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Paris Motor Show 2018 preview: all the must-see new cars

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The first International Automobile Exhibition was held on the terrace of the Jardin des Tuileries in 1898, making this the 120th anniversary of the Paris Motor Show. This year, the show is as notable for the list of absentees as it is for the manufacturers in the French capital showcasing their latest metal. But there’s no shortage of debuts to get excited about, as our preview gallery reveals.

Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2

Ferrari SP2

The new Monza SP1 and SP2 models are the first in a new segment called ‘Icone’ and draw inspiration from Ferraris of the 1950s. The SP1 (top) is a single-seat road car, while the SP2 (above) does away with a tonneau cover and adds a second protective screen to become a two-seater. Each one will hit 62mph in just 2.9 seconds. They’re likely to be the biggest draws at this year’s show.

BMW 3 Series

2018 Paris Motor Show

In the real world, this is the probably the most important new car at the Paris Motor Show. Some 14 million BMW 3 Series have been sold since its launch in 1975, making it the best selling premium executive car the world has ever seen. It’s not hard to imagine what it will look like – even in full camo-wear – while the tech will be lifted from the 5 Series and 7 Series. The hours spent at the Nürburgring should ensure it retains the driving pleasure of its predecessors.

Peugeot e-Legend concept

Peugeot e-Legend

The Peugeot e-Legend concept is an all-electric, fully-autonomous show car inspired by the famous 504 Coupe. A fitting tribute for a car celebrating its 50th anniversary, but the e-Legend has its eyes firmly on the future. Powered by 100Wh batteries, the 462hp concept has four-wheel drive, a 136mph top speed and will sprint to 62mph in less than four seconds. It also offers 442 miles of range.

Hyundai i30 Fastback N

2018 Paris Motor Show

The Hyundai i30 Fastback N is another car with countless Nürburgring hours to its name, and we’re confident that it will be every bit as good as its hatchback sibling. It’s the third N model after the five-door i30 N and the Veloster N, and we expect the performance figures to be similar to those of the hot hatch.

Suzuki Jimny

2018 Paris Motor Show

Suzuki is rolling into Paris armed with an antidote to the rise of the needlessly oversized and brutish SUV. The new Jimny tips its hat to Suzuki models of old, featuring the likes of round headlights, independent indicators, rear combination lights and a tailgate-mounted spare wheel. Power is sourced from a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, with two transmissions available. We’ll be driving a new Jimny before the Paris show…

DS 3 Crossback

2018 Paris Motor Show

As the new suggests, the new DS 3 Crossback will be a smaller sibling to the DS 7 Crossback (pictured) and will do battle in the hotly contested compact SUV segment. Although little is known about the new car, we do know that it will use PSA’s small Common Modular Platform and that an electric version is on the cards.

Porsche Macan

2018 Paris Motor Show

Fresh from its launch at the Shanghai Motor Show in July, the new Porsche Macan will be making its European debut in Paris. Sensibly, Porsche has retained much of the original car’s styling, adding a LED light strip across the back, standard-fit LED headlights and a new 11-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There’s also a new range of exterior colours, including Miami Blue, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic and Crayon.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

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If looks could kill, the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace could be in for a nasty surprise. Questionable aesthetics aside, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is the firm’s first fully-electric SUV, featuring an 80kWh lithium-ion battery providing a 280-mile range. Alternatively, if you’re not too fussed about overall range, the 408hp EQC will sprint to 62mph in just 5.1 seconds.

Skoda Kodiaq vRS

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This is the first SUV to wear a vRS badge, with the hot Skoda Kodiaq powered by a 239hp twin-turbocharged diesel engine, making it the most powerful production diesel in the firm’s history. In June, a Skoda Kodiaq vRS driven by Sabine Schmitz set a record for the fastest time for a seven-seater SUV around the Nürburgring, lapping the famous circuit in 9:29.84 minutes. This should come in handy on the school run.

BMW 8 Series

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The new BMW 8 Series isn’t making its debut at the Paris Motor Show – racegoers will have seen it at the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours race – but we’re a little closer to seeing the first cars on the road. It’s based on the same platform as the 5 Series and 7 Series, but BMW has treated the 8 Series to a brand new, bespoke interior. Yours from £76,720.

Kia ProCeed

2018 Paris Motor Show

In common with the five-door Ceed, Kia has dropped the apostrophe (and the underscore) from the Proceed, with Paris our first chance to see the new five-door estate version. Kia is calling it a ‘shooting brake’, but we’re not sure it can live up to such a grand and noble tag. That said, if the 2017 Kia Proceed Concept is anything to go by, it’ll be quite a looker. Ding dong.

