In many ways, concept cars are the bread and butter of the automotive industry, they give us a glimpse of the future. For example, some notable concept cars have been the Volkswagen New Beetle and the Plymouth Prowler, and more recently the Tesla Cybertruck.
The automotive press and consumers alike all get excited when a promising concept car is released. Unfortunately, there are also instances where a concept car is ill-fated and even a bit hard to understand. So we took a look back at 25 concept cars that made us scratch our heads. See if you can remember some of these confusing gems below.
25: Pontiac Rageous
What exactly was the Rageous? Could it have been the original G8? We’re not exactly sure on that one. The Rageous took a cue from the styling of the 1990s brand. If you remember Pontiac around this period, that meant a whole lot of body cladding. The Rageous was powered by the same 5.7-liter V-8 you’d find in a C5 Corvette.
The frame was also borrowed from the Firebird and there was a glass hatch on the back. The Rageous isn’t a car that would ever see the light of day. Even back in the 1990s, the styling was far too advanced for what people could handle. Still, it’s interesting to look back on a time when automakers had fun with concept cars.