Paris Motor Show 2014: The best concepts {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

22 Nov 2014

The Paris Motor Show is always one of the hottest shows of the year, with many manufacturers either launching new models or showing their intent with crazy concept cars. This year there were plenty of both, new car launches including the Mercedes-AMG GT & C63 and Ferrari’s 458 Speciale A. But there were also plenty of concepts, some of which were just plain crazy, but the three most interesting all just happened to come from the same company – VAG (who owns VW, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini to name a few). So here are our pics for the best of the show:

1. Lamborghini Asterion

Lamborghini has finally waded into the hybrid market, but has decided to go down a different route to the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 – the Asterion. A large coupe with far more styling subtlety than the current range, the Asterion features the Huracan’s 5.2 litre V10 mid-mounted and joined by three electric motors and some batteries. The V10 produces 602 bhp, while the motors add 296 bhp to create an 898 bhp monster. Though not currently expected to go into production, we can expect this styling and drivetrain to go into the higher riding Urus SUV which is coming in 2016.

2. VW XL Sport

VW launched the XL1 a couple of years ago and won fans world over with the mix of exotic carbon construction, small diesel engine and electric hybrid drivetrain. But the sporty looks always lent themselves to the idea of a sportier model which VW hinted at many times. Well here it is – the XL Sport. Taking the bodywork, but widening the rear track and removing the rear spats gives a proper supercar look, and the small diesel engine has been replaced by a Ducati motorbike engine producing 197 bhp. With the light weight of 890 kg and the slippery shape the XL Sport can hit 62 mph in 5.7 seconds on the way to a 167 mph top speed. Expect a limited run to be made at well over £100,000.

3. Audi TT Sportback

Seemingly willing to fill every niche there is, and create more still – Audi showed off this 5dr hatchback TT at the Paris show, which while it looks quite nice, does beg the question of who would actually buy it? If you want a 4dr small Audi there’s the A3 saloon, the TT is pretty practical etc, but we’re sure that when they launch it, people will buy it in the thousands. Pretty, cool and practical are all most people want in this sort of car!