Category: Geneva Motor Show

First Look: The Aston Martin Vanquish Vision ConceptReviving an…

First Look: The Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept

Reviving an iconic nameplate traditionally reserved for Aston Martin’s flagship production model, Vanquish Vision Concept showcases the design language of our first series production mid-engined supercar.

Previewed for the first time at the 89th Geneva Motor Show, the Vanquish Vision Concept benefits from further crystallization of the philosophy pioneered in the Aston Martin Valkyrie, with the pursuit of weight, packaging and aerodynamic efficiency informing every aspect of the design and engineering.

Vanquish Vision Concept will feature a twin-turbo version of Aston Martin’s new V6: which will make its debut in the AM-RB 003 in hybrid turbo form.

In a departure from the Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003’s all-carbon fiber construction, the Vanquish Vision Concept also features a bespoke bonded aluminium chassis.

First Look: The Huracán EVO SpyderAutomobili Lamborghini…

First Look: The Huracán EVO Spyder

Automobili Lamborghini presents the new Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder at Geneva Motor Show: the open-top car joins its coupé counterpart launched earlier this year, as the second model in the V10 Huracán EVO line-up.

The Spyder adopts the next-generation vehicle dynamic control and aerodynamics developed for the coupé, with the 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated Lamborghini V10 engine uprated for a higher power output.

The Huracán EVO Spyder outputs 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm with 600 Nm of torque delivered at 6,500 rpm. With a dry weight of 1,542 kg the car reaches a weight-to-power ratio of 2.41 kg/hp, accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in 9.3 seconds. Braking from 100 km/h to 0 is achieved in just 32.2 m, with a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).

McLaren Reveals Unique 720S Spider by MSOAs customer interest in…

McLaren Reveals Unique 720S Spider by MSO

As customer interest in the McLaren 720S Spider accelerates following the first driving impressions, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is using the Geneva International Motor Show to display a unique car that showcases the artistic finesse and design subtlety that are possible with an MSO Bespoke order.

The McLaren 720S Spider by MSO highlights the advanced aerodynamics of the new Super Series convertible by accentuating elements of the car’s aero design, in a spectacular fusion of colors. Each aero accent features a harmonious blend of three MSO metallic paints: Cerulean Blue, Burton Blue – as used on the McLaren 720S GT3 – and Abyss Black. The innovative tri-tone paint finish, named Coriolis, advances technologies demonstrated by the McLaren 720S Velocity by MSO first shown at Geneva two years ago; that car’s two hues of red epitomized the sporting aggression of the Coupé, while this new approach for the Spider places a more subtle emphasis on the Super Series convertible.

MSO’s specialist craftspeople dedicated in excess of 260 hours to compile the tri-tone paint elements alone, applied to individual body panels to emulate the flow of air over the 720S Spider’s aerodynamic body while the car is moving. Parts finished with the tri-tone paint include the front splitter, hood air intakes, front air intakes and side panels, lower door and lower side air intake panels, door mirrors, rear bumper and the underside of the active rear spoiler – all key elements in delivering the exceptional aerodynamic performance of the new Super Series convertible.

The highlights are set off against Meteorite Grey body paint, the newest addition to the MSO Bespoke range of exterior colors and developed specifically for this design theme. The tri-tone blend is complemented by 10-Spoke Super Lightweight forged wheels with an MSO Bespoke Abyss Black gloss finish and MSO Bespoke Burton Blue brake calipers.

MSO Defined features chosen for the car include a Gloss Carbon Fiber Tonneau Cover; this complex component has been specially developed for the 720S Spider and combines with carbon fiber treatments to the rear deck, and carbon fiber extensions to the upper trim and sills to demonstrate an almost seamless flow from the cabin to the rear of the car. The carbon fiber treatment also includes the diffuser and B-pillars, whilst other options include a sports exhaust, Stealth Pack – which adds more of a subtle, darker finish to the exhausts, airbrake mechanism, exterior window surrounds and oil cap cover panel – and Electrochromic glass for the panel of the retractable hard top.

Inside, too, the 720S Spider shows its MSO Bespoke colors with a cabin trimmed in specially developed Burton Blue Alcantara and Jet Black leather. All primary and secondary interior components are carbon fiber and there is the option of exposed Visual Carbon Fiber for the Monocage II-S, the light but immensely strong carbon fiber structure at the heart of every 720S Spider.

MSO Bespoke options that reinforce the stylish qualities of the 720S comprise gloss finish carbon seat backs, plus MSO Bespoke branding to accelerator pedal, dedication plaque, floor mats and the headrests, the latter in a new debossed treatment. Even the key fob gets the MSO Bespoke treatment with colors complementing the tri-tone blend and electroform MSO branding. Other equipment fitted to the car reflects its breadth of abilities from luxurious tourer to exhilarating track car.

