Not a few times have we looked at a vehicle and thought “this looks like the lovechild between an X and a Z”. Some of them rightfully so, for automakers themselves, in their quest to fill in new niches, do indulge in a bit of mix-and-match.
This, however, is merely fantasy land. An endeavor in the “what ifs” that make absolutely no sense at all and, therefore, shall never, ever come to pass. A privateer might think of shoehorning a V10 in the back of an Audi A1, but… Well, Renault did something similar with the mad mid-engined Clio V6, so you can scratch that “never” thing, but you get the idea.
Since this is all happening in a virtual world, Carwow decided to go all crazy in their mashups. Is this a Lambo SUV? Yes, indeed, but not as we know it, nothing to do with the Urus at all. So, let’s see what impossible contraptions they came up with, shall we?
Mercedes-AMG GT 6×6
The two most extreme models currently made by Merc’s AMG division belong to totally different segments.The GT R Coupe is a wild sports car inspired by the GT3 racer and the G63 6×6 is, quite probably, the most capable off-roader on the planet. Cut and shut the former’s supercar-like body to fit on the ultimate G-Wagen and just watch people waiving their cheque books at dealers, no matter the sticker price.
This is another example of mashing up the two ends of the spectrum. The Ariel Atom is as minimal as it gets, lacking even weather protection, and is made just for thrills, whether on a twisty back road or the track. Bugatti’s latest and greatest comes with 1,500 PS and all the tech, leather, carbon, what-have-you in abundance. We guess it’s technically impossible, but the mere thought of the Chiron‘s quad-turbo W16 in an Atom is mesmerizing.
The upcoming Urus’s got nothing on this one. Taking the original Rambo Lambo, the LM002, and mixing it with the Centenario supercar makes for a much bolder statement. Ground clearance, you say? Well, hardly anyone who buys these machines ventures off-road in the first place, do they?
BMW Active CSL Tourer
Can’t say we’re big fans of the 2-Series Active Tourer, not least for the fact that it’s the least BMW-like Bimmer, what with it being a front-wheel drive MPV with, well, rather plain styling. Put the CSL “Batmobile” racer in the mix, though, and things get more interesting, especially with those side-mounted exhaust pipes and huge air intakes.
LaFiat 124 Aperta
In spite of all the hype, the 124 Spider is, apparently, not as good as the Mazda MX-5 on which it is based. No one would ever doubt the LaFerrari’s credentials, though and, what do you know, this also comes as an open-top. We have to say its nose looks great on the ‘Fiata’ and to hell with the faux retro PR BS.
Those nice folks at Ingolstadt might be all sensible 99 percent of the time, but once in a blue moon they do come up with something extraordinary. So, how about replacing those rear seats of the baby A1 with the mighty V10 of the R8 supercar? Oh, and please don’t forget the latter’s rear-biased all-wheel drive so it can really go around corners, will ya?
Tesla Model 350R
It could very well be the best thing since sliced bread (or The Grand Tour), but there’s no way around it: the Model 3’s snout looks bland. We know there’s no reason for it to have air intakes, as the electric motor is at the back, but does it really have to be so boring? Enter the feisty Mustang GT 350R and, suddenly, Tesla’s EV has tons of presence, especially if you add the rest of the aero parts and those rims.
VW Golf Buggy R
The Golf’s underpinnings have served as a basis for a multitude of vehicles in the VW Group ziggurat and lots of buggies have been built using VW parts. A new-age buggy would spice up the brand’s competent, but a bit dull, range, especially with the Golf R’s 300 PS turbo four and AWD. Do we smell an opportunity here to make people stop talking about Dieselgate or what?
Audi Romeo RS74C
Not even Ferdinand Piëch himself, who was hell-bent on acquiring Alfa Romeo on behalf of Audi before leaving the VW Group, wouldn’t imagine something like that. And for good reason: even though we suspect the brand would be better off with the Germans, this mashup of an RS7 and a 4C ends up looking nowhere near as enticing as it sounds.
Land Martin DB-fender
Take two quintessentially British icons, put them in a blender and what comes out is… this. The irony is that Aston Martin is going to launch its first-ever SUV, though it’s not aimed at those who want a true off-roader. Meanwhile, Land Rover is developing the next Defender that will, supposedly, be 21-century modern (the old one was pushing 50…) yet equally capable.
Our personal favorite. Imagine picking the smallest Jeep and finding a way to shoehorn the Hellcat‘s 707 HP supercharged V8 into its compact body. Then slam it down to the ground, so the little Renegade doesn’t do a wheelie when you mash the right pedal, fit huge wheels/tires/brakes and make sure there are many intakes so the engine can breathe. Now, would someone please make this thing happen already?