Paris motor show set to unleash fresh metal.
BEIRUT: With the Paris motor show just around the corner and the press getting ready for an early glimpse Thursday of the latest automobiles that will hit the market in the coming months, The Daily Star, in anticipation of the widely awaited event, would like to offer its readers a taste of some of the more remarkable models that are expected to be unveiled at one of the world's premier car shows. One model that is set to make its world debut in Paris and which holds particular interest for us is the V-8-engined version of the Ferrari GT4C Lusso, which itself is a derivation of the Ferrari FF that we have previously test-driven and reviewed. The new car is significant in that it borrows the turbocharged mill utilized in the California T, also a Ferrari that we have had the opportunity to cover in The Daily Star, with the new model which produces 602bhp marking a new entry-point into the marque's four-seater lineup.
Another albeit unconfirmed entrant for Paris from Ferrari might be the LaFerrari Aperta. Although the closed-top version of the hypercar has been discontinued, a limited-run roadster version of the car featuring the same 950bhp V12-based powertrain may make its debut in Paris. Here's hoping.
Since we can't get enough of stylish Italian cars, here's one more from the land of wine, fashion and pasta. Making its debut in Paris will be the Veloce, an all-wheel-drive variant of Alfa Romeo's lovely Giulia saloon. The Veloce bridges the performance gap between the standard Giulia, which was unveiled in 2015 to mark the marque's 105th anniversary, and the 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio. The engine options featured on the Giulia Veloce will include a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged mill that delivers 270 horses and 400 Newton-meters of torque at 2,250 rpm.
Next up, from Germany, is a roadster version of the Mercedes AMG GT, which will make its first live appearance in Paris. The soft-top variant, which develops 547bhp in top-spec, will adopt features from the GT R.
Also making its public debut in Paris will be Porsche's second-generation Panamera and Panamera Sport Turismo. Whether you loved or hated the original Panamera, there's no denying that the new car, besides being a high-performance luxury saloon, is also a visual feast, having borrowed styling cues from the iconic 911 and featuring tighter lines and a more curvaceous roofline.
The new Panamera also benefits from a range of new engines, which include a turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6, a 4.0-liter V-8 diesel and a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. The car's initial lineup is expected to include all-wheel-drive models of the Panamera 4S and the Panamera Turbo. Also making its debut in Paris will be the Panamera Sport Turismo, a shooting brake model with a more practical rear design.
Obviously, with France being the home of the Paris motor show, it makes sense that French marques will want to flaunt their stuff, and one of the more remarkable designs making its debut in the City of Light is the new Citroen C3, a boldly styled five-door hatch that is ready to replace the marque's best-selling model. The C3 gets a two-tone paint scheme with contrasting roof, a two-tier headlamp design, and an optional protective strip of Airbumps on the door in lower trim levels. It's standard on higher trim but the C3 can be ordered without if you're not partial to the feature.
Also from France is the Peugeot 3008, which has now been remade into an SUV as the manufacturer tries to capitalize on the rapidly growing demand in that segment. The new model will feature i-Cockpit, Peugeot's latest dash technology, while gaining new 1.2-liter and 1.6-liter gasoline power plants, in addition to the 118bhp 1.6-liter diesel mill.
And from South Korea, making its debut in Paris will be the third-generation of the i30 hatchback from Hyundai, one of Lebanon's best-selling car brands. The three-door hatchback will be dropped from the i30 lineup, with the new model being offered as a five-door hatchback, an estate and a four-door coupe.
Obviously we can expect cars from every country and every marque to make an appearance in Paris, but most will remain under wraps until Thursday, but expect stunning designs in the form of the new Land Rover Discovery, the new Mini Countryman, the BMW X2, not to mention enticing offerings from Honda, Toyota, Lexus and many, many more.
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