2012 Paris Auto Show Preview
By Viknesh Vijayenthiran | HighGearMedia.com,
The first of the major international auto shows following the summer break, the 2012 Paris Auto Show, is fast approaching, and the Motor Authority team will soon be on its way to bring you all the latest information and live photos.
The biannual event--the Paris and Frankfurt shows alternate--is a favorite, not only because it takes place in the city of love but because of all the quirky French cars that are on display.
While the show doesn’t officially open for another week, we've already previewed some of the dozens of highlights we'll be seeing live. Cars like the new McLaren P1 supercar, Jaguar’s F-Type roadster, the completely redesigned 2013 Range Rover and so much more.
To help you get up-to-date on all the coverage so far, we've assembled this guide of the show--just as we're planning ahead for our own marathon of first-night reveals, 15-minute press conferences, and the wrap-up yet to come.
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Here’s a rundown of what you can expect…
McLaren P1: Officially, the P1 is a preview of McLaren’s new flagship supercar and successor to the legendary F1. While our own spy shots confirm that the shape of the P1 concept will largely stay the same on the production version, many of the finer details will likely be refined. McLaren is keeping all the specs secret still, though expect to see the P1 powered by an uprated version of the MP4-12C’s V-8 and matched to a KERS hybrid system. While it may not have the highest top speed in the world, McLaren remains adamant the P1 will be the fastest accelerating of all the supercars ever to be produced.
Lexus LF-CC: With its LF-CC, Lexus is not only giving us a preview of the design of its upcoming 2014 IS, but is also confirming that a new coupe variant will be launched. On top of this, the LF-CC reaffirms yet again Lexus and Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda’s promise to introduce sportier and more emotional designs. Under the pretty sheet metal is a new hybrid system that is destined to appear in the new IS and should guarantee the car remains one of the most efficient in its class.
Mercedes-Benz Concept B Class Electric Drive: As its name suggests, the Concept B Class Electric Drive from Mercedes-Benz previews a new electric version of the B Class the automaker has already confirmed for production. It looks identical to the regular gas and diesel B Class models though underneath its skin it is packing an electric motor rated at 134 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. On a full charge of its batteries you’re looking at a driving range of about 124 miles.
Peugeot Onyx Supercar Concept: One of the few true concepts in Paris will be the Peugeot Onyx, a supercar whose chassis is built almost completely of carbon fiber and whose interior is, believe it or not, made mostly from felt. The vehicle has been built using materials that have been processed as little as possible. There are no plans for production, which is a shame, as the Onyx is powered by a 3.7-liter V-8 turbodiesel matched to a hybrid system and is rated at more than 600 horsepower.
Hit the next page for a preview of some of the performance cars, and remember to visit our dedicated show page for all the latest updates.
2014 Jaguar F-Type: The production version of the Jaguar F-Type, a new convertible sports car we first saw as a concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and the spiritual successor to the legendary E-Type, will be on display in Paris. It goes on sale next year where it will be offered with the choice of V-6 and V-8 engines. Further down the track we should be seeing a new coupe version too.
2014 Audi S3 Hatchback: Audi’s new A3 in three-door Hatchback or five-door Sportback won’t be sold in the U.S., as we’ll be getting a new sedan version. We hope that sedan also comes in S3 flavor as the new S3, which debuts in Paris as a Hatchback, packs a brand new 2.0-liter TFSI engine with a healthy 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque on tap. When it equipped with an S tronic dual-clutch gearbox, this potent hot hatch will sprint to 60 mph from rest in just 5.1 seconds.
2013 Nissan Juke Nismo: The first of Nissan’s sporty Nismo-tuned lineup is the 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo. The Juke Nismo was first teased as a concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show and speculated for production almost immediately upon its reveal. Underneath the skin, the Juke Nismo makes more power from its turbocharged, direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, though how much more remains a mystery. Expect a sport-tuned suspension, with firmer dampers, stiffer springs and revised steering.
