Paris Motor Show – what is the star car?

Renault Megane Trophy

The 2008 Paris Motor Show has seen the unveiling of exciting cars including the Lamborghini Estoque, the BMW X1 compact SUV and Renault Megane Trophy racing car.

It’s an incredible display of new machinery, with more new models and technology than you can shake a baguette at.

Which car do you think stole the Paris Motor Show 2008?

Just a few years ago the idea of four-door Lamborghini saloon would have seemed outrageous – but the Estoque is just that.

Built to take on the forthcoming Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera, it will fight in a new class of saloons with supercar levels of performance.

Those with more realistic aspirations will find themselves swooning over the latest Volkswagen Golf GTi.

It might only have a small boost in power (to around 207bhp) but it’s received some subtle and effective styling tweaks which make it look wider, lower and bang up-to-date.

On Seat’s stand there is the latest Ibiza Cupra, fitted with an unusual turbocharged and supercharged 1.4-litre petrol engine producing a healthy 180bhp.

Sharp, taut lines designed by Luc Donckerwolke of Lamborghini won’t harm sales of this new Spanish pocket rocket.

Ford is hoping to recapture former glory in the city car class with its all-new Ford Ka, which is built on the same platform as the successful Fiat 500.

After a warm reception in Paris and its debut on the silver screen in October’s Bond flick Quantum of Solace, it will certainly have had a boost in publicity.

The BMW X1 has a similar footprint to the BMW 1-Series, but grows upwards and sits on beefy SUV suspension, making it the company’s smallest off-roader.

And, Ferrari showed off its production-ready California with its first-for-the-company folding hardtop roof.

With its pretty looks and convertible body-style some feared the latest Ferrari had gone soft – but these worries have been allayed thanks to a list of technical features including ceramic brakes, adjustable suspension and handling honed by Michael Schumacher.

Also making a first appearance was the: Audi S4, Mini Crossman, Chevrolet Orlando, and Chevrolet Cruz.

Did you make the trip to Paris Motor Show 2008? Which show cars look set for greatness and which will flop?

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