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CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE: ENTRY LIST

Nine manufacturers whose names are synonymous with luxury and performance have chosen the 5th Chantilly Concours d’Elegance to present a concept car. Aston Martin, BMW, Bugatti, DS, Honda, Lexus, McLaren, Renault and Volkswagen have selected the concept cars in which they have placed their hopes to seduce the jury and the public at the 2019 event.

The new Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation – 19 cars being made – is a track-only sports car, the latest in Aston Martin’s hugely successful Continuation programme which began with the DB4 GT Continuation series in 2017, represents the culmination of around 4,500 hours of painstaking and meticulous artisan craftsmanship. The new model boasts a larger capacity 4.7-litre version of the straight-six cylinder petrol engine found in the DB4 GT Continuation and, in this guise, is producing in excess of 390 bhp. This is transmitted to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited- slip differential.

In future, drivers will be able to choose whether they wish to be driven or do the driving themselves. With the BMW Vision M Next, the company is revealing its take on how driving pleasure might look in future. It offers a foretaste of the BMW M brand’s electrified future by placing the focus squarely on the actively engaged driver. Intelligent technologies provide comprehensive yet carefully targeted assistance to turn them into the ultimate driver. The expressive front-end design serves up a confident and modern interpretation of classic BMW icons (classic four-eyed front end). The top section in Thrilling Orange creates adding to the impression of width.

La Voiture Noire by Bugatti was the star of the last Geneva Motor Show. The new hyper sports car, whose name evokes the Jean Bugatti’s personal Type 57 Atlantic, mysteriously vanished in 1939, reflects Bugatti’s heritage and its French identity – elegance through minimalism and refinement through intensification. This is a tailor-made creation only comparable with the haute couture of exclusive Paris fashion designers. This unique extraordinary machine is the most expensive road-going car in the world (11 million euros tax not included) and also one of the most powerful (1500 bhp).

Although DS stands out as an avant-garde automotive brand, with DS X E-Tense, it is going even further by offering an image of what the future holds for the luxury world. Imagining a dream car for 2035 led DS Automobiles to create an asymmetric, three-seat concept that allows owners to select the driving mode that matches their need at any given moment. Located within the front wheels, the all-electric power provide 1,000 kW (1,360 horsepower) in ‘circuit’ mode which allows the driver to savour the exquisite performance of the suspension engineered by the technical team behind DS’s Formula E programme.

A simple name for a simple car. The retro urban Honda E concept gained a lot of love for its resemblance to the original Honda CVCC. The contemporary styling of the Honda e is characterised by clean, simple body lines, smooth contours and stepless A-pillars that sit virtually flush with the glass. Some of the noteworthy design elements of the car include compact cameras that replace the traditional side mirrors. Inside, the spacious, contemporary interior creates a comfortable lounge-like feel with an intuitive and customisable dual touch-screen interface to keep passengers engaged with their connected lifestyles.

An open-air roadster that is an artful reflection of the LC coupe, the design goal of the Convertible Concept was the expression of “ultimate beauty”. From the rake of the windshield to the smooth contours of the rear decklid that houses the convertible top, every line on the LC Convertible concept was drawn to evoke an emotional response. A stunning design from every angle, the Lexus Concept LC Convertible concept stands as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. Long, low and lean, the LC Convertible concept retains the athletic proportions of the LC coupe. It blends uniquely Japanese aesthetics with the promise of sensory satisfaction that only a convertible can provide.

The Mclaren Speedtail is the first ever Hyper-GT by the company. The most aerodynamically efficient car ever. And the fastest McLaren to date. With a pioneering 1070PS hybrid powertrain at its core. It brings together unprecedented levels of innovation and elegance to create a new benchmark in automotive design. The dramatically elongated tail is as distinct in the automotive world as the Speedtail’s incredible velocity : 403km/h (250mph). With a host of innovations, the design minimises all unnecessary shutlines. This creates an outline so sleek it seems hewn from a single form. A drive like no other.

Renault EZ-Ultimo. This autonomous, connected and 100% electric “robo-vehicle” explores the shared mobility of tomorrow from the emotional side. Its promise: to provide you with a premium and immersive mobility experience, for a single trip, an hour or a day. The EZ-Ultimo cabin is presented as an intimate cocoon in which everything is done to make passengers feel like in a living room: wooden floor, a marble band on the sides, leather and velvet for the armchair and bench. These top-of-the-range materials are processed in a modern way to meet the requirements of the automotive industry.

Drawing inspiration from the classic Californian dune buggies of the 60s, here is the Volkswagen ID. Buggy concept. Buggy shows the versatility of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) and puts the fun in functional. Like the classic Beetle and Bus, ID. Buggy has no need for a grille, and yet the summer cruiser is instantly recognizable as a Volkswagen. The prominently raised hood, fenders and tail end hint at the concept’s off-road chops. The ID. Buggy’s minimalist interior is characterized by easy handling and waterproof materials.