As buyers are increasingly discovering, small cars needn’t skimp on the luxury. Sometimes the performance, too. But how far is too far when it comes to downscaling high-end automobiles?
This time we’re looking at the improbable prospect of tiny hatchbacks from the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Bentley, and Lincoln. They appear to be based on the Fiat 500 and Peugeot 208, but with design cues overlaid commensurate with their respective brands to make them look more upscale.
Now we should be very clear here in stating that we don’t expect any of these to ever see the light of day, for better or worse. (Especially not the Ferrari and the McLaren.) But the ideas wouldn’t be completely without precedent.
It’s essentially the same approach, after all, that Aston Martin took with the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet. That proved a singularly lamentable initiative, but there have been others that have come close. BMW Group sister-brands Mini and Rolls-Royce once teamed up on a special-edition hatchback, and Fiat/Abarth has done special Cinquecentos in tribute to both Maserati and Ferrari.
Does any of that make these concepts any more probable? We certainly hope not. Because while we can grow to love the high-end crossovers many of these brands have done (or are soon to do), these strike us as several steps too far. But it’s a fun exercise to observe, all the same.