The Paris Motor Show is known to inflict shock on unprepared auto journalists. It’s here that automakers like to unleash their inner crazy and debut concepts designed to capture the world’s attention.
Yesterday was when most automakers unveiled their wares, and while there were a few surprises, there wasn’t anything that left the world speechless.
Honda showed some chops with its most extreme hot hatch ever, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz debuted exactly what was expected, but Lamborghini seems to have stolen the show with a surprising new direction.
The Honda Civic could go extreme with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four in a new Type R, reportedly good for 276 horsepower. This is an exciting car because Honda says this Civic will have unmatched performance compared to all previous Type R cars, including the mighty NSX. The sad news here is that this engineering marvel probably won’t make it the United States. Boo!
If the performance and overall quality of the Jaguar XE impress as much as the looks, this baby Jag might have everything it needs to take on the best in the compact luxury class. Could this be the most important car in Jaguar’s history?
One of the most exciting cars of the last few years is the all-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT. This Porsche 911-rivaling supercar has a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine along with the distinction of being the sexiest Mercedes ever built. Probably because it looks just like the Porsche from behind.
There was some speculation before the show that Lamborghini might unveil a 4-seat model, which seems to be the case every year. Instead what we got is the Asterion. Featuring a total output of 910 horsepower from a combination of a 610-hp 5.2-liter V10 engine and 300 hp from three electric motors, the Asterion is Lamborghini’s first hybrid concept and could very easily provide insight into the Raging Bull’s future. Yes, it’s exciting, but it’s hard to get too excited since it looks almost exactly like a Mazda.
What’s your favorite car from the Paris Motor Show?