This year’s auto-show season is yielding a wide variety of all-star vehicles no more than a year or two away from production. As well, numerous “dream machines” that stir the imagination (not to mention the soul) and test public opinion are on the turntables. Here’s a rundown of several of the more prominent concepts out there and their chances for evolving from the design studio to your driveway.
Audi R8 V12 TDI
Audi’s mid-engine sports car created much excitement among sports-car fanatics when it arrived late last year. As a follow-up, the company is now showing a 12-cylinder turbo-diesel version, rated at 500 horsepower and an incredible 738 pound-feet of torque. That compares with 420 horses and a 317 pound-feet torque rating on the existing 4.2-liter gas engine. With Audi’s recent racing success building diesel-powered cars, the R8 V12 TDI looks like a certain bet. But how much will it cost?