Lots of cars were revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, but these are our favorites.
After leaving the 2016 Paris Motor Show, we looked to the future to determine which concept cars could change the game in the coming years. Concept cars can be fun to look at and think about, but it is also important to think about what car makers are releasing now. This top five list focuses on the best new reveals from the 2016 Paris Motor Show. excluding said concepts and other fanciful creations. These are the cars that are production ready and eager to earn money for their manufacturers.
The LaFerrari Aperta is an easy lock for this list. Not only does the Aperta have a V12 hybrid setup that produces a total of 950 hp with 664 lb-ft of torque, it also has some of the greatest collector value that has ever been attached to a new vehicle. Even if you could afford one, they have all been sold out and will certainly command an enormous price premium over what Ferrari originally charged for them. We could see the Aperta skyrocketing in value as the years go on, although we believe that this means they will be stashed away in collections for all eternity. Good luck seeing one of these on the streets, because it will be a rare occurrence.
Not every car on this list is extremely expensive, and the Civic hatchback is clear evidence of that. We didn't pick the Type R for this list because technically it is not production ready. The Type R will be great for enthusiasts, but we think that the normal Civic hatchback is the far more important model for Honda. The design is impressive and we like the fact it doesn't look like a typical hatchback. American consumers have a hatred for the hatchback body style, but this new Civic looks sporty enough to win over the market. Toss in a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 172 horsepower, and Honda should dominate with this car.
In the looks department, the new Porsche Panamera is a huge improvement over its predecessor. The looks aren't the only area of improvement either, especially with the new Panamera 4E hybrid version. The hybrid Panamera is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 with 330 horsepower. This is supplemented with an electric motor from the 918 Spyder to produce 462 horsepower. This means that the car can hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and drive on electric power alone for 31 miles up to 87 mph. We think it is a bit silly when hybrid cars don't have a usable electric range or have the engine kick on with any reasonable acceleration, but the Panamera seems perfect on both fronts.
The LR4 did little to wow us, but its replacement has us throwing some serious props to Land Rover. The Discovery name has been brought back after the LR3 replaced that model several years ago. Like the LR4, the Discovery will seat seven people and be extremely capable off-road. We liked that the old LR4 was much less expensive than a Range Rover, and now we could see the Discovery stealing a bit of thunder from the Range Rover line. It can seat as many or more people than some of the Range Rover badged cars, and is a better value proposition with efficient diesel engines. Land Rover has a winner here, but it may cost them some Range Rover sales.
Audi's RS models never really blow people away visually. In fact, only the people who know about cars may actually know that they are looking at the creme de la creme of Audi's lineup. We happen to like it that way, and the new RS3 is no exception. The RS3 comes with a 400 horsepower 2.5-liter five-cylinder from the TT RS. That means it will certainly keep up with the likes of the BMW M2. However, the RS3 is much more understated than something like a Ford Focus RS, so you could reasonably drive one if you were a working professional at a law firm. We were waiting a long time for Audi to reveal this one, and now that its here, were are still very excited.