The Paris Motor Show 2016 is the next big event on the automotive calendar, scheduled to take place from October 1st to 16th. As you would expect, there is an array of new car debuts waiting to be unveiled during the show. Our preview here prepares you for the two week exhibition by listing our most anticipated cars including the LaFerrari Aperta and the 350 special edition models from Ferrari created to celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary.
Volkswagen has pulled out Lamborghini and Bentley from this year’s Paris Motor Show. One of the reason is due to the diesel gate saga which strained the brand’s financial ability. Paris is an expensive show for a big company like VW, and this prompted them to reduce the size of their exhibition. VW is also changing its approach towards motor shows, they want to focus on smaller exclusive shows to reach their buyers directly, especially with high end brands such as Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini.
12. Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover has been teasing the fifth generation Discovery for the past few days ahead of its reveal at the Paris Motor Show 2016. The new design reflects what we have already seen on the Discovery Sport, it will come with seven seats and a host of modern safety technology brewed at JLR’s R&D facility.
11. All Electric Mercedes-Benz SUV
Mercedes plans to electrify its SUV range come 2020 starting with four new models. The first one will be based on the current GLC and presented as a concept at the Paris Motor Show 2016. German manufacturers have now joined the electric race in full force, some having already presented hybrid variants of their flagship SUVs such as BMW with the X5 xDrive40e Plug-In-Hybrid, the electric SUV Benz will compete against Tesla’s Model X.
10. 2017 Porsche Panamera
The second generation Panamera has already shaken the luxury segment by introducing a new design and most importantly the new MSB platform. Engineered by Porsche, the MSB platform is lighter and like all of VW’s shared platforms, this one will be seen on future Bentley models. The current range of the 2017 Panamera includes the 4S, 4S Diesel and the game changing Turbo. Most recently, a hybrid model was added to the range – the Panamera 4S e-Hybrid.
9. 2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
This is an estate/shooting brake version of the Panamera which is also expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show 2016. The Sport Turismo will have more rear head room and a larger trunk space, aimed to take on the likes of the CLS Shooting Brake.
8. 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
A new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will debut at Paris Motor Show 2016, the GT3 Cup is widely used in the Porsche Supercup racing series and is based on the Carrera or GT3 models. The First generation 991 GT3 Cup was introduced in the 2013 Porsche Supercup season and was based on the road going GT3 model albeit with revised aerodynamics, improved rollcage over the Clubsport variant and a revised chassis. The new GT3 Cup is expected to pick up from there, full details will be revealed prior to the show.
7. 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan
The 2018 Audi RS3 Sedan will be more powerful than the Sportback model, ditching the iron-block five cylinder turbo engine found on the Sportback in favor of the new aluminum block, five-cylinder turbo found on the all new Audi TT-RS. Power increases from 367hp to 400hp. Full details will be revealed in coming days ahead of its global debut at Paris Motor Show 2016.
6. 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe
The GLC 43 Coupe is the latest model in the ever growing AMG range, it uses the signature 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 producing 362 horsepower and 382 lb-ft of torque. The GLC 43 Coupe joins the like of the C43 AMG and SLC 43 AMG in the list of new AMG models with V6 engines.
5. 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster
Mercedes-AMG has teased the roadster version of the AMG GT sportscar in a new video ahead of its official Paris Motor Show 2016 debut. It wil debut in two variants namely the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster with 476hp just like the AMG GT Coupe and the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster with 557hp, 47hp more than the AMG GT S Coupe.
4. 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain
Aimed at the Audi A6 Allroad, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate All-Terrain will gain additional features over its normal version to help it maneuver on multiple terrains easily. A variable height air suspension will allow the driver to adjust the height ride during off-road cruises, wider wheel arches will also differentiate it from the normal E-Class.
3. Ferrari 70th Anniversary Models
To celebrate Ferrari’s 70th birthday, the Italian supercar maker will create 350 bespoke cars based on their five current models. The 350 units will be distributed equally across the five models namely the 488 GTB, 488 Spider, F12berlinetta, California T and the GTC4Lusso. Each model will get 70 unique units.
2. Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
The 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T is a version of the GTC4Lusso with a V8 engine, a modified version of the twin-turbo V8 found on the California T. This is the first time Ferrari has offered turbocharging in a four-seat model, its also the first time since the 208/308 era where Ferrari has offered two engines in one model at the same time. The GTC4Lusso T uses a 3.9L V8 twin-turbo producing 602hp and 700nm of torque. It has a top speed of 320 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of 3.5s. The current GTC4Lusso has a 6.3L V12 developing 681hp.
1. Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
Ferrari announced an open top version of the LaFerrari hypercar which will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show 2016. The LaFerrari Aperta will come in two options, soft top and a carbon fiber hardtop. While pricing was not immediately announced, expect it to cost northwards of $3.5 million. One unit was listed for $5 million, double the price of the coupe. Despite the structural changes, the Aperta managed to retain identical performance to the Coupe.