New cars can be tiring to write about. These concepts are my diversion before the real work begins.
Many concepts these days roll onto the stage with tight-lipped executives - who will say it only points toward a potential future design, etc.
If the exec in question is standing in front of a mono-pod spaceport of some kind, it is easy to trust him. But more than ever before, concept cars are a lightly veiled launch platform for the real-deal production car about 8 months later.
Cynical? Me? Never.
Some concepts have barely a chance in hell of seeing volume production, and these are often my favorites.
Such is the 2006 BMW Mille Miglia Concept, built to evolve and celebrate the race-winning 1937 BMW 328's style.
Updating a car design from 80 years ago - without considering all the awesomeness in between - takes some serious creativity.
Luckily, BMW is chock full of smart ideas.
Enjoy this flashback at the Mille Miglia, a fully-running prototype with a clam-shell canopy and even a racing roll cage. Truly magnificent.