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Gallery: Hottest new sports cars and concepts from the 2018 Paris Motor Show

Gallery: Hottest new sports ca...
Peugeot e-Legend Concept
Peugeot e-Legend Concept
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The BMW Z4 is back
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The BMW Z4 is back
BMW originally revealed the Z4 at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and shows it again under the lights of Paris
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BMW originally revealed the Z4 at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and shows it again under the lights of Paris
The Z4 M40i is powered by a 340-hp six-cylinder
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The Z4 M40i is powered by a 340-hp six-cylinder
The Z4 M40i does the 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds
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The Z4 M40i does the 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds
World premiere of the Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, the new entry level GT 4-Door
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World premiere of the Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, the new entry level GT 4-Door
Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé
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Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé
Another super-sporty car with Pebble Beach origins - the Vision EQ Silver Arrow
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Another super-sporty car with Pebble Beach origins - the Vision EQ Silver Arrow
Mercedes blends the past with the present in the all-electric Vision EQ Silver Arrow
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Mercedes blends the past with the present in the all-electric Vision EQ Silver Arrow
The Vision EQ Silver Arrow isn't exactly optimized for comfortable touring
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The Vision EQ Silver Arrow isn't exactly optimized for comfortable touring
With the Vision EQ Silver Arrow, Mercedes pays homage to its classic Silver Arrow race cars, particularly the record-breaking W125, while highlighting a cutting edge 738-hp electric powertrain with around 250 miles of range
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With the Vision EQ Silver Arrow, Mercedes pays homage to its classic Silver Arrow race cars, particularly the record-breaking W125, while highlighting a cutting edge 738-hp electric powertrain with around 250 miles of range
Mercedes wasn't the only one going retro-electro - Peugeot unveils the sexy e-Legend Concept in Paris
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Mercedes wasn't the only one going retro-electro - Peugeot unveils the sexy e-Legend Concept in Paris
The e-Legend Concept is inspired by the classic Peugeot 504 Coupe
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The e-Legend Concept is inspired by the classic Peugeot 504 Coupe
The e-Legend's taillights are quite mesmerizing, throwing a modern twist on the triple-claw design of the original 504
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The e-Legend's taillights are quite mesmerizing, throwing a modern twist on the triple-claw design of the original 504
Peugeot e-Legend Concept
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Peugeot e-Legend Concept
Peugeot powers its e-Legend Concept with a 456-hp electric powertrain and adds a high-tech 16-display interior, bringing past style into the future
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Peugeot powers its e-Legend Concept with a 456-hp electric powertrain and adds a high-tech 16-display interior, bringing past style into the future
Hyundai calls the i30 N Option its ultimate performance show car
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Hyundai calls the i30 N Option its ultimate performance show car
Hyundai plans to launch the N Option in the future, giving customers of its N performance models more customization flexibility
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Hyundai plans to launch the N Option in the future, giving customers of its N performance models more customization flexibility
Think a sports car gallery shouldn't include a wagon? Kia makes you think again with the all-new ProCeed, a five-door shooting brake that makes its debut in Paris
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Think a sports car gallery shouldn't include a wagon? Kia makes you think again with the all-new ProCeed, a five-door shooting brake that makes its debut in Paris
Inside the Kia ProCeed
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Inside the Kia ProCeed
The Kia ProCeed will go on sale in Europe in early 2019 with a variety of engine options
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The Kia ProCeed will go on sale in Europe in early 2019 with a variety of engine options
The Kia ProCeed features a profile quite unlike the average wagon, finding a place somewhere between a sports estate and hot hatch
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The Kia ProCeed features a profile quite unlike the average wagon, finding a place somewhere between a sports estate and hot hatch
The production Kia ProCeed follows the concept debuted a year ago in Frankfurt
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The production Kia ProCeed follows the concept debuted a year ago in Frankfurt
The Vision RS provides "the first insights into the next evolutionary stage of Škoda’s sporty RS models and the design of a future compact vehicle," according to the Czech automaker
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The Vision RS provides "the first insights into the next evolutionary stage of Škoda’s sporty RS models and the design of a future compact vehicle," according to the Czech automaker
