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Our Top Ten Cars Coming to Paris

We want them all.

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  • cars lotus elite paris
    Lotus Elite
    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.
  • cars ford focus st paris
    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.
  • cars ferrari 599 sa aperta paris
    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.
  • cars-lamborghini-sesto-elemento
    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.
  • cars jaguar paris 2
    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.
  • cars peugeot ex1 concept paris
    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.
  • cars porsche 911 speedster paris
    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.
  • cars maserati mc stradale paris
    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.
  • cars bentley continental gt paris
    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.
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  • Ten Paris Debuts We’re Excited For | 0-60 Magazine says:
    September 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm
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    [...] Check out the full list here. ADD A COMMENT FEEDS SHARE COMMENTS [...]

  • Justin says:
    September 29, 2010 at 7:38 am
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    You forgot the 2012 GTR with power increase to 530, revised suspension, looks, aero, etc etc. P Cars beware!!!

  • More Ford Focus ST Love (Updated) | 0-60 Magazine says:
    September 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm
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    [...] As we mentioned before, the Focus is powered by a 247 horsepower 2.0 liter EcoBoost inline-four; Ford adds that the car will boast “an addictive sound,” which we’re looking forward to hearing in person. From behind the wheel. While tearing down a windy rural road at speeds we don’t tell our mothers we drive at. After all, the Focus ST is one of the ten cars debuting at the Paris Motor Show that we’re most excited about. [...]

  • Patrick says:
    October 2, 2010 at 4:32 am
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    A top 10 list where you have to open a new page for every car? I thought this was a high-quality website, not AOL Autos. Not cool guys, not cool.

  • Eccentric says:
    October 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm
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    the rims of that Elite look like they were the love child of the 997.2 Turbo rims, and the M6 rims. Definite approval.

  • Ford Focus ST Likes It Eerie | 0-60 Magazine says:
    October 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm
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    [...] first time. The car in the video appears to be the same Tangerine Scream-colored vehicle seen at the car’s debut at the Paris Motor Show, which packs quite a visual punch under natural [...]

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