Beijing Motor Show – The cars that stole the headlines

Last week saw a host of big-name car manufacturers debut their exciting new models at the Beijing Motor Show.

From longer wheelbases to electric concept cars, these are our picks for the cars that really stood out from the crowd.

Porsche 718 Cayman

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The new Cayman certainly looks the part, but it’s also reported to have improved fuel economy from the previous model. The standard version of the two-seater uses a 296bhp 2.0-litre turbo and is said to cover 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, while the faster S version uses a 345bhp 2.5-litre and takes just 4.2 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB

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140mm longer than the regular sedan and with a total length of over 5 metres, this business limousine will be in Chinese showrooms by the end of summer.

Smart Brabus

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The most powerful version of the two-seater to ever be mass-produced, the 2017 Brabus has an output of 109hp. It also has a Brabus performance sports suspension with specially adapted ESP, sports power steering and a dynamic configuration of the twinamic dual-clutch transmission with Race Start function.

Audi TT RS

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In Coupe form, the new RS is said to cover 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds. With power upped to 394bhp and the addition of both direct and indirect fuel injection, Audi claims to have retained the engine’s unique rich sound whilst saving weight and lowering fuel consumption.

BAIC Arcfox-7

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Perhaps the most visually striking of the lot, this electric supercar from BAIC turned heads at the event. With a design inspired by Formula E cars, the Arcfox-7 is powered by a 6.6kWh battery pack connected to a 603bhp electric motor. Official figures state it can reach 60mph in less than 3 seconds with a top speed of 162mph. Can they take on Tesla?

Featured image courtesy of Top Gear.