Acura moves to resurrect its performance sub-brand with new Type S Concept

The Acura Type S Concept's tidy backside, with forged carbon accents

Acura will be hitting The Quail this weekend with a concept designed to re-ignite some of the brand's performance sedan credentials. The snazzy Type S Concept paves the way for an upcoming souped-up TLS Type S.

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Lexus GXOR Concept brings deep luxury to the deep off-road

Journeying through the known and unknown with the Lexus GXOR Concept

The Lexus GX isn't the first vehicle you think of when "off-road" or "overlanding" come to mind, but as a gussied up Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with full-time four-wheel drive, body-on-frame construction and Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, it has no need to be shy in the dirt. Add to that all the cabin comfort of a true Lexus, and you have a vehicle that's comfortable for the long haul, whether driving on-road, off-road or on an overland trip involving both. The new GXOR Concept builds on that intrinsic capability to get the GX ready for all-out cross-continental journeys.

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Bentley loads electric GT concept with weird sustainable materials and next-gen tech

Bentley blends throwback design cues with futuristic concept car styling in its EXP 100 GT concept

Bentley celebrates its 100th birthday in grand fashion today, but instead of looking back it's taking a look at what ultra-luxury will mean in the year 2035 – and gettin' kind of weird with it. Much more than just a simple A-to-B shuttle, the autonomous electric EXP 100 GT concept creates experiences to be reveled in, captured, remembered and relived. It combines next-generation artificial intelligence with a 435-mile (700-km) electric drive and rare premium materials like 5,000-year-old copper-infused river wood and organic artificial leather sourced from wineries.

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BMW drops a pickup bed on an X7 to make it a motorcycle hauler

The one-off BMW X7 Pick-up ready for action

What's better than a pickup truck – or even Jeep Gladiator – loaded with motorcycles? A mystical BMW pickup truck with a BMW adventure bike strapped atop its teak-lined bed. It's not the BMW pickup truck teaser that some fans might like, but it's a cool little X7 pickup project, nonetheless.

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Forget the I.D. Buzz, Volkswagen's loaded an all-electric 1962 Splitty with next-gen tech

The Type 20 gets a vibrant look to match its futuristic tech package

The naming of a new Volkswagen Silicon Valley research center that's really a 20-year-old Volkswagen research center? Huge yawn. A Halloween-colored, 11-window 1962 Type 2 bus with weird organic styling, pure-electric powertrain, facial recognition and holographic infotainment? We're wide awake, eyes and ears open. It's no wonder VW spliced the two announcements together, previewing innovations yet to come from its reinvented innovations facility with a one-of-a-kind electrified Microbus.

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BMW concept shows heart-pounding performance will remain relevant in the self-driving future

BMW looks at the future of enthusiast driving with the Vision M Next

Automakers around the world have spent much time looking at futuristic cars that will drive themselves. BMW takes a sharp right turn away from this trend with the all-new Vision M Next concept, exploring what the future of cars will look like for enthusiasts who want to continue wrapping their leather-clad fingers around the steering wheel. The car's suite of next-generation technologies isn't there to take over driving, but to connect driver and vehicle toward voraciously devouring the pavement ahead.

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Skoda students turn SUV into rugged one-off Mountiaq pickup truck

The concept's name, Mountiaq, is meant to convey a spirit of adventure and off-road capability

Students at the Skoda Vocational School (SVS) have finished their training year with a bang. The Skoda Mountiaq concept pickup truck was eight months in the making and morphs a Kodiaq SUV into a monstrous-looking truck in brilliant Sunset Orange paint.

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Porsche shows off a prototype single-seat hillclimb racer it'll never produce

The 2015 Boxster 981 Bergspyder, a prototype that Porsche won't be putting into production

Porsche has peeled back the prototype curtain, giving us a glimpse of an ultra-lightweight, single-seat speed machine that'll never reach production. Named for a historical hillclimb racer, the 981 Bergspyder has no door handles, roof, windscreen or passenger seat.

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