Ah, that little pleasure of coming to admire exceptional cars at the motor show… Anyway, that was before. Because now that events of this type are almost boycotted by premium and luxury brands, now favoring other less popular events such as pageants of elegance (Pebble Beach, Villa d’Este, Chantilly…) or gatherings such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, you have to look no further than the real cars from the manufacturers. But we found a few, with a little imagination.
DS 9 Opéra Paris, French luxury (but still made in China)
The DS 9 Opéra Paris stands out simply as the most luxurious car in the entire French catalog today. This new top-of-the-range trim of the DS Automobile big saloon starts at €76,800 with the 250bhp plug-in hybrid engine. If you opt for the 360-horsepower engine (also plug-in hybrid), the bill even amounts to €86,650. At this price, you benefit from exclusive pearl gray nappa leather, with attractive stitching in a contrasting colour. What do you want to buy a great German sedan?
Alpine A110 R, she again
And yes, this Alpine A110 R can be found in almost all Caradisiac video selections. We apologize but we must recognize that the French sports car remains essential in this 2022 edition of the Paris Motor Show so poor in cars for true driving fans. Remember that it continues to develop 300 horses, that its mass drops 34 kilos on the scale and that it costs €105,000 base price. Yes, it is even more expensive than the great DS 9 and if you fall in love with Fernando Alonso’s limited series, your bank account will be empty of €148,000. But damn, what do you want to get behind the wheel of him…
NamX HUV and Hopium Machina, a hydrogen dream?
And yes, we are forced to look at the side of concept cars to find the dream cars in the automotive world. In this sense, French start-ups are taking center stage with an unexpected technology: while electric power monopolizes almost the entire automotive industry, NamX and Hopium plan to build real alternatives to premium cars on batteries based on hydrogen technology. The HUV takes on the characteristics of a sporty SUV, the Machina those of a highly dynamic sedan. In both cases, the production version should arrive by 2025. The Hopium model should cost around €120,000 and the NamX model could start at €65,000. We’re waiting to see, especially as automotive hydrogen technology still seems a long way from industrialization.
Next Ora Cat, seriously?
Beneath its air of great joke inspired by the Porsche Panamera, the Next Ora Cat hides a striking interior finish. With an electric drive of more than 400 horsepower and advertised performance worthy of the best sports cars on the market (from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds), this sedan with its exceptional design can surprise the best premium electric cars on the market. market. , much stricter than him? We are impatient to discover the European version that should reach the market by the year 2024.
Byd Han, Chinese Dream
4.99 meters long, 517 horses, 521 kilometers of autonomy, a 0 to 100 km/h under four seconds and an interior finish as opulent as it is luxurious. This little description could be that of a Mercedes EQE or even a Porsche Taycan, but we are talking about a large Chinese sedan. Of the Byd Han more precisely, the high-end model of the Chinese manufacturer present with force at the World Cup in Paris. And there, right away, we ask ourselves: Who is going to want to spend €72,000 on a luxury Chinese car? At a time when the incredible price/performance ratio of the MG4 impresses everyone, will the Chinese manufacturers manage to impose themselves in the segment of the most expensive and refined cars? Again, we will have to get behind the wheel of the Byd Han to find out.
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