The Sbarro Eight concept was one of the wackier vehicles to go on display at this year’s Paris Motor Show. But what else would you expect from Sbarro and his acid-dropping design students? The Sbarro Eight is impressive not just for its futuristic hot-rod styling, but also for its rapid build time. It took just eight weeks to take the concept from sketch to reality.
It’s not just a pretty model either. Poking out from under the hood you can just make out the valve covers of the Maserati-sourced V8 engine which sends 360 horsepower to the Eight’s rear wheels. This thing goes as good as it looks.
The interior of the Sbarro Eight is a little more crude, but considering it only took two months to build the entire car it’s forgivable. The driver and passenger each get their own tablet pc. The driver’s acts as a digital instrument panel, while the passenger’s tablet provides entertainment services.
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At this year’s Paris Motor Show, Audi debuted a rather confusing concept called the Crosslane Coupe. It’s not overly radical or bizarre in its design. However the “Coupe” part of its name is clearly a lie. And the unusual combination its small dimensions yet supposedly practical purpose, and its high-riding chassis but open-top roof are all contrary to each other.
Audi say the Crosslane Coupe concept is designed to preview the design language of future Q models. So vehicles like the Q3, Q5 and Q7 will all be getting a bit of the Crosslane’s influence. Thankfully, despite being a bit of a mish-mash of different vehicle segments the Crosslane Coupe isn’t ugly. In fact it looks quite nice. A bit like a jacked up hatchback version of the Audi Quattro concept from 2010.
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At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Bentley took the opportunity to unveil a conceptual racing version of the Continental GT. The car’s arrival signals the company’s intention to return to motorsport towards the end of next year.
The Bentley Continental GT3 Concept was developed by a dedicated motorsport team at the company’s headquarters in Crewe. Based on a Bentley Continental GT Speed, the concept features a rear-wheel drive chassis, state-of-the-art motorsport hardware and a comprehensive aerodynamic package.
With the Continental GT3 concept receiving FIA clearance, Bentley’s return to motorsport is ensured. Equipped for endurance as well as outright speed, the new Bentley competitor will be eligible to race in a range of race series and events, up to and including 24-hour marathons.
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Long rumored, often speculatively rendered, and once before making it to the concept stage (12 years ago!), the Jaguar F-Type has been on the horizon for what seems like an eternity. But now it’s here, uncamouflaged and ready for sale, next year. Built on an aluminium chassis, the F-Type is a strict two-seater. It’s smaller and more agile than the XK, and from launch it will come in three different models, the F-Type, the F-Type S and the F-Type V8 S. The three different trims equate to three different engines; a supercharged 340 horsepower 3.0 litre V6, a supercharged 380 horsepower 3.0 litre V6, and a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 which produces 495 horsepower. Initially the sole transmission option for the F-Type will be a ZF 8-speed semi-automatic.
Looks-wise the Jaguar F-Type is typically Jaguar, and there are many styling cues tying it to the brands other offerings. At the same time it’s got a slightly more youthful and dynamic look about it, which suits the car’s target market – one which is less concerned with getting golf clubs in the back than your average XK buyer.
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The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept is set to become one of the main attractions at the 2012 Paris Motor Show which kicks off very shortly. Porsche say the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept is a possible Porsche sports car of tomorrow. Both sporty and functional, the concept combines the dimensions of a premium vehicle with the interior comfort of a luxury car. The effortlessly cool exterior design is sleek and simple. Neat LED headlights and taillights stand out like flashy jewels against the subtle Liquid Metal Blue paintwork.
Powering the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept is a plug-in rechargeable hybrid drivetrain, symbolised by the “e-hybrid” badge on the front wings. The drive system of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an advanced development of the parallel full hybrid setup that’s fitted to the Panamera S Hybrid and Cayenne S Hybrid. The new electric motor produces about 95 hp, which is around twice as much as in today’s Porsche hybrid drive, while the three-litre V6 supercharged engine still produces 333 hp. With its 416 hp peak output, the Panamera Sport Turismo concept can also be driven in pure electric mode up to 80 mph (130 km/h), and can cover distances of over 18 miles (30 km) before the engine kicks in.
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To accompany the Peugeot Onyx Concept supercar, or perhaps to offset a bit of its carbon footprint, Peugeot have also developed a trendy little three-wheel scooter concept. The aptly named Peugeot Onyx Concept Scooter features styling which closely matches that of the car. That means there’s plenty of crisp, sharp lines, lots of matt black paintwork, and some copper colored highlights around the front.
