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China-Only Volkswagen Phideon Debuts in Geneva

The result of a joint venture between Volkswagen’s German and China design teams, the Volkswagen Phideon is the new flagship model of the company that will be going for sale at the end of 2016. Unfortunately, despite being shown at the Geneva Motor Show, it will only be available in China. Don’t fret, though since the Phideon provides an inkling of what might be behind VW’s next global flagship model, the second-generation Phaeton…when it launches before the end of the decade.

For the exterior, the car’s front grille aims to be a new design used to distinguish all future flagship VW sedans. Whereas in the interior, with the car being over five meters long, has plenty of room for back-seat passengers. The dashboard and interior architecture is sporty and elegant, including electrically adjustable seats, integrated seat ventilation and heating as well as a massage function. A wrap around ambient light strips that can switch between three colors creates a permeating and cool atmosphere.

But this one is all about the tech. It happens to be the first VW to use a night-vision camera and to get HUD (projecting information onto the windscreen) as standard. Probably out of consideration for humongously crowded megacities like Shanghai, the Phideon allows the driver to have a 360-degree view of his or her surroundings for maneuvering. All this is on top of active driver safety systems including lane departure warning. Infotainment features that support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included.

As for the rest, Volkswagen hasn’t provided any figures but the car on display in Geneva, the range-topping 3.0TSI, boasts a 300PS turbo-charged V6 engine and permanent all-wheel drive. Milder, two-wheel drive gas-powered models plus a plug-hybrid version are also planned. It also uses the same air-suspension set up found in Bentleys.

Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design Volkswagen Brand took note that the car was “designed in Europe for our style-conscious Chinese customers.” We should be seeing some of its European flair in those Asian streets soon enough.

Morgan Debuts Three-Wheel Plug-In Car

British boutique carmaker Morgan presented a vehicle for the Geneva Motor Show that would put a smile on anyone’s face. The EV3 is based on the company’s existing three-wheeled retro model but touched-up with a couple of modern twists. This version of the 1930s and 40s design happens to be Morgan’s first plug-in electric vehicle, which we reported on earlier, with an electric motor driving the two front wheels and a set of lithium ion batteries.

“What if an all-electric vehicle was bespoke, hand-crafted and exhilarating to drive?” asked the company’s managing director Steve Morris. The EV3 happens to be the environmentally friendly answer.

Who needs windows, or even a roof for that matter? Just don on an aviator hat and a pair of goggles and you’ll be the envy of the road with your gallant steampunk style. Even with all the baggage from electric motors and battery packs, the EV3 manages its weight by looking to the present with carbon fiber. The car can hit 100km/h in under 9 seconds and has a top speed of 90mph (144km/h). This enables the car to travel 150 miles on a single charge, just like a Nissan Leaf.

Installed into the EV3, albeit tastefully surrounded with hand-cut wood, hand-formed aluminum and polished brass elements, is a basic infotainment system with a proper screen. Just set up those old jazz standards and you’ll be driving straight back into the past.

The EV3 is expected to cost around £27,000 (about $37,500). A small price to pay really for doing your part to save the planet and bringing some character back to the streets.

Images courtesy of Morgan

Bugatti Chiron Goes Lean, Breaks New Ground

We’ll give you the numbers straightaway. 1,579bhp spread evenly across its four wheels, 0-100km/h under 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 261mph (420kmh). The Bugatti Chiron was made to kick the Bugatti Veyron Supersport to the curb as the world’s fastest production car. This all-wheel drive blue speed-demon is the optimal marriage of fiery power and comfort.

Even as we speak, though, the company is already promising a sports model and convertible with even faster specs coming right up. For those looking for pure driving pleasure, perhaps a future version will ditch the all-wheel drive component.

What’s in the make of a car so devilishly fast? By slashing the weight with an outer shell of carbon fiber, the Chiron tips the scales at 1,995kg to a power-to weight ratio of 741bhp per tonne. That power comes from the 8-liter quad turbo W16 powerplant engine hidden inside.

Visually, it just looks much sharper than the Veyron, with its tighter, sculpted lines at the front cleverly concealing some of the aerodynamics, as well as a cleanly tapered rear dominated by a single strip left-to-right tail lamp.

In the comfort sector, head and leg-room are enhanced by how much wider and slightly taller it is than its predecessor. Wood, leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum on display are in no way diminished.

Bugatti’s head Wolfgang Dürheimer rounded up the car with these words “The Chiron is the quintessential ultimate super sports car: ultra-modern, incredibly fast, agile and powerful with a stylistically demanding design and the highest possible levels of comfort.”