Peugeot 508 SW

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The Peugeot 508 SW is the estate version of the 508 saloon and inherits all of the good looks of its stablemate. The sleek styling comes at a price – at 530 litres, the boot is 30 litres smaller than the old 508 SW, although this can be extended to 1,780 litres with the seats folded down. It makes the Volkswagen Passat estate look a tad outmoded.

Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid Concept

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The Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid Concept will make its global debut in Paris – the first stage in the brand’s ‘energy transition offensive’, leading to 100 percent of the range having an electric option by 2025. The C5 Aircross features Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort seats, two innovations we’ve experienced in the new Citroen C4 Cactus.

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

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The European-designed and striking Corolla Touring Sports follows the unveiling of the Toyota Corolla hatchback revealed earlier this year. It also heralds the UK return of the Corolla name, replacing the outgoing Toyota Auris. A brand new 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain will be available, along with a 1.8-litre hybrid and a conventional 1.2-litre petrol.

BMW Z4

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BMW chose Monterey Car Week to give the all-new Z4 its global debut, but Paris will be the first chance for the European public to cast its eyes over the roadster. Co-developed with Toyota – a new Supra is also on the way – the Z4 has a 50:50 weight distribution, a low centre of gravity and a wide track. We’ll have to wait for the full specs, but the M40i will be powered by a six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine producing 340hp.

Mercedes-AMG A35

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The new entry-level Mercedes-AMG A35 is based on the standard A-Class (pictured) and will sit below the A45 in AMG’s bonkers range of cars. Little is known about the A35, but we’re expecting a power output in excess of 300hp, a £35,000 price tag and countless opportunities to tempt Focus RS drivers into an impromptu traffic light Grand Prix.

Lexus LC Limited Edition

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Lexus will unveil a new aptly-named LC Limited Edition in Paris, distinguished by its Naples Yellow paintwork which, the company says, is “achieved through [a] painstaking selection of layered paint and primer colours.” But it’s not all Tony Hart, because the LC LE also features the performance and handling features from the flagship LC Sport+ specification.

Audi A1

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The new A1 is Audi’s most configurable car ever, making it the ‘pick and mix’ of the supermini sector. “Customers can combine exterior and interior lines however they like,” says Audi. Be prepared for some rather outlandish creations when the new A1 hits the streets.

BMW X5

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You’ve already seen the photos, but this will be our first chance to get up close and personal with BMW’s luxury SUV. Predictably, the new X5 is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor, which means more cabin and luggage space. It’s available to order now, with prices starting from £57,495.

Audi A4

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With a facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class on sale and a new BMW 3 Series waiting in the wings, Audi had to do something with the A4. The response: a subtle new look, standard-fit sat nav and a small number of interior and tech upgrades.

Lexus RC

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According to Lexus, this isn’t the new RC, it’s the “reimagined” RC. The company has even given the coupe its own hashtag, so you can follow its launch via #SharpYetSmooth, which sounds a little like a tagline for a beer or cider.

Skoda Karoq Scout and Sportline

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The Karoq isn’t new, but Paris will be your first chance to see two new trim levels of the SUV formerly known as the Yeti. The SportLine will be offered exclusively with the most powerful 190h 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine, along with 19-inch ‘Vega’ black polished alloys, sports bumpers, black sports seats and stainless steel pedals. Meanwhile, Karoq Scout trades kerb appeal for off-road ability, featuring four-wheel drive as standard and a more rugged appearance.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class saloon

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The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class saloon boasts a Cd drag factor of just 0.22 which, when combined with a compact frontal area of 2.19 metres squared, makes it the most aerodynamic new car in the world. You can order your new wind-cheating A-Class now, with deliveries expected in early 2019.

Renault Kadjar

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“New Kadjar makes progress in all areas. While respecting traditional SUV design codes, it has a more attractive, stylish look, with dynamic contemporary lines,” says Renault. Makes progress in all areas? This sounds a little like a school report written by your French teacher.

Mercedes-Benz GLE

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Mercedes-Benz is waging war on being uncomfortable, with a car that delivers “extraordinary” ride comfort. The new GLE features optional active air suspension that can scan the road ahead to counteract bumps before they are reached. A seven-seat option is a GLE first, but if you can live without the extra seats you’ll enjoy a boot that stretches from 825 litres to over 2,000 litres.

Audi E-tron

Audi E-Tron

 

With the Jaguar I-Pace hitting the road and the Mercedes EQC poised to make its debut in Paris, Audi is in danger of being left behind in the electric SUV race. The E-tron is the firm’s first all-electric series production model and will offer a driving range of at least 248 miles. It made its world debut in San Francisco ahead of its European debut in Paris.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

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“The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class puts the emphasis on the sports part of Sports Tourer,” says Mercedes, with the new car featuring a sharper exterior, along with greater agility and more comfort than before. With safety functions carried over from the S-Class, the new B-Class should be one of the safest cars in its class.

