1. Honda Civic Type R Prototype
Besides goin' to Paris to eat foie gras and take selfies at the Eiffel Tower, our main reason to check out the '16 Paris Motor Show was the Honda Civic Type R Prototype. And why is this important? Well, this Civic is the first Type R that will make its way to the U.S. since the Integra 15 years ago. It will also be the first Type R under the Honda umbrella that the U.S. market will receive. And while Honda says this is a "prototype," we're told this five-door, ultra-sporty hatch will be very close to the production model, which will roll out in late '17. Expect the new Type R to be front-wheel drive, turbocharged, and feature some aggressive, track-proven styling cues. This prototype will make its way to SEMA and the L.A. Auto Show next, so make sure and check it out for yourself!
2. Hyundai RN30 Concept
Dare we say this is the coolest thing Hyundai has ever designed? Unfortunately, the RN30 is just a race concept, but it definitely caught our attention. The car is based off the i30 (Elantra GT in the U.S. and Canada) and was built by the N Performance brand in Europe. Low and wide stance, functional aero, 375 hp, turbocharged, all-wheel drive ... this has the makings of something good and something that'll likely go after the likes of the Ford Focus RS and VW Golf R.
3. Audi RS 3 LMS
Audi debuted its new RS 3 sedan in Paris, but what got us more stoked was the LMS race version that's been modified for the FIA-spec TCR touring car series. Developed by Audi Sport, this race sedan will be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine, make 330 hp, and goes 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. It'll also be available for race teams to purchase. We're going to need a lot of Euros ...
4. Toyota Gazoo Racing
We all know Gazoo Racing for its incredible motorsport accomplishments and builds for the Toyota brand. In Paris, the company showcased three vehicles that had us drooling for hours: the C-HR, which raced the 24 Hours of Nurburgring and finished third in its class; a Yaris WRC test car that's set to race in the '17 Monte-Carlo Rally; and a replica of its turbo-powered hybrid LMP1 race car.
5. Renault Trezor
Is this a look into the future? Renault let imaginations run wild with this futuristic concept car called the Trezor. It's a one-door, two-seater sports car and was truly stunning to see in person. As most cars of the future are projected to be, it'll have an autonomous mode along with 349 hp from an electric powertrain.
While in France, I was able to exchange mags with Ludovic Clini, editor of Autowerks Magazine. He's followed Super Street for years and it was definitely a breath of fresh air to hang out with someone who shares the same interest in cars as myself!
Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept
Lexus displayed this crazy seat concept in Paris that features a movable seat cushion and backrest that move kinetically with your weight and external forces of the car. It's no massage chair, but it'll help stabilize you and keep your vision steady when you're hammering down the road!