Now that the dust has settled after the Paris Motor Show and we have seen all 57 unveilings we thought we would share with you our favourites. We really loved the Rolls Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection and the Infiniti Q80 as both exude innovation, craftmanship and modernity in two very different ways.
Rolls Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection
Think class, sophistication and elegance and Rolls-Royce will surely come to mind. This very small collection of cars – 20 in all, are a limited edition number of hand built cars, part of the brand’s Bespoke Collection. Rolls Royce’s Phantom cars are renowned for their glorious interiors using hand crafted materials of the highest quality.
This collection raises the standard of marquetry even further as even tiny imperfections in the wood veneers were rejected, adjustments were made to the colour each piece through hot-sand shading and final inspections were made under the magnification on a light box.
The result is stunning – the Phantom’s signature picnic table represents an elevated view of the city created from 500 individual wood veneer pieces and is a perfect piece of artwork in itself. When the table is closed a different view of the cityscape is revealed and the cityscape theme continues throughout the car. The specially developed Aetherius Grey leather colour was produced to reflect the colour palette of the modern city.
Also, 6,800 two-tone stitches to the central rear seat flutes create an abstracted picture of a skyscraper. A rotating bezel on the clock represents 24 major cities in the world and their time zones including Paris. The exterior surface of the car is Darkest Tungsten which is inspired by city skylines and the hand applied coachline illustrates an abstracted silhouette of a modern skyscraper. However, there are 44,000 other hues available if you want it - that is if you can get your hands on one of these highly exclusive and very limited cars.
Infiniti’s press release is headed ‘The Q80 Inspiration: a brave statement of intent’ and that is quite true. The Infiniti Q80 is a bold statement in design – beautiful, sleek and modern, it belongs in a Bond movie alongside Daniel Craig. The Q80 Inspiration is Infiniti’s entry into the premium sedan category and is an audacious debut demonstrating Infiniti’s creative skills. A remarkable body style and convention bucking proportions the Q80 Inspiration will stop you in your tracks. Just take one look at the bird wing shaped headlights to see what we mean.
The car has several innovative and futuristic features including autonomous driving and separate HUDs (head up display) for the driver and front passenger. It is a very driver centric car and cameras, lasers and sensors can all be used by the driver at the touch of a button. Using the HUD display the driver can communicate with the autonomous driving technology system as they wish. However, the driver remains in control as the system gives out noises to suggest actions the driver could take in heavy traffic or in motorway mode but the decision to accelerate, overtake or brake always lies with the driver. Passengers aren’t forgotten either, each rear passenger has a touch screen located on the rear of the front seats so they can access entertainment packages.
The Q80 has incredible performance, with 550hp and hybrid electric powertrain. It demonstrates it’s environmental friendliness as it is capable of returning fuel efficiency in the range of 5.5l/100km (42.8 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 129g/km.
The Q80 Inspiration is a concept vehicle but its name suggests a production intent and symbolizes Infiniti’s ambitious intention to create a new segment in the sedan market. Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President, Product Strategy said: "The fact that we are entering this category, a challenging category from a business perspective, and to do so in such a brave fashion demonstrates Infiniti's confidence, .... "The body type, the proportions, the smart hybrid powertrain, autonomous technology – it's a highly innovative approach.
Bancon confirmed that there is an intention to produce the vehicle and he also said: "This is the highest portfolio entry for Infiniti and our vision is to compete with a unique approach. This car is not the traditional premium sedan. It breaks new ground in areas of body sculpturing and passenger hospitality. And, we will introduce a powertrain which affords power responsibly. It's the perfect balance between performance and agility."
We can’t wait to see it on the road along with some other stars of the Paris Motor Show. See more at: http://www.mondial-automobile.com/visiteurs/