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SCM's Five Most Wanted: 2010 Paris Motor Show

 

2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept

2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept

The 2010 Paris Auto Show press days have ended, everything there was to see has been seen. We’ve been there, done that, but, with our usual cool, passed on the T-shirt. Some amazing sports cars were revealed but even in the presence of the exceptional, a few always stand out. Here’s the five we’d most like to drive home. Okay, well, the five we’d most like to drive to the air cargo facility to have 747'd home. 

2011 Porsche 911 Speedster

2011 Porsche 911 Speedster



Porsche 911 Speedster: Spend five minutes talking to us about sports cars you'll know of the sincere predilection we have for the ones that bear the badge with the rearing black stallion. No, not the Italian ones—the German ones. Stuttgart’s 911 Speedster is just so choice. Yeah, the Carrera GTS was there and it’s cool too, but the Speedster’s got history, exclusivity (only 356 will be made), every lux convenience Porsche sells, 438 horsepower--and well, just look at it, the thing is ugly-beautiful in a way only Porsche can accomplish.

2011 Audi R8 GT

2011 Audi R8 GT

Audi R8 GT: Voluptuously flared fenders, huge air vents, a loud and proud rear wing, and faired-in exhaust outlets grace the next car that’d be nestled in the belly of our 747—the 560-horsepower Audi R8 GT. Yeah, the R8 Spyder is cute and all, which is exactly why we’d give one of those to our wife. For ourselves, we NEED a 560-horsepower V-10 pumping out 398 pound-feet of torque in a body some 220 pounds lighter than the standard 525-horsepower R8 V-10. Weighing in at 3,362 pounds, the R8 GT is a 3.6-second car from 0-to-60 mph. Packed with all the luxury features you’ve come to love in the standard R8, plus (here’s that word again) exclusivity, Audi plans to build only 333 R8 GTs. 

2010 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta

2010 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta

Ferrari 599 SA Aperta: Getting our next choice on the plane might take a bit of coercion—in addition to money—as all 80 planned examples have been sold already! Ferrari’s 599 SA Aptera rocks the 661-horsepower V-12 from the 599 GTB Fiorano. A roadster, Ferrari has nonetheless taken special pains to ensure chassis rigidity doesn’t suffer. Built to honor legendary designer Sergio Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary, the SA moniker refers to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina. Custom configurable by order, odds are, no two 599 SA Aptera models will be identical. Which of course means even more…(wait for it)…exclusivity.

2012 Nissan GT-R

2012 Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R: Nissan sneaked this one in without talking a whole lot about it, but the updated the 2012 GT-R’s more aerodynamic nose, rear diffuser and larger air intakes suggest Godzilla will be even more of a fire-breathing monster when Nissan lets the big guy off the chain in about a year or so. Rumors swirling about suggest output could be bumped to as much as 500 horsepower, with commensurate upgrades to the brakes and suspension. Even better than exclusive, this one’s a mystery.

2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept

2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept

Jaguar C-X75 Concept: This last sports car is so exclusive, there’s only one like it anywhere in the world. Though we have a strong suspicion that won’t be the case for very long. The erotically curvaceous Jaguar C-X75 almost certainly presages a new supercar in the vein of the iconic XJ220. This cat’s beauty is only part of the story however. Mounted behind each wheel is a 195-horsepower electric motor, effectively making C-X75 an all-wheel-drive, 780-horsepower, 1180-pound-feet, hybrid supercar. How green is that for your babies? Twin microturbines keep the batteries charged for a 560-mile range. Jaguar claims a 205-mph top speed and a 3.4-second 0-60 mph time.

See you at the airport.

 



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