2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercarsFrom wild supercars you can’t buy, to four-door saloons you can, we’ve selected the best performance cars at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T is likely to make some enthusiasts V happy. Ferrari has ditched the complex four-wheel-drive system in favour of a purer, more agile rear-wheel-drive setup. Great news, then? There is one catch…

Gone is the naturally-aspirated V12 engine in favour of a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8. Now you know what the T in GTC4 Lusso stands for. But don’t worry, if you’re not turned on by the thought of a turbocharged Ferrari, the ‘standard’ GTC4 Lusso is still available.

Audi RS3 saloon2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

If you thought compact saloons were all beige interiors, comfortable cardigans and trips to the bowls club, think again. This is the snarling Audi RS3 saloon that’s likely to make a few people think twice before signing that finance deal on a Golf R.

The figures are nothing short of astonishing: 400hp – yes, four hundred – 0-60mph in a little over four seconds, and four-wheel drive. Best of all, it’s powered by a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, so it will sound fantastic as you cruise the mean streets of suburbia. This might be the car we’d most like to leave Paris in.

MINI Clubman JCW2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Question: name a car you can buy with six doors, all-wheel drive, 231hp and 258lb ft of torque that will cost around £30,000. The answer is the new MINI Clubman JCW.

It features all the familiar JCW upgrades, so you can rest assured that the brakes, suspension and cooling have been sorted. MINI claims the JCW will sprint to 62mph in 6.3 seconds, helped in no small part by the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.

Mercedes-AMG GT R2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

The ‘beast from the Green Hell’ was certainly the brightest performance car at the Paris Motor Show. But far from being all show and no go, the Mercedes-AMG GT R packs a mighty 577hp 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, developing 577hp.

Alongside the GT R, Mercedes-AMG also showcased the new GT Roadster and GT C Roadster. It has promised to build 48 new AMG and AMG Line models over the coming 12 months, so we hope you like what you see.

Porsche 919 Hybrid2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Last week, the Porsche 919 Hybrid grabbed the headlines when Mark Webber drove this Le Mans car through the streets of a sleepy London.

This was a chance to see a Porsche 919 Hybrid in a more sedate environment. The turbocharged V4 engine develops around 900hp and weighs 875kg. We did volunteer to take it for an early morning tour of Paris, but Porsche wasn’t keen.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 702016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

How do you celebrate your 70th anniversary? Invite a few friends to the village hall and spend a few quid on party food at Iceland? Not if you’re Ferrari. Next year, the Italian firm will be 70 years old, and to mark the occasion it has been looking through its photo album of iconic liveries.

Keen not to do things by half, Ferrari will recreate 70 individual liveries, to be used to create a maximum of 350 unique cars. This is ‘The Stirling’, which is inspired by the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB: winner of the 1961 Tourist Trophy with Stirling Moss at the wheel.

Hyundai RN302016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Thought Hyundai was all five-year warranties and dependability? Yeah, that causes a problem for Hyundai, as it wants to prove it is able to let its hair down once in a while. The RN30 is like Colin the accountant announcing his resignation in order to take up cage fighting.

Believe it or not, underneath that ‘expensive running shoes’ exterior you’ll find a humble i30. Its four-cylinder engine is chucking out a mighty 375hp and 333lb ft of torque, combining to create the wildest Hyundai the world has ever seen. It previews the company’s first performance N car, although we doubt the i30N will look quite this menacing. Somebody think of the children.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

For those who are about to race, the announcement of a new Porsche racing car is a big deal. The new 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 4.0-litre flat-six engine developing 485hp – 25hp more than the outgoing GT3 Cup.

The huge rear wing lets the world know you’re a serious racer, while Porsche claims to have made significant changes under the skin, designed to improve reliability and make it easier for track-side maintenance.

Honda Civic Type R2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Few cars here in Paris have divided opinion quite like the Honda Civic Type R, but you need to get used to it because it’s coming fast – quite literally. Officially, the Paris show car is a concept, but it looks production-ready to us. In fact, it’s likely to make its debut at the SEMA show in November.

Honda hasn’t announced any performance figures, but you can’t dress up a car like Mr Angry without loading it with aggression. Besides, the Focus RS beat the current Type R in a punch-up and Honda isn’t about to let that happen again.

Ferrari 488 Spider 702016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Oh look, another one of those Ferrari party celebration cars. Whether they fall under ‘class’ or ‘crass’ is a matter for debate, but needless to say some look better than others. This is the 488 Spider, aka ‘The Green Jewel’, inspired by the green livery of the 365 P2 fielded by the David Piper Racing team.

Ferrari at 702016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Here are five examples for your viewing pleasure. Next year, Ferrari will embark on a world tour spanning 60 different countries.

Peugeot 3008 DKR2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

The name says 3008, but the DKR has virtually nothing in common with the new Peugeot 3008 that’s coming to a supermarket car park near you. Sadly, your friendly Peugeot dealer won’t be offering a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel option.