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Images are courtesy of Bugatti.

McLaren Goes for Daily Comfort with 570GT

You would have noticed that almost every major player in the automobile industry has been giving the world a glimpse into what they will be showcasing at the upcoming Geneva Motor show March 1. Well, British supercar maker McLaren joins the list of those teasing us with what they will bring to the Swiss city. We initially expected the brand to unveil the 570S, which challenges the ‘entry-level’ Porsche 911 but they decided to surprise us instead.

Said to be the most practical and luxurious model to date, the veil has now been lifted off the 570GT. It combines both extreme comfort and performance in one car. McLaren also claims that the supercar is suitable for daily use. There is very little that the two models have in common. For one, the GT much like the S model is equipped with a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that is able to put out 562 bhp (570PS, giving the car its name). This means that the car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 328km/h.

That is where the two cars cease to be similar. The new GT has a panoramic glass roof as standard feature to let more light into the cabin. It also has a swooping glass rear panel that swings open for extra storage capacity. This newly created space plus the front luggage compartment under the hood give the car a very impressive 370 liters of storage, that’s 80 more than you get in a Ford Fiesta hatchback.McLaren-570GT-article-2

As well as creating a second luggage compartment, the new glass rear also helps to cut cabin noise. Further efforts to keep the turbocharged roar of the engine from interrupting a conversation or hands-free phone call include bespoke tires, developed with Pirelli that reduce road roar and a new air conditioning system with a ‘lo’ setting that tries to keep the noise of the fan to a minimum.

Standard interior features include electrically operated and heated leather seats, an eight-speaker audio system and a touchscreen infotainment system complete with navigation and telephony controls. While practicality considerations include front and rear parking sensors, an electric steering column that can move to help the driver get in and out and wider opening doors that close more quietly.

Even the suspension and steering have been tweaked so that they are biased towards road rather than track driving and for absorbing bumps rather than amplifying them. Should you wish to get your hands on the 570GT, know that the supercar will go on sale immediately after its reveal on March 1. You should also expect to part with north of US $198,950 or £154,000.McLaren-570GT-article-1

Rolls Royce Phantom Coupé Retires 2016

Later this year, the assembly line at Rolls Royce will send out its final Phantom VII limousines. Though the luxury carmaker will be bidding farewell to both the Phantom Coupé and the Drophead Coupé, it will be introducing an eighth generation model, due in 2017 and 2018.

Described as the Zenith editions, it will be limited to just 50 examples each. There is no better way to for Rolls Royce to bid farewell to the current flagship after 13 years than to do so at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Company CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said: “I am proud and excited to announce that a new Phantom is on the way – a contemporary and beautiful Phantom enhanced with cutting-edge technologies and design innovations. Any new Phantom is an historic and important moment in automotive history and we are working hard on perfecting the Phantom VIII.”

While the flagship will continue, the coupé and convertible models that shared its platform have reached the end of the road, so to speak. The final cars will be hand-assembled in November.

However, the cars are going out with a bang rather than a whimper and at the Geneva motor show, visitors will get a taste of the special Zenith editions that Rolls-Royce has planned.

“As the name promises, Zenith will be the pinnacle; the best of its kind; the highest standard achievable by which everything else is judged,” said Director of Design Giles Taylor. “Zenith will be the sum of all the best features of Phantom Coupé and Drophead Coupé, with a few surprises added. We expect huge demand for these 50 fine motor cars as we shall not look upon their like again.”

Although the company is keeping some details a secret, it has confirmed that the models will come with something called a tailgate hosting area, which suggests that seating, picnic hampers and drinks chillers will be integrated into the trunk.

Instrument dials will also be bespoke to the Zenith series, as will the treatment and coloring of the Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, and every client commissioning a coupé or drophead coupé will also receive a “money cannot buy” portable memento of his or her purchase.

The Phantom limousine will also be getting the special edition treatment as production winds down towards the end of 2016. However, Rolls-Royce won’t reveal what to expect other than that it will “continue to set the benchmark for luxury motoring with a number of limited-run collector’s pieces, each of which will be the last of their line.”

Pagani Elevates Huayra to BC Levels

Why simply produce a rare hypercar when you can have an even rarer production run of said rare hypercar? Our guess is that Pagani was thinking exactly that when deciding to build the Huayra BC — a very special and very limited production run of the fully sold out Huayra. Those familiar with the extended run of the Zonda will be completely unsurprised by this news. Indeed, we started thinking that the brand name was Pagani Zonda!