It promises to be a busy show for the German giant. Naturally, we’ll be there to bring you all the latest news and gossip, straight from the show floor.

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Conservatoire Citroen

Inside Citroen’s ‘secret’ car collection

Conservatoire CitroenNestled between the appropriately named Boulevard Andre Citroen and the sprawling 170-acre Aulnay-sous-Bois site, where 8.5 million vehicles rolled off a busy production line, stands a rather anonymous looking building. Within the grey walls sit more than 400 old Citroens, preserved for future generations and maintained by a man in blue overalls.

His name is Yannick Billy and the cars form part of the Conservatoire Citroen: the largest collection of Citroens in the world. For a company with such a proud history, Citroen is reluctant to throw open its doors to the general public. Which only served to make our visit to the house of Citroen all the more special.


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Yannick BillyConservatoire Citroen

Conservatoire Citroen isn’t open to the public, so it cannot be classed as a museum. Instead, entry is via invitation only: not even a sheik armed with two million bucks could rock up and demand entry, said the Citroen UK press man, perhaps flippantly. Indeed, when we turned up at the agreed time, the reception area was cloaked in darkness and nobody was answering the door.

We wandered around to the back door, where we were greeted by Yannick Billy, a long-standing member of the Citroen Heritage team. Our lack of French was matched by Yannick’s lack of English, but eventually we were guided through the workshop – enriched by an intoxicating and evocative blend of oil and petrol – and to the doors to the collection.

A feast for the eyesConservatoire Citroen

As a Citroen fan it’s almost impossible not to be initially overwhelmed by the spectacle of 400 Citroens in one very large room. But even a non-car person would be amazed by the sheer scale of the place. Citroen’s complete history is here, from the Type A to the latest production models and concept cars.

We were given until noon before we’d be shown the door and told to leave. A little over three hours to immerse ourselves in the history of the world’s most innovative and eccentric car brand. So where do you start?

Top gear wheelsConservatoire Citroen

You start, much like Andre Citroen, with the Type A. Citroen’s first vehicle was launched in 1919, but the company’s roots date back to 1905, with the creation of Citroen et Cie. Back then, the company manufactured double-helical gear wheels with V-shaped teeth, the design of which inspired the famous Citroen logo.

Andre Citroen had first seen gear wheels such as these during a visit to Poland in 1900, and he returned to Paris where he took out a patent for their design. A factory was built to house the production facilities and soon his gear wheels were being used across the world. Famously, his wheels formed part of the steering system in the Titanic.

Andre CitroenConservatoire Citroen

In 1912, Andre Citroen went to America where he met Henry Ford and marveled at the production facilities used to build the Model T. He returned to Paris with the aim of building a car of his own, but his plans were put on hold by the outbreak of the First World War.

But from adversity came an opportunity. As an officer, Andre Citroen witnessed his army running out of shells, and he approached the government with plans to mass produce them. He won the contract and by the end of the war he had built 23 million shells from a factory in Paris.

Citroen Type AConservatoire Citroen

With the experience gained through the production of gear wheels and shells, not to mention the capital and production facilities, Andre Citroen was well-equipped to build his first motor car. The Type A arrived in 1919 and was, quite simply, a revelation.

Not only was it Citroen’s first car, but it was also the first mass-produced European vehicle. For the first time, motorists could buy a car ‘ready for the road’. Little wonder, then, that Citroen managed to shift 12,000 Type As within the first two years.

Andre Citroen: industrialist and marketeerConservatoire Citroen

But Andre Citroen was more than simply an ace industrialist. He knew the power of promotion, which is why his name was displayed on the Eiffel Tower at night. Once a month he took out a full page advertisement on the back of France’s biggest newspaper, while aircraft were sent into the skies to write the Citroen name in smoke.

In 1926, Citroen opened a new showroom in London’s Piccadilly, reported to be the grandest and most expensive ever built. The interior was clad in marble and the place felt more like a cathedral than a car showroom.

The icons: Citroen Traction AvantConservatoire Citroen

In 1934, Citroen launched the Traction Avant, widely considered to be the godfather of the modern motor car. Three years earlier, Andre Citroen had travelled to the US to visit the Budd Corporation in Philadelphia, where he was shown a front-wheel-drive car featuring a monocoque bodyshell.