That means you won’t be able to enjoy 340hp and 590lb ft of torque, not to mention an ability to drive over pretty much anything. Sand dunes, mountains, canyons, speed bumps – all no problem for the 3008 DKR, which starts its racing career next month.

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

It wouldn’t be an international motor show without a car that is already sold out. The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is just like the regular LaFerrari, only with less roof. As you may have guessed, all 208 units have been spoken for. If your name’s not down…

Ferrari claims the Aperta retains the torsional rigidity of the tin-top version, which is a claim we’d like to test. Unfortunately, our name wasn’t down.

Renault Trezor2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Before you say anything, we know, the Renault Trezor is just a concept. But we figured the more buzz it receives, the more chance it has of making production. Besides, we’re happy to keep looking at it.

The photos don’t do it justice, so we’d encourage you to visit the Paris Motor Show, if only to gawp at its majesty. Keep an eye on the next Hot Wheels catalogue, because the Trezor is a sure-fire winner.

Jaguar F-Type SVR2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Another candidate for the list of cars we’d most like to leave Paris in: this is the storming SVR version of the Jaguar F-Type. We figure the short hop from Paris to Blighty would give us ample opportunity to enjoy the 575hp from its supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine.

That active rear spoiler deploys at 60mph and combines with the flat underbody to give a top speed of 200mph.

BMW i82016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

The big news from BMW is the announcement of a new and improved i3, with 50% more range. But three years on from its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the i8 remains every inch the showstopper.

In Paris, BMW unveiled a new Protonic Dark Silver Edition, which is set to go into production in December. It’s the colour Batman would choose, probably.

Ferrari 488 GTB 702016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

This is a ‘Ferrari at 70’ model we can get behind. It’s called ‘The Schumacher’ and, as its name suggests, it pays homage to Michael Schumacher’s F2003-GA of 2003.

Abarth 124 Spider2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Proof that good fun can come in small packages? This is the Abarth 124 Spider, complete with 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged engine developing 170hp. To our eyes, the Abarth looks streets ahead of its Fiat sibling, and the sub-seven-seconds 0-62mph time is a reason to be cheerful. As is the black bonnet.

Honda NSX2016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

Another motor show, another chance to see the Honda NSX. It feels like thing has done more shows than the Suzuki Jimny. First drives are taking place as we type. Soon you’ll be able to drive one for yourself.

Infiniti Q602016 Paris Motor Show: the best performance and supercars

This is the car Infiniti hopes will steal sales from the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and BMW 4 Series. It’s called the Q60 and it’s the first Infiniti to be powered by a twin-turbocharged engine. One is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder developing 211hp, but the other is a snarling 3.0-litre V6 with a mighty 405hp. Colour us intrigued.

2016 Paris Motor Show: the best concept cars

2016 Paris Motor Show: the best concept cars

2016 Paris Motor Show: the best concept cars

We love a motor show for the weird and wonderful concept cars – and this year’s Paris show hasn’t disappointed. From near-ready hot hatches to utterly bizarre French sports cars, the concepts at Paris make us genuinely excited about what we’ll be driving in the future.

Volkswagen I.D.

Volkswagen I.D.

We’ll start with one of the biggies: the Volkswagen I.D. is the car that will make us all forget Dieselgate. Maybe. As revolutionary as the original Beetle and Golf, says the firm, the rear-wheel-drive, five-door electric hatch will have a range of 250 to 370 miles when it goes on sale in 2020.

Powered by a 170hp electric motor and based on a new MEB platform, the I.D. is a similar size to the Golf and can carry four people. It also previews a fully-autonomous car that will go on sale from 2025.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV

This rather cool looking thing is a high-end SUV concept from Mitsubishi. There’s some discussion about what exactly it previews, if anything – a new Outlander, perhaps? Or even a new ASX.

As you might guess from the name, the GT-PHEV is a plug-in hybrid. With three electric motors combined with a 2.5-litre petrol engine, it’s good for 75 miles on electric-only power. It’s also got genuine off-road credentials, and a host of connected technology.

SsangYong LIV-2

SsangYong LIV-2

This incredible concept previews the next SsangYong Rexton. It appears in this list simply for its shag carpets alone. LIV-2 stands for Limitless Interface Vehicle, if you’re wondering, and it previews the next Rexton.

Shag-pile aside, the interior is quite something. Passengers in the rear get individual reclining chairs, while mood lighting creates the air of a backstreet wine bar. Large 10.1-inch screens in the headrests provide entertainment, while a 9.2-inch infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the driver.

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

It only feels like yesterday that the current Honda Civic Type R was being revealed. Hype’s only just starting to die down, but here’s the next-generation model. Apparently it is a concept, or a prototype at least, although it looks practically production-ready to us.

Technical stats are hard to come by, but it’s clear Honda wants the front-wheel-drive Nurburgring record back from VW. Have no doubt, this’ll be fast, presumably powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged VTEC as the current model, but with power turned up a notch.