The Italian hypercar firm – still just called Pagani – promises to deliver a car that is as remarkable as a Ferrari or Porsche sans the hybrid trickery — now that is some serious shade. The current vanilla Huayra has a six-liter V12 twin turbocharged Mercedes-AMG engine that can demolish the 100 km/h mark in three seconds. With 720 horsepower, and a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h), we do understand why this is not simply super but hyper. At a cool million pounds, the exterior of the car is woven from a combination of titanium and carbon fiber (for an excellent power-to-weight ratio) while the interior boasts intricate leather and metalwork.

The new production is dedicated to multimillionaire Benny Caiola who enabled the firm to achieve success when he could have invested in a competitor. As such, Pagani is dedicating what promises to be their fastest, most extreme and most exclusive vehicle, to his memory. Caiola was reportedly Pagani’s first customer so the connections are powerful here. The Huayra BC (no prizes for guessing what that stands for), of which only 20 will be built, is available if you have £2.35 million to spare. The update promises to deliver somewhere between 740 to 800 horsepower bringing you to 100km in slightly under 3 seconds. Given that the car uses the same powerplant, the improvement in speed can be mostly attributed to the lighter package Pagani has deployed here.

But that’s just the start; although the new car and the existing Huayra look almost identical, save for the large rear spoiler, Pagani claims that every external panel has been redesigned to cut weight, aid downforce or improve aerodynamics. It is also why the suspension components have been made from aluminum alloys and why the usually opulent interior has been slightly pared back, to boost the car’s power to weight ratio and its ability to continue slicing through the air as acceleration increases.

The result is a car that should perform on the road and on the track but, sadly one that will most likely be put into storage the moment it is delivered. Even sadder for you, dear reader, is that all 20 models are reportedly sold out. Take heart though because the Geneva Motor Show will also see the debut of the roadster version of the Huayra BC.

Bentley Flying Spur V8S: Smooth and Sporty

Buyers can expect a fiercer ride as Bentley’s third model for the Flying Spur series, the Flying Spur V8S, is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show during a press conference March 1. A pitch-black finish on the radiator grille is a start, as is the rear diffuser (both a major change from Bentley’s standard models). Still, let’s unpack the rest of what this comfortable monster has in store for us.

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Racing from 1 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds, the 4-liter twin turbo engine boasts 521 horses. Take note that its sibling, the 507 PS, only has 500hp. This extra power boosts the model up with a sportier and urgent touch, ramping up to a 306km/h, max.

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Yet for those thinking green or leaving a smaller carbon footprint, the V8S retains the impressive fuel economy and CO2 emissions of the old V8 engines. Fuel consumption stands at 10.9L/100km while emissions are rated at 254g/km. Furthermore, the new variable displacement triggers the system to balance fuel between its 8 cylinders. On cruising it switches to 4, and retains all the refinement, whereas when you need to pump it up, it seamlessly revs up to 8 again.

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In terms of dynamism and comfort, the car has never been sharper. A reworked suspension stops body roll, while backed up with a Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system to smoothen the bumps further. Spicier drivers will want to set it on ‘S’ mode, which automatically locks out the highest gear, giving more space to push things. Yet if the play is taken too far, and too many wrong moves are made, the electronic stability controls kicks in to save the day.

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As with other Bentley creations, it’s all about the owner. Clients can choose from various customizations, such as darker aggressive colors and cosmetic changes for both the interior and exterior. A luxurious and spacious cabin boasts advanced acoustics and electronic, while a Touch-Screen remote taps in to an extensive Rear Entertainment System. It even comes with a WiFi hotspot, making the V8S great for work-on-the-go and leisure anywhere.

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“The Flying Spur remains unrivalled in its ability to combine class-leading comfort with remarkable dynamic ability” claimed Wolfgang Dürheimer, the chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors. We can expect them to be churning out the top luxury cars for the time to come.

Alpina to Unveil B7 xDrive in Geneva

Motoring enthusiasts are looking forward to Alpina’s latest work of art to join the BMW 7-series team. The announcement has been made that the car will be unveiled come March at the Geneva Motorshow.

It keeps the high-tech features that are usually found in the previous BMW 7-series editions while showing off a twin-turbo charged 4.4-liter V8 engine. A modern and sleek design, this is a high-performance vehicle that does not compromise on its aesthetics. Its interior is high-quality Lavalina leather that is hand-finished, for a polished feel.

Making its debut at the Geneva Motor show in March, the 2017 Alpina B7 xDrive delivers an impressive 600 horsepower and the same high-torque-low-revs ratio that characterizes Alpina in general. The eight-speed automatic transmission brings this power to all four wheels with ease, while the re-worked suspension system keeps it all under control. Going from 0 to 100 km/h in under four seconds, this luxury sedan can seriously put the pedal to the metal, as they say. Do remember though that there is no manual version of this vehicle, if the example of previous B7s is any indication.