2013 Audi RS 5 Cabrio: The Audi RS 5 coupe has just gone on sale, and we’ve even had a chance to drive one, but a convertible version will soon join Audi’s lineup, and we’ll get our first look at it in Paris. Combining brute performance with an elegant convertible body, the new Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is sure to be one of the most sought after drop-tops around when it arrives next year. Like the coupe, it’s powered by a 4.2-liter V-8 rated at 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, and will go from 0-60 in less than 5.0 seconds.
2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel: While America is just getting its first taste of a diesel-powered Cayenne, Europe is getting a new V-8 powered version in the form of the new Cayenne S Diesel. Power is once again sourced from an Audi oil-burner, in this case a 4.2-liter V-8 turbodiesel engine rated at 382 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque--up 142 horsepower and a massive 220 pound-feet of torque on the regular Cayenne Diesel’s numbers.
2013 Audi R8: The R8 is set to be replaced by a brand new model in the coming year or two, but to keep things fresh the current car has undergone a minor facelift. While the styling hasn’t changed much, Audi engineers have finally done away with the clunky R tronic automated manual that plagued the previous model. A conventional six-speed manual is still available on some models, however. The other major update is the addition of a new range-topping R8 V10 plus model with 550 horsepower on tap.
Hit the next page for a preview of some of the luxury cars, and remember to visit our dedicated show page for all the latest updates.LUXURY CARS
2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class Sculpture: The new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class isn’t expected to debut until sometime early next year, however, we’ll get our first official look at the vehicle with a new piece of art that captures the profile of the new flagship sedan. The artwork is called the ‘Aesthetics S’ and it consists not only of a solid sculpture but also a dynamic lighting show, all of which was developed by Mercedes’ own design team. Of course, for a better look at the car, we also have our own spy shots.
Rolls-Royce Art Deco-Inspired Cars: Rolls-Royce will be presenting a trio of Art Deco-inspired cars in Paris. They will include a two-tone Ghost, a black Phantom and a special Phantom Drophead Coupe. The addition of new special editions like the upcoming Art Deco cars, as well as the recent Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection, is part of Rolls-Royce's efforts to expand its business without having to substantially increase volumes and thus diminish its exclusivity factor.
Audi SQ5 TDI Exclusive Concept: Audi has put its new SQ5 TDI performance diesel model through the Audi Exclusive works and has come away with a special version built with only the finest materials. These include unique Aral Blue paint, Nappa leather trim, an Alcantara headliner and wood trim. In case you’re interested, neither the regular SQ5 TDI or the new SQ5 TDI Exclusive this Paris concept is previewing will be offered in the U.S.
2013 Land Rover Range Rover: The all-new, aluminum-infused Range Rover goes on sale this December priced from $83,500, but we’ll get our first look at the big luxury SUV in Paris. On the outside, the new model, code-named L405, remains unmistakably a Range Rover. Beneath the pretty sheet metal, however, the new 2013 Range Rover is nothing like its predecessors. Thanks to aluminum construction, the U.S.-spec V-8 Range Rover comes in at 700 pounds under the model currently on sale, and weighs in at 4,850 pounds. That's a massive saving--and it will translate into improved gas mileage and better handling.
New Maserati Sports Car Concept: Maserati is tipped to reveal a new performance-oriented model in Paris, and according to some sources it could be a preview of a new sports car the brand is working on. An email sent to Maserati customers announcing the brand’s attendance at the Paris event included the statement, “The world premiere of a car that opens up new frontiers in terms of exclusiveness, performance and style.” Maserati is thought to be working on a new sports car targeted at the likes of the Porsche 911 and Audi R8, and could possibly revive the GranSport name. Stay tuned for this one.
Opel Cascada convertible: We’ve been spying prototypes of the convertible version of the Opel Astra for almost a year, and now we get to see the covers come off for the first time in Paris. Derived from the Spanish word meaning waterfall, the Cascada name ends in the traditional letter “a” typical for Opel. Additionally, by not including the Astra name in its title, Opel is hoping to position the Cascada as a standalone, premium model. In fact, there’s a chance it may even join Buick’s lineup in the U.S.
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