SEAT Ateca X-Perience

SEAT Ateca X-Perience

SEAT has beefed up its Ateca crossover by giving it the X-Perience treatment. It’s got chunkier tyres, scuff plates at the front and rear, and cladding along the sills and bumpers. With a Haldex four-wheel-drive system and a choice of driving modes, the X-Perience isn’t all for show.

Except, it kinda is. It’s just a concept, for now. Although it wouldn’t really take much to put it into production – SEAT already sells the Leon X-Perience, after all – the firm says it’s just testing the water for now.

BMW X2

BMW X2

Yet another niche crossover from BMW. The X2 follows in the footsteps of X4 and X6, slotting between the X1 and X3 in the firm’s range. The concept previews a production model, which will follow in 2018.

With its large kidney grille dominating the front end and a (slightly watered-down) Hofmeister kink at the rear, the X2 is unmistakably a BMW. Blacked-out windows suggest there’s a bit of work to be done before it’s production ready, while technical details are also yet to be released.

Renault Trezor

Renault Trezor

Now this is a concept car we can really get excited about. The Trezor is an electric two-seat performance car created by the firm’s design chief, Laurens van den Acker. He’s the man who has made Renault cool again in recent years, using cues from the 2010 Dezir concept.

While the Trezor is very definitely a concept, we could see elements of it appear in production cars in the near future. It looks stunning, with a central carbonfibre spine as its chassis, and power going to the rear from its 350hp electric motor.

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

This was first revealed at this year’s Pebble Beach, but it made its European debut at Paris. The near-six-metre-long Maybach 6 previews a production car set to launch next year, rivalling the Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Powered by an electric powertrain producing 740hp and capable of more than 200 miles on one charge, the Maybach 6 will hit 62mph in less than four seconds. A clever fast-charge system means you can top it up with an extra 62 miles of range in just five minutes.

Lexus UX concept

 

Lexus UX concept

There are a lot of angles going on here – it’s the new Lexus concept, previewing a production SUV that could replace the unloved CT200h hybrid hatch. The two-door concept SUV features Lexus’s Spindle grille and looks a bit like something out of Star Wars.

That theme continues inside, where there’s a wrap-around dash and a dual-screen infotainment system. Technical details are TBC, but expect it to feature some kind of electric powertrain.

Infiniti QX Sport

Infiniti QX Sport

From one challenging SUV concept to another, the QX Sport previews a potential rival to the BMW X3 from Nissan’s upmarket Infiniti brand. It would replace the poor-selling QX50.

Inside, there are four seats – each offering plenty of room for all occupants. A flat-bottomed steering wheel adds a sporty touch, while a digital screen replaces conventional dials.

Hyundai RN30 Concept

Hyundai RN30 Concept

Hyundai’s N performance brand has been talked about for years – but it’s finally starting to feel a little more real, with the launch of its RN30 Concept. Previewing a hot i30 N, the RN30 features a full aero bodykit – giving it a true motorsport look.

Power comes from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine producing a significant 375hp, transferred to all four wheels via a dual-clutch race gearbox. A limited-slip diff means it should be a beast on track.

Citroen CXperience

Citroen CXperience

We’ll end with a bonkers French concept – the Citroen CXperience. The plug-in hybrid is Mondeo-sized, meaning it could preview a replacement for the now-defunct C5.

Inside, the CXperience puts comfort high on the agenda: how wonderfully Citroen. Seats are covered in memory foam, while extra noise insulation should drown out unwanted road noise. Power comes from a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical carsWild concepts and crazy supercars might grab the headlines in Paris, but back in the real world, what are the cars you might be driving in 2017? We’ve selected some of the best practical cars at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Skoda KodiaqParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

A decade or so ago, it would have been crazy to start a motor show round-up gallery with a Skoda, but it just goes to prove how far the Czech brand has travelled. Without question, the Kodiaq SUV is one of the star attractions at the Paris Motor Show – it’s a car you know will sell like very hot cakes. The large off-roader was actually unveiled in Berlin earlier this month, but this is the first time the Kodiaq has been shown to the public.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive, but then the Kodiaq ticks a lot of very important boxes. It’s an SUV, so it enters a growing market; it’s a Skoda, so value is virtually guaranteed; plus it will be offered with a choice of either five or seven seats. It also helps that it looks cracking, especially under the bright lights of the Paris show. Bank on paying upwards of £23,000 when it goes on sale later this year.

Land Rover DiscoveryParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Do not adjust your set, this is indeed the new Land Rover Discovery. Much has changed since the first generation ‘Disco’ was launched in 1989 and the new one looks like a larger Discovery Sport. But is that necessarily a bad thing? After all, the Evoque and Discovery Sport are two of the most popular premium SUVs on the planet.

The Discovery had to change, of course. Faced with strong competition in the form of the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7, the new Discovery has emerged with a fresh new look, a range of more efficient engines and improved technology. Prices start from £43,493 for the base Discovery S, but if you’re quick you can get your hands on a First Edition, priced at £62,695. Only 600 are coming to the UK.