He knew that it would be possible to build a shell capable of holding the engine, transmission and suspension together, freeing up space and reducing weight. The Traction Avant was the first mass-produced front-wheel-drive car and it changed automotive production forever. But the cost of development crippled the organisation and Citroen was declared bankrupt in 1934. Seven months later, Andre Citroen died, having lost his health, company and the rights to his name. Michelin Tyres took the reins, with the Traction Avant helping to return the company to profitability.

The icons: Citroen 2CVConservatoire Citroen

In 1935, Citroen started working on the idea of a ‘people’s car’, the so-called TPV, as it was then known. The idea was simple: to create a basic French car for the masses, with Citroen’s chairman, Pierre-Jules Boulanger, describing the design as “a deck-chair under an umbrella”.

Prototypes were built in 1939 and then hidden away during the Second World War, with the French keen for the Nazis not to discover their revolutionary little car. It would arrive at the 1948 Paris Motor Show, with production continuing until 1990, by which time more than 30 different versions had been built.

The icons: Citroen DSConservatoire Citroen

The one other Citroen worthy of the icon tag is the DS. The ‘Goddess’ was unveiled at the 1955 Paris Motor Show and such was the response, 12,000 orders were taken on the first day of the show.

It was the first production car to be equipped with front disc brakes and featured revolutionary hydropneumatic suspension. The car pictured is a DS 21 Pallas, showcasing the restyled front end complete with innovative directional headlights.

The legends: Citroen SMConservatoire Citroen

Take the technology found in the Citroen DS, add a Maserati V6 engine and house them in a streamlined body and this is the result: the delightful Citroen SM.

On the right is an original press car from 1970, built at the start of production. On the left is a later, fuel-injected model. Production was short-lived, partly because of the fuel crisis, partly because of reliability issues, and most certainly as a result of Peugeot’s takeover of Citroen in 1974.

The legends: Citroen GSConservatoire Citroen

Imagine being at the Paris Motor Show in 1970. Not only was the achingly beautiful SM first shown to the public, but Citroen also unveiled the brilliant GS. A year later, the GS scooped the European Car of the Year award, leaving the Volkswagen K70 and Citroen SM to finish second and third, respectively. Oh, what a time to be alive.

The GS was designed to slot between the Ami 8 and the DS in the Citroen range, delivering hydropneumatic technology to the everyman. The air-cooled flat-four engine gave it an evocative soundtrack, but a hatchback wouldn’t arrive until 1979, with the launch of the GSA.

The legends: Citroen CXConservatoire Citroen

The CX had the unenviable task of following the iconic DS, but while it wasn’t a game-changer like its predecessor, it certainly captured the true spirit of Citroen. Unveiled at the 1974 Paris Motor Show, the CX featured a futuristic and achingly cool dashboard, hydropneumatic suspension and a concave rear window.

A facelift was introduced in 1985, as showcased by this stunning GTI of 1989. Earlier, in 1975, the last Citroen DS had rolled off the production line: vehicle number 1,330,755.

The presidential cars: Citroen DS 21Conservatoire Citroen

Nothing can prepare you for the sheer scale of this thing. Designed by the Citroen style department, the DS 21 Presidentielle was built by Henri Chapron and was used by Charles de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou.

Its dimensions are: 6.53m length, 2.13m width and 1.60m height. Oh, and it weighs 2,660kg. The gearbox is designed to maintain a speed of 6 to 7km/h for several hours.

The presidential cars: Citroen SMConservatoire Citroen

Unsurprisingly, the Citroen SM Presidentielle of 1972 is far more elegant and less imposing than the car it replaced. Once again, Henri Chapron was tasked with handling the build of two majestic presidential cars.

They were delivered in May 1972, just before Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Paris. Her Majesty was pictured in the back, travelling with Georges Pompidou.

The presidential cars: Citroen DS5Conservatoire Citroen

A classic case of ‘they don’t make ‘em like they used to’, this is the Citroen DS5 used by Francois Hollande in 2012.

Today, DS Automobiles has separated from the mother brand.

The concepts: Citroen Project LConservatoire Citroen

The Project L was the final Citroen designed by Robert Opron and was intended to be a replacement for the DS. It features what’s essentially an SM dashboard with a GS steering wheel, and Citroen called for enough space under the bonnet to house Maserati’s V6 engine.

The concepts: Citroen ActivaConservatoire Citroen

The Citroen Activa of 1988 featured four-wheel drive, four-wheel steer and active suspension, the latter of which would appear as the Hydractive system in the XM. The original Activa concept could also boast ABS brakes and traction control, both of which were considered to be high-tech at the time.

The concepts: Citroen EoleConservatoire Citroen

This is the Citroen CX-based Eole of 1986, which claimed a drag coefficient of just 0.19Cd, around half that of the CX. Note the covers over the wheels, which are linked to the car’s hydraulics to lift them clear when steering. The design was intended to showcase the estate car of the future.