Škoda hosts the world debut of the Vision RS, a hybrid hot hatch concept with a 241-hp combination of 1.5-liter TSI engine and electric motor
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Škoda hosts the world debut of the Vision RS, a hybrid hot hatch concept with a 241-hp combination of 1.5-liter TSI engine and electric motor
Škoda Vision RS
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Škoda Vision RS
The Aspark Owl, an all-electric Japanese supercar, makes an appearance in Paris. We first saw it last year in Frankfurt
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The Aspark Owl, an all-electric Japanese supercar, makes an appearance in Paris. We first saw it last year in Frankfurt
According to Bloomberg, Aspark is now taking €1 million deposits on the 1,150-hp Owl hypercar; it plans to sell just 50 for a price of €3.1 million
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According to Bloomberg, Aspark is now taking €1 million deposits on the 1,150-hp Owl hypercar; it plans to sell just 50 for a price of €3.1 million
Škoda Vision RS
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Škoda Vision RS
Ferrari is using Paris to show the first two cars in its new "Icona" limited edition series
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Ferrari is using Paris to show the first two cars in its new "Icona" limited edition series
This Ferrari Icona model is the single-seat Monza SP1, inspired by Ferrari barchettas of the 1950s
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This Ferrari Icona model is the single-seat Monza SP1, inspired by Ferrari barchettas of the 1950s
Take in the delicious, retro-inspired, windshield-free profile of the Ferrari Monza SP1
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Take in the delicious, retro-inspired, windshield-free profile of the Ferrari Monza SP1
The new Ferrari Monza cars are powered by a 799-hp version of the 812 Superfast's 6.5-liter V12
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The new Ferrari Monza cars are powered by a 799-hp version of the 812 Superfast's 6.5-liter V12
If you think the single-seat Monza SP1 will leave you lonely, you can always opt for the two-seat SP2
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If you think the single-seat Monza SP1 will leave you lonely, you can always opt for the two-seat SP2
Inside the Ferrari Monza SP2
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Inside the Ferrari Monza SP2
The new Icona series will reinterpret Ferrari icons of the past into limited edition collector cars
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The new Icona series will reinterpret Ferrari icons of the past into limited edition collector cars
There's no actual windshield on the Monza SP1 or SP2, but Ferrari does include a "Virtual Wind Shield" - a fairing designed to deflect air away from the cabin
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There's no actual windshield on the Monza SP1 or SP2, but Ferrari does include a "Virtual Wind Shield" - a fairing designed to deflect air away from the cabin
The Monza SP1 and 2 aren't just beautiful sculptures, they take care of business with 2.9-second 0-100 km/h and 7.9-second 0-200 km/h runs
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The Monza SP1 and 2 aren't just beautiful sculptures, they take care of business with 2.9-second 0-100 km/h and 7.9-second 0-200 km/h runs
Ferrari shows yet another all-new open-air car: the 488 Pista Spider
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Ferrari shows yet another all-new open-air car: the 488 Pista Spider
The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider made its world debut in Pebble Beach before showing up here in Paris
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The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider made its world debut in Pebble Beach before showing up here in Paris
The 488 Pista Spider is powered by a 720-hp twin-turbo V8
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The 488 Pista Spider is powered by a 720-hp twin-turbo V8
Announced earlier this year, the Shelby Series 2 is a successor to the Series 1 developed in the late 90s
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Announced earlier this year, the Shelby Series 2 is a successor to the Series 1 developed in the late 90s
The Series 1 was Carroll Shelby's first clean-sheet, ground-up car design, and the Series 2 follows in its footsteps. Shelby will build just four models per year
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The Series 1 was Carroll Shelby's first clean-sheet, ground-up car design, and the Series 2 follows in its footsteps. Shelby will build just four models per year
A gorgeous interior in the Shelby Series 2
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A gorgeous interior in the Shelby Series 2
Shelby Series 2
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Shelby Series 2
Lamborghini's much-anticipated Aventador SVJ
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Lamborghini's much-anticipated Aventador SVJ
The Aventador SVJ made its world premiere at Pebble Beach ahead of its showing in Paris
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The Aventador SVJ made its world premiere at Pebble Beach ahead of its showing in Paris
Before its official debut, and still wrapped in camouflage, the Aventador SVJ set a new Nurburgring record with a lap just under 6:45
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Before its official debut, and still wrapped in camouflage, the Aventador SVJ set a new Nurburgring record with a lap just under 6:45
A look inside the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
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A look inside the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
The Aspark Owl has run 0-62 mph in less than 1.9 second
