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With the Elite, Lotus is making a hard turn away from the company's traditional doctrine of lightness, but we're not complaining. Not when the 3,600 pound Elite packs a 5.0 liter, 650 horsepower V8 that can rev to 8,500 rpm and carry the car from naught to 60 in about 3.5 seconds. The Elite will also offer a convertible version with a retractable hardtop and a hybrid using F1-derived KERS tech. The Elite is expected to go into production in early 2014, with a British price of around $180,000; however, 2014 is a long way away, so don't be surprised if that price changes (i.e. goes up).
Audi R8 GT
Audi R8 GT
Audi announced their stripped-down, souped-up version of the R8 back in May, but the car is making its official world debut in Paris. Between the 560 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque—35 horses and seven lb-ft more than the R8 5.2 V10 on which the car is based—and a weight reduction program that shaved off 220 pounds, the R8 GT lays down a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds, according to Audi.
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Ford Focus ST
For the first time, Ford is selling the same Focus in North America that they sell in the rest of the world—which means the higher-performance ST model previously banned from the States is now bound for our shores. It's about time, too; the U.S. has been without a hi-po Focus since the demise of the SVT version in 2004. With a 247-horsepower 2.0 liter EcoBoost turbocharged inline-four, the Focus ST should offer plenty of bang for the buck/euro/yuan; we can't wait to fire one down a back road or two.
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Ferrari 599 SA Aperta
Glimpsed by a few lucky potential buyers at Pebble Beach, the roadster version of the Ferrari 599 will finally be glimpsed by the masses in Paris—but if you see it for the first time there, it'll be too late to buy one. All 80 examples are already sold out. The car uses the 661 horsepower V12 from the 599 GTO and receives substantial frame strengthening, so the excision of the top shouldn't affect performance one iota in comparison to the hardtop 599 GTB.
Lamborhini Technology Concept - "Sesto Elemento?"
Lamborghini is bringing a concept car to Paris that will preview the brand's direction in the future. We don't know very much about it, apart from the teaser images the brand has leaked of the car—and they reveal little except for a ten-cylinder powerplant and a whole lot of carbon fiber. French car website BlogAutomotive claims the concept will be called the "Sesto Elemento" (after the sixth element, carbon); if they are correct, the Sesto Elemento (pictured above) will weigh just 2,200 pounds and be capable of a 2.5 second 0-60 time. We really hope they're right.
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Jaguar Sports Car Concept
We know even less about Jaguar's concept car than we do Lamborghini's. We've heard the car will be more of a styling exercise than a precursor to a production sports car; as such, expect plenty of current Jaguar design cues, such as a broad, deep grill like that of the XJ. There's a chance the car may use a hybrid powertrain involving a turbocharged V6 and an eight-speed automatic, but that could prove to be a rumor. We don't know. That jaguar above? He doesn't know either. But we bet the new Jag will be just as regal as our feline friend here.
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Peugeot EX1 Concept
Peugeot's 200th birthday present to itself, the EX1 Concept combines attributes of motorcycles and cars into one frighteningly cool package. Motivation comes from 340 horsepower worth of electric motors powering all four wheels. The car has reportedly already set three acceleration records for electric vehicles, which only adds to the car's aura of futurecool. Odds seem very slim that the car will ever see production...but we can dream.
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Porsche 911 Speedster
3-5-6! 3-5-6! Those three digits, famous to Porsche lovers, represent both this double-bubble car's inspiration (the 356 Speedster) and the number of units being made. Powered by the same 408 horsepower 3.8 liter boxer-six as the new Carrera GTS (also debuting in Paris), the 911 Speedster tacks on just about every option in Porsche's lengthy list of additional equipment— a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, rear diff and active suspension are just the tip of the iceberg. Color choices are restricted to Carrara White and Pure Blue. The price for all this nostalgia? $273,582. Or, enough to buy a 911 GT3, a Boxster, and a Cayenne Turbo...with five grand left over.
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Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale
Behold the GranTurismo S's meaner brother, everyone. Maserati claims the MC Stradale (which sounds like a rapper from Milan) will be "the fastest, lightest and most powerful car" in the lineup; while the 4.7 liter V8 only receives a 10 hp bump over the 440 hp unit in the GranTurismo S, the added power is enough to push the car past 186 miles per hour, according to the company. Drawing off their racing experience, Maserati has reportedly tweaked the car's aerodynamics to increase downforce without adding drag, in addition to punching up the handling to "razor-sharp" levels. The MC Stradale should hit dealerships early next year; we look forward to trying one out.
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Bentley Continental GT
The Continental GT, stoic savior of Bentley, is almost eight years old—which means it's time for its successor to take the field. While the new Conti looks almost identical to the current car, a careful gaze reveals gentle differentiations: the headlights are larger, and the styling overall is chunkier and stronger. The 6.0 liter turbocharged W12 keeps its job under the hood, but the engine receives a power boost to 567 horsepower for the new model; a 4.0 liter V8 option will be along as an option late in 2011. Bentley, it would seem, had very little desire to mess with the winning formula they found with the original Continental GT. Quite frankly, we wouldn't have messed around with it much, either.