The top stories from the City of Lights

The journalists are now absent from the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, replaced by thongs of motor-minded enthusiasts hoping to catch a glimpse of the latest and greatest four-wheeled creations. Prior to the changeover, most of the world’s top automakers showed up to drop cover on dozens upon dozens of debuts, making headlines with a cornucopia of new sports cars, racing machines, high-tech EV’s, and futuristic concepts. We covered all the latest from the 2016 Paris Motor Show last week, but in case you missed it, we’ve put together a smattering of the big stuff in the following news roundup.

What’s the new definition of fast? What are the latest technological innovations? What sort of styling can we expect to see on the road in the near future? All these questions (and more!) are answered past the jump.

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Continue reading for a breakdown of the big news items from Paris this year.

Renault Trezor Concept Previews Future Design Language

Renault Trezor Concept Previews Future Design Language High Resolution Exterior
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We saw lots of concepts in Paris this year, but one of the hottest thought exercises was undoubtedly this sleek two-seater from Renault. Framed as an all-electric grand tourer from the future, the Trezor promises to provide cues for upcoming production vehicles from the French automaker. And that’s a good thing, because… well, just look!

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Citroen Highlights Its Future With Cxperience Concept

Citroen Highlights Its Future With Cxperience Concept High Resolution Exterior AutoShow
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Not to be outdone by its rival, Citroen was also in attendance with a new concept. Dubbed the Cxperience, the concept offers some very sleek styling for the exterior design, which seems to call forth ideas of some high-tech hatchback. Stepping inside is a breeze thanks to four doors with suicide hinges in back, features that also help to give us an eyeful of the sweet four-seater cabin space.

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Mercedes-Benz Confirms F1-Inspired Hypercar In Paris; Offers First Look

Mercedes-Benz Confirms F1-Inspired Hypercar In Paris; Offers First Look
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It’s finally official – after months of rumors, Merc has finally confirmed plans to produce a brand-new hypercar. By all accounts, it sounds like ze Germans are shooting for something similar the venerable Aston Martin AM-RB 001, at least as far as speed potency is concerned.

Unsurprisingly, details are firmly under wraps, with no car (or even a picture) showing in Paris. However, we do know Merc’s hypercar will use performance hybrid technology and aero know-how, with inspiration drawn from the worlds of Formula One and Le Mans. Missing details notwithstanding, we’re quite confident Merc will deliver on its promise – and then some.

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Mercedes-AMG Proves That Pure Performance Cars Are Still Thriving

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster
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As if the announcement of a new hybrid hypercar weren’t enough, Mercedes complemented the news by dropping cover on a few roofless performance machines ready to roll right now. Bolstering the already considerable AMG catalog are two new additions – the AMG GT Roadster, it’s go-faster sibling, the AMG GT C Roadster. Both models get a thumping 4.0-liter V-8 force fed by two turbos, plus some track-inspired goodies, but the C gets more of… well, just about everything. The point is this – performance cars aren’t going away.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Slots Nicely Between The Base And Quadrifoglio Variants

Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Slots Nicely Between The Base And Quadrifoglio Variants
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Alfa needs to stay afloat, and it’s looking like the Giulia will be the model for the job. As such, the Italian make is expanding the lineup with the new Veloce trim level, which sits in the middle of the pack between the entry-level Giulia and the Quadrifoglio. Making the velocity is a duo of options in the engine department, including a 2.0-liter turbo laying down 280 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It’s also quite pretty to look at.

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GLM G4 Is The “Japanese Tesla” We Never Saw Coming

GLM G4 Is The "Japanese Tesla" We Never Saw Coming
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Who will be the first make to challenge Tesla head on? It’s hard to say, but if the G4 Electric Super Sedan is any indication, then the California upstart might see some competition from the Land of the Rising Sun. Electric thrust is poured into all four corners with electric motors in front and in back, which combine to lay down a heady 540 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to hit 60 mph in less than four seconds, plus there’s enough juice to stretch stints between charges to around 250 miles. Still, it’s just a concept, so we’ll have to wait and see if it’s got the requisite staying power before rendering judgment.

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Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Brings Its High-Tech Features To Paris

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Brings Its High-Tech Features to Paris
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The Porsche Panamera has always been a break from tradition for the German performance brand, and now, it’s moving even further from the family tree with the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The party piece is a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6, which is paired with a single electric motor to make 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Not bad for a battery-driven appliance. The electric boost makes it faster, but this Panamera can also go 30 miles without so much as a cough from the tailpipes.

