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I was in Paris last week on business (you can read about what I was doing here and here). At the end of the trip, I tagged a day on for visiting Paris Motor Show 2014 for a bit of inspiration. There were some amazing cars there! Here are a few of my favorites…
Lamborghini’s new concept car was unveiled at the show. It has a hybrid motor, combining the same 5.2L V10 engine found in the Huracán with electric motors, resulting in 600+BHP when you want it… and up to 75mpg when you don’t.
Love this. The Huracán is the replacement to the massively successful Lamborghini Gallardo and it’s just gone into production, so you can expect to see the first ones in the UK around now. Out of all the cars at the show, this was my personal favourite. I’ve had a soft spot for one since I saw one outside the Dubai Mall earlier this year.
Probably won’t surprise anyone to see a red Audi on my list. To be honest, I didn’t recognise this as a TT until I saw the badge o the back. It has a menacing grill – although I’m not sure what it would look like with a number plate on it.
I wrote a blog last year about the need for personalisation and why the future of retail will be bespoke products for consumers. Nissan have come up with an inspired idea with the IDX ‘platform’ where consumers can customise virtually every part of a car. This example is called the IDX Nismo but there are an infinite number of alternative designs available.
Nothing new but I still the 458 is a future classic, especially in red.
The ‘Speciale A’ will be a limited edition version of the Ferrari 458 – with only 499 being manufactured. This will be Ferrari’s fastest ever spider, with a highly tuned V8 taking it from 0 to 62 mph in just 3 seconds.
Of all the stands at the show, Infinity impressed me the most, probably because I wasn’t expecting anything like this from them! The Q80 was one of my favourite supercars at the show. A road version won’t be available until 2020 but if this is anything to go by it’ll be worth the wait. It was absolutely stunning, inside and out.
This Vanquish had an understated feel about it. A lot of supercars are bright and eye-catching but the Carbon Black felt somewhat sophisticated. Saying that, I’m not sure if this would be my first choice if I had £200,000 to spend.
This is the actual production version of the 12C Spider, due to roll off the line early next year. It uses carbon fibre to reduce weight. I like it, quite a lot in fact.
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Lots of manufacturers used Paris Motor Show to showcase new models, including Mercedes with this new Mercedes-AMG GT S. It has a 4 Litre V8 biturbo engine that can produce over 500 HP. Love the lines on this car (not sure about the colour though!)
The Type R Concept looks like a current Type R on steroids. I’m not sure how I feel about this one – it looks like it’s trying a bit too hard (I dare say it looks a bit cheap). I’m sure it’ll still be massively successful whatever the road going version looks like, like the last Type R variants have been.
OK, I’ll admit it… I didn’t actually see this one at Paris Motor Show 2014, I saw it at the Peugeot dealership on Champs-Élysées. But it was at Paris Motor Show 2012, so in my book that’s good enough to make this list. The strange coloured panels at the front are made out of copper! It a magnificent car and has the power to go with it’s looks – almost 700 HP.