Crème De La Crème: Top 10 Concepts, Supercars and Debuts of the Paris Motor Show

Sep 22, 2021 - By Chris Weiss

From every teaser, leak and early introduction that we’ve seen, the 2010 Paris Motor Show is shaping up to be a blockbuster event. Not that it’s that surprising, given the show is one of the biggest of the year and with no Frankfurt Motor Show this year, it’s bound to be bursting at the seams with big debuts and striking concepts. But it’s exciting just the same. As we count down the weeks, days and hours until showtime (Sept. 30 for the media folk), we thought it was time to take a look at the cars that we’re most excited to see.

10. Kia Pop Concept

We were a little torn whether to use this #10 spot for the Pop or the 2012 Bentley Continental GT. Since the Internet is a visual vessel, we thought about the looks of the two competing cars and realized this: the Bentley Continental GT looks pretty much like the Bentley Continental GT-there are some engine tweaks, but no dramatic changes. On the other hand, the Pop looks like..well, the Pop looks like nothing we’ve ever seen outside of science fiction movies. So despite the fact that it’s purely a fantastical concept, it’ll be more of a show than GT vanilla. The concept is an all-electric 2 +1 commuter.

9. 2012 Range Rover Evoque

Fact is, Land Rover already debuted the 2012 Range Rover Evoque months ago, so it’s a little difficult to get too excited. But the Paris Motor Show will be the first time the “smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient Range Rover to date” will be debuted publicly. And we’re looking forward to getting the full spec sheet and seeing its compact, three-door profile up close.

8. Mazda Shinari Concept

Yes, the Shinari concept is just Mazda’s way of introducing its new Kodo design language. No, we’re not going to see anything exactly like it in production. But just looking at it gives us small goose bumps. It’s a pretty dynamic looking four-door coupe and it will undoubtedly look even better under the bright lights of the showroom floor. Konichiwa Kodo.

7. Audi e-tron R4 Roadster

The most intriguing part about the e-tron R4 Roadster is that it is an e-tron R4 Roadster. The car may feature the exact same 200-hp, dual-rear-motor powertrain and lithium-ion battery pack that the coupe had in Detroit, but more recent rumors indicate that it will be a hybrid and not an electric. The thing that we’re sure of is that it will lose its top, and that’s something that we’re definitely looking forward to seeing-especially after getting our eyes on the rendering above.

6. Renault DeZir Concept

As with other major European auto shows, one of the best things about the Paris Motor Show is catching up on stylish concepts from manufacturers that don’t ship over here to the States. And the most striking example we’ve seen so far is the Renault DeZir concept. Outside of its deep red shell and reversed gull-wing doors, the DeZir holds an electric drivetrain based around a 110 kW motor. It’s powered by a 24 kW battery lithium-ion pack similar to the one used in the Nissan Leaf. Just like Paris is a great place to get acquainted with sexy, exotic women, it’s a great place to get to know some sexy Euro-market exotics and concepts.

5. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

The Veyron Super Sport has earned more than its fair share of ink over the past two months, what with its blistering world-record sprint of 268 mph and its ridiculously juiced-up spec sheet (1,200 horses, larger quad turbocharged 16-cylinder, for starters). Unfortunately, too many pictures have been of that black-and neon-orange record-breaking model. We much prefer the clear lacquered blue carbon suit that debuted at the Concours de Elegance in Pebble Beach. In fact, if it wasn’t for that debut, the Veyron SS would have risen closer to the top of this list.

4. Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma isn’t expected to change much at all in its production version, but it will be nice to see the car in its final, market-ready iteration. Long on the proverbial fence between a sporty, innovative car and fleeting vaporware, the Karma is finally ready for production. And Paris will be its first stop. The first Karma to roll off of assembly lines will join Fisker execs as they detail retail and marketing plans for the future.

3. Peugeot EX1

Another spry, sexy French concept car that won’t be showing its curves here in the U.S.,  the EX1 promises to be among the most outlandishly awesome vehicles in Paris. With a look of a car swallowing a three-wheeled chopper whole, the EX1 features a narrow rear track that helps to give it some extra aerodynamics. Combined with dual 170-hp electric motors and a weight of just 2,200 lbs. that’s enough to bring this electric track star to 62 mph in under three seconds.

2. Lamborghini Jota (and/or the 83X)

We’re not sure if Lamborghini has one or two new cars to show at Paris. But we can’t wait to find out. If there’s a brand new Lamborghini in the mix, let alone two, chances are it’s going to reside at the top of this list no matter what else is out there. Bolstering the car’s chances is Lamborghini’s teaser last week that it will be the first in a paradigm shift toward less grunt and lighter materials. In other words, it’s not just a new Lamborghini, it’s a new generation of Lamborghinis. So yeah, we’re kind of stoked.

1. Lotus Esprit

No knock on Lamborghini, but we’re actually more excited about the spiritual successor to the Esprit than we are about the Jota. While Lamborghini has been continually meeting and exceeding our expectations with models like the Murcielago and Reventon, Lotus has been stuck in the small, lightweight, efficient rut for too long now. It’s been six painful years since the roadways had an Esprit, and it’s about time that they’re rewarded. The rumor of a possible V10 isn’t hurting Lotus’ case either.

As not to leave you on such a boring visual note, here’s a last-generation Esprit to stoke the pre-Paris flames.


  1. Posted by reetung

    Wow, some nice looking rides dude! Wow.

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