Geneva 2015: What to expect?

The time of year has come around for all petrol heads. Much like Christmas for a child, the 85th edition of the Geneva Motor show is ten days of motoring goodness. Here are a number of the hotly anticipated cars expected to make an appearance at the show on 5th -15th March.

Abarth:

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Abarth 659 Biposto and a number of updates to the 500 range and new kits and accessories.

Alfa Romeo:

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The Alfa 4C gets the wind in your hair treatment with a Spider version. With its new look, both models get a new voice box in the shape of an Akrapovic exhaust system.

Aston Martin:

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Vulcan is Aston Martin’s new track weapon. Fitted with a hearty 7.0Litre V12 pushing over 800bhp to the rear wheels and limited to 24 examples.  Expect these beasts to be sold out before even catching a glimpse of them in the metal.

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Another racer for Aston, the Vantage GT3 Special Edition, is a road and track car limited to 100 examples, heavily inspired by the marque’s success in Motorsport. The GT3 has clearly been on a diet, losing 100kg over the V12 Vantage S thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre in and around the car.

Audi:

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The supercar which promised to take on the Italians at their own game is back with an update. The R8 gets updated looks, loses some weight (50kg) over its predecessor capable of hitting 62mph in 3.2sec and topping out at 205mph. The V10 engine comes in two guises, standard packing 533bhp and the V10 Plus with 602bhp.

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Making its official appearance to the public is the RS3 Sportback, to be hitting the roads by Summer 2015. Deemed the most powerful five cylinder engine ever produced by Audi RS with 362bhp and 465Nm to play with, it is a good thing it is fitted with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system.

BMW:

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BMW have updated a few of its models including the 1-Series and the 6-series but what everyone wants to see is the M4 MotoGP safety car.

Bugatti:

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Veyron La Finale is the very last one to roll off the factory line. Already sold to a lucky chap in the Middle East  this vast array of numbers wasn’t something people were used to when it was first introduced back in 2004. But now, let’s see the successor.

Ferrari:

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Turbocharging has made a comeback to the ‘Cavellino.’ The 488GTB can be said to be the successor to the F40, the last turbocharged mid-engined Ferrari and a replacement to the fantastic 458 Italia. 661bhp and 760Nm are created by the 3.9Litre Turbo V8 able to hit 125mph in 8.3 seconds.

Ford:

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The much-anticipated Focus RS is the 30th incarnation to wear the RS badge. Fitted with all-wheel drive and torque vectoring will help the driver push the 316bhp to its limits. Ken Block, driver of the legendary Gymkhana series was a consultant during the development of the RS.

All-New Ford GT

50 years after Ford’s GT40 took all three spots on the podium at the 1966 24Hours of Le Mans, Ford have revealed the new GT powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5Litre EcoBoost V6 said to give the car the one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.

Honda:

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Honda are back in F1 with an engine partnership with McLaren F1 and an icon has been reinvented. The NSX is making its rounds 25 years after the original was first premiered. A twin-turbocharged V6 which is a nod back to the original is fitted with a nine-speed DCT box.

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The Civic Type R is getting its debut fitted with a 2.0Litre VTEC Turbo engine allowing drivers to hit a top speed over 160mph. To help drivers deal with the level of speed, the Type R has been fitted with 350mm drilled Brembo brakes up front.

Koenigsegg:

The Swedish company has managed to keep it all very hush-hush in terms of leaks of new cars. A teased sketch of the rear of potentially the Agera RS and supposedly Koenigsegg is bringing another hypercar to Geneva hopefully to take on the three hybrid hypercars from the likes of Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari.

Lamborghini:

Again very little has been given away by Lamborghini, spy shots of what looked like an Aventador SV have  been seen across the internet but all details are being kept close to heart before the official reveal however their teaser video promises to reveal the most ‘reactive’ Lamborghini yet.

