Friday, October 1, 2010

Best Of The Rest - The Best Of The 2010 Paris Motor Show Part 2

Aside from all the Lotus concept cars I covered in Part 1, there were also many other concepts and production cars from many other manufacturers at this year's Paris Motor Show.  Here are some of my favorites.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Lamborghini teased everyone with little photos of bits and pieces of this all carbon fiber and reinforced plastic concept leading many to believe they were going to introduce the successor to the Murcielago. Instead, what we have here is a lightweight design study showcasing the latest technologies in car manufacturing. Looking like a cross between the Reventon and a Gallardo and weighing only 2,200lbs with a 570HP V10, it reportedly can hit 60mph in just 2.5 seconds and a top speed of around 190mph.

Audi Quattro Concept

Created to celebrate 30 years of Audi's Quattro AWD system, this homage to the original Quattro cars sports a 408HP turbo 5cyl and a traditional 6 speed gearbox. It's got a power to weight ratio that is almost the same as the V10 Audi R8.  Cool.

Jaguar C-X75

Another anniversary car, this time celebrating 75 years of Jaguar.  The C-X75 features one electric motor at each wheel producing almost 200HP each.  For the mathematically challenged, that's around 800HP.  Also onboard are 2 micro gas turbines to recharge the battery packs. Top speed is said to be 205mph and the car has a projected range of over 500 miles. Sadly, there are no plans for a production version.

2012 Ford Focus ST

Ford confirmed a couple of weeks ago that the hot Focus ST will be coming to the US.  Paris was the first showing for the 247HP/266TQ 2.0L Ecoboost powered hatch.  A traditional 6 speed manual rounds out the good stuff.

Ferrari SA Aperta

This is more than just a Ferrari 599 with the top chopped off.  It's a limited edition honoring the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina, hence the S and A for Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina.  Only 80 will be built and they will feature the screaming 6.0L V12 from the 599 GTO.

Lotus Invades Paris - The Best Of The 2010 Paris Motor Show Part 1

The 2010 Paris Motor Show starts tomorrow and it looks to be a pretty good one.  All the auto journalists have been given access to the show and the cars ahead of the regular public and I've been checking out the coverage from the usual sites.  I thought I'd share some of my personal favorites from what I've seen.

Lotus made the biggest splash so far by bringing a total of 5 concepts to the show.  If you remember, they recently announced a complete change in philosophy, moving away from lighter is better in order to move the brand upmarket and compete with the likes of Porsche, Ferrari and Aston.

Lotus Elite

The Lotus Elite is a four passenger GT with a retractable hardtop. In very un-Lotus like fashion this big girl weighs in at 3,600lbs however it is motivated by a modified Lexus IS-F V8 mounted in the front/mid position and producing over 600HP. That's good enough for 0-60 in under 4 seconds and a top speed of around 195mph. Lotus is looking at 2014 for production and a price tag of about $180,000.

Lotus Elan

Next is the Lotus Elan which appears to be a Porsche 911 fighter. Slated for production in 2013, it will come standard with 2 seats but you can add the option of two very small rear seats like the 911 has. Power comes from a mid mounted 4.0L supercharged V6 producing 450HP and it gets to the ground via a 7 speed dual clutch transmission, both from Toyota. That is enough to move the 2,849lb Elan from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds on it's way to a top speed of 193mph. The price target for the Elan is $118,500.

Lotus Eterne

The Eterne is Lotus' attempt at a competitor to the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide. It's a four door sedan powered by 5.0L Toyota V8 with around 620HP. There is also the option of a hybrid F1 style KERS system. Standard configuration will be rear wheel drive but there is the option of all wheel drive as well. 0-60 should take about 4 seconds and the top speed looks to be about 196mph. Lotus says that you'll have to wait until 2015 to see this car in production and it will cost you about $190,000

Lotus Elise

Ever wonder what all this moving upmarket would mean for the tiny but thrilling Lotus Elise? The answer was shown in Paris. The Lotus Elise Concept shown in Paris has grown in every dimension including it's weight. Weighing in at 2,409lbs, it's about 400lbs heavier than the current Elise. To make up for the weight increase, Lotus has fitted it with a turbocharged Toyota 2.0L 4cyl producing around 320HP and a 0-60 time of about 4.3 seconds.. Transmission choices are a standard 6 speed (thankfully) and a paddle shift automatic. The price has also grown. Lotus expects the car to start selling in 2015 for about $55,000.

Lotus Esprit

Finally, Lotus brought out the Esprit Concept. Rumors have been flying for years about Lotus returning to the supercar ranks with a new Elise and here it is. Powered by a mid mounted 5.0L Toyota V8 producing 620HP, it should be good for 0-60 runs in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 205mph. As on the Eterne, there may be a KERS type hybrid system to be used to boost performance at the touch of a button.  Lotus is aiming for 2013 as a production target for the Esprit and a price tag of $175,000.

That's it for now.  In the next part I'll touch on the rest of the cool stuff from Paris 2010.