Geneva Motor Show 50
The Geneva Motor Show is one of the world’s most prestigious car show in the world. All the biggest marques and personalities of the automotive world are routinely present here, providing onlookers a peek of the present and future of automotive excellence. From prototypes to future production models, the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is packed with all the best of what the automotive companies have to offer. Here are some of the best cars that made their debut in this iconic car show at Geneva.
1. Volkswagen Golf MK VII- The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is scheduled to be released as a 2014 model. This next-gen model first made its debut at Geneva in GTI trim. The seventh iteration of the legendary Golf features sharper lines and stronger performance. Even better, the GTD, essentially a diesel-powered version of the GTI, will finally make it to other countries, most notably the United States. Truly, fans of the Volkswagen Golf will come out happy from this development.
2. Citroen DS3 Racing- France knows a thing or two about building super-hot hatches, with names such as the Renault 5, Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, and the Renault Clio Sport just some of the examples. Citroen joins in the fun with the DS3 Racing which made its debut in the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Essentially a road-going version of the DS3 R3 race car, it features a 207-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a tuned suspension, and the use of carbon fiber in different parts of the body. It’s slated to be a limited release, with 2400 cars planned for production.
3. Audi RS6 Avant- The third-generation super-estate that debuted in this car show comes with a number of changes. The engine was downsized from 10 cylinders to 8 cylinders, which promises both improved fuel economy and light weight. However, there’s not even a shade of performance drop, as this twin-turbocharged V8 with FSI is capable of generating 560 horsepower. Combine this with a lighter curb weight, improved aerodynamics, an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission, and massive wheels and brakes, and this RS6 promises to lay its claim as the best station wagon in the world.
4. Toyota 86 Open- This car is essentially a convertible version of the popular Toyota 86/Scion FR-S. Guised as a concept, there are all kinds of reasons to believe that this Geneva car show debutant will eventually make it to production. Ready to take on the best compact convertibles such as the Mazda MX-5 and the BMW Z4, the Toyota 86 Open promises to bring affordable and quick droptop fun for everyone. Based by reception, it’s almost a no-brainer that this car will soon find its way to showrooms.
5. Porsche 911 GT3- Everybody’s favorite track-ready road car is back. Essentially the road-version of the world-beating 911 GT3 race cars campaigning in tracks around the world, this GT3 distinguishes itself from the crowd with its aggressive body panels and center-lock wheels. Utilizing the new 991 architecture, it features a high-powered normally aspirated engine, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and rear-wheel steering. This new version of the 911 GT3 promises to be a strong performer right out of the box.
6. Alfa Romeo 4C- This compact sports car is one of the biggest attention grabbers during the 2013 Geneva car show. Featuring a compact frame and a mid-engine configuration, the 4C promises to provide competition to contemporaries such as the Lotus Elise. The body is composed of mostly carbon fiber for light weight. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with max output of 240 horsepower is mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission, promising great acceleration. The 4C promises to continue Alfa Romeo’s recent resurgence.
7. Chevrolet Corvette Convertible- The seventh-generation of America’s favorite muscle car is also coming in convertible form. And based on the crowd’s reaction towards it, the “Stingray” is bound to be one of the sexiest convertibles to hit the market in 2014. The automatic top can be operated in speeds up to 30 miles per hour, and can be deployed within 21 seconds. With higher structural rigidity compared to the C6 and a host of specs including a 450-horsepower V8, the C7 Corvette Convertible promises to be one of the most competent topless sports cars for 2014 and beyond.
8. Ferrari LaFerrari- This is definitely one of the most notable models in this car show. Slated as the next-generation Ferrari hypercar, it is a limited-production vehicle with production limited to only about 500 models worldwide. For the first time ever in a production Ferrari, the LaFerrari is equipped with a hybrid powertrain that helps in improving fuel economy and reduced emissions. Even better, the hybrid system even increases performance, with maximum output rated at a massive 950 horsepower. The LaFerrari can turn out to be the definitive supercar of the decade, and can also signify the future of Ferrari as a brand.
9. McLaren P1- The successor to the legendary McLaren F1 made its debut in this car show. The creators of the P1 aim no less than to make this supercar one of the best ever. Crafted using McLaren’s expansive Formula 1 experience, it features all the latest and greatest go-fast technologies available. It is a hybrid car, featuring a compact 3.6 liter twin-turbo V8 engine and a power-boosting electric motor system. With a maximum output of 900 horsepower, it allows this car to achieve mindblowing performance both on the road and on the track.
10. Lamborghini Veneno- This is the most expensive and most exclusive Lamborghini ever made. Based on the Aventador, it features modifications that make it a completely unique vehicle. With its body shell and chassis composed of almost exclusively carbon fiber, it has the looks to attract all kinds of stares and the aerodynamics to sustain incredible speed. A modified 6.5 liter V12 engine produces 740 horsepower, propelling the Veneno to a maximum speed of more than 220 miles per hour. Only 3 copies of this car will be produced, and each is priced at a whopping 4 million dollars.