Land Rover:

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The stunning Land Rover Evoque gets some cosmetic surgery up front (not that it was ugly in the first place) and gains Jaguar-Land Rover’s new Ingenium engines promising up to 68mpg and under 110g/km of CO2.

Lotus:

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£70,000 worth of Lotus will be officially unveiled at Geneva, 16% more powerful, 22kg lighter and 400bhp gives you the new Lotus Evora 400.

McLaren:

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The Longtail is back. The Mclaren 675LT focusses on less weight and more power.It will shoot to 62mph in 2.9secs. McLaren will make five ‘Hero’ specification Longtails  which consist of never offered colours Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey. The McLaren Orange completes the set.

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Some individuals don’t in the saying that enough is enough. A few of those people clearly work at McLaren as they have taken the insanely quick P1 and upped the power to make the P1GTR. 986bhp, 50kg lighter, wider and lower than the standard P1 and some serious spoilers creating 10% more downforce are all the ingredients to make this GTR.

Mercedes:

Three noteworthy models are being launched by Mercedes. We have reworks of two classics and a GT3 racer.

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Maybach is back as a sub-brand and the first model is the remake of the classic S600 Pullman, 50 years on. At a length of 6.5 metres expect to have a driver to wait with the car as prices start around €500,000 for the unarmored version. I doubt it will be a slouch if it needs to get out of any hairy situations as it is fitted with a V12 biturbo with 830Nm available from as low as 1900RPM.

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If off-roading is more your thing, the G-wagen is the one for you. Elements of the 6×6 have been fitted to the G to create the G500 4×4 squared.  New powerful engines, wider track and higher ground clearance (450mm) promises to tackle nearly any environment you throw at it.

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The GT3 race series is about to get a little more interesting, Mercedes are to launch the AMG GT3 race car. Even though the road car is fitted with a 4.4 biturbo V8, the GT3 will use a fettled example of the naturally aspirated 6.2 V8 from the SLS AMG GT.

Porsche:

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A manual hardcore Cayman is coming. The Cayman GT4 is built with components from the 911 GT3, perfect for racing and with an engine derived from the 911 Carrera S, it is good for 380bhp helping position it as a benchmark.

The second model is a secret but quoted ‘is another exceptional Porsche that sets new standards on the racetrack.’ Could it be the 911 GT3 RS?

Vauxhall:

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A hot hatch that is set to attack Ford’s Fiesta ST sales. The Vauxhall Corsa VXR   is fitted with a 1.6Litre turbo charged petrol engine pumping out 202bhp and up to 280Nm of torque to the front wheels. The VXR averages 245Nm from revs as low as 1,900rpm, which is a significant change from the outgoing car.

McLaren 650S revealed

03_McLaren_650S_CoupeAfter images of the McLaren 650S were leaked online, McLaren have officially revealed the 650S ahead of the Geneva motor show.

The model known as the 650S has McLaren 12C underpinnings and P1 style front end, enabling it to sit perfectly between the two models. It will be made available as a fixed head coupe or a convertible with a retractable hard top.  With the new P1 inspired front end and splitters adds more down-force and better driver turn-in.

The name is derived from the power output of the engine in PS, powered by a tweaked 3.8L twin turbo V8, the same as in the 12C with 25bhp more at 641bhp or 650PS. Torque has been increased to over 650Nm whilst CO2 emissions and 0-62 mph times have dropped slightly to 275g/km and 3secs respectively.

There is a newly developed Air brake system on the 650S that doesn’t only deploy in ‘Aero’ mode as in the 12C but also deploys when the car senses extra down-force may help the driver.

Large side intakes have been added behind the doors to help feed air into the large radiators to cool the mid mounted engine. Even though the drag coefficient is the same as the 12C, the air is worked harder and more efficiently, effectively increasing down-force by 24% over the 12C at 150mph. Tweaks have been made to the dampers along with the clutch making the car 22% stiffer but also making the car feel smoother on road when in ‘auto’ mode and making manual shifts quicker.

