European Motor Show Brussels 2010

I didn’t want to waste any time, so yesterday I went to the European Motor Show Brussels. On the photo above you can see the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics prototype, I think it looks cool.

This is the new Peugeot RC-Z. If they’re going to build it, it will be one of the prettiest Peugeots ever if you ask me.

Here’s the number 9 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP that was driven to victory by Brabham, Gené and Wurz in the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours. The car is surprisingly small in real life, it was the first time that I actually got to see a prototype racer up close.

And this is the beautiful HDi engine that rests in the middle of the 908 Le Mans racecar.

At the Jaguar stand the beautiful XKR and XFR sat right next to each other. In front of them was the new Jaguar XJ, but it was unbelievebly ugly, so I didn’t take any pictures.

This nice ass is the Mazda MX-5 SuperLight version. The front isn’t as pretty as the rear, but I still want it.

There were only 2 interesting cars in the Ford stand, this was one of them, a Ex-Grönholm Ford Focus WRC rally car . The other one was a bright green Ford Focus RS.

I also like this little Fiat 500 Abarth, too bad it didn’t have the SS power pack, so it only had 135 bhp.

This is one of my favourite hot hatches, a Renault Clio RS. Is supposed to be quicker than a Mini Cooper S.

Then I ran in to a very familiar car. This is the Viper racecar campaigned by Koen Wauters and Jeffrey Vanhooydonk in the Belgian GT series. Dispite their best effords, they ended the season in second place. In our family we try to help to help motorsport in Belgium, so my dad’s company sponsors them and the other KRK racecar. Can you spot the logo?

Here it is, in full size, the logo of my dad’s company, CORNER.

Audi’s centrepiece was this bright red R8 V10 convertible.

Good news! I also made a picture of the Dacia Sandero Stepway!

The only Mercedes I really liked was this new SLS AMG. I’m still not totally convinced about it’s looks, but in real life it looks much better.

Here it is, the Tesla Roadster! The only electric car at the show that was ably to get my attention.

At Subaru I saw this Impreza, but it wasn’t the prettiest one I ever saw. It didn’t even have the beautiful gold wheels, in stead it had ugly plain grey alloys.

This BMW M3 had a matt grey finish, which I actually liked! There was also a beautiful 135i Coupe with the optional M-pack that drew my attention.

Honda didn’t have many cool cars there, a couple of accords and this Civic Type R.

Circuit Zolder had a small booth with a hydrogen powered kart, a model of the GroupT Umicore Solar car, a BMW 320si WTCC racecar and this Chevrolet Cruze driven by Huff in the WTCC.

Mitsubishi showed its Lancer and Lancer Sportback. I don’t really like the look of those Sportbacks.

This is the new Hyundai Genesis Coupe, I think it looks great, apart from the optional rear spoiler. It will be probably released in Europe in the third quarter of 2010. It is still unsure what engine it will have, maybe a 2.0 liter turbo (210 bhp) or a 3.8 liter V6 (306 bhp), and if the number cars will be limited to 1000.

A beautiful Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.

The new Ferrari 458 Italia, it’s the successor of the brilliant 430 and it promises to be even better.

This is the 599 GTB Fiorano.

The new Ferrari California isn’t the prettiest of them all if you ask me.

Lotus brought an Exige 260 and I also spotted an Elise hidden away in the back.

The 2-Eleven is Lotus’ trackday special.

This bright red Evora was one of two they brought to show off their new 2+2, but no-one can actually fit in the back.

The side vent of a Lexus IS-F.

Kia’s centrepiece was the Kia Cee’d silhouette racecar that raced in the Belgian Touring Car Series in 2009.

The Royal Automobile Club of Belgium had a booth to show everyone what Belgium has to offer in terms of motorsport. They brought this Peugeot silhouette racer from the RACB Racing School.

They also had this displayed, a Formula Renault 1.6 single seater.

I also saw this, an EJS Climax, it’s a 1956 sports racer powered by a Coventry Climax engine.

From vintage to state-of-the-art modern, the new Nissan GT-R.

The car just looks super wide and super aggressive.

This picture is for people who are also intrigued by the engineering side of cars. It’s a plexiglass 3.7 litre V6 engine and gearbox from the new Nissan 370Z.

Some manufacturers also make some toys for kids with wealthy parents. The price of this Auto-Union F1 pedal car was €10,000.

BMW did the same with this 328 pedal car.

Porsche displayed their new Panamera and the Boxster Spyder along with a variation of 911’s from Turbo’s to GT3 RS’. But it was impossible to get a clean photograph with a couple of hundred people wanting to take a look at the cars.

I hope you enjoyed my feature about the European Motor Show Brussels, leave a comment if you do. If you want any of the photographs in full size and quality you can always e-mail me, because a lot of quality gets lost when I resize them for uploading.

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