These are just 10 of the best cars that made it in the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Not only does it show that the future is bright for automobiles, but it also affirms the status of the Geneva Motor Show as perhaps the world’s most important car show.
Volkswagen has brought along to Geneva the R Cabriolet version of its well known hatchback. The new convertible version of the sixth-gen Golf stood right beside the Golf VII family (hatchback, estate, GTI) which is not an every-day sight to see.
The Golf VI-based R Cabriolet features an exclusive 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine that develops no less than 265 HP – 195 kW. All that juice goes to the wheels thanks to a 6-speed DSG transmission that helps the hot cabrio sprint from 0 to 100 Km/h (62 mph) in 6.4 seconds all the way to an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
On the styling side, the Golf VI R Cabriolet showcases new features like the chrome-tipped exhausts, side sill extensions, LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights. Customers can also opt for 18- to 19-inch wheels that work perfectly with the vehicle’s lowered suspension.
The interior of the ride reveals four individual sport seats and a fully electric insulated top which can be raised in 11 seconds and lowered in 9.5s at speeds of up to 29 km/h (18 mph).
The Golf VI-based R Cabriolet is expected to hit the European dealershops this spring.
Italdesign Giuegiano has showcased their lineup of futuristic models at the Geneva Motor Show. Aside from the coupe and roadster versions of the V10-powered Parcour, the Italian designer has also revealed a striped version of the concept car.
Built to celebrate the company’s 45th anniversary, the concept features the same characteristics as the other two versions as well as a little styling twist. The vehicle measures 4530mm in length, 2070mm in width and 1335mm in height. It tips the scale at 1,550 kg (3,417 lbs) and it features the same carbon fiber monocoque as it’s coupe counterpart. What’s so special about this Italian machine is the new racing-stripe livery along with its exposed carbon fiber parts.
Mounted behind the passenger area there’s a sweet Lamborghini Gallardo-sourced V10 5.2-liter engine that outputs no less than 550 HP – 404 kW. Those massive 22-inch alloys get all the power thanks to a 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox, that’s more than able of sending the concept from 0 to 100Km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds. Furthermore, the carmaker states that the vehicle is capable of reaching a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).
Source: Italdesign Giugiaro
The German tuner Hamann has recently unveiled its latest project involving a shiny new Range Rover. The vehicle showcases an eye-catching pink coat applied over a brand new body kit that’s sure to turn some heads around in Geneva.
The aforementioned body kit contains a new hood, front spoiler, front bumper, side skirts, wider fenders and a revised rear bumper. Compared to the standard model, the British premium SUV is 80mm wider. Even though most of the body parts have a mirror-like surface, some of the upper ones are covered by a matte-like texture.
This Range Rover is 40mm closer to the asphalt thanks to a new custom suspension. It also rides on a custom set of Unique Forged or Edition Race wheels wrapped in 305/30/23 Continental tires.
Hamann is showcasing a similar mirror grey wrap used on their BMW M6 Coupe (Mirr6r) project which is also being presented in Geneva.
There’s no word on what’s trapped under the bonnet or how the interior looks like though.
Hamann has come up with a new aftermarket program for the latest Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and from the looks of it, Hamann nailed it once again.
On the styling front, the Merc received a new body kit that includes a hood made from carbon fiber, new mirror housings made from the same lightweight material, a different rear apron with built-in diffuser, a rear spoiler, side skirts with LEDs and a set of triple tailpipes mounted on both sides of the car. Hamann mentioned that the end pipes were anodized in a golden color and crafted from a solid block of aluminum.
Under the bonnet, the ride packs the same 6.0-liter bi-turbo V12 engine which generates no less than 612 HP – 450Kw and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) in its standard configuration. The tuner managed to squeeze 702 Hp (516 kW) and 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft) of torque out of the engine, thanks to the installment of a custom exhaust system and an ECU remap.
On the inside, the ride received decorative stitching on the seats and instrument panel, aluminum sport pedals, gold-colored leather door panels, brushed stainless steel door sill trims and a set of custom floor mats featuring black-threaded pearl velour.
Source: Hamann via WCF
The Geneva Motor Show has just kicked off and worldwide automakers and aftermarket specialists are busy at work showing off their latest projects. Mansory recently unveiled its “Stallone” tuning program for the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
It was only a year ago when Ferrari knocked everybody off their feet with the F12 Berlinetta. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2012, the ride was the company’s most powerful model until it was overtaken by the 2013 LaFerrari. Mansory saw the opportunity to brush-up the former star so they come up with a performance upgrade for the vehicle’s 6.2-liter V12 engine. The power unit now generates no less than 775 HP – 570 kW and 725 Nm (535 lb-ft) which is a 35 HP improvement over the vehicle’s stock 740 HP – 544 kW and 509 lb-ft (690 Nm). This was possible thanks to a new sports exhaust system and an ECU remap.
Furthermore, the exterior of the Berlinetta received an updated front spoiler that features new air intakes, redesigned side skirts, a built-in rear diffuser and a discreet rear wing. The styling package wouldn’t be complete without a set of wheels, so the Ferrari received 21 inch wheels in the front, wrapped in 255/30 R21 tires while for the rear, 22-inch alloys make the case with 355/25 R22 tires attached to them.
