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 From LM3D Swim to FENYR Supersport & more!
Dish’s Hot Hot Hot Holiday WISHLIST!

by Corey Conley













With decorations, shopping bills, and calorie counts all going up, there’s no doubt the holiday season is upon us. Expect to be bombarded by seasonal TV advertising showing a loving husband (probably named “Chadwick”) leading his wife out to their snowy front yard to reveal a new luxury landbarge adorned with an oversized bow. But enough eye-rolling; we all know we’d be thrilled to see a new car in our drive come Christmas morn, but we have our own ideas about what we’d like to see under that giant bow.


Mazda RX-Vision Concept Car

Mazda RX-Vision Concept Car
In a world dominated with giants, tiny Mazda refuses to pipe down. Their latest broadside against boring cars is the slinky RX-Vision concept. While their styling department continues its hot streak, the headline is what Mazda plans to put under the hood: its next generation of rotary engines. Last seen in the RX-7, rotary engines have no pistons or cylinders, instead all the functions of the engine take place within a single chamber, controlled by a three-sided rotor. Although the tiny engines make tons of power and love to rev, past iterations have suffered from poor efficiency and poor reliability. The RX-Vision has no firm timeline for production, but shows Mazda remains committed to bringing the rotary up to modern standards.


LM3D Swim

LM3D Swim
It may not look like much, but the LM3D Swim could be a sign of cars to come. This is the first publicly available car produced via 3D printing. 3D printers build products layer on top of layer, in much the same way an inkjet printer turns ink line by line into text. The technology could make cars cheaper, lighter, safer, and less expensive - but for now early adopters will have to fork over $53,000 for this dune buggy of the future.


Impreza Hatchback Concept

Impreza Hatchback Concept
Subaru’s current Impreza is a competent and practical entry into the compact car segment. But the segment is heating up with cars that are not only sensible, but sexy. The Impreza Hatchback concept shows someone at Subaru has noticed, with its chiseled lines and low stance. If the production Impreza hews closely to the concept, the next five-door could be a worthy contender. Expect a four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a starting price under $20,000 when the next Impreza goes on sale.


Fenyr Supersport

Fenyr Supersport
Dubai has lots of oil, and thus, lots of money. So much money, in fact, that even their police force fields a fleet of exotic sports cars, and their firefighters even have a jetpack. So what do you do when even hypercars are humdrum? Why, start your own car company, of course. W Motors is Dubai’s first car company, and their cars are extravagant in true Dubai fashion. The exterior looks straight out of a Decepticon yearbook, with blade-like lines and switchblade curves. Under the hood lies a 900 horsepower engine which can push the Fenyr to 60 in under 3 seconds.


Land Rover Evoque Convertible

Land Rover Evoque Convertible
Land Rovers are more likely to found at the mall than on safari but even with that in mind, the Evoque convertible makes a bold statement. Nissan was the last to try the convertible SUV with the discontinued Murano Crosscabriolet, which was widely considered an expensive flop. But while the chop-top lines didn’t complement Murano’s effete lines, the Evoque’s high-style, squared off aesthetic makes it works. Except for the missing top, expect pricing and equipment to remain the same as the hardtop evoque.



www.Dishmag.com / Issue 176 - September 2018
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