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Four new colours will be revealed for the 650S and it will be packed with top end equipment as standard including carbon ceramic brakes, sat nav and new forged alloy wheels on purpose-built ‘MC1’ tyres from Pirelli. Prices will start at £20,000 more than the £178,000 12C at £195,000 for the coupe with deliveries being made at the end of March.

The global reveal of the McLaren 650S Coupé and Spider will take place on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 11.00GMT on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.

Renault Twingo revealed ahead of Geneva 2014

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The new Renault Twingo has been revealed in an online strip tease ahead of the Geneva Motor show starting March 4th.

The first of its kind to come in a five-door guise, it is to be built along side Daimler’s next generation two-seater and four-seater Smart after an agreement was confirmed in 2010.

The Twingo will be rear engined and rear wheel drive with a nod to the Renault 5 turbo. Changing from a conventional front engined and front wheel drive allows more manoeuvrability and a tighter turning circle, perfect for city driving along with added interior cabin space giving the feel of a car in a higher segment according to Renault.

The Twingo will come in a choice of four colours; light blue, red, white and yellow as did its predecessor. There is a lot of personalisation available with the new model starting with colour coordinated profile graphics to match wing mirrors, grill inserts and cabin trim. The rear door handles are hidden away in the windows as can be seen in the larger Clio models, even though the new model is smaller than its predecessor. There are images to show that a retractable fabric roof may be made available as seen on the Fiat 500C and the Citroen DS3 convertibles.

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There is no word on engines just as yet, but it is highly likely that a three-cylinder turbo charged engine would make its way into the line up as can be seen in the larger Renault Clio.

“It is a modern take on the city car genre with the accent on innovation in terms of its lines and architecture. The new Twingo is a fun, playful and vibrant city car.”
Laurens van den Acker, Head of Industrial Design at Renault said.

There were no peeks at the interior, but it will be revealed at Geneva motor show.

Land Rover launch special edition Discovery

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Land Rover has revealed a special edition Discovery XXV in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the original Discovery.

The Discovery XXV is based on the top of the range Discovery HSE Luxury specification, meaning customers will get a premium interior lined with Windsor leather and subtle XXV special edition embossing.

It is available in bespoke Causeway Grey, with Narvik Black grille surrounds and mirror caps, silver full-length roof rails, body-coloured door handles and a stainless steel bumper accessory tread plate make up the exterior additions along with 20-inch forged alloy wheels.

The interior is given a new colour way known as Cirrus, which is unique to the XXV.

As the XXV is based on the HSE Luxury spec, expect to see all the top technological gadgets such as Terrain Response, Hill Descent control and the top of the range 825w Meridian stereo, keyless entry and rear entertainment systems.

Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director at Jaguar Land Rover said, “the Discovery XXV Special Edition is the ultimate in sophisticated versatility and a fitting tribute to the legendary status of this iconic Land Rover.”

As for engine choice, there is the 3.0l SDV6 turbo-diesel pushing out 252bhp allowing the heavy vehicle to hit 62mph in 8.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 112mph. Land Rover claims it’ll return 35.3mpg and emits 213g/km.

Prices for the Discovery XXV will start at around £63,000, up from the current HSE Luxury spec at £59,450.

Jaguar F-Type Launch

Most cars are officially revealed to the world at major car shows namely Geneva. Jaguar have chosen to do it a little differently for years. The E-type comes to mind, where they revealed the car the day before the opening of the Geneva show at a restaurant involved a crane lifting a shipping crate to reveal the car – unusually dramatic for the time.

Recently, Jaguar came out and told the world that the F-Type will be officially revealed at the Paris Motor Show at the end of this September.

The F-Type will be first released as a convertible. The smallest motor confirmed for the F-Type is an all-new 3.0-litre petrol V6 – with a supercharger. It will come in 340hp and 380hp guises. Now in saying this, the biggest engine will be the revised version of its supercharged 5.0-litre V8. 500hp ought to be enough.

all models will be rear wheel drive with an eight speed gearbox.

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