The leaves aren’t the only things dropping. In Paris, new car concepts seem to be plummeting from the sky in heaps and droves, including new stuff from Lamborghini, Audi, and Cadillac, among others. The Paris Motor Show kicks off this weekend. Here’s who you should be following.
- Though they don’t have much to do with the Paris Motor Show, Lund makes some pretty awesome side steps, especially helpful during the approaching cold and slick months. We walked readers through an installation this week, just to show how easy it is. Follow Lund on Twitter for more great tips and their latest awesome upgrades.
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- When you first look at the Lamborghini Asterion, you’re not sure what to think. See, most Lamborghinis are designed to terrify you. You’re afaid to touch one for fear of pulling back a bloody stump. And that’s what we love about them. But the new Asterion is just so…collected. Like it finally took its ritalin. The lines are smooth, the shape comforting. Even the interior seems to welcome you into the soothing womb of a grand tourer, rather than a supercar. But a supercar it is. A hypercar, even. It’s Lamborghini’s first gas-electric hybrid and heaves out a total of 910 hp. It will very likely be the fastest car Lamborghini has ever made, and will give the Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1 some serious competition. It just looks like something one of them would have made. It’s certainly very good looking. Just a little surprising.
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- We’ve known for a while that the McLaren F1 team will return to Honda power next year. Honda just released a picture of their F1 engine, and it could restore McLaren to their days of F1 glory. But that’s not the biggest Honda news this week. They released specs for their new Civic Type R concept, which stirs a turbo into the V-TEC sauce to the effect of about 280 hp from a 2.0 four. It’s pretty insane for a FWD car, but Honda says they’re going for the FWD Nurburgring record. The only problem with this perfected Civic is that we don’t get it here in the States. We’ve never gotten the CTR. So here’s the plan: You all follow Honda Racing, who will post a crapton of awesome stuff anyway, and Honda will get the picture that we want fast and interesting Hondas in America.
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- Now we know why VW really made the XL-1, their semi-experimental, high-tech, lightweight, low-drag, 261 mpg two seater. Yes, it was a neat accomplishment, but the 800cc turbodiesel and electric motor only made 74 hp. Combined. For the XL Sport Concept, they ditched that little TD for a 1200cc Ducati V-Twin worth 200 hp. And that’s what people should do with all lightweight cars. It’s not a supercar, since it will take all of 5.5 seconds to get to 60, but it has a Ducati engine in the middle. Behind the cab. This one will be tough, since it’s still a concept, and we never got the XL-1 anyway, but follow VW and tell them to bring it to America anyway.
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Paris Motor Show
- And this is just the start. There’s a bunch more going on at Paris. There’s the Ferrari 458 Speciale Convertible. There’s a 250 hp Nissan Pulsar, a 4 door Audi TT, a 2.9 second 0-60 Corvette, Miata engine announcements, the Infiniti Q80, and that’s just so far. Follow these guys for more awesome releases.
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Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.