The concepts: Citroen KarinConservatoire Citroen

The Karin of 1980 presented the idea of a three-seater, with the driver positioned centrally and ahead of the passengers, some 12 years ahead of the McLaren F1. It was designed by Trevor Fiore but never made it beyond the concept stage. Shame.

The crazy stuff: Citroen RE-2Conservatoire Citroen

Yes, Citroen really did build a helicopter. It was designed by Charles Marchetti and first took to the skies in 1971. It used an evolution of the rotary engine found in the Citroen GS Birotor, but flew a mere 38 hours before Peugeot pulled the plug on the project. The RE-2 was grounded.

The crazy stuff: Citroen U23Conservatoire Citroen

The Citroen U23 was produced between 1935 and 1969. This particular bus was built in 1947 by the Besset facility in Annonay, France. The 18/20-seater was found in Corsica in 2006 and subsequently restored to former glory.

The crazy stuff: Citroen 2CV 007Conservatoire Citroen

Remember the Citroen 2CV from the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only? It was powered by an engine from a GS and reinforced with a host of safety features, including a roll cage, reinforced plating and raised suspension. Legendary stunt driver Remy Julienne was the man behind the wheel.

The crazy stuff: Citroen Evo MobilConservatoire Citroen

Looks a little out of place in these surroundings, doesn’t it? Look again and you’ll see that it was inspired by the design and build of the Traction Avant. Clever, eh? French designer Ora-Ito used an icon of the past to present a vision of the future. Or something.

The racers: Citroen MEP X27Conservatoire Citroen

The X27 was the final development of the Citroen-Panhard racecar produced from 1964 to 1975. It competed in the final years of Formule Bleue, which ended in 1975.

The racers: Citroen BX 4TCConservatoire Citroen

The Citroen BX 4TC is one of the least successful rally cars of all-time, managing just three races before Group B was banned in 1986. The project was so disastrous, Citroen attempted to buy back all road-going versions in order to have them destroyed.

The racers: Citroen ZX Rallye RaidConservatoire Citroen

You’re unlikely to see more Citroen ZX Rallye Raid cars in one place. In the 1990s, these were formidable machines, taking no fewer than four Paris-Dakar victories and winning the World Cup for Cross Country Rallies for five consecutive years.

The hot hatches: Citroen ZX 16vConservatoire Citroen

The Citroen ZX 16v is an increasingly rare sight in Britain, with a mere seven registered as being on the road. Thanks to passive rear steering, it’s a genuine delight to drive on a B-road.

The hot hatches: Citroen AX SportConservatoire Citroen

The Citroen AX was a hugely successful car, with around 2.4 million cars produced over a 10-year period. The AX Sport was introduced in 1987 and was a prelude to the more familiar GT and GTI models.

The hot hatches: Citroen Visa GTIConservatoire Citroen

According to the DVLA, there are just five Citroen Visa GTIs on the roads of Britain. Which is a shame, because the Visa GTI is a genuinely good hot hatch, with powered sourced from the same 1.6-litre engine you’d find in the Peugeot 205 GTI. And quad headlights are cool, right?

Perfect Porsche collection up for sale

Perfect Porsche collection up for sale

Perfect Porsche collection up for salePorsche collectors, take note. RM Sotheby’s Paris sale on 8 February includes an incredible collection of Swiss Porsches – from a classic 356 Speedster to a special edition 991 Carrera S. The auction is part of Retromobile show week, one of the highlights of the classic car calendar. A 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder was Sotheby’s star lot last year, selling for €2.7million.

1986 Porsche 930 Turbo FlachbauPerfect Porsche collection up for sale

Estimate: £85,000 – £110,000

Let’s kick off our 2016 round-up with this fabulous 930 Turbo – one of just 948 Flachbau (flat-nose) cars made. We love the period purple paint and red leather interior, although the walnut dashboard jars a little.

The Flachbau’s signature pop-up headlights were apparently inspired by Porsche’s Type 935 racer. A 300hp 3.3-litre flat-six behind the rear axle keeps lucky drivers firmly on their toes.

1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1600 SpeedsterPerfect Porsche collection up for sale

Estimate: £255,000 – £340,000

Ironically, the Speedster was conceived as a cheaper entry-point into Porsche’s 356 line-up – yet these back-to-basics roadsters are the most valuable 356s today. The car’s looks take most of the credit: it’s lean, low-slung and simply stunning.

This particular 356 has the larger 1.6-litre ‘Super’ engine, which produces a heady 75hp. The Speedster was a big hit in the US – and proved its worth in hillclimbs and circuit racing, too.

