The 2014 Mondial de L’Automobile – known to us English-speaking folk as the Paris Motor Show – starts on October 2nd. Like with most shows, the cat is out of the bag for many of the cars. Here’s our pick of the bunch.
Ferrari 458 Speciale A
Forget the ‘Ferraris should only ever come in red’ argument. We’ll forgive the outlandish yellow paintjob of the 458 Speciale A because it goes fast, Like, really fast. Plus the only thing better than a Ferrari is a Ferrari without a roof.
Honda Civic Type R
We are unsure whether the new Honda Civic Type R can find a way out of the NSX’s shadow, but what we know so far gives us a modicum of hope. More than 276bhp? Yes please. Plus the idea of pressing that new R+ button to unleash our inner hooligan sounds like a blast.
We already know a fair bit about the Jaguar F-Type R and Porsche 911 rival, but the Paris Motor Show will bring with it a price and yet more juicy details. Plus we will be one step closer to unleashing the AMG GT on public roads, which is our main concern.
Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow Hybrid Air concept 2L
The quirky Citroen Cactus is already capable of lowering your fuel bills, but it’s nothing compared with what is in store for Paris. The Cactus Airflow Hybrid Air concept 2L is so intent on sipping fuel it uses compressed air to compliment a small petrol engine. Meanwhile flaps in the wheels and front bumpers open and close to improve aerodynamics.
The standard Passat is a good car, but hardly a hell-raiser. But we’re a sucker for a car that claims to do more than 100mpg and has a fetching purple stripe. The VW GTE’s neat interior design helps, too.
Peugeot Quartz Concept
Having been teased by the Peugeot RCZ R, we’re looking for our next French horsepower hit. That may well come from whatever is spawned from the hybrid crossover Quartz Concept. Not only does it have the RCZ R engine, it has two sizable electric motors for a total of 500hp. Yes, 500.
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration
Cars will always be limited by the fact they need seats, wheels and an engine. At least, until they start to fly. But there is still room to mix things up, as the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept and its 1+1+1+1 seating layout will attest.
Vauxhall Adam S
Anyone who has driven a small, slow car on the limit will know just how fun it is. So you can understand why the Fiat 500 Abarth has the following it does – and why the 148bhp turbocharged Vauxhall Adam S set to debut at the Paris Motor Show has piqued our interest.
Citroen C1 Urban
What’s more lovable than a cute supermini? One that has rugged plastic, more ground clearance and a go-anywhere attitude like the Citroen C1 Urban concept. We’re already planning ways to get lost in it.