As with any auto show, along with the usual extensive BMW coverage, we provide an overview of some of the most interesting vehicles, both production and concept, shown by other automakers.
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The 2010 Paris Motor Show makes no exception and we are bringing you an extensive photo gallery showing some of the cars from BMW competitors and not only. Some of them that stand out are the Audi Quattro Concept or the C-X75 Concept from Jaguar. The Quattro outputs 408 horsepower from an inline five-cylinder turbocharged engine. Another model in the R8 family is the R8 GT. A limited-production supercar, 333 units, which will sell for $255,000. Power? 560 ponies, up from 525 in the R8.
In our opinion, the big winner at the Paris Motor Show as Lotus. The company introduced a total of five new concepts, shocking in a way to everyone that attended. In the past, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar announced that Lotus will be entering a new era and the five concepts come to confirm that: Elan, Elite, Elise, Esprit and Eterne. With the launch of these new models, Lotus joins the big boys in the high-end market currently dominated by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Aston Martin.
And speaking of Lamborghini, the automaker unveiled their latest concept, Sesto Elemento. Lamborghini was able keep its curb weight to 999 kg, or 2,202 lbs, thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber and carbon fiber reinforced plastics. The entire car is essentially constructed from the lightweight materials including the monocoque, front frame, body panels, major suspension components and wheels. With 570 horsepower, 100 km/h comes in JUST 2.5 seconds.
Moving towards the UK-based companies, Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 Concept, a car featuring four electric motors producing 195 horsepower at each wheel. The electric engines are complimented by two micro-gas turbines. Top speed? 205 mph with a range of driving of 560 miles. A Vision EfficientDynamics competitor? So it seems…
Other cars included in the photo gallery below are the Ford Focus ST, Bentley Continental GT, Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS, Toyota FT-86 and Maserati GranTurismo.