The list of impressive new models at this year’s Paris Motor Show is a long one, but we’ve narrowed down the ten most interesting, exciting and important vehicles, starting with the Lexus LF-CC Concept.
A look ahead at the future of the brand, this concept previews the first ever Lexus IS coupe. With dramatic styling including an even wilder version of the spindle grille, Lexus is also prepping an all-new hybrid 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine for the rear-drive luxury two-door.
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The next step in Mercedes’ electric SLS development project, the SLS Electric Drive is a hard car to miss at the Paris Motor Show.
Using a lithium-ion battery pack inspired by the brand’s 2009 Formula 1 car, the German sports car utilizes four electric motors to produce 740-hp and 737 lb-ft of torque to rocket this green machine to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. It has a range of 155 miles and can be charged in as little as just three hours.
If there is a down-side to the car it’s that it uses an ultra-expensive carbon fiber monocoque to help keep weight down, which is certainly necessary as the batteries alone weigh 1,208 lbs.
Previewing new technology, design and a possible new product from the German automaker, the Crosslane Concept is a unique new package from Audi.
Using a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder mated to a plug-in hybrid system it makes 177-hp and Audi claims an astounding 214 mpg. Of note, the small crossover can be operated in pure electric mode or hybrid mode at the push of a button. To help keep weight to a minimum (3,064 lbs) , Audi designed a unique chassis made of both aluminum and carbon fiber.
Previewing styling for Audi’s future crossovers and SUVs with a unique new grille, there’s also a chance Audi will bring a sub-compact crossover of this size to market to slot in below the Q3, which is currently only offered in Europe but which will arrive in the US soon.
We at AutoGuide love the Toyota GT86 (known as the Scion FR-S in America) and this special version might just be the greatest 86 yet.
Showcasing new TRD accessories for the European market, it’s far more than just the usual upgrades like a shift knob and a body kit. Rather, this TRD model is highlighting a very lengthy list of upgrades from an exhaust system to an optional push-button ignition and so much more.
A complete coilover suspension system can be had with 40 way adjustable shock absorbers, while there are even chassis braces for extreme rigidity and massive 18-inch wheels with six-piston brakes.
Here’s hoping all of these goodies will be available to customers in the US.