Peugeot 3008Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

As expected, Peugeot is putting on quite a show at its home motor show, with the 3008 likely to be one of its most popular new models. It’s no coincidence that the new 3008 looks more SUV than it does MPV, because people carriers are like so yesterday, darling. The new 3008 is chunkier than before, with a raised right height adding a modicum of off-road ability.

The new Peugeot 3008 is actually smaller than the outgoing model, but thanks to a longer wheelbase there’s more space inside. It shows, because the cabin feels spacious, while the boot can swallow 520 litres of family life. Throw in a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines, plus some class-leading technology, and we think the 3008 has what it takes to give the Nissan Qashqai a bloody nose.

Honda CivicParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Before the show got underway, the SMMT (Social of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) put on a display of British-built cars beneath the Eiffel Tower, one of which was the new Honda Civic. It’s fair to say that not everyone has welcomed the new styling, although it certainly stands out.

You may or may not like the exterior, but you’ll almost certainly appreciate the interior. The new cabin is a huge step forward, with a more premium feel and a semi-freestanding infotainment system. This is a big car for Britain, with the Swindon plant expected to build some 160,000 Civics a year, many of which will be exported around the world.

Audi Q5Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

This is a big deal for Audi, with the Q5 pushing even more upmarket and introducing a style that’s more in line with the Q7. The new Q5 switches from the MQB to the MLB platform, making it up to 90kg lighter than the outgoing model. Five engines will be available at launch, while a hot RS Q5 will follow in 2017.

Other big news from Paris includes the availability of air suspension – a first for the Q5 – along with LED rear lights and a future plug-in hybrid model. In common with other Audi generation changes, the styling is more evolutionary than revolutionary, but when parked side by side, we reckon the new Q5 will make the outgoing model look and feel a bit frumpy.

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

The humble people carrier is dead? Not according to Vauxhall, which has just refreshed its popular Zafira Tourer. The Opel-badged cars on show in Paris showcase a new, mildly refreshed face, which to our eyes is less appealing than before. Not that this matters, because the big news is on the inside.

The Zafira Tourer now boasts Vauxhall’s rather excellent OnStar personal assistant, while the clever Flex7 seating remains its standout feature. Aside from that it’s largely as you were. This truly is the mildest of midlife facelifts; a case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. If you fancy a ‘new’ Zafira Tourer, you’re in luck, because they go on sale from the 1st October.

Renault AlaskanParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

The Renault Alaskan is to the Nissan Navara what the Fiat Fullback is to the Mitsubishi L200. In other words, it’s a thoroughly Japanese pick-up that’s been treated to a European makeover. The pick-up market is buoyant, so it’s little wonder Renault has chosen to enter this part of the light commercial vehicle sector for the first time.

Thanks to that huge badge at the front, it certainly looks like a Renault, and the engines will be familiar, too. In the UK at least, we expect the Alaskan to be powered by the same 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine found in the Renault Master van. If you like what you see – and we certainly do – the Alaskan is expected to arrive in the UK in the first half of 2017.

Peugeot 5008Paris Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Wait, haven’t we featured this already? Actually, no, that was the Peugeot 3008. This is the 5008, Peugeot’s response to the Kodiaq. In other words, this is Peugeot’s new seven-seat SUV, which looks a whole lot better than the outgoing 5008.

It’s a cracking looking thing, especially at the rear, which is dominated by those claw-like lights and a rather striking design. Inside you’ll find a new i-Cockpit system, which is Peugeot’s version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, but with a French twist. It’s totally driver-focused and includes an 8-inch touchscreen and 12.3-in digital cluster. If this is the future of the MPVSUV, we rather like it.

Mitsubishi OutlanderParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been treated to a makeover, with a new EV priority switch, designed to keep the car in electric mode when required. You’ll also find an electric handbrake and auto hold function, plus support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is a welcome addition, because the current Outlander isn’t blessed with the greatest of infotainment systems.

The Outlander diesel now gets a PHEV-style full length console with electric handbrake, smartphone link and a host of new safety features. The new Mitsubishi Outlander diesel will arrive in the UK at the end of 2017.

Audi A5/S5 SportbackParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

If the Audi A5 coupe is a little too cramped for your liking, Audi has a ready-made answer in the form of the new A5 Sportback. Available as both an A5 and a sportier S5, the cars boast an additional two doors, as well as more cabin space.

The Sportback is 17mm longer than the coupe and it’s fair to say it’s not as attractive as the three-door version. But on the plus side, the cabin is noticeably larger, with more shoulder space and knee room, plus an additional 15 litres of luggage space.

Mitsubishi ASXParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

Ahead of its imminent launch, the Mitsubishi ASX has sharpened up its act with an interpretation of the so-called ‘Dynamic Shield’ visual identity. Highlights include a revised front bumper, chrome streaks and an upper grille that connects with the headlights. It’s a good look, right?

