Ferrari SA APERTA:
If you want to be unique and stand out in the crowd, this Ferrari is a must buy. Sadly, you need to have some serious money because only 80 of these vehicles will be built. That production number honors the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina and the letters S and A honor Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina.
The topless Ferrari packs a front-engine 6.0-liter V12 motor. The car isn’t entirely topless though, as a lightweight soft-top can be installed, but we all know how those usually go.
Needless to say, this gorgeous machine is a wonderful way to celebrate the contributions made by Sergio and Andrea.
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS:
Do you like your sports cars more German than Italian? Well, Porsche has created the GTS, a wider body version of the all-wheel drive Carrera 4, but this version is rear-wheel drive.
Helping the vehicle move along is a 3.8-liter flat six that will pump out 408 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The GTS will come with 19-inch RS Spyder wheels and SportDesign front and rear fascias.
When the car hits the streets, there will be a coupe and a convertible version.
Exagon Motors Furtive eGT:
We haven’t discussed this car that much, but it does look pretty good. These are all-electric sports cars that can hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds with a longer range than most of the current EV models.
At just 31 mph the car can travel up to 250 miles, but crank that speed up to 68 mph and you will manage to travel 150 miles. Still, at speeds around 81 mph, the EV will manage 122 miles.
The thing that truly makes this machine interesting is the range extender option that is unique to the Exagon.
2011 Infiniti G37 Convertible IPL:
We recently reviewed the wonderful Infiniti G37 Convertible, but you know what it was missing? How about 19-inch, seven-spoke graphite wheels and an aggressive looking body kit?
The power will also increase, though not as much as the G37 Coupe. We would expect this machine to hit the $60,000 mark, as the IPL G37 Coupe is around $50,000. Is it worth it? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale:
We are huge fans of the Maserati sedan, but the GranTurismo coupe leaves us with a sour taste in our mouths. Not that it doesn’t look good, but the drive isn’t what we had hoped for. The new MC Stradale might change all that
The new version of the GranTurismo packs around 450 horsepower and the chassis has been tweaked and the body upgraded for increased aerodynamics. To get all technical, the body manages to increase downforce without an increase in drag. Although, the nose on the machine looks big enough to suck up leaves, branches and even the asphalt off the ground.
Hyundai i20 Sport Edition:
Not that the i20 is a bad car, but it’s even better now that Brabus has got involved. The only details we have at the moment are exterior changes, but we would imagine there is a power increase in the works.
The exterior gets a new front skirt, wheel arches and a new set of 17-inch Brabus alloy wheels. There is a nice black bezel around the headlights and new LED daytime running strips to top it all off.
The interior isn’t so pretty. It’s covered in an orange-black paint scheme with Recaro seats. There are also leather-lined surfaces and a seven-inch touchscreen. It’s as if a pumpkin had a bit to much vodka and had some issues all over the inside of the car.
The i20 Sport Edition will enter production in the first half of 2011 in a three-door or a five-door variant.
2012 Nissan GT-R:
Welcome to the newest version of Japan’s technical wonder. The new GT-R gets a restyled bumper, air-intakes and LED daytime running lamps. There is a new diffuser mounted in the back and new lightweight wheels that may or may not go on the final product. There has been no announcement on the expected power increase.
2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS:
If we had an art gallery, the CLS would sure be in it. This thing is sensational. The original CLS created the four-door coupe wave and it has dramatically grown up in this newest form. It features a more upright grille, like most newer Mercedes products, that flows towards the back of the sedan.
Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 as a base motor, a 265 horsepower diesel engine and another 306 horsepower V6 are also offered. Other motors include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder diesel and a 402 horsepower V8 on the CLS 550. There will be an AMG version with the new 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 as well. Those motors will have less weight to carry around, as the newest version of the CLS went on a diet.
Toys include LED High Performance Active Headlights, Direct-Steer electromagnetic steering, a tweaked suspension from the E-Class and some interior upgrades. Those upgrades include some carbon fiber and some new walnut wood.
2011 Range Rover Evoque:
The newest Range Rover is a massive change in direction for the company. It’s like Ferrari making a heavy duty truck. The design is classically Range Rover and it will available in a five-door and a three-door version.
From the exterior you will see protruding fog lamps, a horizontal matte chrome-trimmed hood intakes and neat taillight lenses. We think that this is one of the best-looking Land Rover products in years.
Under the hood will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and a new permanent all-wheel drive system. That doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to drive around in the mud. The baby Range Rover comes with the Terrain Response Control system that should make it better than most of the other crossovers on the market. Other toys include an Adaptive Dynamics system and a Magneride adaptive damping system.
