From the guys at TFLtruck: the Dodge M80 Concept

When Chrysler Group Designer John Opfer sketched out the Dodge M80 Concept, he was thinking about “stylish, low-cost four-wheel drive” vehicles. That’s exactly what the Dodge M80 Concept was, and so much more. Based on a modified and shortened Dodge Dakota platform, the Dodge M80 Concept had hints from vehicles like the 1949 Dodge TC and ’41 Dodge WC.

Should Ram build a compact pickup truck, similar to the M80?

It utilized much of the running gear from a Jeep Liberty including the 210 horsepower V6 that made 235 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed manual and standard (for the Liberty) 4-hi/4-lo transfer case were part of the package too. All of the body panels, bed and interior were unique to the vehicle, but a majority of the switchgear was shared with its brethren.

The interior was extremely flexible with some cargo space behind the seats and the rear glass flipped up, giving the short bed a little extra space for long objects (surfboards?). The passenger seat folds flat and a stainless steel cupholder is embedded on the back of the passenger’s seat too.

Sadly, Dodge never produced the little truck, although it is said that there was quite a debate and the M80 was nearly given the green light.

The reason we wanted to look at this truck concept this week is because of one of its spiritual successors, the Jeep Scrambler. Like the M80, the Jeep Scrambler pickup truck is super utilitarian and built for off-road adventures. We just found out that the Jeep Scrambler may be hitting the road with (possibly) higher towing ability that most of us expected.

Click (here) for that story.

While many of us love the design of the Dodge M80 Concept pickup truck, it’s doubtful that Ram would every build anything like it. Consumers have lost their taste for two-passenger trucks and, while the mid-size market is back on the rise, why build a competitor to the upcoming Jeep Scrambler?

What do you think?

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Here are all the clips we could find of the Beautiful, Electric Infiniti Prototype 9

Out of all the fun one-offs produced for Pebble Beach, this Infiniti Prototype 9 may be one of the most striking. Built to resemble a pre WWII racer while being powered by a high-tech electric powertrain, the Infiniti Prototype 9 represents everything beautiful design can bring out of an automobile. It is a rolling sculpture with amazing details on a shape that appears simple at first.

Here’s Infiniti’s take: Nissan Motor Corporation and premium automotive brand INFINITI have unveiled a sleek, open-wheeled electric retro roadster prototype at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The car, called Prototype 9, is a celebration of Nissan Motor and INFINITI’s ingenuity, artistry and craftsmanship. It represents a reimagining of a 1940s race car with time-honored production techniques employed to realize its retro design.

“Prototype 9 celebrates the tradition of ingenuity, craftsmanship and passion of our forebears at Nissan Motor Corporation, on whose shoulders we stand today. It started as a discussion: What if INFINITI had created a race car in the 1940s? If one were to imagine an open-wheeled INFINITI racer on the famous circuits of the era, such as Japan’s Tamagawa Speedway, what would that look like? The sketches were stunning and the idea so compelling that we had to produce a prototype. As other departments became aware of this, they volunteered their time to create a working vehicle.”

 

 

Here’s the info on the Jaguar i-Pace Directly from Jaguar

I‑PACE CONCEPT

Introducing the I‑PACE Concept, a preview of the first all‑electric Jaguar car. Previewing the production version arriving in the second half of 2018, the I‑PACE Concept is the ultimate electric performance SUV.

The I‑PACE Concept is designed to bring thrilling Jaguar performance to electric vehicles. The I-PACE Concept previews a future production Jaguar model that will be available from the second half of 2018, which will be our first electric vehicle and will deliver 516lb-ft of instant torque, 400 HP and 0‑60 mph3 in around 4 seconds.* Next‑generation technology and future‑facing design combine to deliver a zero‑vehicle‑emissions driving experience that remains unmistakably Jaguar.

BOLD EXTERIOR

With dramatic proportions enabled by electric technology, the I‑PACE Concept evolves Jaguar distinctive design DNA into a new era.

AVAILABLE FROM SECOND HALF OF 2018

Want to be among the first to own the I‑PACE when it becomes available in the second half of 2018? Let us know and we’ll put you in touch with your nearest retailer.

I-PACE CONCEPT: THE DETAILS

RANGE

The I-PACE Concept can offer a range greater than 220 miles on a single charge.*

PERFORMANCE

Its instant torque, all-wheel-drive capabilities and aerodynamic design enable the I-PACE Concept to achieve sports car acceleration, reaching 60 mph3 in around 4 seconds.*

BATTERY

The range of the I‑PACE Concept is enabled through its high‑tech, lithium‑ion battery which has a capacity of 90 kWh.

POWER

With 516lb-ft of instant torque available, the I‑PACE Concept has two electric motors that together produce 400 HP of power.

DIMENSIONS

5 full seats
Rear cargo area: 18 cubic feet
Front luggage compartment: 1.2 cubic feet
Footprint: 184 inches long x 61.4 inches high x 74.4 inches wide

CHARGING

I‑PACE Concept can achieve 80% charge in 90 minutes with a 50kW DC rapid charger.

*All pricing and figures for acceleration, power, speed, range and charging are Manufacturer’s estimates based on best information available at time of publication. Jaguar I-PACE production vehicles will be tested and certified prior to release, with official figures available prior to any customer delivery.

The I‑PACE Concept is more than a concept. It’s a preview of our first production battery‑powered car, launching our commitment to create electric vehicles that are also truly exciting driver’s cars. As well as investing in being at the cutting edge of zero‑vehicle‑emissions technology, we’re helping drivers understand more about electric cars.

ALL-NEW RULES

The I-PACE Concept has been designed and engineered to take advantage of the new opportunities electric cars create. Everything has been designed for pure excitement, from the proportions of its innovative aluminum architecture to its dynamic handling and everyday practicality.

PERFORMANCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The I-PACE Concept has been conceived for pure driver enjoyment, demonstrated as much by its thrilling acceleration as by its intuitive technology.

SPACIOUS INTERIOR

Inside, the I-PACE Concept is as spacious as it is sporty. Without an internal combustion engine to accommodate, the interior is exceptionally spacious with five full seats and luxurious rear passenger legroom. Everyone experiences the unmistakable flair for Jaguar design and impeccable craftsmanship.

RACE TO INNOVATE

Jaguar is committed to making the most desirable electric performance cars. That’s why we’ve entered the FIA Formula E Championship, the first all-electric international racing series. Racing in Formula E gives us the perfect test bed for pushing the boundaries of electric technology on the road.

I-PACE CONCEPT: FROM RACE TO ROAD

Stunning design and breathtaking performance. Explore how the learnings from our experiences in Formula E are transferred to the all-electric I-PACE Concept road car.

All illustrations, photographs and specifications shown here are based on the Jaguar I-PACE concept vehicle. Final U.S. specifications, design, equipment, and accessories have not been determined. Therefore, U.S. production vehicles will differ from the one shown.

All pricing and figures for acceleration, power, speed, range and charging are Manufacturer’s estimates based on best information available at time of publication. Jaguar I-PACE production vehicles will be tested and certified prior to release, with official figures available prior to any customer delivery.

Finally: An Über Badass BMW X5

 

Have you ever seen an E70 BMW X5 look this cool? Thanks to designer, Kasim Tlibekov, we have this macho BMW X5 to drool over. While you may not look to BMW for serious off-road vehicles; remember: BMW AG built several of the top performing (and winning) vehicles for the Dakar rally.

Now, if it had a X5M powerplant, we’d be talking turkey!