Other features include a shark fin antenna, more supportive rear seats and a new 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine. You can order your new ASX in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Suzuki SX4 S-CrossParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is a much improved car, although the jury is still out over the new face. Look beyond that ‘Vanden Plas’ grille and you’ll find the brilliant 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine, which replaces the old 1.6-litre unit. It’s a terrific engine: eager to rev hard when the mood takes you, but frugal when the mood doesn’t.

In common with other Suzukis, you get the impression you’re getting far more for your money. It might be a credible rival to the Nissan Qashqai, but the pricing structure is more in line with the Juke. And it’s well-equipped, too. Prices start from below £15,000 and the SX4 S-Cross is available from October.

Renault KoleosParis Motor Show 2016: the best practical cars

The Renault Koleos has made its European debut in Paris and the big news is, it’s coming to the UK. It is to the Nissan X-Trail what the Renault Kadjar is to the Nissan Qashqai. In other words, the Renault shares its platform with its Japanese counterpart, with the Koleos receiving a French makeover.

To our eyes, the Koleos is more appealing than the X-Trail, especially in the range-topping Initiale Paris trim shown here at the show. Renault is promising class-leading space for passengers and the latest four-wheel drive technology. It’s set to go on sale in the UK in summer 2017, by which time we should know more about the engines, specs and prices.

Skoda Kodiak

Skoda Kodiaq SUV revealed at 2016 Paris Motor Show

Skoda KodiakAfter months of teasing, the new Skoda Kodiaq SUV made its official public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Available as a five- or seven-seater, the Kodiaq is the firm’s first SUV and will rival the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento when it goes on sale later this year.

At 4.7m long, the Kodiaq is the longest vehicle to sit on VW Group’s versatile MQB platform, but weight has been kept down to less than 1.5-tonnes in front-wheel-drive petrol form.

The manufacturer says it will trump rivals on space and value – with prices expected to start at less than £25,000. For comparison, the Kia Sorento starts at £28,795.

Czech the techSkoda Kodiak

It’ll be packed with technology – including a bird’s-eye-view camera for low-speed manoeuvring, as well as semi-autonomous functions that activate in the case of a crash.

Buyers will get a choice of a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine (in 150hp or 190hp guises), along with a variety of 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre petrol units.

A six-speed manual gearbox and six or seven-speed DSG automatic ‘boxes are offered, along with the choice of front- or four-wheel drive.

An off-road mode suggests the Kodiaq will have genuine rough-terrain capability, although we’ll find out exactly how much when we test it later in the year.

Gee whizz, it’s the new Suzuki Ignis

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Electrification, hybrids, multi-million dollar cars that are already spoken for: you can keep all of that. For me, the car of the 2016 Paris Motor Show might be the Suzuki Ignis. Why? Allow me to explain.

For a start, this is no crazy concept or sold-out hypercar: you’ll be able to buy an Ignis – as soon as January 2017 in some European markets. Secondly, in keeping with Suzuki’s aggressive price strategy, it’s likely to be one of the cheapest compact crossovers on the market.

And that’s before you get to the styling. Seriously, few cars – regardless of sector, size or price – are as cool as the new Suzuki Ignis. Here’s a compact crossover that looks quite unlike anything else.

It’s not often you can say that about a car of this size and nature.

There are hints of Suzuki’s past wherever you look, chiefly the Cervo, which arrived in the UK as the SC100, otherwise known as the Whizzkid. There are also hints of the original Vitara and Swift, and yet the Ignis still manages to establish an identity all of its own.

Note the clamshell bonnet (always a winner), the three indents that tip the hat to the Whizzkid, plus the short overhangs at the front and rear. It’s impossible not to look at the Ignis and smile.

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Under the skin, Suzuki has made extensive use of lightweight materials, and although figures aren’t available, you’d bet on the Ignis slipping beneath the 1,000kg mark. Squeezing every last drop of performance from the 1.2-litre Dualjet engine shouldn’t be an issue.

As you’d expect from Suzuki, four-wheel drive will be available as an option, while 180mm of minimum ground clearance should ensure the Ignis is able to stand up to the Fiat Panda 4×4 in the battle for junior off-road supremacy. With a host of passive and active safety features, plus the latest smartphone connectivity, the Ignis has a head start on the Italian.

It also scores extra points for offering a huge array of personalisation options. There are 14 colours available, including Flame Orange Pearl Metallic, Neon Blue Metallic and Helios Gold Pearl Metallic. The Suzuki Ignis isn’t a car you’ll lose in the supermarket car park. You can even go two-tone, with a black roof.

If Suzuki is able to sell the Ignis from around £10,000, it could be on to a winner. Rather than mourn the loss of the evergreen Jimny, we only need to take one look at the Ignis to realise the future of Suzuki SUVs is in good shape.

Just hurry up and build a new Ignis Sport for Europe, Suzuki. Thank you.

Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Paris Motor Show 2016: all the carsIn case you hadn’t noticed, the 2016 Paris Motor Show is underway. We’re reporting live from the show, which means we can show you all the cars in one rolling mega-feature. We do the walking, so you don’t have to.