If we needed a crossover to haul stuff in, such as kids and luggage, this would be an easy winner on looks alone.
2011 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI:
Even though America is beginning to love the hatchback once again, Audi still won’t give us a taste of that A1 magic. Sure, it might be a more expensive Volkswagen Golf to some people, but not us.
This new twin-charged 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque is something special. Not because it’s front wheel drive or because it has a seven-speed S tronic transmission. It’s special because it uses a turbocharger and a supercharger to help it hit 60 miles per hour in just 6.9 seconds. Prices will start at around $30,000.
Volvo V60 and S60 R-Design:
We haven’t had a chance to drive the new S60 but we hope that changes very soon. In the meantime, let’s just stare at the newest version from R-Design that will give us a bit more beef on the exterior.
The R-Design pack will add 18-inch alloy wheels, a unique front fascia and a rear bumper cutout with a diffuser. The power hasn’t gone up any, so the 300 horsepower 3.0-liter will remain, not that it’s a bad thing in any way.
On the road, the R-Design should take the corners a bit better than the current model, as it uses shorter and stiffer coils and monotube shocks.
There will also be firmer bushings and a front strut-tower brace.
We might not get these machines in the United States, but that doesn’t make them not worth our time. The company is celebrating its 200th birthday and to top off the cake, the new 508 will be launched in Europe. The car will be lighter and larger than the old 407.
Powering the new machine will be a bevy of engine choices, including a 1.6-liter petrol and a 2.2-liter diesel. They can be connected to a six-speed automatic or two manuals gearboxs, a five or a six-speed. There might also be a hybrid version of the 508 on the market later on.
We must say, this car looks wonderful inside and out. Let’s just hope it will hold up over time, as French cars have some reliability issues.
2011 BMW X3:
For the soccer mom with some extra money, the BMW X3 is a wonderful choice. Not as good as the Range Rover, but almost. For 2011, the exterior hasn’t changed all that much but there are some new motors and transmissions on offer.
The 2011 X3 will be offered with a eight-speed automatic that might send shockwaves through the crossover market. The X3 will also be the first BMW X model to get electric power steering, as well as Damper Control and Dynamic Drive Control.
Under the hood will be BMW’s twin-scroll turbocharged inline six-cylinder motor that will give the XDrive35i 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That will help the SUV hit 60 miles per hour in just 5.7 seconds.
If you opt for the xDrive28i, you will get the inline-six with only 240 horsepower. There will also be some diesel engines in other parts of the world, but we hope that they will eventually cross into our land.
Opel Astra Sports Tourer:
Now, we could go on a nice rant about how we love wagons and we never really understood why America doesn’t, but that’s for another time and another place. What we do know is Opel Astra Sports Tourer is a gorgeous machine.
The new model has the brand’s trademark nose and wonderful sheet metal. The car will feature some neat folding seats in the rear to add room. That should help the new car sell well with families and people looking to haul stuff such as plants, luggage or groceries.
Power will come from two motors, a 95 horsepower unit or a 180 horsepower engine. Buyers can choose from three-transmissions, a five speed manual, six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. Take note American and Korean car companies, no four-speeds.
2012 Ford Focus ST:
If we had to choose one aspect of the Paris Motor Show that we loved the most, it would have to be the new ST. We did a few articles on it so that must mean something. The base Focus will go on sale in late 2011, while the ST version will come out in early 2012.
Powering the hot Focus will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 247 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. That motor will be connected to a six-speed manual transmission and Ford’s new torque vectoring control system. Not to mention buyers will be able to get an all-new color, Tangerine Scream.
Sounds good to us, just make it black if you will.
2011 Porsche 911 Speedster:
We’re not quite sure what to make of this thing yet, Sure, it’s a Porsche so we are convinced that it’s going to drive well, but the looks are just average in our minds. Like most Porsche models, it will come with a flat-six motor at the back that will be 4.8-liters and crank out 408 horsepower.
That motor will be connected to the PDK transmission and it will power the rear-wheels. Stomp on the accelerator and the new 911 will hit 60 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds.
The Speedster is a throw back, sort of like vintage Dr Pepper, which is sensationally good by the way. The car features a classic hunchback and a 60mm lower windshield. It will also feature a wide stance like the GTS. Only 356 will be made.
2011 Bentley Continental GT:
Football players and celebrities here is the car for you. Do you play midfield for Liverpool or Chelsea? If so, the new Bentley GT has been redone with more glitz and glamour than ever before. Not to mention it’s going to be more expensive, with a tag of around $189,000.
