Paris Motor Show 2010 – Fisker Karma ES

Fisker Karma ES show their production version It’s been sometime coming, but Fisker finally showed a production version of their Karma ES. This plug-in hybrid is a full size 4 door saloon car with luxurious and sporty aspirations. That a new startup company should aim to be the first manufacturer to fill this sector of […]

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Fisker Karma ES, production version

Fisker Karma ES show their production version

It’s been sometime coming, but Fisker finally showed a production version of their Karma ES. This plug-in hybrid is a full size 4 door saloon car with luxurious and sporty aspirations. That a new startup company should aim to be the first manufacturer to fill this sector of the market is staggering, when you see how many hurdles there are to pass. Just building a new factory for a conventional combustion engine car is a major undertaking. Even mighty Toyota are only just sorting out a plug-in hybrid version of their Prius, and the newly launched Lexus CT200h is a conventional hybrid. GM meanwhile are rushing to the market with their Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid, but in the economy/mid size market. Certainly no-one offers a fully integrated solar panel roof and luxury interior. We wish them luck, but wonder how they’ll reach their projected 100,000 car per year target…


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Paris Motor Show 2010 – Porsche 911 Speedster

Porsche shave a couple of inches off a windscreen and make the roof manual – Hey presto, you have a Speedster Another year, another pointless Porsche. Faced with a Paris showstand potentially devoid of new models, the 911 Speedster was conjured up by Porsche’s “Exclusive” department to lend a hand to the mildly modified 911 […]

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Porsche 911 Speedster

Porsche shave a couple of inches off a windscreen and make the roof manual – Hey presto, you have a Speedster

Another year, another pointless Porsche. Faced with a Paris showstand potentially devoid of new models, the 911 Speedster was conjured up by Porsche’s “Exclusive” department to lend a hand to the mildly modified 911 lineup. 356 of these marketing specials will be made to satisfy the collectors appetite. Naturally specs have been bumped up marginally, and a few exclusive bodystyling and interior mods incorporated to justify the 144,100 UKPounds ticket price. You have to wonder though why you’d want one of these specials over the standard convertible. I mean, manual roof, inferior air management when roof down…And a lesson from history for the aficionados: The 1989 911 Speedster had a limited run of 171 cars, but was then superseded by a wide-bodied turbolook version of which 2,103 were made, making a mockery of the exclusivity of the Speedster.

Having said all that, we admit that it drew our attention, as intended, and we know in our hearts, that once at the wheel of a Speedster all these criticisms would evaporate – blown into the weeds by the sheer thrill of driving any 911!


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Paris Motor Show – Audi R8GT

Audi turn up the wick with a pseudo race version of their R8, the GT Audi R8 goes on a diet: loses 100 kgs, gains tons of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. Yet another supercar gets the liposuction treatment. Don’t get us wrong; it’s a great idea, just not very original. Nor should that detract from […]

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Audi R8GT

Audi turn up the wick with a pseudo race version of their R8, the GT

Audi R8 goes on a diet: loses 100 kgs, gains tons of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. Yet another supercar gets the liposuction treatment. Don’t get us wrong; it’s a great idea, just not very original. Nor should that detract from the fact that lighter cars automatically equal faster cars for the same energy input. Resigned, yet content to live in the shadow of it’s cousin the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R8’s diet took it down to 1525 kgs, whereas the Superleggera’s kerb weight went down to 1340 kgs. Add to that the R8 GT’s 10 BHP deficiency and you can do the sums…But the Audi has it’s own character and market so won’t be worried by the comparison. What was a slick, neat supercar just grew wings and fins and no doubt breathes fire. Oh, and you can specify a roll cage too ;-)


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Paris Motor Show 2010 – Porsche GT2RS photos

Porsche GT2 RS photo gallery We covered Porsche’s GT2 RS back in May when announced, but first saw it in the flesh at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and couldn’t resist posting some photos. See how many carbon fibre additions you can count…

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Porsche GT2 RS


Porsche GT2 RS photo gallery

We covered Porsche’s GT2 RS back in May when announced, but first saw it in the flesh at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and couldn’t resist posting some photos. See how many carbon fibre additions you can count…


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Nissan upgrade their seminal GT-R

Nissan’s GT-R gets some power boosts and tweaks 2011 is only 9 weeks away, which means, in the UK, VAT will increase to 20%. So no doubt Nissan’s marketing team has been working hard to keep their flagship GT-R under the 70,000 UKP price barrier. The 2011 price limbo does at least get you some […]