Alfa Romeo Giulia VeloceParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

If you don’t fancy the range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, may we suggest that a) you check yourself for signs of a pulse and b) you consider the new Giulia Veloce. Available with a choice of either a 2.0-litre turbo or 2.2-litre turbodiesel, the all-wheel drive Veloce is fitted with a standard eight-speed transmission. Will it come to the UK? That remains to be seen.

Audi A5 and S5 SportbackParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

We’ve already driven the impressive new Audi A5 and S5 coupe, but Audi has revealed the more practical five-door Sportback version of both models at Paris. It looks good – if a bit unimaginative – with an interior familiar to anyone who’s driven the latest A4.

Citroen C3Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

This is possibly one of our favourite ‘real world’ debuts of the show – and certainly the car we’d most like to head out on the streets of Paris in. The new C3 looks like a return to form for Citroen, featuring Airbumps from the C4 Cactus. It’s based on an all-new platform and is packed with tech: including an in-built dashcam.

Citroen CXperienceParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

This incredible-looking concept is a nod to the 1974 CX. It’s a plug-in hybrid hatchback and hints at the firm’s future design direction, says Citroen. Its bold, yellow interior is quite something – a return to Citroen’s of old where comfort was more important than, well, anything else. As for performance, a total output of 300hp would seem more than adequate.

Dacia DusterParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

For the first time, the Dacia Duster comes with an automatic six-speed dual clutch transmission. It’s mated to the 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine and is available on Laureate and Prestige models. It might be the cheapest crossover in the UK, but it remains one of the most appealing.

Dacia Sandero/Sandero Stepway/Logan MCVParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Dacia has refreshed its entire range of vehicles, with a new look for the Sandero, Sandero Stepway (seen here) and Logan MCV. Granted, the changes are subtle, but the cars look good, especially the faux off-roader that is the Stepway. The cabins have been improved, while a new 75hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine is available.

Ferrari LaFerrari ApertaParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

It might just be a LaFerrari without a roof, but that isn’t stopping it attracting the crowds here at Paris. Ferrari hasn’t said exactly how many Spiders will be built – only that the entire production run has sold out in advance.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso TParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Looks familiar? Think again, because the ‘T’ in Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is rather significant. Gone is the 6.3-litre V12 as the ‘standard’ GTC4 Lusso, with a 3.9-litre V8 turbo fitted in its place. It offers an impressive 602hp and is able to sprint to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds. Top speed is an impressive 198mph.

Honda CivicParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The new Honda Civic was previewed in concept form at Geneva, but Honda’s revealed the production version of the British-built car at Paris. Even in cooking-spec guise, it’s sportier than its predecessor, while new 1.0- and 1.5-litre turbocharged VTEC petrol engines should combine fun with economy.

Honda Civic Type RParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Our cup runneth over with Type R goodness. Hot on the heels of the current Civic Type R comes this: the new Civic Type R. Honda claims it’s a prototype, but it looks pretty damn finished to us. We can’t tell you anything about the performance, but we can tell you it will be sold in the US. Still want that Focus RS?

Hyundai i10Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Hold the front page! Hyundai’s given its i10 city car a makeover for Paris. It’s got a larger front grille, LED daytime running lights and a new rear bumper. Inside, a new touchscreen infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Not exciting, perhaps, but we really like the i10 – and these updates bring it bang up-to-date.

Hyundai i30Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Grabbing a quick seat in the Hyundai i30 here at Paris, it’s clear the brand is trying to take its Focus-sized car upmarket from the budget offering that was its predecessor. Buyers get a choice of three petrol engines and three diesels.

Hyundai RN30 ConceptParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Hot – and we mean hot – on the heels of the regular i30 comes this: the RN30 Concept. This ‘motorsport-inspired racing concept’ is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing 380hp and 332lb ft of torque. Sadly, it’s unlikely to be coming to a Hyundai dealer near you soon. But we can always dream.

Kia RioParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The fourth-generation model of Kia’s Fiesta-sized supermini has been unveiled at Paris, with the firm’s standard tiger-nose grille and a new, bigger platform. It gets some clever driver assistance tech, such as autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, while a new infotainment system incorporates Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

Lamborghini Centenario RoadsterParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

It wouldn’t be a motor show without some kind of crazy Lamborghini. Step forward the Centenario Roadster, which is like the ‘standard’ Centenario, only with less roof. Before you go reaching for that £1.75 million hidden down the back of the sofa, we’re sorry to tell you they’ve all been spoken for.

Land Rover DiscoveryParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

We nearly walked straight past the new Discovery here at Paris – it does look rather like the Discovery Sport, which itself looks like the Range Rover Evoque. That’s not a bad thing per se, it’s a handsome thing and hasn’t lost any of its practicality. An all-aluminium body means it’s lighter than before.

MINI Clubman John Cooper WorksParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Is this the MINI Clubman we’ve been waiting for? It’s a new John Cooper Works edition, which pumps 228hp through MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system to provide a 0-60mph time of just six seconds. With those twin doors at the back, we’re tempted to say something about it having enough power to blow the blimmin’ doors off. But we won’t.