1988 Porsche 959 SportPerfect Porsche collection up for sale

Estimate: £1,250,000 – £1,700,000

From one icon to another: the 959 was launched in 1986 and was Porsche’s first hypercar. It was vastly more advanced than the rival Ferrari F40, with adaptive four-wheel drive and ‘zero-lift’ aerodynamics.

Out of 284 Porsche 959s, just 29 were built to Sport spec – as here. The 959 S had a leather-wrapped rollcage and four-point racing harnesses instead of seatbelts. It was fitted with more conventional coilover suspension and stripped of air conditioning and a stereo.

1970 Porsche 914/6Perfect Porsche collection up for sale

Estimate: £34,000 – £51,000

Prefer something without a six-figure price tag? How about this Porsche 914/6? This mid-engined, six-cylinder roadster was nearly expensive as a 911 when new and is a rare sight today.

The 914 was jointly developed with Volkswagen. It was the entry-level car in Porsche’s 1970 range, but still boasted independent front and rear suspension, and disc brakes all-round. This car has the iconic Fuchs alloy wheels, too.

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera S Martini Racing EditionPerfect Porsche collection up for sale

Estimate: £127,000 – £153,000

Yes, it’s basically just a new 991 Carrera S with some stickers. But when said stickers are the celebrated Martini Racing livery, and this is one of just 80 such examples made, Porsche collectors are bound to sit up and take notice.

This 911 has just 90 miles on the clock and is described by RM Sotheby’s as ‘in virtually as-new condition throughout’. Standard kit on all Martini Racing Editions includes an Aerokit Cup bodykit, the Sport Chrono package, PCM navigation, a Bose stereo and electric seats.

1993 Porsche 928 GTSPerfect Porsche collection up for sale

Estimate: £43,000 – £60,000

Back in 1978, Porsche hoped its new 928 would replace the ageing 911. Four decades later, the 911 is still with us and this large, front-engined GT is a footnote in automotive history. This 928 GTS won’t be for everyone, but it’s one of the most affordable Porsches in the auction.

The GTS was last-hurrah for the 928, with a 350hp V8 and beefed-up brakes. This car has a five-speed automatic gearbox – well-suited to the 928’s laid-back demeanour – plus white leather trim and lightweight ‘Cup’ alloy wheels.

1976 Porsche 912 EPerfect Porsche collection up for sale

Estimate: £17,000 – £26,000

Think this 911 seems cheap? That’s because it’s a 912 – a budget, four-cylinder Porsche built from 1965 to 1969. The 912 easily outsold its bigger brother, but was soon replaced by the VW-Porsche 914.

Most 912s had 1.6-litre engines, which makes this 2.0-litre 912 E especially desirable. The 90hp E was only produced for one year and boasted a top speed of 115mph. Not quite 911 performance, then – but it certainly looks the part.

2000 Porsche 911 GT3 ClubsportPerfect Porsche collection up for sale

Estimate: £85,000 – £111,000

Now we’re talking. The first time Porsche used its now-iconic GT3 nameplate was on the ‘996’ 911, built from 1998 to 2005. The GT3 blurred the boundaries between road and race car, with a high-revving, naturally-aspirated engine and few creature comforts.

This 5,000-mile GT3 has the optional Clubsport pack, which includes a rollcage, hard-shell bucket seats and a single-mass flywheel. And, unlike the current 991 GT3, it has a manual gearbox. A rapier-sharp track-day weapon.

1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTPerfect Porsche collection up for sale

Estimate: £60,000 – £77,000

Like the GT3, the 924 Carrera GT was born out of Porsche’s desire to go racing. A wide-body development of the 924 Turbo, its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine developed 210hp – or up to 380hp in race trim.

This silver Carrera GT has covered just under 50,000 miles and has been restored to its original specification. It’s one of just 406 cars built to meet Group 4 homologation rules.

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3.6Perfect Porsche collection up for sale

Estimate: £553,000 – £639,000

We finish with one of the coolest-looking 911s ever: the brutish 964 Turbo. This car is highly collectible, being one of just 93 3.6-litre cars built to Turbo S spec – and only 17 without the ‘Flachbau’ flat nose. No wonder it’s second only to 959 in terms of predicted value.

The full-fat Turbo S has a ZF locking differential and has 385 wild horses at its rear wheels. RM Sotheby’s reports this car ‘once belonged to a professional baseball player’. It has covered just 14,000 miles in the past 23 years.

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.

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.

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.

New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

An A-Z of cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016The biennial Paris Motor Show opens its doors to the public on 1 October, but Motoring Research will be reporting live from the press days on 29 and 30 September.

