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21 Oct '16

Show Plates, Electrifying Cars: Thoughts on Paris Motorshow 2016

Paris Motorshow 2016 Ferrari

 

Delivering a spectacular night of automobile glitz ‘n’ glamour where the cars are the stars, the Paris Motor Show once again heralded as the emperor of all motor events, and it shows. Manufacturers large, and shed-based; flocked to the city in attempts to claim more footfall and eyeballs to years of ideas, and concepts, now curved into illustrious creations.

Revolutionary, to simply evolutionary – gasoline to electric-hybrids, design updates to numerous show-stopping marques from the likes of Ferrari, Land Rover, and Volkswagen, with the addition of Honda’s NEW Civic Type-R making a bang, meant this year’s show was a truly unmissable eye-fest for avid motoring fans.

 

Paris Motorshow 2016 Honda Civic Type-R

 

So without a further ado, let’s get into the show of things with our TOP 3 favourite newcomers’ at the show, with a BONUS feature on an adrenaline-pumping NEW Mercedes hypercar (albeit a concept) sporting Mercedes-AMG’s very own world-championship-winning F1 engine at the heart of its power plant. 

Question: Is this the NEW little brother to the infamous Mercedes CLK-GTR? Read on.

 

Niche to Mainstream: Is Electric the New Petrol?

 

Love them, or loathe them, if the collection of electric vehicles’; mass-produced for today’s market, and concepts are to go by in their huge numbers at the show – electric vehicles are coming for your wallet.

The idea of electric vehicles isn’t something Elon Musk of Tesla first theorised, and put into practice. Oh definitely no! The idea was first conceptualised and brought into play well over 100 years ago by a chap named Robert Anderson, a British inventor who developed the first crude electric carriage.

Elon Musk of Tesla, however, is considered the Apple of Electric cars for simply mass-producing the original ideas of early inventors – with determination and drive to oust diesel and petrol vehicles, adding…

“Tesla is here to stay and keep fighting for the electric car revolution”.

Our Top 3 Picks of the Entire Show (Disclaimer: 2 of the 3 vehicles are electric)

Volkswagen I.D Concept (Autonomous)

Paris Motorshow Volkswagen I.D Concept

Rocking an all-electric powertrain, the I.D is considered by some as the grandchild and prodigy of the original; the Volkswagen Golf. If the Golf had a full electric re-build, this is it; meet the I.D the manufacturer's first foray into the electric carbon-free world.
What’s special about this vehicle is that it’s destined for released in 2020 with a projected range of 373 miles per one charge. That means, yes you could actually purchase this on get-go. In fact, this makes more sense than the Golf GTE, a hybrid-electric you can get your hands on right now.
The vehicle is fully kitted with a pilot self-driving tech utilising lasers for detection, supplemented with ultrasonic, photographic camera and radar sensors to keep it afloat. 
Expect pricing similar to that of the Golf GTD, if not closer to the 300bhp R models, according to Volkswagen.

Mercedes Generation EQ Electric Concept

Paris Motorshow Mercedes EQ Electric Concept

In solidarity with the electric vehicular trend, Mercedes followed suit and announced their lush SUV concept dubbed the “Generation EQ Electric SUV Coupe Concept”. Breath-taking too is the offence on electric tech and gizmo’s; 2-electric motors that force 4-wheel drive – always, powering the behemoth up to 420bhp, along with a projected range of 310 miles. 

If you’d thought this to be a simple first foray into tepid electric vehicles by the German powerhouse, you’d be severely mistaken.

One of the fancier techs developed as part of this concepts’ showcase, is the new charging technology to see the vehicle boosted to 100 driving miles, in JUST 5 MINUTES.

 

Land Rover Discovery 2017: Reborn

 

Paris Motorshow Land Rover Discovery

 

It’s arrived, and it’s back in motion. The global success of Land Rover’s ‘Discovery’ brand is now in it’s fifth-generation, and the model was applauded with great reception as the covers went off the ever-popular family SUV.

The UK release date has already been set, and spring 2017 has been chosen to unveil the first of the models; the humble entry-level spec.

Built at the British-built Jaguar-Land-Rover plant at Solihull, West Midlands, the 26-year-old update, has also meant there is now a ‘Sport’ nomenclature attached to this classic. For those of the flamboyant taste, the Discovery Sport is a younger, more dynamic SUV to that of the Range Rover Sport. And buyers will adore the tinier price in comparison, too. Plus, it’s lighter. Picking its weight 480kg lighter thanks to aluminium construction generously used, the SUV is now better sound-proofed due to additional kit added as a result.

Cheque books open at £43,500 for the entry-spec model. 

 

Mercedes F1-Powered HyperCar to Take On the McLaren P1

 

An F1-powered 1.6 litre V6 derived from Lewis Hamilton’s championship-winning car – planted at the heart of Mercedes-AMG’s new conceptual Hypercar? We say no more.

Here are the exclusive renderings as obtained from the Paris Motorshow 2016.

 

Paris Motorshow Mercedes CLK-GTR

 

Is this the NEW younger sibling of the infamous Mercedes CLK-GTR Lemans race car? 

 

Paris Motorshow Mercedes CLK-GTR

 

So that wraps up our pick of the most electrifying examples of vehicles on display, as well as the mightiest yet-to-come - from Paris Motorshow 2016.

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So without a further ado, let’s get into the show of things with our TOP 3 favourite newcomers’ at the show, with a BONUS feature on an adrenaline-pumping NEW Mercedes hypercar (albeit a concept) sporting Mercedes-AMG’s very own world-championship-winning F1 engine at the heart of its power plant.

Question: Is this the NEW little brother to the infamous Mercedes CLK-GTR? Read on.

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