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The Aspark Owl has run 0-62 mph in less than 1.9 second
Lexus debuts the newly updated 2019 RC coupe
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Lexus debuts the newly updated 2019 RC coupe
Lexus RC300h
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Lexus RC300h
Lexus RC300h
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Lexus RC300h
Infiniti hosts the world premiere of its F1-derived Project Black S dual-hybrid coupe
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Infiniti hosts the world premiere of its F1-derived Project Black S dual-hybrid coupe
At the wheel of the race-inspired Infiniti Project Black S
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At the wheel of the race-inspired Infiniti Project Black S
Infiniti worked closely with the Renault Sport F1 Team to develop a special hybrid powertrain for the Project Black S
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Infiniti worked closely with the Renault Sport F1 Team to develop a special hybrid powertrain for the Project Black S
Along with a twin-turbo V6, the Project Black S includes three motor-generators - two charge the battery pack during acceleration and one charges it during braking
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Along with a twin-turbo V6, the Project Black S includes three motor-generators - two charge the battery pack during acceleration and one charges it during braking
Infiniti plans to do thorough testing on the Project Black S next year, and the prototype might eventually lead to a production trim and/or trickle-down technologies in other cars
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Infiniti plans to do thorough testing on the Project Black S next year, and the prototype might eventually lead to a production trim and/or trickle-down technologies in other cars
Porsche celebrates limited production of the 911 Speedster Concept it revealed earlier this year by dressing it in luscious red paint
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Porsche celebrates limited production of the 911 Speedster Concept it revealed earlier this year by dressing it in luscious red paint
The 911 Speedster was designed as a concept in celebration of Porsche's 70th birthday. Porsche will build 1,948 examples in recognition of its founding year
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The 911 Speedster was designed as a concept in celebration of Porsche's 70th birthday. Porsche will build 1,948 examples in recognition of its founding year
The 911 Speedster comes powered by a 500-hp flat-six engine and six-speed manual transmission
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The 911 Speedster comes powered by a 500-hp flat-six engine and six-speed manual transmission
Yet another car makes the trip from Pebble Beach to Paris: the Audi PB 18 e-tron concept
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Yet another car makes the trip from Pebble Beach to Paris: the Audi PB 18 e-tron concept
The Audi PB 18 e-tron is a Le Mans-inspired concept with a 764-hp three-motor electric powertrain
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The Audi PB 18 e-tron is a Le Mans-inspired concept with a 764-hp three-motor electric powertrain
Audi PB 18 e-tron concept
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Audi PB 18 e-tron concept
The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept will soon give way to the production Supra
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The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept will soon give way to the production Supra
The GR Supra Racing Concept debuted in Geneva earlier this year; the production Supra is expected at next year's Detroit auto show
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The GR Supra Racing Concept debuted in Geneva earlier this year; the production Supra is expected at next year's Detroit auto show
Toyota GR Supra 
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Toyota GR Supra 
Lotus Exige Cup 430
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Lotus Exige Cup 430
Acura NSX
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Acura NSX
Lotus Elise Sport 220
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Lotus Elise Sport 220
Lotus at the 2018 Paris Motor Show
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Lotus at the 2018 Paris Motor Show
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There's a whole of heap of new automotive hardware to dissect from this year's Paris Motor Show. We'll get to the SUVs, autonomous concepts and daily commuters in due time, but Paris is first and foremost a world capital of art, fashion and sexiness ... so the only place to start is with the hottest, sportiest cars of the show. And you don't have to look hard to find them - the show floor is covered in supercars, roadsters, hot hatches, retro-inspired sports concepts and even a Nürburgring champion or two.

Despite a number of prominent automakers skipping this year's Paris show, there are still plenty of debuts and new vehicles to keep the auto fanatic busy - sports cars of all shapes and sizes landing high on the priority list.

The new Ferrari Monza cars are powered by a 799-hp version of the 812 Superfast's 6.5-liter V12
The new Ferrari Monza cars are powered by a 799-hp version of the 812 Superfast's 6.5-liter V12

From reimagined sports estates, to single-seat barchettas, to F1-derived sports coupes, to retro-electro concept cars, Paris has a truly eclectic mix of gorgeous cars on display. Jump to the 2018 Paris Motor Show gallery and check out each and every one.

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ljaques
Mark the calendars! For the very first time, I actually =like= the look of one of the vehicles produced by Renault. (Tricked-out Dakar model excepted.)