The 2016 Paris Motor Show kicked off today when the press were invited to stomp the halls and see what exciting new metal the world’s manufacturers had to offer. Here are some of the highlights so far.
Honda Civic Type-R:
Normally we have to wait 40 years for a new Civic Type-R to break over. Not this time around. This time Honda is on the ball. So on the ball in fact that we can expect this all-new Type-R (based on the recently launched Civic hatch) to go on sale in Europe in the latter half of 2017. The radical styling will be backed up by a upgraded (read more powerful) version of the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine doing duty in the current Type-R.
Land Rover Discovery 5:
The new Discovery 5 ditches its old body-on-frame architecture to come back lighter and more lithe than ever before. In fact it now weighs up to 480 kilograms less than the outgoing model depending on which engine you specify. The range starts with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel and tops out at a mighty 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol. There’s seating for seven people plus vastly improved technology for increased comfort and a better on/off-road driving experience.
BMW Concept X2:
Is the BMW X1 too grownup? Well then you might be interested in the new Concept X2 that will probably – BMW hasn’t yet confirmed it – come to market in the very near future. Similar in concept to the X6 the X2 has a sleek, coupé-esque silhouette made to appeal to those with sportier tastes. Expect it to be powered by the firm’s 2.0-litre turbo petrol and diesel engines.
Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta:
Basically a LaFerrari with its head cut off. So a 588kW/700Nm wind-through-your-hair driving experience that will quickly embarrass anybody wearing a wig. 209 have been made and every last one has been accounted for. So dream on, buddy.
Ferrari GTC4Lusso T:
You can’t buy a LaFerrari Aperta but you can buy the new GTC4Lusso T – the firm’s first four-seater to be powered by a turbocharged V8 engine producing 449kW and 760Nm. Ferrari is punting it as their most ‘practical’ supercar on offer: a versatile Grand Tourer that you can use everyday of the week if you so wish.
The second-generation Audi Q5 finally here. Up to 90-kilograms lighter (despite sporting more occupant and luggage space) than its predecessor the new Q5 features revised styling and an interior than borrows much from its bigger Q7 brother. The same goes for the technology found inside it. A range of 2.0 TDI and TFSI engines promise higher outputs and less fuel consumption than before.
Audi RS3 Sedan:
Now this is a car we’ve been waiting a long time for. Stuffed with an updated version of Ingolstadt’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine, the new RS3 Sedan is an all-wheel-drive antidote to the BMW M2. Power has been increased to 294kW (+24kW) while torque has been boosted up to 480Nm (+15Nm). This extra muscle also comes with less weight as the engine’s new alloy crankcase is 26-kilograms lighter than the one on its predecessor.
Nissan Micra Gen5:
So the Nissan Micra used to be that frumpy old hatchback that your granny drove to and from the retirement home every other morning. Well looks like this is all about to change with the unveiling of the new Micra Gen5. Sharper exterior styling meets a more premium interior that can be equipped with all manner of technological goodies previously found only in much more expensive cars. Stuff like Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition as well as Intelligent Around View Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Assist and Blind Spot Warning. Under the bonnet you will find either a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel. A game changer? Quite possibly.
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6:
As concept cars go the Vision 6 must be one of the most intriguing we’ve seen in years. It’s super long (5.7-meters), super low architecture gives a retro-modernistic nod to the vehicles of the 1930s. But unlike the cars of the 1930s it is powered by no less than four electric motors (one mated to each wheel) for a total output of 559-kilowatts. Driven sensibly Mercedes says that you’ll be able to squeeze out a range of 500km. Will it make production? As of yet there’s been no official announcement but don’t discount it.