Opel Ampera-EParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The Opel Ampera-e is a small electric car with a 250-range, set to take on the ever-popular Nissan Leaf. But, surprisingly, Vauxhall has announced it won’t be sold in Britain. A shame as, our first impressions, under the bright lights of Paris, are incredibly positive.

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

You may have seen photos of this at Pebble Beach back in the summer, but nothing can prepare for seeing the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 in the metal. It’s as long as it is glorious and as imposing as a Maybach concept should be. It looks like a vision of an electric future that’s been thrust straight out of the 1930s.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV conceptParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

This is the biggy on Mitsubishi’s stand – the new GT-PHEV concept. It follows on from the firm’s eX concept, which itself followed on from the XR PHEV II concept, and teases a future SUV that could sit between the ASX and Outlander.

Mitsubishi OutlanderParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The Outlander’s been given a minor update for Paris, too. The popular plug-in version now features an ‘electric priority’ mode, while all models get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Nissan MicraParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Nissan messed up with the outgoing model – an attempt to make it an affordable world car killed sales in Europe, as so many competitors were simply better in almost every way. But the new Micra, revealed at Paris, could be a return to form for the Fiesta-rivalling hatchback. It’s based on the Sway concept and features a range of engines, including a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol.

Peugeot 3008Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

MPVs aren’t cool anymore – which is why Peugeot is re-launching its 3008 as a crossover SUV. Sales start in November, with a five-setting traction control system offering a modicum of off-road ability – despite the lack of a four-wheel-drive version.

Peugeot 5008Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Like the 3008, the bigger 5008 is also turning from an MPV into an SUV. The seven-seater features the same ‘i-Cockpit’ interior design as the smaller model – replacing conventional dials with a virtual display. We reckon the 5008 is a cracking looking thing and is sure to sell in big numbers back in the UK.

Renault AlaskanParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Paris is Renault’s home show, so the French firm’s stand is rather prominent at the Mondial. On it is the new Alaskan pick-up truck – Renault’s take on the Nissan Navara. Like the Navara, with which it shares a platform, the Alaskan will come in a variety of configurations.

Renault ClioParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The Renault Clio has been given a facelift for Paris, although we’re struggling to spot the difference. Changes include C-shaped daytime running lights and an upgraded touchscreen media system.

Renault KoleosParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

The Renault Koleos is coming back! In truth, you’d probably forgotten about the original Koleos, but the fact that the new one will be sold in the UK is big news. Renault claims the large SUV will have ‘the elegant refinement of a large saloon’ and will offer ‘class-leading’ passenger space. Looks great under the bright lights of the Renault stand.

Renault TrezorParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

It’s a French show, so it’s only right that a French carmaker delivers one of the showstoppers. It’s called the Renault Trezor – no, not Trevor – and it borrows heavily from the company’s involvement with Formula E. Beneath that Hot Wheels style exterior lies a 350hp all-electric powertrain, capable of propelling this concept to 62mph in under four seconds.

Renault ZoeParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

From one Renault you can’t buy, to one that you can. Indeed, you can drive the Renault Zoe further than ever before, because it now offers up to 250 miles of driving range from a single charge. It’s thanks to a new ZE 40 battery, which means the real-world range jumps from 106 to 186 miles. The existing 22kWh will remain on sale alongside the new model.

SEAT Ateca X-PerienceParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Fancy a SEAT Ateca with a little more bite? The appallingly named Ateca X-Perience is said to be ‘inspired by the Mediterranean culture’ and previews a future direction for the Ateca family. Chunky body cladding, scuff plates and off-road tyres hint at a rougher, tougher Ateca, but it remains a concept, for now.

Skoda KodiaqParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Is there a car that’s guaranteed to be a surefire hit more than a new, affordable VW Group SUV? Making its public debut at Paris, the seven-seat Kodiaq will take on the Kia Sorento when it goes on sale next year. Our first impressions are overwhelmingly positive.

Smart ForTwo Electric DriveParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

How do you make the latest Smart models even more desirable to fashion-conscious city types? An electric powertrain will help. Revealed at Paris, here’s the new electric-only Smart ForTwo.

Smart ForFour Electric DriveParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

There’s also an all-electric version of the four-door Smart ForFour. Both models will go on sale in 2017.

Suzuki IgnisParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

You can always rely on Suzuki for bringing along a quirky new car to a motor show, and it hasn’t disappointed us at Paris. It’s brought the ‘Ignis’ name back, but rather than being a plane-Jane city car, it’s a unique A-segment-sized take on the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3: consider it an arch-rival to the Fiat Panda Cross. It features Suzuki’s SHVS ‘mild hybrid’ powertrain.

Suzuki SX-4 S CrossParis Motor Show 2016: all the cars

Remember when British Leyland gave the Allegro the Vanden Plas treatment by sticking on a bold grille on an otherwise unappealing car..? Yeah, say hello to the facelifted SX-4 S Cross. At least it benefits from the firm’s excellent new Boosterjet petrol engines, in 1.0- and 1.4-litre guises. Shame the Allegro wasn’t offered with a Boosterjet. “I own an Austin Allegro BOOSTERJET.” Anyway.

