From Automotive Dream to Reality: The Concept Cars That Made It to Production Quiz


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The popular image of concept cars is that they're not just leading edge, but bleeding edge: a little too "out there" to be viable, roadable vehicles anytime soon. But the concepts in this quiz show that you can package innovative pizzazz with production-ready practicality.

The 1963 Corvette model that was derived from the 1961 Mako Shark concept was the:

What would eventually become the Corvette Sting Ray had a paint job reportedly inspired by a mako shark that had been caught by the project's chief designer.

The Chevrolet Camaro had a prominent "acting" role in what recent action blockbuster movie?

The original "Bumblebee" Transformer, as true fans know, was a Volkswagen Beetle-like car. But in the live-action Transformers movies, Bumblebee is two different versions of the Chevy Camaro.

The Camaro wasn't the first Detroit muscle machine on the block to receive a "retro" remake in modern times. Which re-styled competitor rolled off the assembly lines before the Camaro?

A "retro" redesigned Ford Mustang beat the Chevy to the punch -- by nearly four years.

The "TT" in the Audi TT's name stands for:

The Tourist Trophy, or "TT" motorcycle race on the British Isle of Man was a frequent source of victories for NSU, the company that eventually come to be known as Audi.

Toyota's iQ is built in a body style popularly known as a:

Microcars are becoming an increasingly popular segment with city dwellers who just need basic, no-fuss transportation.

The Toyota iQ will also be available re-badged as the:

Having the Cygnet in its lineup will help Aston Martin meet tougher European emissions requirements.

The Volkswagen New Beetle was designed by the eventual creators of:

J. Mays and Freeman Thomas both worked on the oval-shaped cars -- the Audi TT and Beetle -- at VW's design center in California.

The New Beetle is widely credited with kicking off the auto industry's trend of:

With the New Beetle, the auto world discovered it was sitting on a gold mine of goodwill toward discontinued models that already had brand awareness.

The Acura NSX was Honda's:

In the early 1980s, Honda decided it wanted to build a "supercar" as good or better than a Ferrari, but also one that was more affordable. The result was the highly acclaimed NSX.

The next incarnation of the Acura NSX will likely be a:

Honda officials have stated the company is hard at work readying a high-performance successor to the NSX that is environmentally friendly, hinting strongly it will be a hybrid.

When the economy turns sour, automakers tend to build concept cars that are:

In tough times, fewer dollars are available to indulge design flights of fancy. Thus, automakers' concept vehicles tend to be more conservative and practical, so that they can more easily be brought into production.

The creator of the concept car concept was:

Harley Earl is widely credited as being the father of the concept car, after having created the 1938 Buick Y-Job.

The Chevrolet Volt production version looks:

Significant drag on the Chevy Volt concept forced designers to do major wind tunnel-tested modifications to the body, among other changes. So the production car looks significantly different from the original concept.

Ford's 1960s LeMans race car, the GT40, inspired what Ford vehicle four decades later?

The Ford GT40 begat the Ford GT -- sort of. While the cars have similar-looking profiles, the GT is a completely different car, mechanically.

The Porsche 918 Spyder, in production form, is expected to cost around:

Reportedly, only 918 of the cars will be produced, and Porsche is aiming to keep the ownership list exclusive with an $845,000 asking price.

The Porsche 918 Spyder has how many powerplants on board?

The Porsche 918 Spyder has a traditional internal combustion engine estimated to deliver 500-horsepower. And if that wasn't enough, it boasts two electric motors that kick in an additional combined 218-horsepower equivalent.

The distinctive shape of the Audi TT could best be described as:

At the time the Audi TT was introduced in 1995, its extreme oval shape made it a stand-out in terms of design.

Public reaction to the Camaro concept car when it debuted in 2006 was:

Reaction was overwhelmingly positive. At the time, Camaro proved to be a rare bright spot for GM, as the car's popularity began to crest even as GM was fighting off severe financial troubles.

One of the most notable things about the Nissan GT-R is that it:

The GT-R performs on the track as well or better than sports cars that cost more than twice as much -- it's a supercar for roughly the price of a high-end luxury automobile.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is expected to get gas mileage close to the equivalent of:

Despite its too-good-to-be-true looks and claimed performance, the 918 Spyder makes the most of its electric motors to keep emissions and fuel consumption down to a laudable 78 miles per gallon (3.016 liters per 100 kilometers).

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