From time to time, shows illustrators how future models are likely to look. We already did that in 1991. The fact that reality sometimes turns out differently is proven by these 30-year-old visions of the future.
What could be more fun than already visualizing what not yet unveiled future cars will look like? recently did this, for example, with the Kia Sportage, the Toyota Aygo and the Skoda Fabia. Often they are pretty good in the direction, it turns out at the actual disclosure. Yet sometimes it turns out differently, but usually only on a detailed level. In 9 from 1991, our illustrator at the time went on slightly smoother ice, drawing cars that were secretly not necessarily certain that they would actually come. You guessed it, in the years that followed it turned out not to be entirely surprising.
What about this ‘Audi 80 Roadster’. Exactly 30 years ago, we expected that in addition to a conventional convertible version of the Audi 80, there would also be another two-seater on a shortened basis. It could look roughly like this, we thought. Incidentally, expectations regarding the technology were a lot more specific; the car would only get front-wheel drive and the then 2.0 16V, which was also available in the 80, would provide the Roadster with its powers. The 80 Cabriolet did arrive, the Roadster did not. The TT, which only appeared in 1998, is at best a little closer to it. However, it was on a different basis, had a different engine and was also available with four-wheel drive.
Just below the ’80 Roadster ‘was this two-seater from Honda. That made us a lot warmer. It was a preview of a two-seater prototype ‘based on the CRX’ that had already been spotted. The sketch was quite far from it, but in the end that car did come! That, of course, was the CRX Del Sol. Still a slightly more extravagantly drawn car than the sketch above. In terms of lines, the illustration is almost more reminiscent of the S2000, which was unveiled a little later.
In 1991 it was known that the now very old Alfa Romeo Spider would not last long. That is why it was a logical expectation that Alfa Romeo would give it a modern follow-up. The new Spider might look like this, we thought in 1991. Fair is fair; it is not surprising. We were right that he would take a completely different approach to the appearance than the old Spider. We just could not have imagined that the GTV and Spider that appeared in 1995 would be so different. What we did get right was that the car shared a lot of technology with the ’75 successor ‘, which eventually turned out to be called 155.
The last one we highlight is a case of ‘what could have been …’. At the beginning of 1991, we were eagerly awaiting ‘the new Alpine’, which eventually also appeared that year. Despite its new technical basis, the A610 looked very much like its predecessor from the early 1980s, the GTA. That was already a sign that the cake (especially financial) was a bit over at the French sports car brand and the open version of the A610 outlined above did not see the light of day. Too bad or not a great loss?
Roadsters of the ‘future’ in 1991
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