On that note though, a first in the history of the B7 is the introduction of Integral Active Steering. The combination of variable ratio electric steering at the front axle and active steering on the rear axle provides the driver with a truly dynamic experience. The Alpina classic wheels that have Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires mounted on it further enhances the B7 xDrive.

The Alpina B7 xDrive will make its debut at the Geneva Motor show in March and will be made available to order from September. 

Audi Pushes Boundaries with Performance Q3

Not content with the Q3 that comes in a sporty RS guise, Audi’s engineers have upgraded aspects of the car, in a bid to allow it to live up to its full potential. Said to be on the smallest and fastest SUV in Audi’s growing range, the Performance edition Q3 now comes with a new fuel pump and radiator. This has allowed for an extra 27 horses, bringing the total bhp to an impressive 367.

More impressive still is that when this power is fed through a recalibrated seven-speed S tronic transmission to all four wheels it results in a 0-100km/h sprint of 4.4 seconds. That’s faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera but since this is an SUV, the better frame of reference might be the Cayene Turbo S, which it is also faster than, obviously.

And the car is not just quick off the mark; it can gallop up to a top speed of 167mph (270km/h) while other sporty Audis are electronically limited to 155mph (250km/h), and, thanks to equally impressive suspension (the car sits 20mm lower than a standard Q3), it shouldn’t rock and roll in the bends, either. Theoretically, it might just straighten those bends out.

RS sport suspension plus with damper control is also available as an option and that will let owners push the car’s parameters further still or set everything up for ultimate comfort on those days when the whole family’s traveling together. Yes this is still an SUV, believe it or not.

As well as a phenomenal turn of speed, the Performance model differentiates itself from the RS Q3 with unique 20-inch alloy wheels, matte titanium-look detailing around the grille and windows and the option of Ascari Blue as an exterior paint finish. LED front and rear running lights are also standard kit.

Inside, the seats are finished in leather and Alcantara and the dials and gauges get the sports treatment with white faces and red needles.

The RS Q3 Performance will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March but is now available for order in Europe.

Lamborghini Races Past Sales Records

The boom in car sales continues in 2016 as Italian raging bull Lamborghini reports sales of 3,425 cars in 2015. This is a first in the luxury performance firm’s 53-year history and, believe it or not, it is already predicting that the sales pace will likely break records multiple times as 2016 progresses.

This strong and steady growth in sales, as CEO Stephan Winkelmann described can be attributed to the growing demand for supercars. We have already reported on this in several reports late last year but this one is the most relevant. As far as Lamborghini is concerned, the result of this success is an increase in its workforce and capacity to better serve its clients.

And this client base is about to get bigger and more diverse. “We are getting ready for groundbreaking changes with the introduction of our third model in 2018, which points to stable, sustainable growth for our company,” said Winkelmann of the Urus, a new sports SUV which, when it goes on sale will be marketed as the world’s fastest and most powerful off-roader.

However, that car is two years away from becoming a production reality, and, for the year ahead, all attention will be focused on Ferruccio.

This year marks the 100th birthday of the company’s charismatic founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, a man who in the early 1960s set out to redefine the concept of the grand tourer when he built the 350GT. However, thanks to a company full of youthful energy and optimism as well as a huge supply of talent, by 1966 he had instead created the concept of the supercar — the iconic Lamborghini Miura.

To celebrate Ferruccio’s centenary, Lamborghini is planning something special for the Geneva Motor Show. A limited edition supercar, expected to be called the Centenario, which will be restricted to just 20 examples.

It will boast an even more powerfully tuned version of the 6.5-liter V12 engine currently found in the company’s range-topping Aventador Superveloce. Internal whispers suggest an output of 760bhp and a 0-100km/h time of 2.5 seconds.

What has been made abundantly clear by Winkelmann is that the car will not be based on either the Huracán or the aforementioned Aventador. Instead it will be a “completely different” design and one that prospective clients have already seen and obviously love. No word of prices has yet been mentioned, but the suggestion is that all examples have already found a home.

Flat Four: Most Powerful Porsche Boxster Ever?

Yes the new Porsche 718 Boxter is a flat-four turbocharged wonder that might just be the most powerful standard production model in its class. Porsche’s new mid-engine soft tops may be missing a couple of cylinders but they make up for it by being the most powerful standard production Boxsters in the range’s 20-year history.

