2010 Paris Motor Show | 20 Cars that Matter

The 2010 Paris Motor Show had landed and it wouldn’t be unreasonable to for a man to assume an amplitude of impossibly sexy cars, leggy models, and enough bespoke suits to make the men of Positano blush. Well, if this year’s display of supercar prowess is anything more than a declaration that the recession is over (to those who use money managers, not bank accounts) then consider us smitten with the 20 cars (so far) right after the jump.

Lotus Elite Concept

The Lotus Elite isn’t your father’s Lotus, and weighing in at 3,600 pounds this Lotus is far heavier than predecessors. The Lotus Elite will be powered by a mid-engine 5.0 liter V8 sourced from the Lexus IS-F generating 611 horsepower good for sub 4 second 0-60mph times, and a 195 mph top speed. Aggressive styling, regenerative breaking, and four doors round out this grand tourer. $180,000. 2014.

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Chevy’s somewhat expected announcement of a Camaro convertible doesn’t offset the fact that this domestic soft-top is a looker. Both the V6 and 6.2 liter V8 will be available and mated to a choice of automatic or six-speed (not that you care about the automatic).

Audi E-Tron Spyder

No, it’s not another movie. The E-Tron designates an electric-boosted lineup from Audi, and in this form the E-Tron Spyder. Powered by a 300 horsepower twin-turbo TDI V6 (yes, diesel), the E-Tron Spyder tosses up 479 lb-ft of torque, solid handling despite its cabriolet chassis and batteries. Now, whether it hits dealerships is an entirely different story.

Jaguar C-X75 Concept

The Jaguar C-X75 claims our award as the belle of the ball. Besides a painfully gorgeous silhouette, this 2,970 pound beauty is powered by two 96 horsepower micro gas turbines mated to a lithium-ion batteries, which then power four 195 horsepower electric motors at each wheel. That makes the C-X75 a 780 horsepower (1,197 lb-ft torque), 205 mph sex-rocket. Great, but what’s its range, you ask? 560 miles. Try that in a Veyron.

2012 Range Rover Evoque

Despite its off-road roots, it’s refreshing to see Land Rover trying its hand at something new (but god help us if they ever end production of the Defender). The 2012 Range Rover Evoque’s options list reads more like a list of BMW M series. 19″-20″ wheels, a bespoke exterior treatment, and a 825-watt Meridian sound system. Power comes from a 2.0 liter 240 horsepower engine with regenerative electrics, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a MagneRide adaptive suspension.

Lotus Elan

This one came as a surprise. The Elan is slated to land in 2013 and will feature a 450 horsepower supercharged 4.0 liter V6 engine, seven-speed dual clutch, 3.5 second 0-60mph, and regenerative breaking. Top speed? A blistering 193 mph. $118,000.

2011 Volvo S60 R-Design

You can expect a video review of our man Bradley Hasemeyer’s time behind the wheel of the new S60 in an upcoming review, but for now – just know that this is one shaggin’, wagon. The S60 features Volvo’s R-Design tuning that give this family-stormer a 300 horsepower 3.0 liter inline six with turbo (325 lb-ft of torque), a beefier suspension, and handsome 18″ wheels. Just make sure the kids are strapped in and keep all hands and feet inside the vehicle while moving…

BMW Concept 6 Series Coupe

We wrote about it before, and we’re writing about it again. The new BMW 6 series (shown in light concept disguise here) is an absolute beauty compared to its stumpy predecessor. Now, where’s the M?

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept

The fabled Lamborghini has unveiled its newest bull and even though it’s name sounds more like an espresso machine, this Italian stallion is anything but. A carbon-fiber body (Carbon = sixth element = “sesto elemento”) will feature Reventon-inspired design, a ridiculous V10 engine pumping out 570 horsepower, and 0-60mph time of… wait for it… 2.5 seconds. With a Lambo like this, who needs caffeine?

2012 Ford Focus ST Hatch

This author’s love for hot-hatchbacks never seemed to match that of the domestic market, but Ford has finally heard the call and delivered. The Focus ST will land in 2012 and come mated with a turbocharged 2.0 liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that delivers 247 horsepower (266 lb-foot of torque), a six-speed transmission, and torque-vectoring. The 19″ wheels, GP-certified paint scheme, and Aston Mortin-esque fascia make this an official want.

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