The 2012 Paris Motor Show is currently the place to be if you want you to see how exciting the future of motoring is going to be. You have the usual mix of concept cars, new car debuts, etc. But after looking at what the show has to offer, SOC has come up with a list of cars that stand out more than others.
Put a soft top on a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and you get the new GranCabrio MC, which Maserati say completes their open-top range.
Maserati haven’t officially released engine and performance specs yet, but if it has the same engine as the MC Stradale, it will have a 4.7-litre V8 with 460hp and 520Nm (383 lb ft) of torque – sending its power through a quick-shifting six-speed automated manual transmission to the rear wheels. The GranCabrio MC measures 48mm longer than the regular GranCabrio, while other exterior differences include the rear spoiler and an optional carbon finish paint.
McLaren have released a few details on their new upcoming P1 supercar – set for an unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in a few days time.
The P1 will sit above the MP4-12C supercar, meaning that this is the long-rumoured spiritual successor of the legendary F1 supercar. McLaren are however quick to state that they are not out to seek the highest top speed like they did with the F1, but to be ‘the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit.’
The new Lexus LF-CC concept is a preview of a mid-size coupe arriving in the near future – revealed today ahead of its Paris Motor Show unveiling.
The LF-CC also gives design cues for other future Lexus models, with its spindle grille being one the biggest standout features. Another unique design feature is the use of three-piece LED projector headlamp units, rather than a more traditional one-piece covered unit. Lexus also say that the shape of the front wings channels air into the engine bay and brakes.
Peugeot have confirmed that the 208 GTi will make it to production, and they have also given us some details on what it will have to offer.
The 208 GTi will be equipped by PSA’s ubiquitous 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 200hp and 275Nm (202 lb ft) of torque – this is the same engine found in the Peugeot RCZ, Citroen DS3, Citroen DS4, and Mini Cooper S. Power is sent through a six-speed manual transmission, enabling a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 7.0 seconds. It will also come equipped with a sporty exhaust system.