We love automotive shows and there isn’t a better place in the world to have one than Paris, France. Geneva would be a close second, but we’re pretty sure Paris wins. The bright lights of the city, the wonderful concept cars and the gorgeous European models. There isn’t a whole lot in this world that is better than that.

This years Paris Motor Show was brilliant in mostly every way. We had concepts from Jaguar and a few other companies. There were new models from Land Rover, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and even Italian exotic sports car makers Ferrari and Lamborghini.

Below, we have detailed nearly every one of the cars that was shown at the auto show, including the new Ford Focus ST, Land Rover Evoque and the new Mercedes-Benz CLS, the car that started the four-door coupe range. Some were very interesting, while others were normal is mostly every way.

Hit the jump to see the list of production cars,

Ferrari SA APERTA:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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We recently reviewed the wonderfulInfiniti 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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

Peugeot 508:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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

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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.

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3 comments:

  (331) posted on 10.14.2010

huh??ah okay..smiley

  (648) posted on 10.4.2010

Production Model is a bit boring..

  (666) posted on 10.3.2010

Just like the TopSpeed’s list for concept car’s. Production car’s a are quite amazing too.!! The design, grille and interior of the car are fantastic.!

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