New Lotus Exige S

Announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Lotus have followed up with a (pretty strange) promo video for the new Exige. Despite the new one being a little heavier than the outgoing models, it does have a super-charged 3.5 liter V6 under the bonnet, pushing out 346 bhp and probably more importantly to the overall driving feel, 295 lb-ft of torque.

Ford Fiesta ST

Hot on the heels of the Focus ST I mentioned earlier is the Fiesta ST concept which finally was shown to the public after been spotted in a couple of continents over the last year in testing. Not sure if this one will make it this side of the Atlantic yet, but having a true hot baby hatch can’t be a bad thing as the gas (petrol) prices slowly creep up.

Maserati SUV

Those were words I never thought I’d type together – Maserati, SUV. But here it is – as manufacturers attempt to make money in these difficult times, even the Italian sport car manufacturers are having to branch out into unfamiliar territory. And given the success of Porsche with their Cayenne I guess it’s hard to argue.

The company is quick to point out that despite the Kubang being based off the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, all the important bits (including the engine designed by Maserati and built by Ferrari) will be made especially for this model. 

Peugeot HX1 Concept

It looks like this is the week for concept cars, all getting a pre-release before the Frankfurt Motor Show. Peugeot used to be renowned for some very stylish cars (the old 205 and 405 are personal favorites) but it’s been a while since they released a car I actually wanted to own (mainly due to Renault taking over the small car performance mantle for the last 15 years or so). The HX1 however looks pretty amazing. Find out more here