What If Supercars and Sportscar Were Made in Base-Spec Editions?

I’m sure this is one of many questions that has gone through your mind when seeing sports- and super-cars; what would they look like in stinky-cheap base trims?

In a follow up to his no-frills Skoda Fabia entry-level edition, Hungarian digital artist X-Tomi assembled 15 performance models and gave them a base-model treatment with unpainted bumpers and side skirts, and steel wheels with no hubcaps.

We can just imagine the smiles on the faces of 1980s German carmaker executives upon viewing these renders, though, in all fairness, you don’t have to travel so far back in time to find an actual equivalent; Toyota launched a stripped down version of its Japanese market 86 (Scion FR-S) coupe just two years ago.

Renders courtesy of X-Tomi

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  • Thomas Maynard

    That Lambo is a real looker in my book.

  • Glasfunk

    I think there’s a stripped-down version of the 86 available to those who patently have no intention of leaving the car stock, but yeah these are damn cool.

  • That Ross Chap

    These are so stupid and pointless renders – they’re just making good cars look bad

    • JJ

      You are the one making yourself look bad. The renders are funny.

  • kolotripidi

    911 looks the same, LaF and 918 cant look cheap no matter what

  • europeon

    John, I don’t know if the crap articles with “renders” and other oddities from this guy (and the others, to be fair), are getting you a lot of visits, or you’re doing it just to annoy us, but please stop. I agree there are some concepts that worth showing to the world, but they are very rare, not everything that a kid (or someone who lacks basic understanding of how cars work) does. IMO – one who takes CS as a very serious site, with the occasional offbeat section as a welcomed break – this kind of articles just make the site look as bad as the “renderings”… Anyway, that’s my 2c.

    • JohnCarscoop

      Euro – it’s just a fun piece, nothing more, nothing less. The pics were never meant to be taken seriously (with the exception of Toyota ;-).

    • ChrisInIL

      Regardless of what feelings any conceptual rendering may evoke, I find it refreshing when anyone challenges the norm. That is the first step toward pushing the boundaries of automotive (or any type of) design. In my opinion, sweeping all of these renderings aside for the sake of “seriousness” would do a disservice to CarScoops readers, designers, and the automotive form.

  • Kash

    what if all base model renderings didn’t use steel plate rims? come on, almost all major automakers have ditched steel rims and are just using 15-17″ alloys. give them some credit.

  • An Existing Person

    The Camaro already comes like ke that..

  • MarketAndChurch

    You know… as ungainly as that 4-series and Audi TT looks, I’d take one if because of it’s base-edition price, it can be had for $25,000 USD flat(do either even offer cloth seats?). I’d also pocket up 15,000 for either the Camaro or Mustang too.

    I sort of think it goes to show how much of the price of a car is entirely brand perception, product experience, and perceived quality. Our values cost money and there is a market for design, and its funny to see how much of the engineering is built around these design touches. Could Audi build a quality TT and sell it for $20,000… I’m quite sure they could, but the sacrifices necessary to build such a car would no longer make it an Audi, let alone a luxury performance car.

  • anonymous

    That F-Type looks hilarious.

    I’d take the 4C though.

  • Jake

    Obviously most of these are just a bit on the absurd side, but I think the rest actually look pretty good. I especially like the 4C.

  • nonce

    I think the BMW looks kinda sexy

  • Fun, on some cars doesn’t change much

  • Designerdrew

    Unlike some of the comments below, I DO think that renderings of this ilk are thought provoking and indeed wholly relevant to a car based website. The road rage incidents and occasional plane crashes I would say are not relevant and err on tabloid-style sensationalism. These images in my opinion, show that no matter how much you strip down most of these cars to their basics, they are still beautifully designed and crafted vehicles. The colour matched ‘bumpers’ that have proliferated in the last two decades are merely a trend ( albeit one of surprising longevity ) and to my mind totally impractical. I remember the late 70s/early 80s when black plastic bumpers and lower body parts were desirable and considered ‘sporty’. I found this article interesting, many thanks.

  • Julien Lachemoi

    Not for supercars, but the idea is BRILLIANT.

  • 3rdworldjunkie

    Lexus RC looks very realistic

  • 12333444333

    Why would anyone waste their time doing this… I have never wondered nor do I care.

  • benT

    now describe the technical specifications!
    basic flat four air cooled 85 hp Porch? with recliner rocking chair front seat. 2nd seat optional.
    de-tuned, Ducati V-two (680) Audi R2? (diesel), manual 4 speed wide ratio gearbox.

  • Garrett Spicer

    The Miata actually doesnt look that bad.

  • enochgabriel

    am i the only one here who has fetish over these kind of cars?

    • benT

      seems so.

  • geoquip

    There is/was an actual Mitsu Evo RS available base just like those renderings. Also I have seen past catalogs with base S-Class E-Class for taxis etc.

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