Paris was the gleaming capital of the auto world again last week and we encountered beaucoup de belles voitures -- from supercars to small crossovers. Here are six models that grabbed our attention. Fantastique!
Vehicle type: 4-door sports sedanSeats: 5Base engine: 2.5-liter, 400-hp inline-5
On sale: First half 2017
Base price: TBD
What's cool: A potent inline-5 that Audi says is the most powerful on the market; lowered ride height, 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds; the first of 8 eight Audi RS models launching over next 18 months
Vehicle type: Open-top supercarSeats: 2Base engine: 6.3-liter, 789-hp V-12 paired with a 120-kW electric motor for total 949 hp
On sale: A run of 200 already sold out to Ferrari's top customers; 9 more will be held by the company.
Base price: $2 million
What's cool: So exclusive a Ferrari client sued when he wasn't offered the chance to buy one; chassis modifications keep torsional rigidity the same as coupe; true supercar doors that open up, rather than out. They're not gull-wing, but they're special.
Vehicle type: Plug-in hybrid crossover
Engine: 2.5-liter gasoline engine and 3 electric motors
Who designed it: Tsunehiro Kunimoto
What's cool: 745-mile total range and 75-mile electric range; 3-motor awd system uses one motor for front wheels and a pair of motors for rear wheels
Will it be built? The styling foreshadows Mitsubishi's next production vehicle, due at the Geneva auto show next spring and widely expected to be the XR compact crossover. A version of this powertrain could end up in the next-gen Outlander around 2019.Show reaction: Grabbed plenty of attention in the Asian section of the Paris show
Vehicle type: Small hatchback
Powertrain: Battery-powered electric vehicle
On sale: Spring 2017 in Europe
Base price: Not disclosed
What's cool: This U.S.-built, Bolt-based car is styled and given some interior changes for Europe. After the dismal sales of the Chevrolet Volt-based Ampera, it gives General Motors' Opel unit a chance to sell an EV as a daily driver.
Vehicle type: Small crossover concept
Engine: Base engine will be the 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine in X1; diesels are also likely.
Who designed it: Team under head designer Karim Habib
What's cool: A more macho, sporty sibling of X1. Habib says the distinct front end —with upside-down kidneys — came after heated debate. BMW logos on the D-pillars are a historic touch borrowed from 1960s and 1970s models.
Will it be built? It's expected to go on sale in early 2017 in the U.S. Show reaction: Looks sharp — and the world can't get enough little crossovers today.
Vehicle type: Mid-sized crossover
Engine: Variable-compression 4-cylinder turbo
Who designed it: Alfonso Albaisa
What's cool: Sporty and compact outside, while a more efficient engine and axle packaging gave designers the space to create a roomy and luxurious interior.
Will it be built? Yes, in 2018. Show reaction: The first glimpse of the car's high-toned matte-finish sheen was a knockout.
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