2011 Nissan GT-R - includes mystery silver windscreen ?!

Nissan’s GT-R gets some power boosts and tweaks

2011 is only 9 weeks away, which means, in the UK, VAT will increase to 20%. So no doubt Nissan’s marketing team has been working hard to keep their flagship GT-R under the 70,000 UKP price barrier. The 2011 price limbo does at least get you some extra power and features. Engine output soars to 530PS (390KW)/6,400rpm, launch control gets tweaked, body mods up front incorporate LED running lights and aerodynamic slats, but what caught our eyes in the spec is the addition of automatic decoupling of the 4wd system below 6MPH for tight turns. Not a headline feature, but a measure of the fabulous attention to detail Nissan engineers have put into this car. Numerous other mods complete the package: more details below
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Paris Motor Show – Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Lamborghini spearhead weight reduction program with carbon fibre show car Compare the specs of Lamborghini’s Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, launched at the Geneva Show last March, and the new Sesto Elemento and you’d be forgiven for thinking this is just a rebodied Gallardo show car. 570 bhp in a 4-wheel drive chassis sounds identical. Look […]

Paris Motor Show - Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Lamborghini spearhead weight reduction program with carbon fibre show car

Compare the specs of Lamborghini’s Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, launched at the Geneva Show last March, and the new Sesto Elemento and you’d be forgiven for thinking this is just a rebodied Gallardo show car. 570 bhp in a 4-wheel drive chassis sounds identical. Look at the weight difference though and you’ll realise why Lambo are proudly presenting this show car as a ground-breaking prototype. The Superleggera was already the lightest car in the range at 1340 kgs (dry weight), but this Sesto Elemento comes in under the 1000 kegs mark. They had to chuck out all sorts of cabin trim and superfluous gizmos and build it almost entirely in carbon fibre to reach 999 kgs. The result is that Lambo claim a 0 to 100 km/h (0-62mph) time of only 2.5 secs compared to the Superleggera’s 3.4 seconds – What a difference weight, or lack of it makes. It’s curious, and very welcome, to see the manufacturers vying to produce lighter cars at last, when until recently, all cars seemed to get heavier as the model cycles progressed. It goes without saying that power to weight ratio increases substantially and performance per unit of energy consumed is on the up.

The Sesto Elemento (Sixth Element) is really a technology demonstrator though, championing Lambo’s advance in carbon fibre moulding and their ability to blend it with plastics to give both rigidity and quality finish at low weight. It points to the future and also hints at the Murcielago replacement that must surely be waiting around the next bend. Let Lamborghini talk you through the finer points of the technology by reading on…


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Paris Motor Show – Exagon Furtive eGT electric sportscar

France suprises with launch of new electric sportscar by Exagon Motors Most major motor shows throw up the odd surprise new car manufacturer. Often, resurrections of past iconic brands, Geneva delivered with the re-emergence of the Hispano-Suiza badge. Paris on the other hand, revealed a totally new name in Exagon Motors. Based in Magny-Cours, France, […]

Paris Motor Show - Exagon Motors Furtive eGT

France suprises with launch of new electric sportscar by Exagon Motors

Most major motor shows throw up the odd surprise new car manufacturer. Often, resurrections of past iconic brands, Geneva delivered with the re-emergence of the Hispano-Suiza badge. Paris on the other hand, revealed a totally new name in Exagon Motors. Based in Magny-Cours, France, this new manufacturer emerges from the embryonic electric motor racing circus. Appropriately, they launched an electric sportscar, the Exagon Furtive eGT, with ambitious range and performance claims. Unusually, they offer pure electric drive, or an additional range-extender combustion engine in their 2+2 seater. They claim considerable technical support from their suppliers Siemens (motors) and Saft (Li-ion cells) and advanced technology.

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Exagon Furtive eGT

When you’ve never heard of a brand and come across it in a show, your first instinct is to judge it on looks alone. On this score, we found the profile view we first glimpsed rather alluring and competent, if not exactly visually challenging. The car rotated on its turntable to reveal its rump. Again elegant, exciting but unassuming, immediately digestible. But when the nose, from front ¾ swivelled into view, we found the design lost it’s integrity. Character in a car is welcome and distinguishes one from another, but we don’t think they have pulled it off with the snout.