The 720S Spider seamlessly combines the Coupé’s aerodynamic performance with a one-piece retractable hard top and glazed flying buttresses. With light weight, Proactive Chassis Control II and 720PS 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, it is the most accomplished convertible supercar ever from McLaren – and with this MSO treatment, has the visual innovation to match.

First Look: The Pininfarina BattistaThe Pininfarina Battista…

First Look: The Pininfarina Battista

The

Pininfarina

Battista seeks to break new ground in the history of automotive when it arrives in 2020. Named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, who founded the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company in 1930, the all-electric hyper GT will be designed and hand-built in very limited numbers at Pininfarina SpA under the watchful eye of Paolo Pininfarina, Battista’s grandson and current Pininfarina SpA Chairman. The Battista, appropriately enough, will be the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and produced in Italy.

A carbon fiber monocoque chassis and visually stunning carbon fiber body provide the foundation for the extreme levels of technology and functional, elegant driver-focused design solutions at the heart of the hypercar.

The result will be staggering performance for a road car: power and torque of 1,900 hp & 2,300 Nm, providing acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in under 2 seconds (faster than a current F1 cars), 300 km/h in less than 12 seconds and the ability to achieve a top speed of up to 350 km/h. All with a potential zero-emissions range of up to 450 kilometers and an extreme focus on drivability.

The weight distribution of the T-shaped 120 kWh battery pack is configured to optimize the Battista’s dynamic potential, with four motors independently distributing torque and power to each wheel, delivering all the benefits of modern torque vectoring. Cooling circuits and systems are based around five radiators.

Whilst the car’s electronic brain serves up a thrilling new experience in dynamic driving, its braking system offers the back-up to that performance. Massive, carbon-ceramic 6-piston brakes (390 mm at the front and 390 mm at the rear) provide fade-free deceleration and hugely effective brake regeneration to the battery will be engineered into the system. The active rear wing features an air brake function.

The Battista’s suspension is tuned specifically to deliver a thrilling, engaging and yet comfortable dynamic experience. The driver will be able to electronically adjust the dynamic experience through multiple modes tuned to a range of driving scenarios and will also be able to tailor the noise the 1,900 hp car makes – the Battista’s on-board sound program will focus on using vehicle hardware to generate acoustic entertainment, rather than generate artificial sounds.

Inspired by, and paying homage to, famous Pininfarina designs such as the Cisitalia 202, Ferrari Dino Berlinetta Speciale, Ferrari Modulo, and Sintesi concept cars – each ahead of its time and instantly influential when presented – the Battista will feature classic Pininfarina design cues and a unique blend of beauty and technological innovation in perfect balance. Battista owners are guaranteed the same vision, passion and innovation that comes with all the iconic Pininfarina-designed cars of the past.

The proposed “Performance Package” aims to deliver a higher top speed in a controlled environment with specific trims and tires – more details will be revealed at a later date.

Ferrari Unveils the F8 Tributo at the Geneva Motor ShowThe F8…

Ferrari Unveils the F8 Tributo at the Geneva Motor Show

The F8 Tributo is the new mid-rear-engined sports car that represents the highest expression of the Prancing Horse’s classic two-seater berlinetta. It is a car with unique characteristics and, as its name implies, is an homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history.

The F8 Tributo sets a benchmark for performance, driving pleasure and ease of handling. It makes the performance of the best 8-cylinder in the world accessible to all drivers, with unprecedented handling and superior ride comfort.

With a massive 720 cv (710 hp) and a record specific power output of 185 cv/l, it is the most powerful V8 ever to be mounted in a non-special series Ferrari, achieving new heights not just for turbos, but for engines across the board.

McLaren Poised to Redefine the Rules of Grand TouringMcLaren…

McLaren Poised to Redefine the Rules of Grand Touring

McLaren promises to redefine the rules of Grand Touring when it releases its own interpretation of the Grand Tourer in just a few months. The announcement was made by McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, at the company’s press presentation during the 89th International Geneva Motor Show.

The fourth McLaren to be introduced under the Track25 business plan will be our interpretation of the Grand Tourer. It will be a car that combines competition levels of performance with continent- crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful lightweight body. It’s a car that has been designed for distance and one that will also provide the comfort and space expected of a Grand Tourer. But with a level of agility never experienced before in this segment. In addition, it will be the lightest of Grand Tourers and by also having the best power-to-weight ratio, I promise it will be one of the quickest. In addition, it will be the only Grand Tourer to share its DNA with the 250mph McLaren Speedtail.” Mike Flewitt.

