2009 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

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While an open-top Veyron will instantly appeal to some, the thought of removing a chunk of aerodynamically essential material from the roofline will have many others questioning their sanity. Have no fear, however, as Bugatti has developed the roof so that there will be no draft inside. Even with its top speed limited to just 217, this will be one of the fastest open top cars around.

We’ll get you more details as they become available, but for now, get thee to Pebble if this is the the car you’ve been waiting for. And bring more than $2,250,000 the expected starting price. Bugatti is planning to build just 80 of these Grand Sports.

BMW GINA Light Visionary Model

BMW recently revealed the GINA light visionary model concept car, an innovative new exploration in car design. instead of the traditional steel and plastic body shell, the GINA concept uses a textile fabric starches over a wire frame. this unique idea allows the car’s skin to change shape, stretching to match the position and curve of the wire frame. this idea is demonstrated in the ‘blinking’ headlights and the flexibility of the car doors as they open. The project began by questioning the purpose of a car’s body and exploring new possibilities. chris bangle, director of design for BMW, discuses the project in the video above. The car is currently on show at the BMW museum in munich, germany.

Bentley S3 E design concept

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There’s badass, there’s relentlessly badass, and then there’s this. This is what happens when you dream up an idea that combines a vintage Bentley S3’s coachwork and chassis with a 300-horsepower BMW 4.4L V8, a ZF 5-speed auto, a custom dual exhaust, and a deluxe interior with all the modern amenities. Tweak the look to give it the feel of a late-model Bentley, add 20-inch forged wheels, slam it to the ground and you have Arturo Alonso’s Bentley S3 E design concept. Word is, Alonso and his team at Bentley Boys USA will build three of the cars over 8-month intervals to sell at $150K a pop.

Project Fireblade by Idries Noah

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Inspired by classic muscle-cars and GTs of the past like the Corvette Stingray, Gillet Vertigo and Shelby Daytona, independent designer Idries Noah created the Fireblade Concept. Idries penned the vehicle to accommodate a 6.1-liter Supercharged V8 engine (apparently from the Corvette ZR1) that powers the rear wheels. Notably, just like the Corvette ZR1, the Fireblade Concept features a glass window panel on the bonnet, allowing us to see the V8 unit.

Audi Clubsport Quattro

Audi will introduce a topless design study of the new Audi TT this weekend in Austria dubbed Audi Clubsport Quattro.

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Apparently the Audi designers took some pointers from the radical KTM X-Bow in terms of open driving. The windshield is nearly as whimsical as the one from the X-Bow.

The new Audi design language is awesome and the best in my opinion in the German auto industry. The Clubsport is an extreme variant that might never be available in series. But then there is KTM, which has already sold out the first batch of X-Bows.

The Audi Clubsport is all about reduction. The speedster style car has for instance no door handles and opens only with the remote control. A 300hp engine is the heart of this audi TT.

Audi uses the largest VW GTI gathering that takes place in Austria every year to show the Clubsport.

German Auto Bild has published 39 photos and three videos of the Audi Clubsport Quattro. The videos are impressive as the show that this dramatic car actually exists.

The KTM X-Bow

Austrian motorcycle company KTM revealed photos of their upcoming first car – the X-Bow.

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The first KTM car is not very distant from a motorcycle, but has four wheels and two seats. We have seen the Volkswagen GX3, Carver One or the BMW Clever, which follow a three-wheeler concept.

The KTM X-Bow features a carbon monocoque and has no doors or a roof. With 220 or 300PS motor options this is a rocket on wheels. The price for the X-Bow is supposed to be 40,000 Euros (~$52,000). KTM will introduce the X-Bow at the Geneva motor show in March 2007. The first cars are supposed to ship end of 2007. More details on ORF (German). See also the KTM site.