Paris 2012 Carspotting Chevrolet Corvette and Lumenero EVs MotorTorque

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Paris 2012 Carspotting — Chevrolet Corvette and Lumenero EVs


MotorTorque’s #carspotting feature returns with a look at just two of the many models on display at the moment at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Today we take a look at the Chevrolet Corvette and the compact Lumeneo models.

2013 Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette name has been around the motoring industry since the early fifties, the latest in the series of famous American sports cars is present at this year’s Paris Motor Show.

Although the model is made by Chevrolet, in the UK market it is commonly referred to only by its model name, to distinctly separate it from the rest of the General Motors-owned brand of more sensible family and city cars.

The latest generation model, known as the Corvette C6 has been around since 2005, it’s a large V8-powered beast which delivers 436bhp from its 6.2-litre petrol engine. The engine is connected to a manual gearbox with five forward gears, with a sixth gear added for cruising only.

With this set-up the Corvette C6 can sprint from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and climb to a top speed of 186mph.

Other specifications of this Corvette include the Grand Sport and the very intriguing ZR1 model.

Step up to the ZR1 specification and the V8 engine’s output is increased to a frankly ludicrous 638bhp. This allows the Corvette to cover the 0-60mph sprint in just 3.7 seconds and the top speed is boosted to 205mph.

The Chevrolet Corvette C6 is available to buy in UK showrooms now from £62,996.

Lumeneo Smera and Neoma Roadster

Lumeneo Neoma Electric Cars

One of the less-publicised manufacturers that are present at the 2012 Paris Motor Show is Lumeneo. It’s a French company which last year revealed a very small two-sear tilting electric car called the Smera.

The battery-packed creation appears to be a G-Wiz or Renualt Twizy rival, but unlike those two creations the Smera is regulated in Europe as a car. It’s also faster than vehicles such as the G-Wiz, its top speed is listed at 68mph and its range is calculated at 62 miles.

For the 2012 Paris Motor Show Lumeneo, which has received 1.5 million Euros of investment from a French railroad company, has presented both the SMERA and a more recent model called the Neoma Roadster.

The Neoma Roadster is a larger two-door and roofless creation which only about 800kg. With its 34kW electric motor, the Neoma can also reach a top speed of 68mph, but has a longer travel range then the Smera, able to cover up to 87 miles on a single charge.

These two little cars are far more likely to be seen inside French city centres than anywhere else. However any UK motorists interested in one of these obscure EVs can look to import one from Paris or another dealership within Europe.

Whether the Neoma Roadster will actually enter production is unclear but the Smera is available for about £19,500.

Lumeneo Neoma Electric Cars
Lumeneo Neoma Electric Cars
Lumeneo Neoma Electric Cars
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