Paris motor show: Top 10 show-stoppers
The Paris show has certainly been entertaining, controversial and exciting so far – we've come up with a list of the 10 favourite show-stopping cars we've liked from the opening days of the French expo.
Have read through the list and take a look at our coverage of the Paris motor show – do you agree with our choices?
10. Opel GTC Paris concept
This thinly-veiled concept (much like the BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept) is a hint at what's to come with the Astra VXR next year...and we like it. It strikes just the right tone of elegant poise and aggressive bark.
9. Porsche 911 Speedster
The Speedster harks back to the iconic 356 Speedster of the 1950s, but in a semi-retro fashion. We like that alluring blue and the double-bubble cover for the convertible roof. It should be lots of fun to drive too, with a raft of updates and tweaks.
8. Ford Focus ST
The styling of the new Ford Focus has divided opinion across the world – mainly because it's Ford's first worldwide car and you can't please everyone. We like the aggression of the new Focus ST – that grille looks like it could take your arm off whole.
We also think the ST must have gone over a bump and swallowed its own numberplate.
7. Citroen DS3 WRC
The world rally championship was already looking exciting next year what with all the rule changes and a new manufacturer joining, but all three of next year's cars were launched on the first day of the Paris motor show.
You can take your pick from the Mini, Fiesta or Citroen, but we love the DS3 WRC's squat, aggressive style – it looks like it's hungry for another world title or five...
6. Range Rover Evoque
There has been a slight worry that time and exposure would dull the impact of the Range Rover Evoque's shocking looks, but no fears there. It looks in parts fearsome and bulbous from different angles, but make no mistake – it's going to redefine the luxury SUV. We can't wait to get behind the wheel of one...
5. Audi Quattro Concept
Audi has been celebrating 30 years of Quattro recently, and naturally an homage to the car that started it off, the Ur-quattro, was long overdue. The Quattro Concept manages to subtly blend the retro winks with modern design cues, although that's the only thing subtle about the car.
4. Renault DeZir
Patrick Le Quement was design chief at Renault for 22 years before he retired last year – the DeZir is the first project to come out of the office of his replacement, Laurence Van Den Acker. His job is to reinject some of the va-va-voom back into Renault's output – can he do it? Nobody is yet sure, his main projects to date have been concepts.
3. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
The styling might be a tad overblown, but you couldn't deny that the Sesto Elemento concept is a dramatic car. As a manifesto, it's tremendously exciting – Lamborghini is setting out its stall for an ultra-lightweight, driving experience-focused future. That can only be a good thing, right?
2. Jaguar C-X75
Jaguar both surprised and delighted the assembled throngs of journalists with its C-X75 concept. A stylish way to celebrate its 75th birthday, to be sure, but a statement as well. Back when Ford owned Jaguar it would never have allowed it to compete so openly with stablemate Aston Martin.
What Jaguar tells us with this sharp little number is that everyone is fair game.
1. Lotus Esprit, Elan, Elise, Elite, Eterne...
Whether you liked the presented cars from Lotus or not (we didn't), it's fair to say that this was the show-stopping moment of the Paris show. Indeed, it continues to be – we hear that the Lotus stand is currently operating on a one in, one out basis because of fire regulations and all of the people eager to get a look at the new cars.
It could all go horribly wrong, but Lotus surely gets points for its boldness...?
Do you agree with our top 10 show-stoppers? Have a look through our Paris motor show coverage.