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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept leaked?

Lamborghini did its best to keep its Paris debut a big secret, but we all know it’s more likely that aliens land at the White House than car makers managing to keep details about a car secret. After releasing a set of teaser photos with a new concept which is scheduled to debut in a couple of days, at the Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini couldn’t keep the secret anymore, because a low-resolution image of the car showed up on French blog blogautomobile.fr.

According to the image, the concept will be called Sesto Elemento, which is Italian for “sixth element”. If we look into the periodic table, that’s carbon, so you might get a clue what this car about. And that is weight. Stephen Winkelmann, Lambo’s CEO, said that, since mid ’80s, due to additive regulations, the average weight of Lamborghini cars grew by 1,100 pounds (500 kg). And considering they can’t sacrifice safety and performance, the only way to make better cars is to lose weight.

Winkelmann also mentioned that all the changes Lamborghini will make to future cars will be about improving handling and acceleration, because the company sees no point in focusing on top speed anymore. And that’s true, because most supercars’ performances are so high regular people can’t reach them on a racetrack, let alone normal roads.

As for the Sesto Elemento (or Sixth Element), there are no details available, except that it might weight around 2,200 lbs (1000 kg) and, judging by this photo, will probably be powered by a V10 engine. But we’ll find out soon, because there so little time left until Lamborghini will release full details about the concept (considering the leaked photo, it might be even sooner).

Lamborghini might bring two new models to the Paris Motor Show

Lamborghini might bring two new models to the Paris Motor Show

By now, almost everybody knows Lamborghini is teasing a brand new model ahead of the Paris Motor Show‘s start, later this month.

But while almost everyone thought that it will present the new Murcielago replacement, the Jota, things might be a bit more complicated. A new report from 0-60 magazine reveals that the Italian supercar manufacturer will reveal not one but two new models in the French capital.

The second model is codenamed 83X, and might feature a V10 engine, as highlighted by the third teaser image released last week (featured above). According to previous rumors, the Jota will be powered by a direct injection V12, so there might be some fact to this speculation.

Currently though, Lamborghini is keeping a tight wrap on things, so we can only wait until the Paris show begins.


Citroen Lacoste concept showcased

Citroen Lacoste concept showcased

Citroen is continuing its long line of concepts this year, and has revealed a new one, much more radical than the anything we’ve seen from the French company.

The Citroen Lacoste concept, as its name suggests, has been revealed as a product of a partnership between the automaker and French apparel company Lacoste.

The model is presented as a ‘stylish, yet minimalist’ buggy, almost the size of the current C1 compact, and using the same three-cylinder engine. The windscreen has a greenish hue, but can be lowered at the press of a button. The dashboard uses a new type of display, with large pixels, similar to early video games like Pong.

There’s no traditional roof, as Citroen opted for a T-shaped design. If rain does appear, the driver can deploy an inflatable yellow soft top. The boot is also missing from the Lacoste concept, but the rear bench can slide towards the front, in order to provide room for small luggage.

Citroen Lacoste concept showcased

Expect the Citroen Lacoste concept to be formally revealed at the Paris Motor Show, and according to some rumors, it might preview styling cues for the next generation C1 model.


Videos: Chevrolet shows off the new Aveo, Captiva, Orlando and Cruze hatchback

Videos: Chevrolet shows off the new Aveo, Captiva, Orlando and Cruze hatchback

Chevrolet is packing quite an impressive lineup for the upcoming Paris Motor Show. At first, we saw the production version of the Chevrolet Orlando MPV, afterwards, the new Cruze hatchback, followed by the all-new Aveo compact and, last but not least, the refreshed Captiva SUV.

Now, the bowtie brand has decided to showcase these new models even more, and released four new videos. Each flick showcases the exterior and interior of the car in question, and you even get some driving footage of the Captiva and Orlando.

As you will be able to see, Chevrolet is stepping into a right direction with the new Aveo and Orlando models, while the Captiva and Cruze received some extra care and new options. With such models, we’re confident Chevrolet will see increased sales in the Old Continent.

Check out the new videos after the jump.

Volvo S60 R-Design to appear in Paris

Volvo revealed its most important model of the year, the new S60 sedan, at the Geneva Motor Show. This doesn’t mean it will arrive at the upcoming Paris Motor Show empty handed, as the Swedish company confirmed that it will bring a hotter S60 R-Design version.

As seen before with other upgraded Volvo models, the R-Design version will definitely bring a range of new accessories for the S60. These include a body kit, special options, and might even add a retuned suspension or improved handling.

Until the Paris show starts, Volvo USA has officially revealed that the S60 will be making its way into dealerships next month. At first, it will pack a 300 HP 3.0-liter inline-six, with all-wheel drive, starting at $37,700. Next year, the range will also see the addition of a cheaper front-wheel drive five-cylinder model.


BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept revealed before its Paris debut

BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept revealed before its Paris debut

BMW is set to bring quite a lot of new models to the upcoming Paris Motor Show, including the new 2011 X3 crossover. The biggest suprise, however, was revealed yesterday, when the German company presented the new BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept.

Even though it is billed as a design study, you can expect the production version of the 2012 BMW 6 Series, set to be launched in fall of 2011, to look pretty much the same.

That’s not a bad thing though, as the concept takes the design of the well-received BMW Gran Coupe concept, and tones it down with a few cues from the 2011 5 Series. It will share the same platform with the new sedan, while the rear is one of the most aggressive ones we’ve seen so far.

The interior has also been overhauled, with the design playing a bigger role than before. The center console is, as usual, aimed towards the driver, while contrasting material blends the passenger dashboard with the armrest. Customers will be able to choose from a variety of leather types, as well as from different inserts ranging from aluminum to wood.

Expect the BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept in the flesh at the Paris show, while the production version will be revealed next year. The lineup is expected to include the regular coupe, a convertible, the high performance M6 and even a four-door coupe, in the vein of the Gran Coupe Concept. Until then, check it out in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept

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2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS gets ready for its Paris debut (video included)

It seems that a lot of people can’t seem to choose between a regular 911 Carrera S or a more hardcore 911 GT3.

As such, the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS has been officially revealed by the German company ahead of its upcoming debut at the Paris Motor Show.

As you can expect, its performance and power figures fill the space between the Carrera S and the GT3. It has a 3.8-liter flat-six engine, capable of 408 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.

The car has the wider body of the all-wheel drive Carrera 4, and SportDesign front and rear fascias, not to mention the 19-inch RS Spyder wheels. The interior has also been wrapped with Alcantara and a few new features. It can also be had with all of the accessories currently available in the Porsche catalog.

The 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS will be available in coupe and convertible forms, starting at $103,100 and $112,900, respectively. If you want to see the new Porsche in action, hit the jump for an official video.

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2012 Ford Focus ST revealed, packs 247 HP and will be sold globally

2012 Ford Focus ST revealed, packs 247 HP and will be sold globally

As soon as the 2012 Ford Focus was revealed by the Blue Oval at the Detroit Auto Show at the beginning of the year, fans eagerly awaited any detail on a more performance-oriented version.

Now, after plenty of rumors, the 2012 Ford Focus ST has been officially revealed, in the form of a design study set to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show later this year.

Even if it’s a study, at the moment, rest assured that this is how the Focus ST will look like when it will be available in 2012. The car is powered by an upgraded 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, capable of 247 HP.

Better yet, this new hot hatch will be available globally, meaning even Americans can enjoy the goodness that was denied for a lot of years in their country. Stay tuned for more details in the following weeks ahead of the car’s debut in Paris. Until then, check out the four high res pics of the Focus ST.

Photo Gallery: 2012 Ford Focus ST

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Lamborghini releases new Jota teaser shot, promises to reduce weight

Lamborghini releases new Jota teaser shot, promises to reduce weight

Lamborghini has released yet another teaser shot, presumably for the replacement of the current top of the range Murcielago supercar. The Jota, as it might be named, has also received a few details in a dedicated press release from Lamborghini.

According to it, the Italian supercar manufacturer will follow a new philosophy with the next model. Instead of focusing on squeezing as much power out of the engine, Lamborghini will emphasize a low weight, which in turn will benefit the handling and the acceleration.

You might remember this strategy from the beginning of the year, when Lamborghini said that with the use of new carbon fiber materials, its future cars will outperform rivals, even though the power output won’t be as high.

Either way, we’re very excited about this new Lambo model, but we still need to endure the wait until the Paris Motor Show starts at the end of the month.


Audi S1 confirmed for Paris debut

Audi S1 confirmed for Paris debut

Yesterday we revealed that Audi might be bringing a special performance version of the new A7 Sportback, the S7, to the Paris Motor Show, in order to please fans.

Now, the company has confirmed that it will be bringing one S model, but not the S7. Instead, the German carmaker will be presenting the Audi S1 hot hatch model.

Based on the already available A1, the S1 will feature a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, capable of outputting around 180 HP. This, together with the front-wheel drive and special handling upgrades, will enable a 0 to 62 mph time of under 7 seconds and a top speed of over 140 mph. A seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, with paddles behind the steering wheel is standard.

The S1′s styling will be influenced by the already revealed S Line accessories package for the A1. This includes a more aggressive body kit, lowered suspension and bigger wheels.

Official details will be unveiled in Paris later this month.


Lexus CT 200h gets detailed before its worldwide launch

Toyota’s upmarket Lexus brand is aiming for the compact segment with the recently revealed CT 200h hatchback.

Built on top of the Prius platform and its hybrid synergy drive technology, the Lexus CT 200h promises to deliver a more premium experience for those that still want to save the planet by driving a hybrid.