Powering the new GT will be a new 4.0-liter V8 that will cut the current W12’s emissions by 40 percent. Bentley say that this new motor will “deliver all the exhilarating power and torque synonymous with the marque." Let’s hope so.
2011 Volkswagen Passat:
It might not be a Bentley or a Mercedes, but the Volkswagen is a far more important car to the normal person. The front end got the Jetta look and it’s not bad, but it doesn’t wow us.
The new styling is very conservative, but we still look forward to seeing it land on our shores for an up close glimpse. The car will go on sale in the United Kingdom in October, then it will hit the showrooms of the remaining markets.
There will be a full range of motors to power the new Passat. For the United States, Volkswagen has provided a 207 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 296 horsepower 3.6-liter V6. There will also be a 2.0-liter TDI. These motors can be connected to a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic.
The new Passat will feature Volkswagen’s XDS electronic differential that will reduce understeer and improve traction in slippery conditions. It will also feature a Mercedes-like city emergency braking function that will stop the car at speeds below 18 miles per hour if a crash is imminent.
Ferrari California HELE:
The new Ferrari California features a neat system called HELE. That stands for High Emotion Low Emissions and it’s designed to reduce the vehicles emissions while maintaining driving fun.
The system works by using numerous features such as a start/stop function that can have the car up and running in 230 milliseconds. There is an electric engine fan, fuel pump control, electronically controlled variable displacement air-condition technology and adaptive gearshifts. All that helps the new Ferrari reduce its emissions by 23 percent.
It’s these new technological advancements that will help ensure the future of these high-performance vehicles and we are thrilled that Ferrari was able to come up with such a wonderful piece of design.
2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG:
The biggest change for the new CL AMG is under the hood, where a new 5.5-liter twin turbocharged V8 lies. It has around 544 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque and with the AMG package, which can be bumped up to 571 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Attached to that motor is a seven-seed AMG Speedshift MCT transmission.
The AMG Performance Package not only gives more power, but it gives you the looks as well. It will add extra carbon fiber, double-spoke wheels and leather and a Alcantara steering wheel.
Technological features include Active Body Control, Direct Steer and Torque Vectoring Braking.
Venturi America EV Dune Buggy:
This little sand-blasting machine packs 300 horsepower and rear-wheel drive that should be perfect for a fun drive through the desert.
The interior isn’t as pretty, as it’s a bit cluttered. There is a single display in front of the drive that will display information about the vehicle and there will most likely be a darn good stereo. Just look at those speakers.
2011 Fiat 500C Abarth EsseEsse:
While it might not have the best name in the world, the newest 500C is pretty darn special. It will be covered in a gray paint job with some fancy badges.
Under the hood, the newest Abarth will get 160 horsepower, a 22 horsepower jump over the old model. That motor will help the car hit 62 miles per hour in just 7.6 seconds.
The EsseEsse will also feature some suspension and brake upgrades, as well as Blue&Me - which sounds like a kids cartoon - connectivity and a Record Monza exhaust.
2011 BMW 5 Series Touring:
Still hate wagons now? While you drive those dull crossovers, the people of Europe will be enjoying themselves in the new BMW 5-Series Touring. Go and drive your Chevrolet Traverse and your Suburban for your one or two children and have fun knowing that there are vehicles like this that aren’t coming here because we want, what are basically wagons, just raised up and about as much to drive as a canal boat. Anyway...
The new 5-Series Touring is a luxury wagon for people that want to ride like they’re rich but sensible as well. It looks better than just about any crossover on the market and it will probably offer more driving excitement as well. That being said, if you need to haul a boat, this won’t work very well.
There will be two straight-six petrol motors on offer, as well as a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder diesel. All models will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
When we first saw photos of the new Karma, those massive rims stood out like a soar thumb. Fisker says that this vehicle will be the first production car with 22-inch wheels. Good for them.
Powering the car will be a motor packing 403 horsepower and the ability to get up to 100 miles per gallon. At least, that’s what they say it will do. All this can be yours for just $80,000.
2011 Audi R8 GT:
For this year’s Paris Motor Show, Audi has given us the new R8 GT. Only 333 units will be made and each will cost around $256,000. The car will feature a more powerful version of the 5.2-liter V10. The upgrade will result in 560 horsepower, up form the 525 mark in the base R8.
The car uses carbon fiber instead of aluminum and there is a thinner windshield and polycarbonate rear windows. All this helps the R8 shed around 220 pounds.
