The future of automobiles is looking bright with the use of futuristic technology. Automobile companies have been ever evolving with the change in technology to provide their customers with something to marvel at. Although the design is cool, the interior is more important than ever.
Car companies that have come out in the recent years have tenfold compared to the last decade which has brought a lot of design and aesthetics to the car industry in this section we are discussing 15 futuristic car models that we you didn’t know exist
1. Maybach Landaulet ($1.3Million)
Maybach carries the Landaulet as its flagship luxury sports car, designed to compete with models such as Bugatti Veyron. It features a 6.5-liter V-12 engine and a five-speed transmission and has 620 horsepower. A rear-wheel drive system, anti-lock brakes, and driveline traction control are also included for safety. On the outside, the 20″ silver aluminum wheels reflect the light just right and its diamond finish sets off the paint of the car wonderfully.
Since Maybach only made this car in 2012, there are currently no plans to reproduce the model anytime soon. As a car on the less expensive side of this list, it’s one of the more affordable cars you can buy, but it isn’t within reach for most.
2. Mobility Ventures MV-1
Although it may not be the most exciting vehicle on the list, the MV-1 van is one of the most versatile. The Miami, Florida based company was established in 2011, with production lasting just two years before being acquired by AM General a year later.
After the MV-1 was completed in 2014 at its Mishawaka, Indiana plant, it would be used not only as a special vehicle for the handicapped, but as a yellow taxicab in New York City. It was the first purpose-built taxicab since the Checker Marathon.
The standard MV-1 SE starts at just $39,800.
3. Zenvo ST1
Zenvo has had a fascinating history, including the ST1, a vehicle that debuts with 1,104 horsepower and 1,054 lb-ft of torque. However, the ST1 took an interesting turn when Top Gear tested it.
Despite mechanical problems, the car was unable to pass a Ford Focus ST on the show’s test track. Of course, Zenvo released a rebuttal to the Top Gear disaster, stating that the Stig took it out in severe weather conditions.
Furthermore, it noted that it reached unofficially 189 mph, which was the maximum speed measured on the straight at that time. The company also mentioned that Top Gear ignored the fact that the ST1 went zero-to-60 in just 2.69 seconds on a wet tarmac.
Now that it has introduced the TS1, the company is looking to put the past behind it and the car has been reengineered with aerodynamics in mind in order to reduce weight, lower the center of gravity and increase downforce.
Among the most significant changes is the introduction of a new engine: a 5.9-liter V8 with two superchargers. Zenvo never revealed the powertrain’s specs, but we’re sure it will be more powerful than the ST1.
Just 15 units of the TS1 will be produced like the previous model.
4. Rimac Concept_One
The Rimac Concept_S and Concept_One have made their official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and we cannot help but admire what’s going on underneath the gorgeous sheetmetal.
In addition to supercars, the Croatian company also works with batteries, so it’s not a surprise that its latest offerings are electric automobiles. According to the company, what it has shown off is the production version of the car, while the Concept S is more powerful and aerodynamic.
Rimac says Concept_One can return a range of 205 miles on 8,450 lithium-ion cells. Its total curb weight is 4,080 lbs, which isn’t as light as it appears since it is all electric with four motors and four transmissions.
Furthermore, the Concept S is bigger and heavier than the Concept_One yet has 1,365 horsepower and 1,328 lb-ft of torque.
5. Chevrolet Montana
Chevy has long been known for rock-solid trucks, but the Montana is a front-wheel drive compact utility vehicle unlike anything you’ve used to see from Chevy. It’s a product of Chevrolet do Brasil, which got its start with Opel’s Corsa.
Montanas were built targeting the market for inexpensive work vehicles but they also enjoyed popularity in other countries, including South Africa and Mexico, where they were marketed as the Ute and Tornado, respectively.
Although it was available as either a diesel or gasoline engine, the Montana came with front-wheel drive and carried a weight capacity of about 1600 pounds.
6. Monteverdi Safari
Monteverdi Safari, which was built from 1977 to 1982 by the Swiss company that specialized in luxury grand tourers, is even more obscure than the Scout after decades out of production.
Monteverdi’s most famous SUV was named the High Speed 375. But unlike today, luxury SUVs were uncommon in Europe. The company used the Scout’s chassis and most of the running gear under an aggressive body designed by the Italian firm Fissore.
There was a 440 Chrysler V-8 option. Rare, expensive, and terribly thirsty, it was certainly not a match for the Range Rover. These are now possible to import from Europe, along with the Sahara (which lacked the custom body).
7. Lada Niva
It’s hard to think that a vehicle like the Lada Niva would come from a place as unlikely as Russia. But its vast terrain, primitive roads, and love of simple and rugged vehicles were exactly where the Niva came from.
Imagine it something like a 1970s Subaru Crosstrek with a four-wheel-drive system and a transfer case, just like in a Jeep Wrangler. It has a live axle and a transfer case with low and high range.
As a result of the Niva’s more civilized design than the tractor-like competition at the time, it is affordable for the people in rural areas. In fact, the trucklet was sold all the way through the ’80s and ’90s in Canada.
If you’re lucky, you can import one into the United States without having to cross the ocean. But a limited dealer network and (undeserved) reputation as a disposable car make it unlikely that many of the original Nivas from Canada survive.
This Niva has been produced in Russia for over 70 years, as you can see from the picture above sporting awkwardly large, modern wheels. It is one of the longest-running models in history.
8. Pagani Zonda Cinque ($1.4 Million)
Pagani created the Zonda Cinque to satisfy the needs of a Hong Kong dealership that sells their vehicles. Although it is for last on the list, the Zonda Cinque has no chance of finishing last in whatever category it’s placed in.
Its name was inspired by the needs of five wealthy individuals. This is why Pagani designed the Cinque as the first road-legal car to be made out of carbon-titanium and with a six-gear sequential transmission for greater durability and performance.
The Cinque’s engine delivers 678 CV and it can convert 0-100 km in 3.4 seconds. It accelerates from 0-200 km in 9.6 seconds. Five individuals requested the Cinque be produced, so there are currently five of them.