploration into autonomous driving technology that is more about enhancing the driving experience rather than getting into the realm of self-driving cars.

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Volkswagen XL Sport Concept

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The Volkswagen XL was and is unlike anything the company has ever built before and now they've gone one, no two steps further with one of their wildest concepts to date, the XL Sport Concept. What makes it so interesting is that they've swapped out the 1-Liter diesel hybrid for a Ducati V-Twin engine, yes, you heard that right, a full-on Ducati superbike engine from an 1199.

Capable of revving to 11,000 rpm, the Superleggera V-Twin will launch the XL Sport from 0-62 in 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 169 mph. The design also gets a more aggressive update with the bolder fenders, larger wheels, a rear lighting element to highlight the width of the car, and a set of air intakes and outlets to help cool the drive unit. No word on production possiblities, but if the XL1 can make it into production, an XL Sport hitting showrooms shouldn't be out of the question.

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Toyota FT-1 Graphite

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The car that grabbed everyone's attention the first time around is updated with a new graphite colorway and a luxurious interior update inspired by superhero fabrics, but all we want to know is when the hell are they going to build it.

The new version of the FT-1 refines the idea of the concept with a larger focus on luxury with its natural leather interior that takes its inspiration from high-end leather bags forgoing the usual stitched edges with painted ones. Like the red FT-1 concept the graphite car will make its way to Gran Turismo 6 on the Playstation and Toyota's CALTY design team also created an ultra high-performance version called the "Vision GT" which you can view in video form after the jump.

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ICON Previews the All-Electric Helios

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As much as we love Jonathan Ward's beautifully modified vintage Land Cruisers, his next project should prove to be one of his finest creations yet. Ward is in the early stages of creating an all-electric, Art Deco-inspired masterpiece called the Helios. Continuing their tradition of marrying vintage design with the latest and greatest the industry has to offer, they hope to utilize Tesla's upcoming Model X platform, complete with the 380 miles of range and AWD to be at the core of the Helios design.

Currently Ward is hoping to get some one on one time with Elon Musk to talk about his plans and we're hoping that all gets squared away soon because the world could use a car like this, not just one that makes a Lamborghini Aventador look pedestrian, but one that will hopefully spark a design renaissance in the automotive industry.

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Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo

The latest marque to contribute a car to the Vision Gran Turismo celebration is none other than Aston Martin who have unveiled their new digital hypercar, the DP-100. Created by the Aston Martin Design Team, the twin-turbo is a bit of fresh departure from what you usually expect from the folks in Gaydon.

Now we all have lusted after the ultra-rare One-77 supercar, but it's not the most extreme example of what the ultimate Aston Martin could be. That's where the DP-100 comes in, the car is mid-engined monster pushing out 800 horsepower and boasts conceptual features such as vented wheel arches that reduce drag and increase downforce while "Active Wheel BladeS" open and close to lower wheel drag. The car will be available for download in Gran Turismo 6 after its worldwide debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

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Forget Geneva or Detroit, Gran Turismo has become the epicenter for the latest and greatest concepts that aren't just eye candy for the masses, but concepts you can actually drive...digitally, of course.

The latest contribution to the Vision Gran Turismo series is a wild concept from Nissan called Concept 2020. Conceived by a team from the company's European design division, the 2020 made such an impact that Nissan's Technical Centre took notice and provided input on the creation. Only time will tell if this is the face of the new GT-R, but with all the excitement from Nissan Japan we can only assume it definitely is a big hint of what's to come. See the car in motion after the jump and drive it yourself when it's available in Gran Turismo 6 next month.

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Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo

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Sony's Gran Turismo has become an incredible showcase for concepts, digitally you can do anything you want and carmakers like Mercedes Benz and BMW have taken full advantage of this. The latest concept comes from Volkswagen with their GTI Roadster, a two-seat open-top that is powered by a 3L twin-turbo V6 that puts out 503 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. All that powered is mated to a seven-speed DSG that is accompnied with a 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. As for speed? The roadster can hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 192 mph.

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Google's Self Driving Car

The self-driving car has been a holy grail for many companies and Google is hoping to finally be the one that gets it right. The company has revealed a prototype with no steering wheel or pedals, you let the car do 100% of the work. Check out the video above to see Google's driver-less prototype in action.

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MINI Superleggera Vision

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We're pretty sure the world wouldn't miss the current Mini Roaster if it was replaced with their new Mini Superleggera Vision. The curvaceous and compact roadster was developed with the help of Touring Superleggera, a Milan-based coachbuilder. The design teams have achieved a look that's contemporary while taking it back to the classic coachbuilding aesthetic with its hand-shaped body that is complemented by an interior swathed in leather and raw aluminum creating a cabin that's austere and luxurious. If only we could convince BMW and Touring Superleggera to redesign the entire line...

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Audi A3 Clubsport Concept

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What's blue, has four wheels, and has a grille large enough to swallow a Mercedes CLA45 AMG? Audi's new A3 Clubsport Concept. Their new compact sedan amplifies the current S3 with a massive 525 hp output from the car's unique five-cylinder TFSI engine. That sort of power will help you achieve supercar-level 0-60 times of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 192 mph.

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