When the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S make their global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, they will do so with new names and totally new four- instead of six-cylinder engines. But before ardent Boxster fans start taking down their posters and researching the merits of a BMW Z4 instead, both cars boast more power, acceleration and torque as well as greater efficiency.

Thanks to very liberal use of turbocharging, Porsche had built a 2-liter flat-four engine that can deliver 300hp and for the S variant, a 2.5-litre unit that can output 350hp, that’s a 35hp increase compared with both outgoing models and a 13% increase in fuel efficiency.

In terms of acceleration, the Boxster goes from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds and the S can do it in 4.2 seconds.

As well as the engines, the chassis set-up has received some serious attention so that the car, regardless of engine size, offers more than just handling and poise. For example the Active Suspension Management system can drop the car’s ride height by 10mm or by 20mm for serious performance but it can also be set for comfortable, long-distance touring.

For this reason, the cabin has also taken a step up in terms of comfort. The Porsche Communication Management system is standard for instance.

Porsche is as much a cult as it is a car company. Its fans are devoted followers, but they are also traditionalists that expect certain elements of each model – be it the iconic 911’s engine position or the Boxster’s cylinder count to remain unchanged.

Unfortunately, tougher and tougher fuel economy and emissions rules mean that even the best automotive recipes need to be adjusted for the planet’s future health. And this is why as well as removing cylinders, the company has added the term ‘718′ to the cars’ names. This is to remind ardent fans that Porsche used to build incredible race cars with flat four-cylinder engines and that it’s simply reviving a tradition.

As for external aesthetics, the new cars are the best looking in the Boxster’s 20-year history. Their lines are sharper, more dynamic, giving the vehicles a much wider stance. In short, they finally have their own, clearly defined personality without straying too far from the traditional Porsche design DNA.

7 Contenders for Top Euro Car 2016

The Internet loves lists and the year-end period is full of them. This one in particular caught our eye, with two of our favorites – the BMW 7 Series and the Jaguar XE – making the cut. Behold the shortlist of nominees for European Car of the year 2016, released ahead of the awards ceremony on February 29 at the 2016 Geneva Motorshow. The AFP is right to note that this year’s pack is one of the most competitive in recent times.

There are many car of the year awards around the world but what makes the European event so noteworthy is that it represents the oldest, most mature, diverse and demanding of all automotive markets (North American car enthusiasts, register your complaints with the AFP).

Well, to be fair, it is an especially strong pack of contenders this year and crucially, there’s a very strong chance that the winner could be crowned car of the year for the very first time. Only two shortlisted manufacturers – Audi and Opel/Vauxhall – are former winners. Believe it or not, BMW has never won the top prize…

Audi A4

The latest generation car builds on the foundations of the last A4. It’s not overly aggressive to look at and it’s competent, rather than exciting to drive. But where it impresses is in comfort and refinement and that all-round sense of well-being that’s needed to stand out alongside the latest BMWs and Mercedes.

BMW 7 Series

Despite being runner up on numerous occasions, BMW has never won the ultimate prize. Even though the 7 Series sets new benchmarks for driving dynamics and tech in the highest echelons of the executive sedan sector, the fact that it is such a premium vehicle may count against it. Nevertheless, it is the first car that can be remotely parked via its key fob and has a very clever transmission that uses GPS to automatically pick the right gear to suit the road ahead. The luster of this series is precisely why it is one of our favorites.

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Jaguar XE

Lightweight (check out that almost-all-aluminum body), economical – so much so that it leads the class – and engaging to drive, this is one of the best Jaguars in years and certainly the most complete sedan. Even the infotainment and active safety features are on a par with the best from Germany and Japan.

Mazda MX-5

Despite changing trends and tastes, Mazda has never been tempted to tamper with the MX-5’s recipe. The latest generation is just as much fun to drive as the original car and is just as easy to live with.

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Opel/Vauxhall Astra

With the Astra, a huge dose of premium German quality has been injected into the mass-market family hatchback sector dominated by the Ford Focus and VW Golf. Sharp lines, good looks, full web connectivity and concierge service all come as standard.

Skoda Superb

If the Skoda emblems were hidden, it would be very easy to convince drivers that they were getting behind the wheel of a BMW or an Audi. The Superb really does live up to its name in terms of comfort, rear passenger space, quality and even exterior styling.

Volvo XC90

Like the 7 Series, the XC90’s price might put it out of the running as affordability is a criterion of the judging panel. However, this is the safest car currently on sale at any price and one of the most comfortable. It is also proof that making an off-roader that’s as elegant as it is robust is not a trait exclusive to Land Rover’s flagship Range Rover.

