2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT world debut, Affalterbach, Germany, Sept 2014Enlarge Photo
2016 Mercedes-AMG GT: We’ve already seen the new GT sports car from Mercedes-Benz, but only briefly. In Paris, we’ll be able to get up close and personal with this sexy beast. There are two versions of the car at present, the standard GT and the even more potent GT S. Both are powered by AMG’s new M178 twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 and both have been confirmed for sale in the U.S., with the GT S and all of its 503 horses launching on the market first. Another version that will be shown in Paris is the Edition 1. This is a limited edition version fitted with a few unique elements.
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63
: Another new Mercedes performance car that will be on show in Paris will be the all-new C63 AMG, and we must inform you that the car is no longer titled a C63 AMG. The car’s official title is now Mercedes-AMG C63, and it’s ready to take on rivals with power outputs ranging from 469 up to 503 horsepower. The new C63 goes on sale in local showrooms next March, in sedan form only. Yes, we miss out on this awesome wagon version of the car.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
: The new MX-5 Miata is another car we’ve already seen, but like the Mercedes-AMG GT above it’s no chore seeing the covers come off this baby a second time. We should also be able to finally learn some of the car’s specs because as of now all Mazda has told us about its new MX-5 Miata is that it will weigh around 220 pounds less than the model it replaces. Oh, and we also know that it is still a soft-top roadster, at least in this debut form.
Ferrari 458 Speciale A
: Ferrari’s latest supercar is the 458 Speciale A, where A stands for Aperta. The car is essentially a convertible version of the hardcore 458 Speciale, and it’s potentially the last Ferrari road car to feature a naturally aspirated V-8. The engine is the 458’s familiar 4.5-liter mill, which is rated here at 597 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Production starts soon after the car’s Paris debut, and sadly just 458 examples are planned.
2015 Porsche Cayenne
: The second generation of the Porsche Cayenne has just undergone its mid-cycle update, and we’ll get our first look at the updated vehicle in a few day's time. In addition to some new styling elements, the 2015 Cayenne features a new plug-in hybrid variant called the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. Also new for the updated Cayenne is a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which replaces the previous 4.8-liter V-8 in the Cayenne S variant.
2014 Volkswagen Polo GTI
: Volkswagen’s Polo subcompact sold overseas recently underwent a mid-cycle update of its own, and in Paris we’ll see the updated version of the sporty Polo GTI. The big news is the introduction of a larger and more powerful 1.8-liter TSI instead of the original model’s 1.4-liter mill. The new engine is part of the Volkswagen Group’s latest EA888 gasoline engine family and is rated at 189 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, up 11 hp and 56 lb-ft on the previous unit.
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