The interior cabin was endowed in red and black themed leather upholstery, while a more ergonomic steering wheel as well as aluminum pedals, illuminated door sill trim and several carbon fiber inserts make the final touch.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible has been revealed to the world at the Geneva Motor Show. A couple of pictures showing the sporty cabrio have surfaced onto the internet a few days ago and now, Chevrolet is showing the C7 convertible with. The fully electronic soft-top can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 50 km/h (30 mph). It can also be done by using the key fob.
Notably, there were no structural reinforcements necessary, so the convertible is basically the same as the coupe. Furthermore, it has almost the same power-to-weight ratio so the 6.2-liter V8 engine, that outputs no less than 450 HP – 335 kW and 609 Nm (450 lb-ft) of torque, is more than able to accelerate the Stingray from 0 to 100Km/h (62 mph) in about 4 seconds.
Both the coupe and cabrio versions of the Stingray are expected to go on sale globally towards the end of 2013.
The German tuning company Hamann has presented its upgrade package for the BMW M5 at the Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed the Mi5Sion, it features a wide body kit that adds a a couple of carbon fiber components such as door fixtures, side skirts, wings, and a roof spoiler. Seen from the back, the vehicle showcases a new rear apron and an exhaust hidden behind the fender wells. The dual stainless-steel pipes are incorporated into the rear diffuser on both sides of the custom rear silencer.
The interior cabin of the BMW M5 Mi5Sion carries over the same theme like the exterior, with Alpine White leather treatment along with carbon embossing, new door sill trims and aluminum footrests.
At the heart of this custom Bimmer, lies the same twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that generates no less than 560 HP – 412 kW and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque. All that power hoes to the asphalt thanks to a 7-speed M double clutch gearbox that helps the modified M5 reach 100 km/h form a stand-still in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h (190 mph).
The Geneva Motor Show has opened its doors and Ferrari has already left everyone speechless. The LaFerrari model has officially been unveiled today after a long series of spy-shots, leaked photos and teasers. The overall design is simply breathtaking, with 4702mm in length, 1992mm width and a height of 1116mm, the vehicle is nothings short of a masterpiece on four wheels.
Under the bonnet things get even more interesting as the new Ferrari features a 6262cc V12 engine that generates no less than 800 HP – 588 kW at 9,000 rpm and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque at 6,750 rpm. What you might not know is that the supercar also features an electric motor which complements the internal combustion one, and provides an an extra 163 HP – 120 kW and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). As a result, LaFerrari has a combined output of 963 HP – 708 kW and can rev up to 9,250 rpm. The system is connected to a seven-speed DCT that helps the car accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in under 7 seconds and 0-300 km/h (186 mph) in 15 seconds. The vehicle is reaching a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
The 1,255 kg (2,766 lbs) supercar has a 41/59 percent weight distribution front/rear and it features a double wishbone suspension in the front while at the back it has a multi-link setup. The massive 19-inch front wheels and the 20-inch ones at the rear come wrapped in 265/30 / 345/30 tires (front/rear). The stopping power is provided by Brembo carbon ceramic brakes measuring 398 x 223 x 36mm front / 380 x 253 x 34 mm rear. Electronic controls include ESC stability control, EF1-TRAC (F1 electronic traction control integrated with the hybrid setup), third-gen differential and magnetorheological damping with twin solenoids.
The famous HY-KERS system weighs only 140 kg (308 lbs) from which 62 kg (136 lbs) stand for the centrally-mounted batteries. Power for the battery pack comes from the regenerative braking system as well as from the excess torque generated by the power unit.
Ferrari confirmed that only 499 LaFerrari units will ever see the light of day, with deliveries expected to start somewhere this autumn. As expected, most of the cars have already been sold, but the few ones available come with a price tag of 1.3M EUR (1.11M GBP or 1.69M USD).
Source: Ferrari via WCF
A while ago, we talked about a rumor regarding a special anniversary model from Lamborghini. Now, it seems that the Sant’Agata automaker wasn’t kidding and apparently a few pictures of the special model have leaked onto the internet ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Built to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary, the Veneno will be made in only three units and as expected, all of them have already been sold.
There is not much info about this special vehicle but The Sunday Times mentioned tat it will cost around 3.1M GBP (3.57M EUR or 4.65M USD). Under the bonnet, the Veneno boasts a 6.5-liter V12 engine that generates 740 HP – 552 kW. It comes connected to a seven-speed ISR robotized manual gearbox that enables the supercar to reach a top speed of 354 km/h (220 mph).
On the styling side of the question, the model packs an evolutionary design that’s more radical than other special models like the Reventon or Sesto Elemento. Seen from the back, the model packs a huge rear wing, sweptback headlights, diffuser, side mufflers and a set of 19-inch darkened alloys. There are several other carbon fiber components like the roof scoop, vented bonnet and a special fin that extends back to the rear wing.
More details about the ride should surface in a couple of days when the Lamborghini Veneno will be presented in Geneva.