The Peugeot Onyx Concept Scooter features a removable center section meaning it can be used either as a scooter, allowing the rider to sit in a chair-like, foot-forward position. Or the central storage section can added and the rider straddles the seat like a normal motorbike. This center section has enough storage space to hold a couple of helmets or other cargo.
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Lexus are making a splash at this year’s Paris Motor Show with a stylish mid-size coupe concept. According to Lexus, the LF-CC concept is a preview for a new coupe with will be going into production in the near future.
The LF-CC concept follows the same styling theme as the LF-LC concept, albeit in a more practical design. The LF-CC displays the boldest interpretation yet of the spindle-shaped grille that has become a signature feature of recent Lexus models. In fact the grille is so large it completely dominates the front of the car. The air intakes built into the front wings funnel air to the engine bay and front brakes.
From the rear the LF-CC concept looks pretty good. The taillights are a bit fussy and don’t really work too well with the rest of the car. Also, quite why the designers thought it would look good to stick the high-mount brake light on the roof, thereby breaking up what would otherwise be a very clean roofline, is a mystery.
In profile the Lexus LF-CC looks great. You can’t see the oversized grille and the taillights don’t look bad from the side. It’s definatley the car’s best angle. Oddly, but perhaps it’s no mistake, in profile it looks like the offspring of a BMW 3-Series Coupe and an Audi A5.
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The smart forstars concept is one of the vehicles due to be premiered at the 2012 Paris Motor Show (29 September – 14 October 2012). And if the organizers are planning on handing out prizes for the most quirky vehicle, then surely the forstars must be in the running.
The smart forstars is based on the same architecture of the smart for-us concept, which was introduced in January at the Detroit Auto Show. The forstars is slightly larger than the company’s bread-and-butter fortwo model. But it’s still tiny. The compact two-seater features bubbly, cartoonish styling all round. The oversize wheels – 21 inch – look almost comical, but somehow they work with the rest of the car’s busy design.
Up front the smart forstars has a distinct “face”. It looks like it could be a character from one of the Cars movies. In the centre of the hood you’ll notice what looks like a small air intake. But it isn’t. It’s a projector. The smart forstars is a mobile outdoor cinema. Find any bare wall and you’ve got yourself a full-HD movie machine. The projector is controlled via Blutooth and an iPhone. Movies can be enjoyed by just the two occupants, or if you happen to have a bit of an entourage then hidden speakers built into the exterior of the car can pump out audio for people outside the vehicle.
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The BMW Concept Active Tourer is a preview of BMW’s upcoming compact luxury car which should arrive in the near-future. The Concept Active Tourer marks a radical, and some might say, sad day for BMW. When it goes on sale it will be BMW’s first front-wheel drive model. BMW have always had the unique selling point of only offering rear-drivers – from the 1-Series to the 7-Series and everything in-between. Of course there were the xDrive equipped AWD models. But never, ever FWD alone. All that’s about to change.
Despite not being the most fun of layouts FWD does make sense for packaging reasons – especially important in a small car. And that’s obviously why they’ve done it. Powering the BMW Concept Active Tourer is a plug-in rechargeable hybrid drivetrain which consists of a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, and a lithium-ion battery powering an electric motor. Combined, the hybrid system provides a healthy 190 horsepower. Although for less performance but increased efficiency the car can run on electric power alone for up to 18 miles (30 km).
In normal running mode with both the engine and electric motor working together the BMW Concept Active Tourer can accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 8 seconds. Top speed is around 124 mph (200 km/h). The average fuel consumption is less than 2.5 litres per 100 kilometres (roughly 94 Mpg), with a CO2 emissions level of less than 60 g/km.
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The Nissan TeRRA concept is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show on 27th September. The concept is a compact SUV powered be a hydrogen fuel cell with three electric motors providing power to all four wheels.
The Nissan TeRRA concept builds on the company’s experience in manufacturing crossover vehicles like the Juke and Quashqai, as well as their more recent endeavours in developing electric cars like the Nissan LEAF. Although just a concept for now, the Nissan TeRRA concept is aimed at younger consumers who want a functional and flexible vehicle which also offers a modicum of off-road capability coupled with an eco-friendly drivetrain.
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