Lexus Kaze Self Driving Study Is From A Future We Want To Believe In

Even though fully-autonomous and AI-powered cars might seem scary to some people, the world’s top engineers will most likely figure out a way to bring them about in a safe and efficient manner.

This means that the day will come when conventional cars won’t need to look all that “conventional” anymore, which will open up whole new possibilities in terms of exterior and interior design. And so, a Lexus Kaze-like vehicle could easily come to pass.

The Kaze was drawn up by designer Gabriel Hantig, who imagined an autonomous sporty two-seater with a driver-focused interior, adaptive seats, AR (augmented reality) tech, OLED lights, lightweight wheels, active aero wings, a KERS system and a carbon fiber body construction.

We even have a whole bunch of technical specs for it, the type of specs that don’t usually come with non-official design studies such as this one.

With a wheelbase of 2,897 mm (114 in), the Kaze also measures 4,566 mm (179.7 in) in length, 1,200 mm (47.2 in) in height and 2,040 mm (80.3 in) in width. It’s powered by an 800 HP hybrid power train (V8 petrol plus electric motor), has rear-wheel drive, weighs just 1,060 kg (2,337 lbs) and would presumably cost around $600,000.

In a nutshell, it would have more power than a Pagani Huayra, in a package that weighs less than a LaFerrari.

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    Looks good

  • Nordschleife

    Minority Report 2.0. It looks fantastic.

  • ace_9

    Autonomous and sporty. That really goes together… not that anybody seems to notice.

    • Toronado_II

      Exactly ! Who cares if you don’t drive ?

  • Autoexperte

    not bad

  • Zandit75

    Love the wheel design. The way the individual pods open up for the driver and passenger to get looks looks familiar, but I can remember where. Would be more useless than Tesla Falcon doors.

  • Zed68

    Sporty drivers… what they truly want is autonomous cars… NOT.

    • LeStori

      Your AI might enjoy driving… but you won’t.

  • MultiKdizzle

    It gives me hope for the coming decades that there is still so many unexplored designs themes out there.

  • NoSnarkHere

    Those head rests.

    Someone should produce a roadster with that Art Deco interior.

  • LeStori

    Once we have autonomous cars, they will become home away from home. An aerodynamic shape is only good if you are travelling at high speed. For most people it would be bettter if the vehicle was box shape with the comforts of home inside.

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