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Bugatti Veyron Successor Gets Geneva Debut

The Veyron’s reign at Bugatti is about to end and its successor has already been introduced to a privileged few. The next Bugatti hypercar will be called the Chiron and promises to be better in every way than the existing Veyron – still touted as the world’s fastest production car – when it makes its first public appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motorshow next March.

Confirming the news on Monday, Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer said: “The Chiron will set new standards in every respect. We will continue to produce the word’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car.”

The potentially huge financial implications of the Volkswagen Group’s emissions cheating problems had led many to believe the Bugatti brand’s future was in doubt. Developing and building a car to meet superlatives rather than budgetary requirements, is a hugely expensive undertaking.

However, the automotive obsessed can breathe a huge sigh of relief. A new Bugatti is on its way and it promises to deliver. “The development brief for the Chiron can be summarized in one sentence and is probably the shortest in the history of the automobile: we want to make the best significantly better,” said Dürheimer.

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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

That’s a tall order considering the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport could accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 268mph (431km/h) every time it was asked to do so. Or it could just as easily drive its owner and a companion in both style and comfort to the opera.

Bugatti is being coy about how it will better those numbers while still keeping the car comfortable and practical enough to be driven on a normal road. When briefing the press earlier this year, the company hinted that hybrid power, like that used by the current flagship Porsche 918 Spyder, could be the key to faster acceleration, a higher top speed and an engine that conforms to emissions requirements.

However, whatever the firm has settled on, clients are impressed. The Chiron has already been shown to select interested parties — resulting in 100 pre-orders.

As for the name, Louis Chiron wrote his name into the history books by winning a host of Grand Prix races behind the wheel of a Bugatti during the 20s and 30s.

“In Louis Chiron, we found a worthy patron for a new model in the history of our brand,” Dürheimer explained. “The name of the best racing driver and the most successful Bugatti driver of his time for the best super sports car of the present day — that is the ideal combination.”

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Louis Chiron, the patron of the new Bugatti super sports car, was amongst the most legendary race drivers of all time.

Geneva 2015 Aston Martin DBX Concept

Geneva 2015: Top 10 concept cars

This year’s concepts, just like the latest production models on show, are all about luxury, speed, environmental consideration and crossover appeal.

The Aston Martin DBX Concept

Geneva 2015 Aston Martin DBX Concept

One of the very few surprises at this year’s show – an Aston Martin that’s got four-wheel drive, is a crossover, seats four in comfort, and is propelled forward by batteries, rather than a V12 engine. Company boss Dr Andy Palmer says that part of the idea behind the concept is to make Aston appealing to new types of client, particularly women.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

Geneva 2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

Described as the vision for the marque’s future, this is a seriously fast, seriously luxurious two-seat coupé and one that, if introduced as a production model, would sit alongside the company’s existing range of cars.

Nissan Sway Concept

Geneva 2015 Nissan Sway Concept

The Japanese company has finally called time on the quirky bubbly shape of the Micra and realized that cutting-edge design is something all drivers of all types of car desire. It even makes a Ford Fiesta look old fashioned.

The Seat 20V20 Concept Car

Geneva 2015 Seat 20V20 Concept Car

This concept serves as an appetizer for a main course that the company is going to serve as early as 2016 – an off-roader (its first ever) that takes styling cues from the Leon. But that’s not all, going forward all new Seats will be designed to look like the Leon, which is now its most popular car.

Lexus LF-SA Concept

Geneva 2015 Lexus LF-SA Concept

This car looks like it’s been chiselled from a lump of metal by a Cylon from TV show “Battlestar Galactica,” but its love it or hate it styling should be embraced. Why can’t a small car have a personality as well as offer practicality. This is only a concept but it shows that Lexus really wants to bring a luxurious competitor to a market currently dominated by the Mini, Fiat 500 and Audi A1.

Quant Quantino

Geneva 2015 Quant Quantino

The company behind the Quantino, nanoFLOWCELL claims to have found a way of making electric cars as potent as their gas rivals and capable of traveling almost as far between charges. The Quantino is compact with room for four, is capable of travellng 620 miles on a single charge and of achieving a top speed of 124mph. Unlike other concepts from the company, nanoFLOWCELL claims that the Quantino will be hitting the road for real before the end of 2015.

DS Divine

Geneva 2015 DS Divine

Ok, the Divine made its debut at the Paris autoshow but it still looks just as good six months later. Newly independent brand DS has made it clear that this car is simply a mobile mood board to signpost future design direction. The Divine won’t be going into production. That’s a huge pity.