Plenty of new cars will make their debuts at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre, including the Land Rover Discovery, Skoda Kodiak and LaFerrari Spider. Here’s an A-Z guide of what to expect.

Audi Q5New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Q5 has been a great success for Audi. Indeed, even after six years on sale, it still boasts some of the strongest residual (resale) values in the second-hand market. The car pictured is the current model; no photos of the 2017 Q5 have been released yet.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Engines for the new Q5 include a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol, plus 2.0 and 3.0 TDI diesels. Bahn-storming SQ5 and RS Q5 versions will follow in due course, along with an E-tron plug-in hybrid.

Citroen C3New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Citroen has finally rediscovered its joie de vivre. The new C3 supermini borrows styling cues from the C4 Cactus – including energy-absorbing Airbumps on the sides – for a bold look that’s practical and utilitarian, rather than sporty.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Inside, the C3 gets broad, comfortable seats and an interesting mix of materials (including the ‘luggage strap’ door handles from the Cactus). An optional ‘ConnectedCam’ behind the rear-view mirror records footage of your journey and could help prove your innocence after an accident.

Citroen CXperienceNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Having launched DS as a standalone luxury brand, Citroen is referencing another of its former glories – the 1974 CX – with the CXperience concept. The large, plug-in hybrid hatchback offers clues about Citroen’s future design direction.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Centrepiece of the CXperience is undoubtedly its interior. The seats are made from memory foam and each passenger gets his/her own tablet. A single-spoke steering wheel harks back to the CX, too. Come on, Citroen – build this car!

Ferrari LaFerrari SpiderNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Now we’re talking. Yes, it’s basically just a LaFerrari without a roof, but when the car in question is a V12-engined, carbon-bodied, hybrid-enhanced weapon, we still count it among the highlights of Paris 2016.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

We don’t know exactly how many Spiders will be built – only that the entire production run has sold out in advance. Oh, and the car may actually be called the ‘LaFerrari Aperta’, like the drop-top 458 Speciale. There’s no word from Ferrari on that yet either.

 

Honda CivicNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

You’d be forgiven for thinking this is the new Type R; even the ‘cooking’ 2017 Honda Civic looks seriously sporty. These official photos actually show the US-spec Civic, but the European version will look very similar. Good.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Civic will come with efficient 1.0 and 1.5 petrol engines, plus Honda’s familiar 1.6 diesel. And the Type R? That’s expected to follow in 2017.

Hyundai i10New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Looking somewhat less radical is the updated Hyundai i10. The budget Korean supermini gets a larger front grille with LED daytime running lights, a new rear bumper and, er… that’s about it – on the outside at least.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The most interesting changes are inside the i10, which now offers a 7in touchscreen media system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Automatic emergency braking is available, too.

Hyundai i30New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The new Hyundai i30 is a much bolder effort, with styling that offers more than a hint of ‘premium’ (spot the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series cues). Bizarre shutlines around the A-pillars aside, we rather like it. Will Volkswagen Golf owners feel the same?New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Buyers can pick from three petrol engines and three diesels, with the cleanest diesel emitting just 94g/km CO2. Opt for the 8in touchscreen media system (pictured) and you’ll get wireless phone charging included.

Kia RioNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Turning to Hyundai’s sister-brand, meet the new Kia Rio. This Fiesta-sized supermini also looks to have taken a step upmarket, with smart – if rather unadventurous – styling that reeks of Germanic solidity and sobriety.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Despite releasing these official pics, Kia is still reluctant to say much about the new Rio. Apparently the dashboard is angled towards the driver, BMW-style, which bodes well for more engaging dynamics. We’ll find out more in Paris.

Land Rover DiscoveryNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

After years of being a boxy 4×4, the Discovery has morphed into a sleek SUV. Styling that evokes the, er, Evoque shouldn’t impact too heavily on practicality: this still a seven-seater. An all-aluminium body should reduce weight and boost fuel economy.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Again, technical details on the new Discovery are sparse. A recent stunt with Bear Grylls showcased the car’s clever seats, which can be folded remotely using a smartphone app. Off-road ability should remain best-in-class.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT roadsterNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

We don’t have pictures of the convertible AMG GT yet, so you’ll have to make do with the coupe. But just look at it. An open version of Mercedes’ flagship sports car can’t fail to stop traffic.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The AMG GT will be available with a 462hp twin-turbo V8, stoked to 510hp in the GT S. Will we see a drop-top version of the 585hp GT R, which was revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer? Let’s hope so.