Go back only a couple of years and a startup like this would be offering you a mouthwatering performance from a highly tuned mid-mounted V6, with fuel consumption to match. Now if it isn’t hybrid or pure-electric you’ll be wondering what planet they lived on. How times have changed…


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Paris Motor Show – Jaguar C-X75 gas turbine hybrid electric supercar

Jaguar wow press and public with a daring hybrid supercar concept built to celebrate their 75th year. Running gas turbines in road cars is not a new idea. Think back to the 50’s-60’s when Chrysler ran a fleet of turbine cars, and BRM fielded a Le Mans racer. These were short lived experimental projects that […]

Paris Motor Show 2010 - Jaguar C-X75


Jaguar wow press and public with a daring hybrid supercar concept built to celebrate their 75th year.

Running gas turbines in road cars is not a new idea. Think back to the 50’s-60’s when Chrysler ran a fleet of turbine cars, and BRM fielded a Le Mans racer. These were short lived experimental projects that followed the motor show dream concepts of the time. Interesting ideas but flawed in many ways and connected mechanically to the drivetrain. Using gas turbines to generate electricity for electric drive motors solves the immediate problem of reducing the phenomenal RPM and throttling of a turbine down to the low rotation needed for your wheels and tyres. It also allows the turbine to run at optimum speed for the efficiency that eluded earlier iterations. If Jaguar have solved the remaining problems of heat and emissions, then we have the recipe for an interesting vehicle. 4 wheel drive, infinitely controllable for traction and yaw, electric drive supplemented by turbine generators, bring it on Jaguar. Lets hope this is not just pie in the sky and points the way to a new and exciting future for supercars.

Enough of the mechanics, this is a concept and concepts need to impress as well as show the way forward. Raiding the past to guarantee the pedigree of the brand is normal and acceptable, copying elements blindly to make life easy is plain tacky. Fortunately this concept walks the tightrope adeptly between cool and kitsch, looking forward whilst recalling past icons. Deliberate evocations of the glorious XJ13 present in the classic-yacht boat tail work well. It’s not all plain sailing though, as the nose needs to incorporate latest Jag styling cues. Forcing an upright squarish mouth onto an otherwise sleek flowing shape seems brutish and doesn’t integrate as well as the beautiful tapering tail.

Rather than verbally perambulate endlessly on design matters we encourage you to peruse the pics and judge for yourselves as this is inevitably a question of personal taste. On balance though we’ll give it an enthusiastic thumbs up!


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Paris Motor Show – Ford Focus ST

Ford spices up Focus range with tarmac ripping ST No-one knows better than Ford how to turn a cooking mainstream econobox into a rip-roaring tearaway. Some will find the bulging muscles and aggressive stance a tad too hot. Tattoo us if we don’t join the overwhelming majority of car crazy cousins to fall into love […]

Paris Motor Show - Ford Focus ST

Ford spices up Focus range with tarmac ripping ST

No-one knows better than Ford how to turn a cooking mainstream econobox into a rip-roaring tearaway. Some will find the bulging muscles and aggressive stance a tad too hot. Tattoo us if we don’t join the overwhelming majority of car crazy cousins to fall into love at first reveal. Paris haute-couture it ain’t but underneath the “tangerine scream” overalls lurks the mouth of an Aston, the gills of a Mclaren, the tailpipes of a Lambo and the wing blisters of a…Hyundai?! This is Ford’s first true “global” hot hatch, so it might seem appropriate to find world-wide influences. Is that a Korean look to the “stingray” rear light clusters? A Peugeot-like gaping jaw of a bottom feeder up front? Whatever. Our yellow monster rides on mesmerising 19inch rims and loses the body colour grill fins of the lesser Focuses. You might wonder why it’s not a 3 door, until we explain that there’s no plan to produce 3 door Focuses for the US market; so to keep the parts bin global, this ST plays to the family friendly format of 5 doors.
You’ll only get 4 cylinders in this 250PS powered range topper. Dropping a pot, but trumpeting independent variable valve timing, low-inertia turbo and high-pressure direct injection, is planned to compensate, or in fact, increase torque levels whilst reducing emissions by a claimed 20%. As for driving performance, you’ll have to wait ’till 2012 to sample the ST, as the cooking Focus doesn’t hit the showrooms until early next year at an undisclosed price.


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