Exciting? Perhaps not, but the importance of Volkswagen’s newest Golf can’t be underestimated.
The seventh-generation Golf rides on an all new platform helping it shed 220 lbs of weight. That factor, combined with new engines, helps the car improve fuel economy by as much as 23 percent.
Also new in the new Golf are the engines, with a base 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making either 85-hp or 138-hp. Plus, a diesel engine is also available with either 105-hp or 150-hp.
Revealed for Europe it’s not clear which of these new engines will make it to America. What we do know, however, is that as a 2013 model year car overseas, it will arrive for the 2014 model year here.
A change of pace for Jaguar is the addition of the brand’s fourth model, the F-Type. Bringing to mind the beautiful and classic E-Type, Jaguar is hoping this new model can do for the British luxury automaker what that car did so many decades ago.
Based on a modified version of the XK’s platform the F-Type is notably smaller and significantly more modern looking. Powering the car is a choice of either a 335-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6, a 375-hp version of that same engine or a 488-hp supercharged 5.0L V8.
Sized between cars like the Porsche Boxster and 911, it’s priced attractively, starting at $69,000.
Get full details on the F-Type here.
Rumors that Porsche would reveal a Panamera wagon at the Paris Motor Show proved to be both accurate and misleading.
The Panamera Sport Turismo is more of a wagon than the current car, though it’s actually slightly shorter in length and less of a utility machine.
What makes this Porsche so original is that it is a plug-in hybrid and uses a 333-hp V6 engine and 95-hp electric motor for a combined 416-hp. As a result, it can hit 60 mph in less than 6.0 seconds while achieving 67 MPG.
A look at Porsche’s future technology and styling, expect some of the car’s design cues to make it into the next-generation Panamera.
Perhaps the meanest looking machine on the floor of the Paris Motor Show, the Bentley Continental GT3 Concept is low-slung, with a massive spoiler and overall, simply enormous.
Based on the GT Speed model, it’s technically a concept though is approved for use in several competitive series by the FIA, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Though Bentley won’t say where they will run the GT3, the British automaker has confirmed it will run an initial program starting next year.