Mitsubishi Ground TourerNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

This teaser shot shows Mitsubishi’s Ground Tourer concept, which will be revealed in full at Paris. Its sleek styling gives clues about the next Outlander SUV. Mitsubishi calls its new design language ‘Dynamic Shield’.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The current Outlander PHEV has been a sales hit for Mitsubishi, largely thanks to its low tax liability. The Ground Tourer will follow the same plug-in hybrid template, albeit with improved efficiency and performance.

Nissan MicraNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Does thinking about the Nissan Micra send you to sleep? Time to wake up. The Sway concept, seen here, points to how the new, more sophisticated Micra – due to be revealed at Paris – will look.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

With a huge number of rivals, including the Fabia, Fiesta, Jazz, Rio and Polo, the new Micra certainly needs to up its game. We’ll give you our first impressions from the show floor at Porte de Versailles.

Peugeot 3008New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Peugeot 3008 has transformed from ugly MPV into, well, slightly-more-handsome SUV. Because nobody buys MPVs anymore, right? Just don’t tell Renault that.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Sales start in November and engines will include Peugeot’s thrifty 1.2-litre PureTech petrols and BlueHDi diesels. A five-setting traction control system should give the 3008 a modicum of off-road ability. There won’t be a four-wheel-drive version at launch, however.

Peugeot 5008New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Big brother to the 3008 is the seven-seat Peugeot 5008. It looks slightly blander and boxier than the smaller car, but is still a vast improvement on the outgoing 5008.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

A big car doesn’t necessarily need a big steering wheel; Peugeot is clear on that. The 5008 seen here has the optional i-Cockpit virtual display in place of conventional dials. There’s also an 8in touchscreen atop the centre console.

Porsche PanameraNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Here’s another car that started life as an ugly duckling but is now passably handsome. The latest Porsche Panamera still seats four and still looks a bit like a 911 (if you squint). However, it’s now a lot sleeker, lighter and, of course, faster.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Like, how fast exactly? Try a Nurburgring lap time of 7min 38sec for the Panamera Turbo – as quick as a 997 GT3. There will also be diesel and petrol/electric hybrid versions, along with a new eight-speed PDK auto ’box.

Porsche Panamera Sport TurismoNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

This one isn’t confirmed, but there are strong rumours Porsche will show a coupe or shooting brake (estate) version of the Panamera in Paris. Let’s hope for the latter – and that it looks exactly like this Sport Turismo concept, seen at Paris in 2012.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Sport Turismo concept had a hybrid powertrain, but a production version would share engines with the regular Panamera. This could be the ultimate dog-carrier – and so much cooler than a BMW X6.

Renault AlaskanNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

If the Alaskan looks slightly familiar, that’s because it’s based on the Nissan Navara. Renault’s first pick-up will come in a variety of configurations, including the five-seat double cab seen here.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Alaskan is quite capable of hard work: four-wheel drive and a 3.5-tonne towing weight see to that. However, it’s not devoid of luxuries either. A touchscreen media system, Bluetooth and surround-view parking cameras are all available.

Skoda KodiakNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Has there been a more anticipated ‘mainstream’ car in 2016? Skoda’s seven-seat SUV looks like an oversized Yeti (the car, not the monster) and should offer good value for money. Fingers crossed it’s fun to drive like the Yeti, too.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Just look at that interior: Skoda’s leaving its budget-brand roots further and further behind. Automatic emergency braking and Trailer Assist (for reversing with a trailer) are standard, while adaptive cruise control and a 10-speaker audio system are on the options list.

Suzuki IgnisNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Once a typical supermini, the Suzuki Ignis has also fallen victim to the crossover craze. This latest version (seen here in concept form at the Tokyo Auto Salon) will take on the likes of the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Ignis features Suzuki’s SHVS ‘mild hybrid’ system, which stores energy from decelerating and braking, then uses it to boost power when accelerating. We’ll find out more about the new Ignis in Paris.

Suzuki SX4 S-CrossNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Suzuki has taken a knife to its SX4 S-Cross, and the results are… controversial. Grafting a grand-looking chrome grille onto an otherwise-humble hatchback is a trick as old as the Austin Allegro Vanden Plas. And usually just as successful.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Here’s the old SX4 S-Cross for comparison. Yep, definitely better looking. At least the latest model benefits from Suzuki’s excellent new Boosterjet petrol engines, in 1.0- and 1.4-litre sizes.

Vauxhall InsigniaNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Vauxhall must long for the old days, when a Cavalier could be spotted on every suburban street. Nowadays, the Insignia only really sells to fleet buyers, but it’s still a popular company car. This is the current version, as no photos of the 2017 Insignia have so far been released.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The next Insignia won’t rip-up the rulebook, although it should be lighter, more efficient and more spacious inside. Will that make anybody want to spend their own money on one? Not unless it looks like the Opel GT concept from earlier this year, no.

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