Volkswagen I.D.Paris Motor Show 2016: all the cars

This is the fruit of a post dieselgate Volkswagen. It’s called the I.D. and Volkswagen claims the electric concept offers a remarkable range of between 250 and 373 miles. It’s set to arrive in 2020 and will herald the launch of an entire fleet of electric Volkswagens.

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The Grand Tour: fans from more than 100 countries want to visit Whitby

You’re invited to join Clarkson’s Grand Tour in Whitby

the-grand-tour-whitby

With filming underway for The Grand Tour, the ex-Top Gear trio have announced they will be filming in front of a live studio audience in North Yorkshire. Yes, that’s right: Clarkson, Hammond and May will be in Whitby.

It’s the first UK stop for The Grand Tour, which will also visit Johannesburg and California. Jezza and the gang will follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker and Captain Cook, who are both linked with the seaside town. Stoker stayed in the Royal Hotel and is said to have based Dracula on the town.

No comments about rare steaks, please.

Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Video Europe, said: “We were blown away by the customer demand for tickets to our studio tent recordings in Johannesburg and California and today we are excited to announce that the guys are coming home!

“Our first UK stop on The Grand Tour will be the historic North Yorkshire town of Whitby, so we invite fans to get in early to join Jeremy, Richard and James for thrills, spills and fish and chips by the seaside.”

But no steak. Definitely no steak.

Amazon’s website suggests filming will be taking place on the 13th and 14th October and that ‘audience participation is key’. Applicants must say why they want to go and, curiously, which of the presenters they most like and why.

The Grand Tour will launch on 18th November 2016 exclusively for Amazon Prime members. If you fancy standing in a big tent in Whitby, you’ll need to be quick, as entries are only open for two days and will close at midnight on Friday 30th September.

To apply for your trip to the seaside, go to: www.amazon.co.uk/GTGuestlist.

The Grand Tour: fans from more than 100 countries want to visit Whitby

You're invited to join Clarkson's Grand Tour in Whitby

the-grand-tour-whitby

With filming underway for The Grand Tour, the ex-Top Gear trio have announced they will be filming in front of a live studio audience in North Yorkshire. Yes, that’s right: Clarkson, Hammond and May will be in Whitby.

It’s the first UK stop for The Grand Tour, which will also visit Johannesburg and California. Jezza and the gang will follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker and Captain Cook, who are both linked with the seaside town. Stoker stayed in the Royal Hotel and is said to have based Dracula on the town.

No comments about rare steaks, please.

Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Video Europe, said: “We were blown away by the customer demand for tickets to our studio tent recordings in Johannesburg and California and today we are excited to announce that the guys are coming home!

“Our first UK stop on The Grand Tour will be the historic North Yorkshire town of Whitby, so we invite fans to get in early to join Jeremy, Richard and James for thrills, spills and fish and chips by the seaside.”

But no steak. Definitely no steak.

Amazon’s website suggests filming will be taking place on the 13th and 14th October and that ‘audience participation is key’. Applicants must say why they want to go and, curiously, which of the presenters they most like and why.

The Grand Tour will launch on 18th November 2016 exclusively for Amazon Prime members. If you fancy standing in a big tent in Whitby, you’ll need to be quick, as entries are only open for two days and will close at midnight on Friday 30th September.

To apply for your trip to the seaside, go to: www.amazon.co.uk/GTGuestlist.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept revealed at Paris Motor Show 2016

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept revealed at Paris Motor Show 2016

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept revealed at Paris Motor Show 2016

Mitsubishi has revealed its latest plug-in concept car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

The Ground-Tourer PHEV concept (or GT-PHEV for short) promises actual off-road ability and an impressive 75 miles of electric-only range – one in the eye for anyone who’s ever accused the short-ranged Outlander as being nothing more than a tax dodge.

While the high-end concept is smaller than the Outlander, some sources are suggesting it could actually be the next Outlander when it makes production. Alternatively, it could even previewthe next ASX, which has been given a facelift for the show.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept revealed at Paris Motor Show 2016

The GT-PHEV features the typical Mitsubishi ‘dynamic shield’ front grille – a treatment which has also made it onto the ASX, here at Paris.

The interior is trimmed in burgundy leather, although little else has been revealed about the inside – with the car firmly locked on Mitsubishi’s show stand.

It does showcase Mitsubishi’s connective technology, such as route and weather information, which can be used to utilise the car’s hybrid system over long journeys. Cameras replace the need for rear-view mirrors.

Power comes from a 2.5-litre petrol engine combined with a 25kWh battery located under the floor. CO2 emissions are quoted as just 26g/km.

That off road ability we mentioned is courtesy of the firm’s ‘Super All Wheel Control’ four-wheel-drive system, while short approach and departure angles should help in the rough stuff.