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5 cars we can’t wait to see at the Paris Motor Show

Written by: Neil

Every other October, France’s capital gears up to host the season’s biggest car show.

It gives us a good idea of what new metal we can look forward to driving over the next year or so and it’s an essential visit for any petrolhead.  

Here, we’ve picked out the five cars that we’ve hyped about seeing on the stands at the Paris Motor Show 2018.

BMW Z4

We’ve waited a long time for a new Z4 and although many official images of the low-sling roadster have surfaced online, Paris will be the first time we’ll get chance to see it up close.

Set to launch here in March 2019, the new Z4 is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor and will be available with a choice of BMW's latest turbocharged petrol engines, the quickest of which being the Z4 M40i.

Powered by a giddy 335bhp straight six-cylinder engine, the drop-top can get to 62mph from rest in 4.6 seconds.

UK prices will be confirmed in Paris but are expected to start from around £50,000.

Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2

Limited to just 500 units, Paris could be the one and only chance for people to see these mega-rare Ferraris in the metal.

The single and double-seater Monza SP1 and SP2 (we’ll let you work out which has two seats) are the first in Ferrari’s ‘Icona’ series of cars. They’ll sit above the sports (488), GT (GTC4 Lusso) and ‘Special Series’ (488 Pista) models in its line-up. Targeted at the brand’s most loyal customers, each will be inspired by iconic models from the company’s past.

Both models are said to clock a 0-62mph sprint in under three seconds, driven by a tuned version of the V12 that powered the 812 Superfast.

Lexus RC Coupe facelift

Anyone in the market for an Audi A5, BMW 4 Series or Mercedes C-Class Coupe may feel like something a little leftfield and the refreshed RC Coupe would definitely be that.

Admittedly, a lot of the changes are aesthetic with a reshaped front grille while the distinctive split headlights have been swapped out for new one-piece LED units.

The powertrains remain the same though with the UK market getting the hybrid RC 300h, which exploits a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and electric motor to produce a collective 220bhp.

Tradition would suggest that a facelift of the underrated RC F isn’t too far behind either…

Porsche Macan refresh

Porsche’s updated Evoque rival has already been shown off in Shanghai – understandably so, China accounts for a third of all Macans sold – but us Europeans will finally get the chance to see it in Paris.

Brandishing a gorgeous new blue hue, the refreshed Macan gets a new three-dimensional LED tail light strip that stretches across the boot lid, as well as new headlights, new 20- and 21-inch wheels, and Porsche’s latest 10.9-inch touchscreen (previously 7.2 inches).

Beneath the surface, Porsche’s engineers have been busy fine-tuning the Macan’s chassis to deliver consistent driving stability and improved comfort.  

Skoda Kodiaq RS

The dripfeeding of details on Skoda’s cranked-up SUV has been agonising if not cringe-inducing. Paris will finally see the Czech car maker reveal all and it should be worth the torment.

Aside from the sharper design details, the Kodiaq RS will come with a thumping two-litre diesel engine producing 237bhp. What’s Czech for ‘yum yum’?

The Paris Motor Show opens to the public on October 4th after two days of press previews.