PERFORMANCE CARS2014 Jaguar F-Type
: The production version of the Jaguar F-Type, a new convertible sports car we first saw as a concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and the spiritual successor to the legendary E-Type, was on display in Paris. It goes on sale next year where it will be offered with the choice of V-6 and V-8 engines. Further down the track we should be seeing a new coupe version too.2014 Audi S3 Hatchback
: Audi’s new A3 in three-door Hatchback or five-door Sportback won’t be sold in the U.S., as we’ll be getting a new sedan version. We hope that sedan also comes in S3 flavor as the new S3, which debuted in Paris as a Hatchback, packs a brand new 2.0-liter TFSI engine with a healthy 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque on tap. When equipped with an S tronic dual-clutch gearbox, this potent hot hatch will sprint to 60 mph from rest in just 5.1 seconds.2013 Nissan Juke Nismo
: The first of Nissan’s sporty Nismo-tuned lineup is the 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo. The Juke Nismo was first teased as a concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show and speculated for production almost immediately upon its reveal. Underneath the skin, the Juke Nismo makes more power from its turbocharged, direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, and benefits from stiffer springs and dampers. Note, Nissan also revealed that a more powerful RS version is also in the works.2013 Lamborghini Gallardo
: Lamborghini unveiled an updated version of its Gallardo supercar for the 2013 model year at this week’s Paris Auto Show, with the range receiving a fresh new look and also offering customers a whole new level of personalization. Also new for the 2013 is the addition of the Edizione Tecnica option on all Gallardo LP 570-4 variants. Sadly, no changes have been made to the powertrains, which means outputs range from 542 horsepower in the rear-wheel drive LP 550-2 models to 562 horsepower in the all-wheel drive LP 570-4 models.2013 Audi RS 5 Cabrio
: The Audi RS 5 coupe has just gone on sale, and we’ve even had a chance to drive one, but a convertible version will soon join Audi’s lineup, and we got our first look at it in Paris. Combining brute performance with an elegant convertible body, the new Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is sure to be one of the most sought after drop-tops around when it arrives next year. Like the coupe, it’s powered by a 4.2-liter V-8 rated at 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, and will go from 0-60 in less than 5.0 seconds.2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel
: While America is just getting its first taste of a diesel-powered Cayenne, Europe is getting a new V-8 powered version in the form of the new Cayenne S Diesel. Power is once again sourced from an Audi oil-burner, in this case a 4.2-liter V-8 turbodiesel engine rated at 382 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque--up 142 horsepower and a massive 220 pound-feet of torque on the regular Cayenne Diesel’s numbers.
2014 Volkswagen GTI
: The new 2014 Volkswagen Golf made its official world debut in Paris, and as a nice surprise the VW folk also rolled out a preview of the high-performance GTI version of the new Golf. Due in showrooms in the second half of next year, the new GTI will benefit from more power under the hood, a lighter curb weight and a trick new front axle differential lock claimed to offer more agile steering behavior.2013 Audi R8
: The R8 is set to be replaced by a brand new model in the coming year or two, but to keep things fresh the current car has undergone a minor facelift. While the styling hasn’t changed much, Audi engineers have finally done away with the clunky R tronic automated manual that plagued the previous model. A conventional six-speed manual is still available on some models, however. The other major update is the addition of a new range-topping R8 V10 plus model with 550 horsepower on tap.
2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
: After its first year of sale, Lamborghini’s Aventador is coming in for a minor update for the 2013 model year, picking up fuel-saving features such as engine stop-start and cylinder deactivation. Both emissions and fuel consumption can be decreased by as much as 20 percent, according to Lamborghini, and the best part is the working systems should be imperceptible to owners.
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