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A tour of the best concept cars at the 2014 Paris International Auto ShowWith all the luscious sheet-metal (and carbon fiber) on display on the show floor this year, it wasn't easy picking favorites. But we managed. Here are the top 5 concepts from Paris 2014.
[MUSIC] Welcome to France and the 2014 Paris International Auto Show. As ever, the floor is covered with lots of beautiful cars. And lots of beautiful concept cars. These are machines intended to give a bit of a design statement for the brands that they represent. Cars that may be too big, or too impractical, are simply too far out there to ever show up on a showroom floor. In fact, many of these cars may never see the light of day again. So let's enjoy them while we can. Take a look at the best concept cars. Paris, 2014. This is the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration, an absolutely beautiful car that is long, and low and lovely. Infiniti says that it is aggressively styled. I could say that is a bit of an understatement. On the inside, it is, of course, packed with technology. There are dual heads-up displays up front, one for the driver, one for the passenger. The car can drive itself, but it can also give advice to the driver, for example, telling them when to change lanes in traffic to avoid the worst of it. The rear seats have plenty of technology too. High definition displays for entertainment. But the best form of entertainment, perhaps,. Bottle of champagne that's nestled between the quilted leather seats. Now what's under the hood? Probably nothing at all. This is a show car, after all. But Infiniti would like us to believe that it's got a twin turbo V6 with a hybrid power train, giving a total of 550 horsepower. Yet still delivering 42 miles per gallon, which isn't too bad. Next up is a concept. That's looking a little bit closer to production, this is the Audi TT Sportsback, a four-door version of the company's iconic roadster. Now if you told me before the show that Audi was gonna slap a couple of extra doors on a TT, I probably would have been fairly skeptical. But I have to admit, I think it looks great, especially the rear haunches with that sloping profile. It's fantastic on the four door perhaps even better than on the two door. Now on the inside we've got the same 12 inch virtual display that's the same as we see on the Teatc. I think it's a fantastic piece of technology. LED lighting all around. We've got laser headlights in the front. A 400 horsepower turbo charged motor that will get you from zero to 60 in less than four seconds. But despite looking like it just rolled off of a production facility we're hearing that Audi has no plans of ever offering this for sale so. My advice. Take a good look while you can. [MUSIC] Now while the Audi has all wheel drive for good performance in all conditions Peugeot is taking that a step further with the off road focused Quartz concept which we're sitting in here. 500 horsepower on tap means that this is a peppy pug. And it is a plug in hybrid as well. Meaning you can go up to 30 miles without burning any gas at all. In theory anyway. We're sitting in the interior here which is wonderfully futuristic, there's actually a holographic display for the driver here lots of controls on the tiny little steering wheel so you never need to take your hands off of here and beautiful lighting, beautiful materials even real stone here in the middle. Now is this car ever destined for production? Well the giant wheels, the razor blade mirrors, the scissored doors, the smell of resi. In, inside the interior, I'd say don't get your hopes up. [MUSIC] Citroen has announced at the show this year that they're spinning off it's DS as a sort of sub brand. And they're celebrating with this, the DS Divine. A bit of an appropriate name give the diamond studded interior. I think [INAUDIBLE] the diamond shape [INAUDIBLE] on the rear, they do block visibility, but who needs to see out the back when you've got HD cameras, HD displays, and yes even the heads-up display, a bit of a trend this year. Likelihood for production? Well, look at the suicide doors and the giant wheels and everything else, [INAUDIBLE] to say that it's pretty unlikely this is ever gonna be showing up in a [INAUDIBLE] show room. Just as unlikely is we'll be showing up in John Water's next movie. [MUSIC] And finally, my favorite concept car of the show, this is the Lamborghini Asterion L-P-I none ten dash four. Yes, a very lengthy name, but the Asterion part is the most important. He was a mythical half-man, half-bull Minotaur, and this car too has a bit of a split personality... V10 in the back, electric motor up front. Yes this is a hybrid, a 910 horsepower hybrid. So very much a Lamborghini. The styling I think was a bit more refined than a lot of recent Lambos. A little more classical. It looks a little like a Miura matter of fact from a couple angles. And I am absolutely in love with it. But it is unfortunately at this point. Just a concept car. Lamborghini has no plans for production. But maybe if we all wish really hard and clap our hands, Lamborghini will make our wishes and our dreams come true. Hope you've enjoyed this look at the greatest concept cars from Paris 2014. Those these cars may never make an appearance in your driveway, hope they do at least make an appearance in your dreams. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some dreaming to do myself. [MUSIC]