Now, after seeing it at the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of the year, the CT 200h has been further detailed ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

The final output is rated at 134 HP, but the 1.8-liter gasoline engine is capable of 98 HP while the electric motor can output as much as 80 HP. Even with this pretty potent power rating, 0 to 62 is achieved in 9.8 seconds.

The car has been specifically tuned for improved efficiency, meaning low rolling resistance tires, a special suspension and a hood and tailgate made from aluminum to keep weight down were fitted. All of these things enable an EPA-rated fuel estimate of 42 mpg.

You will be able to enjoy a custom interior, and the car will let you choose two driving ‘moods’ Dynamic or Relaxing, and four modes: EV, ECO, Normal and Sport.

More details are set to be unveiled in Paris. The Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback will be launched around the world in the following months.


Abarth presents EsseEsse versions of Fiat 500C and Punto Evo ahead of Paris debut

At the beginning of the year, Fiat’s performance division, Abarth, revealed tuned versions of the Fiat 500C semi-convertible and of the Fiat Punto Evo hatchback.

Now, right before the Paris Motor Show, the tuning company is at it again, and has revealed even more powerful versions, the Abarth 500C EsseEsse and the Abarth Punto Evo EsseEsse.

The 500C has been upgraded once more, with power now rated at 160 HP, from the 138 HP of the ‘regular’ Abarth 500C. The compact model is now capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 in 7.6 seconds.

The Punto Evo has also been overhauled, with power now at 180 HP, as opposed to the previous 161 HP. 0 to 62 can be achieved in an even quicker 7.5 seconds.

Both of these new versions have received extra options, including Fiat’s Blue&Me Bluetooth connectivity pack, but also upgraded suspension, brakes and chassis stiffeners. The 500C has a special Record Monza exhaust, while the Punto Evo has received new Sabelt racing bucket seats.

Expect both of these hardcore models to be revealed to the public in Paris.


Hyundai ix20 compact MPV revealed before its Paris debut

Hyundai peaked our interest a few weeks ago when it revealed a groovy sketch with an all-new model, the ix20 compact MPV.

Now, before its scheduled debut at the Paris Motor Show near the end of the month, the blokes at Autocar have revealed the first official photos of the new lightweight people carrier.

As you can see, while it doesn’t look like the sketch in some areas, the ix20 is still quite a looker, sporting the fluidic sculpture design previously seen on other new models like the Sonata or the Tucson (ix35).

Hyundai wants the ix20 to be the reasonable choice in its market segment, and adds a lot of standard options including A/C, Bluetooth connectivity, a stop/start system and more safety features than you can shake a crash test dummy at.

Expect the Hyundai ix20 compact MPV to make its debut in Paris and appear in dealerships across Europe in November. So far, the South Korean automaker has declined to talk about a possible US release.



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Audi S7 to debut at the Paris Motor Show?

Audi S7 to debut at the Paris Motor Show?

The Audi A7 Sportback is definitely quite a looker, and will no doubt impress those that want more space in their sedan but aren’t looking for a wagon model.

But as soon as the A7 Sportback was revealed by Audi, rumors were already flying around concerning its performance version, the S7.

According to the latest rumors collected by the guys at Autoblog, it seems that the S7 might be making its debut later this month, at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

It seems that Audi wants to get the S7 out as quickly as possible, in order to complete the lineup. According to the rumors, we might not see a large displacement engine in the performance model, as the Lamborghini 5.2-liter V10 in the S6 or the 4.2-liter V8 in the S5 aren’t exactly the most frugal of units. Instead, and this might be a long shot, a new turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 might be prepared for the S7.

Autoblog also says that while the A7 Sportback will be available in the USA with just the 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline version and the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, the S7 might get a sportier S-tronic dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.

Still, bear in mind that these are just rumors, and Audi has yet to comment on all these speculations concerning the S7. Until it’s official, you can always get the S Line look-fast accessories.


BMW starts mysterious Dontblogaboutthis site, teases new hybrid/electric model

It seems that slow teasers that reveal parts of new cars are so 2009, as for the upcoming Paris Motor Show, BMW has taken viral marketing to a whole new level.

The German company recently launched a new website called DontBlogAboutThis, in which a special type of BMW 6 Series is showcased with stickers on it.

While the website only shows brief part of the car, there’s also a video showing the 6 Series in motion, but the distinct sound of an internal combustion engine is apparently absent. Also, as you can see below, it is equipped with special wheels as seen on hybrid or electric models.

Another photo was revealed afterwards, showcasing that we may be dealing with a very special type of BMW. While from the back it looks like a regular 6 Series, the front, as you can see above in a brightened version, appears to be that of the Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid show car.

Frankly, our guess is as good as yours. All will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show though. Hit the jump to see the two videos of this mysterious BMW in action.

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