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1998 SEAT Bolero

Volkswagen wanted to turn SEAT into an Alfa-Romeo brand (sporty and temperamental) and tried to accomplish that by showing flashy new designs like this Bolero.

This car was introduced at the Geneva car show in 1998, and its full name is Bolero 330 BT, where 330 stands for the engine's power output (330 hp) and BT for Bi-Turbo. It is also quite a powerful engine: it produces 500 Nm torque and a V6 with a 2.8-liter displacement. To get the power on the road, it has a permanent four-wheel drive and a sequential gearbox. The car weighs an impressive 1615 kg and accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in about 5 seconds; the top speed is 273 kph.

The designers claim it's a GT limousine, and they're probably right. It looks like a coupé but has four doors and four seats. Also, we see the current trend in car design: no B-pillar between the doors. But instead of opposing opening doors, the SEAT designers choose to fit sliding back doors.

The Bolero is a spectacular-looking car, sporty and powerful, but there are no plans to take up production. Certain aspects of the vehicle will, however, reappear in normal SEAT production cars. The new Toledo is an excellent example of that, especially the design of the front of the car.

Images Sources: SEAT; Mario Buonocunto Concept Cars Page