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Audi RS3 LMS Comes Track Ready With 330 Horsepower On Tap

Audi RS3 LMS Comes Track Ready with 330 Horsepower on Tap
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Racing is expensive, but Audi hopes to make it slightly less so with the new RS3 LMS. Made specifically to compete in the new TCR International Series, this tuned-up sedan gets big aero, apex-shredding suspension, and an increased foot print in the corners, all for a relatively low $145,000. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine provides motivation, but funny enough, this thing is actually less powerful than the production variant’s five-pot. That said, expect much, much quicker lap times when running all the extra stuff fitted to the LMS.

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Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Debuts With New Engine And Aerodynamic Enhancements

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The Porsche 911 is one the most popular cars in the world when it comes to tackling a road course, so it would make sense to keep the race-ready variant as fresh as possible. To that end, Stuttgart has given us a new GT3 Cup, which comes complete with a new 4.0-liter six-cylinder powerplant capable of producing upwards of 485 horsepower. There’s also new aero in the fascia, while the six-foot wing in back remains unaltered compared to the outgoing model.

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Hyundai RN30 Concept Features A Powerful Engine, AWD, And Lots Of Lightweight Materials

Hyundai RN30 Concept Features a Powerful Engine, AWD, and Lots of Lightweight Materials
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In anticipation of a tuned-up i30 hatchback slated for release sometime next year, Hyundai has given us a look at what’s to come with this race-spec concept car. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-banger, which gets tuned to 375 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a new carbon fiber-reinforced polymer in play to cut weight, and a high-spec AWD system for traction. Sounds promising, to say the least.

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Infiniti Debuts The VC-Turbo: The World’s First Production-Ready Variable Compression Engine

Infiniti Debuts the VC-Turbo: The World's First Production-Ready Variable Compression Engine High Resolution Drivetrain
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In the world of internal combustion, the pressure to find more bang for your buck has never been higher. Plenty of folks are headed towards hybrid assistance, but Infiniti has decided to explore a different path – variable compression. Essentially a two-liter four-cylinder powerplant, this new engine uses a turbo, which is common amongst efficiency-oriented engines these days (and even sports cars, for that matter). However, the really interesting stuff is what’s going on inside the combustion chamber, where compression ratio can vary from 8:1 to 14:1, depending on what’s needed.

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Lexus UX Concept Showcases Vision For An “Inside-Out” Future

Lexus UX Concept Showcases Vision for an "Inside-Out" Future
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Essentially a design study for the premium brand’s upcoming compact crossover, the Lexus UX supposedly offers a synergy between the interior and exterior styling, lending it a motif Lexus describes as “inside-out.” Whether or not you buy into all that, this thing looks pretty outrageous, with chunky, sharpened creases from tip to tail. The interior is equally crazy, so I guess mission accomplished on that front.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta Has Sold Out

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The Ferrari Squared may have lost its roof, but it’s still just as quick as before. That means 950 hybrid horses and 664 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels, in case you forgot. Incredibly, the LaFerrari Aperta even boasts a similar drag coefficient as its closed-cockpit sibling. Oh, and by the way – you can’t buy it, because it’s sold out.

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A Preliminary Tale Of the Tape Between The Mercedes-Benz “Generation EQ” Concept And The Tesla Model X

A Preliminary Tale Of The Tape Between The Mercedes‑Benz "Generation EQ" Concept And The Tesla Model X High Resolution Exterior
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If you’re thinking about buying a premium all-electric SUV, there’s not a whole lot to choose from. Currently, the segment is pretty much owned by the Tesla Model X, but Mercedes is feeling up to tackling the plucky upstart with an SU-EV all its own. That’s what was previewed in Paris with the Generation EQ Concept, which apparently has over 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. That sounds about right if Merc wants a shot at keeping up with Ludicrous Mode, but just as important is range-per-charge: how does 310 miles grab ya?

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Hyundai Showcases Latest i20 WRC At Paris Motor Show

Hyundai Showcases Latest i20 WRC at Paris Motor Show
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We’re still a few months away from the 2017 racing season, but Hyundai felt it was appropriate to drop cover on its revised World Rally Championship competitor. And what a competitor it is, offering a freshly updated fascia, wheel arches, and a rear wing, all of which is in compliance with the new rules that govern the WRC. Making it move is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, with peak output pegged at 380 horsepower. Look for the final iteration of the new i20 WRC sometime next month.

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This Is the Honda Civic Type R We’ve All Been Waiting For

This Is The Honda Civic Type R We've All Been Waiting For
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After years of “Grass Is Greener Syndrome” provoked by JDM envy-makers like Video Option, stateside import lovers are finally gonna get their hands on an age-old forbidden fruit: the Civic Type R. Honda gave us a taste of things to come with a prototype in Paris, and quite frankly, people are going bananas over this thing. It looks every inch the Japanese all-star you’d expect, from the swoopy aero to the red badge in the nose. Unfortunately, the Internet bench racing has yet to really take off, given Honda’s decision to keep the Type R’s powertrain a secret.

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