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Paris Motor Show preview: 15 future cars set to rock le road

Oi, car tech lovers, the Paris Motor Show kicks off in a couple of days and we're heading off to get a faceful of the prettiest, most eco-friendly, and downright craziest new cars on the planet. Here, we present our top 15 most wanted.

Rory Reid

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Oi, car tech lovers, the Paris Motor Show kicks off in a couple of days and we're heading off to get a faceful of the prettiest, most eco-friendly, and downright craziest new cars on the planet.

Rather than make you wait around for the show to kick off and our coverage to begin, we figured we'd give you a heads up on the 15 cars that we're most excited about.

Right at the top of our lust list is the brand new Ferrari 599 SA Aperta -- the gorgeous drop top version of our favourite grand tourer. It's set to go head to head with Porsche's 911 Speedster -- which promises hair-ruffling performance in abundance -- and the replacement for the Lamborghini Murcielago, so expect high octane thrills aplenty.

Electric cars will get a decent look in, too. The Fisker Karma promises to give plug-in hybrids a real run for their money, but whether it's as impressive as the mental Peugeot EX-1 or the ridiculously beautiful Renault DeZir electric car concepts remains to be seen.

There should be a host of more conventional cars, too. Ford will be unveiling its new Focus ST (billed as the company's most important car since the Model T) and Vauxhall will have its GTC Paris Concept, which offers a glimpse of what family car buyers can expect in the very near future.

Anyway, that's enough rambling from us. Have a gander through the photo gallery above to witness the awesomeness awaits in Paris. Make sure you visit the site regularly over the next few days to see our hands on impressions and videos of these cars and more.

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The Fisker Karma is just the shot in the arm plug-in hybrids have been waiting for. It's sexy, efficient and promises to be heaps of fun to drive.
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The Citroen Lacoste won't shred any tarmac, but its unusual dashboard display is sure to turn heads.
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The all-electric Renault DeZir is one of the best-looking concepts we've seen in some time. Renault, please build this.
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Ferrari's chopped the roof off its 599 coupe to produce this 599 SA Aperta.
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Ford's next-generation Focus ST promises tonnes of next-gen technology and face melting performance.
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This... thing, the Galibier, is the replacement to the Bugatti Veyron.
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Jaguar has a concept vehicle. We've not sure what to expect -- other than the fact it'll be awesome.
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The world's first hybrid supermini, the Jazz Hybrid, should be well worth a look.
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Meanwhile, Lamborghini is expected to unveil a repalcementto its Murcielago.
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The Lotus Elite packs a 5-litre V8 engine that puts out 611 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. That puts it right up there with the most brutal supercars, so hang on to your hats.
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The CLS promises to be a technological tour de force. We're talking next-gen night vision, automatic braking and acceleration and safety features to die for. Or not, as the case may be.
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The Peugeot EX-1 concept has been described by some of our readers as the 2011 Batmobile, and for good reason -- just look at it.
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The Porsche 911 Speedster's name says it all. Expect brutal performance and top down fun.
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The Evoque's interior was styled by the one and only Victoria Beckham. No, seriously.
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Vauxhall's GTC Concept provides a hint as to the sorts of cars the company will be producing in the near future.

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