The 2014 Paris Motor Show is finally here! The global automotive industry has descended on Paris, the Mondial de l’Automobile halls are packed with lavish stands hosting the best new production and concept cars that the manufacturers can muster.
Below are some of the latest offerings from Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Volkswagen.
The already classy range-topping Aston coupe dons an even more gorgeous appearance in the form of the Carbon Edition. This edition of the Vanquish receives black window surrounds, darker headlight trim, gloss black alloy wheels and carbon fiber trim in the cabin to go with the quilted leather upholstery.
One thing that’s left unchanged with the Carbon Edition is the powerplant. Pop the hood and you will still find a 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 with 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Zero to sixty is delivered in just 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of just over 200 mph.
Check out the video of the new Aston below:
The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 shocked everyone in Paris last evening when it drove onto stage under fully silent electric power. And that’s the big story with this new Lamborghini concept: it’s a plug-in hybrid.
While still a supercar, it’s electric powertrain is mated to a 5.2-liter V10, and total system output is rated at a staggering 910 horsepower. Electric mode will provide 31 miles of range and travel at speeds of up to 78 miles per hour. Top speed? 199 mph. Enough said.
When can you run out and buy one? At this point in time, it doesn’t look like it will make it into production. According to Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann, the bigger priority right now would be the Urus crossover. For now this example is just an exercise to show how Lamborghini might present a gasoline-electric vehicle.
Bentley has unveiled its latest creation in from Crewe. We give you the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed.
Even though it appears to look the same as the current model, the team over at Bentley has increased performance by massaging the massive 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 allowing it to produce an impressive 530 horsepower (up 25 HP from the standard model), but it’s the 811 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 rpm that has our attention. Weighing in at almost three tons, this ultra-luxurious cruiser will hit 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds, and will top out at 190 mph. Impressive!
What happens with you take Volkswagens fuel-sipping XL1 and power it with a quick revving Ducati 1199 Superleggera motorcycle engine? The Volkswagen XL Sport is born. A blend of lightweight technologies, extreme aerodynamic focus and high-performance tuning.
The XL Sport maintains two of the XL1’s most defining features: a wide, low shape and a kammback rear end. For performance, Volkswagen engineers sacrificed the smooth body of the XL1 in order to fit cooling ducts behind the rear doors that supply air to the 197-horsepower V-twin Ducati engine.