Volkswagen Sport Coupe GTE concept

Geneva 2015 Volkswagen Sport Coupe GTE concept

The car, which gets high marks for its looks, also signals VW’s intention to continue with its CC line of four-door coupés that blend practicality with excitement.

The Infiniti QX30 Concept

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This infinitely smaller than normal Infiniti is the clearest sign yet that luxury carmakers are moving their focus to the small crossover segment. The QX3à shows that Infiniti’s design language does transfer easily on to a smaller vehicle and the level of fit, finish and trim suggests that this car is ready to go into production.

The Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 110WB 6×6

Geneva 2015 Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 110WB 6x6

What sets this apart from a host of customized off-roaders on show at this year’s event — apart from its six wheels — is that Kahn has built a new body for the car, one with a much longer hood and a panoramic glass roof. The windshield angle is also more rakish and the interior a huge step up on the standard Defender in every way. If it ever goes into production, armor plating will be on the options list.

Lotus Evora 400 Geneva Motor Show

Lotus unveils the new Evora 400 in Geneva

Lotus Evora 400 Geneva Motor Show

Lotus is launching an updated version of its Evora sports car at the Geneva Motor Show, which it hopes will further accelerate the company’s recent growth.

The Evora was launched in 2008 and was followed by the Evora S in 2010; now, the brand’s latest supercar is the Lotus Evora 400.

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The model has been almost completely overhauled to include a supercharged and charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque.

With a maximum speed of186 mph (300 km/h) and an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds), the car is a whole six seconds faster than the previous model.

“The Evora 400 is the fastest road-going Lotus that we have ever produced, possessing performance that can only be matched by cars costing significantly more,” says Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.

The new Evora 400 will hit dealerships in Europe this August. It will launch shortly thereafter as a 2016 model in North America.

Pricing is to be announced.

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

This is the last Bugatti Veyron ever built

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

After 10 years of production and 450 multi-million-dollar examples, the hypercar that broke all records from top speed to price tag is bidding farewell at the Geneva Motor Show with the “La Finale”.

The farewell model, a Grand Sport Vitesse, takes its exterior design cues from the very first Veyron — chassis #01 — and the two cars were unveiled side by side at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

However, while the very first customer Veyron was finished in black and red paint, the 450th example is finished in exposed red- or black-tinted carbon fiber, a technique the marque has pioneered over the past decade.

There are two other big differences: The 450th Veyron is a convertible rather than a hard top and its engine more potent.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale interior

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse has a W16 engine with around 1,200hp, which takes it from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.6 seconds.

With a record top speed of 408.84 km/h for the convertible version with the top down, the model is still the world’s fastest production roadster.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale

Every Bugatti that leaves the factory does so with its prospective owner’s input and La Finale is no exception.

The owner — the car has already been sold — has gone for subtlety. The only clues as to the car’s significance are a small “La Finale” badge under the right headlamp and the same legend written on the underside of the car’s airbrake spoiler.

Bugatti Veyron La Finale

Bugatti is now working on a replacement model which it hopes to debut next year and which promises to carry on where the old car left off.

McLaren 675LT

McLaren 675LT revealed

McLaren 675LT

The wraps are finally off the serially-teased McLaren 675LT, the sportiest model in what the company now calls its “Super Series” line.

With a devilish 666bhp on tap, aggressive styling and a set-up that’s as track-focused as possible while remaining road-legal, the McLaren 675LT could well be the quintessential supercar.

McLaren 675LT interior

McLaren Automotive has only been in business for four years yet in that time it has managed to go from a standstill to being neck and neck with the best that Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche have to offer.

However, with its latest car, the 675LT, it may just have overtaken all of its serious competition!

McLaren 675LT back

The car’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 675PS or 666bph and that power enables the almost completely carbon-fiber car to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 205mph (330km/h).

To put those figures into perspective, Ferrari’s latest V8 supercar, the 488GTB, which will also be making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, offers 660bhp, a top speed of 208mph (334kph) and a 0-100km/h dash time of 3.0 seconds.

Ferrari 488GTB

The Porsche 911 Turbo S has just 553bhp and a top speed of 197mph (317km/h) and its 0-100km/h time is 3.1 seconds; while the latest small Lamborghini, the Huracan offers 602bhp from its V10 engine a 202mph+ (325+km/h) top speed and 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds.

The latest McLaren annihilates its competition. But supercars are about so much more than performance. They’re about heritage and about style.

In terms of heritage, McLaren has it in spades. One of the most successful Formula 1 teams in history and masters of the GT car race scene too, the 675LT has been so-called to evoke memories of the McLaren F1 Longtail that conquered all before it when it took to the track 20 years ago.

