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.