2011 Chevrolet Orlando:
Chevrolet has just debuted the Orlando, a vehicle that won’t in the United States any time soon. General Motors once said that the vehicle would be making the trip overseas, but that didn’t work out so well. Still, a smaller minivan never hurt anybody and the Europeans sure do love these things.
The Orlando uses a seven-seat configuration and a few Eco-friendly motors. The first is a 141 horsepower 1.8-liter petrol four-cylinder and the other two are diesel motors with either 131 or 163 horsepower.
The interior is function and not to bad to look at. It uses stadium seating to give third row occupants a nice view of the road ahead, not that most adults could fit back there. With the rear seats up, it appears that there is little cargo room to speak of.
The Orlando is scheduled to go on sale this month.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS:
The holy mother of all Porsche 911 models is in Paris. This is most powerful street-legal 911 ever made. The 3.6-liter flat-six was given two turbochargers in order to help it crank out 620 horsepower. Stomp on the fast pedal and you will hit 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 205 mph.
The body is covered in matte carbon fiber and the interior is made with red Alcantara. All this can be yours for $245,000.
2012 Chevrolet Aveo:
The old Aveo was more of a joke than an actual car, but this new one hopes to change that perception. We like the look of the car, as it has some Spark-like design elements. Of course, the production car will get some tweaks, so for now; this is just a show car.
Powering the new Chevy will be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder 115 horsepower. The Europeans will have four engines to choose from. The interior has also been redone, as GM hopes to complete with the Ford Fiesta.
Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback:
Here we go again. This is another classic example of that old saying, ‘Europeans have all the fun’. This hatchback version of the Chevrolet Cruze sure does look nice, but we won’t be getting it any time soon. Still, it will be going on sale in Europe in a five-door version in the middle of 2011.
This is a show car, so some of the fancy stuff will be coming off. The LED light bar and larger wheels will likely be the first bits to go.
2011 Citroen DS4:
The French have done well at this year’s auto show in their home country and the new DS4 proves it. This is a nice looking machine.
The five-door vehicle shows off a new styling direction for the company and it will be offering it with many different engine choices. On the diesel side of things, there will be 110 horsepower and 160 horsepower units. For petrol fans, you can get a 120, 155 or a 200 horsepower engine. All of these can be connected to a six-speed automatic or a manual.
It’s a shame Citroen doesn’t sell vehicles in the Untied States because this machine sure does look good.
2011 Fiat Punto Evo Abarth EsseEsse:
Another one of those funky named cars from Fiat’s tuning company, Abarth. The normal Punto is a pretty darn good car and this new version is sure to be even better and much faster.
This hot version of the Punto packs 180 horsepower that will help it hit 62 miles per hour in just 7.5 seconds. The top speed has been raised to 134 mph.
The car will also get the Blue&Me satellite navigation, black leather and a bevy of suspension, brake and rolling stock upgrades.
Hello gorgeous four-wheeled flagship sedan. You appear to be a mixture of the Chrysler Sebring and the Volkswagen Jetta, but with some French style to make it all work.
When it’s launched, it will come with either a 139 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a CVT or a 2.5-liter 177 horsepower V6 with a six-speed automatic. If you opt for the first motor you will get 35 mpg, but the latter manages only 30.
The interior of the Latitude is classic Citroen luxury. The driver’s seat is power adjustable and can even massage you with five pneumatic rollers and four different settings. Just don’t fall asleep behind the wheel.
The 2011 Latitude will hit showrooms last month in Algeria and Morocco. It will then move to Russia and the Ukraine. Europe will the last stop on the list.
2011 Hyundai ix20:
This isn’t that bad of car to look at. It might not be for Americans but in Europe, these smaller Hyundai vehicles are quite popular.
The design of the car is very clever, as the wheels are pushed to the corners for optimum interior space. There are four motors to choose from, two petrol and two diesels. There are plenty of safety features as well, including ABS, ESP and Hill Start Assist.
2011 Toyota Verso-S:
The Verso is bigger than it might appear. On the outside it’s the smallest of the B-MPV segment vehicles, but the interior has enough space to be considered C-segment. It also is the first car in its category to have a multimedia, touch screen system in the center stack.
The Verso-S will go on sale in February 2011 with one diesel motor and a petrol. The diesel is a 1.4-liter that produces 90 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The petrol is a 1.2-liter with 99 horsepower and 93 pound-feet of torque. The latter motor can get 43 miles per gallon, while the diesel is around 55.
It might not be big or quick, but it will probably be fairly popular.