Neither the name of the car nor its final design were revealed. But an image of the McLaren of Grand Tourers, which will not form part of any of the company’s existing model Series, was shown in a distinctive camouflage has been issued. 

First Look: The Aston Martin AM-RB 003AM-RB 003, aka the…

First Look: The Aston Martin AM-RB 003

AM-RB 003, aka the ‘Son of Valkyrie’, an all-new performance-bred predator that follows the Aston Martin Valkyrie and the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro as the third hypercar in Aston Martin’s mid-engine story.

AM-RB 003 is set to be a revolutionary mid-engine hypercar incorporating concepts and technologies taken from F1 and inspired by Aston Martin Valkyrie, benefiting from the close involvement of Red Bull Advanced Technologies in its design and engineering, continuing one of the brightest and most exciting engineering partnerships in the automotive world.

Sharing the same fundamental styling and aerodynamic philosophy with Aston Martin Valkyrie, AM-RB 003 features a pronounced front keel and large rear diffuser, with the underfloor generating the bulk of the downforce. However, AM-RB 003 will also benefit from next-generation aircraft morphing technology, to create a variable airfoil across the entirety of the rear wing.

AM-RB 003 will remain true to an uncompromising engineering ethos whilst making considerations for practicality and road use, extending the trickle down of genuine state of the art F1 technology into a road legal car. AM-RB 003 will express a design statement that is second to none. As you would expect from a project of this nature, volumes are strictly limited.

First Look: The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ RoadsterThe Aventador…

First Look: The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

The Aventador SVJ Roadster makes its worldwide premiere at Geneva Motor Show, presented by Automobili Lamborghini in a press conference. The open top version of the coupé, the Aventador SVJ Roadster upholds the performance, handling and aerodynamic superiority of the SVJ, with its unique roadster design granting an exclusive open air exhilaration to both driver and passenger.

The SVJ Roadster sports the ‘Super Veloce’ for superfast and ‘Jota’ suffixes, signifying the car’s performance and track prowess: its coupé stablemate took the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record lap-time and the roadster is no less a futuristic, driver’s car. Benchmark performance comes from the most powerful series production V12-engined car produced to date by Lamborghini, outputting 770 hp (566 kW) at maximum 8,500 rpm. The SVJ Roadster delivers 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm, with a weight-to-power ratio of 2.05 kg/hp. The SVJ accelerates from standing to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.8 seconds.  A top speed of more than 350 km/h is complemented by a braking distance of 100 km/h to 0 in 31 meters.

The roadster roof, constructed from high pressure RTM carbon fiber, is removable via quick-release levers in the cabin, and securely stored under the front hood. Weighing less than 6 kg each part, the roadster adds only 50 kg to the SVJ coupé’s weight of 1,525 kg.

Just 800 units will be produced of the Aventador SVJ Roadster. The car shown in Geneva in the new matte color bronzo zenas (bronze) features a special Ad Personam livery in bianco phanes (white). The livery emphasizes the sharp lines of the front and rear bumpers and further enriches the specifically redesigned engine bonnet.

The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster in summer 2019.

First Look: The Koenigsegg JeskoKoenigsegg has unveiled an…

First Look: The Koenigsegg Jesko

Koenigsegg has unveiled an all-new megacar – the Koenigsegg Jesko – at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Jesko inherits the mantle left by the Agera RS as the leading track-focused, road-legal car for those looking for the ultimate in vehicle performance.

The Jesko is powered by a newly designed, 1280hp (1600hp on E85), twin-turbocharged 5.0L V8 engine that replaces the Koenigsegg Agera engine.

The new hypercar is named for Jesko von Koenigsegg, the father of company Founder and CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg.

First Look: The One-off Bugatti “La Voiture Noire”The successful…

First Look: The One-off Bugatti “La Voiture Noire”

The successful continuation of their heritage poses a challenge for traditional companies. Once again, the French luxury brand Bugatti has shown that it can transform these challenges into unique models. With its one-off car “La Voiture Noire“ (The Black Car) Bugatti has again proved that it makes the world’s most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive hyper sports cars.

The heart of the new creation is the iconic 16-cylinder engine – unique in the automotive world and the peak of the engineer’s art. The 16-cylinder engine with a displacement of 8 liters develops 1,103 kW/1,500 PS (1,479 HP) and 1,600 Newton-meters (1,180 ft-lb) of torque. Six tailpipes at the rear bear witness to its incredible power and are also a tribute to the 16 cylinders.

For €11 million (before tax) this unique car has already been sold to a Bugatti enthusiast. It is the most expensive new car of all time. In its exclusiveness, style, quality and performance, “La Voiture Noire” is an unprecedented and unique car that continues a long tradition in the history of the automobile.