McLaren F1 GTR race car

And in terms of looks, it does stand out without being overly aggressive.

The exterior styling combining the best visual cues from the company’s current flagship hypercar, the P1 hypercar as well as elements from the 650S which now sits below it in the model range.

The car will be officially unveiled in Geneva on March 3.

McLaren will also be giving the public its first glance of the production-ready version of the P1 GTR, its multimillion-pound track-only hybrid hypercar which is only going to be offered to clients who already have a road-legal McLaren P1 parked in the garage or driveway.

Porsche Frankfurt Motor Show

The top automotive shows of 2015

Porsche Frankfurt Motor Show

Starting this month with the annual event in Brussels, 2015 will be a busy year for the international automotive industry.

For US-based car fans, most of the action will take place in the first quarter of the year between Detroit, Chicago and New York.

In Europe, the two most important shows will be held in Geneva in March and then in Frankfurt in September.

As is customary every two years, Paris will take a break in 2015, passing the torch to Frankfurt, just as Beijing will step aside to allow Shanghai to take the spotlight in China.

Dates: the major international auto shows of 2015

January 16 to 25: Brussels Motor Show (Belgium)
January 17 to 25: North American International Auto Show (Detroit, US)
February 14 to 22 : Chicago Auto Show (US)
March 5 to 15: Geneva Motor Show (Switzerland)
April 3 to 12: New York International Auto Show (US)
April 22 to 29: Auto Shanghai (China)
June 19 to 28: Buenos Aires International Auto Show (Argentina)
September 17 to 27: Frankfurt Motor Show (Germany)
October 30 to November 8: Tokyo Motor Show (Japan)

Touring Superlaggera Disco Volante

Geneva Motor Show: top 10 concept cars

concept car geneva 2013

From a supercar off-roader designed for city centers to a futuristic pick-up and a sportscar with a copper shell, it has been an excellent year for exciting concepts. A look at the best at this year’s International Motor Show in Geneva, running through March 17.

ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour

ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour

The ultimate off-roader for the city center, the Parcour has four-wheel drive, oversized tires, scissor doors and is based on the mechanics of the Lamborghini Gallardo – so it should be breathtakingly fast.

IED Gloria

IED Gloria

The ‘Gloria’ was created by 20 design students from the European Design Institute (IED), in partnership with the Alfa Romeo Style Center.

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept

Unlike most concept cars on display at a motor show, this one stands every chance of becoming a reality. The FT-86 Open is based on Toyota’s much admired GT-86 hard-top coupe.

Touring Superlaggera Disco Volante

Touring Superlaggera Disco Volante

Another Alfa Romeo-based concept, the Disco Volante’s curvaceous shell hides the underpinnings from an 8C supercar. The company hopes to do a limited production run; if owners of an Alfa Romeo 8C deliver their vehicle to the studio, Touring Superleggera can convert it to a Disco Volante in a little over six months for an undisclosed fee.

Pininfarina Sergio Concept

Pininfarina Sergio Concept

This concept is crucial for two reasons – firstly because it celebrates the life and times of Sergio Pininfarina, one of the most important car designers of the last century, and secondly because it gives viewers a very good idea of the design direction of future Ferrari models.

Peugeot Onyx

Peugeot Onyx

The Onyx uses the highest-quality natural materials in its construction and has a mid-mounted V8 hybrid engine. It’s also covered in copper, which tends to go green under oxidation.

BMW i8 Spyder concept

BMW i8 Spyder concept

This was the first time the open-top version of BMW’s all-electric supercar was seen in Europe and even though its powerplant is nothing more than a battery, it is impressive nevertheless.

Honda Acura NSX Concept

Honda Acura NSX Concept

This concept was first unveiled at Detroit at the start of the year, but three months on, it is still a very good-looking car and one that could become a production reality before the end of 2014.

Spyker B6 Venator

Spyker B6 Venator

The B6 Venator, although a concept, is the clearest indication yet that Dutch carmaker Spyker has recovered from its ill-fated attempt to buy Saab and will soon return to building quirky, exciting and exquisitely finished supercars.

Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV

Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV

Compared with many of the other concepts on show, this Mitsubishi is not going to win any beauty contests. However, it is by far the most practical of the line-up, boasting a 2.5-litre diesel-hybrid engine and all of the performance you would expect from a pickup.

Mini Rocketman Concept London

MINI Rocketman Concept

Mini Rocketman Concept London

BMW announced this past week that its Mini Rocketman Concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011 is headed to London for the Olympic Games.

From the end of July to September, the vehicle will be on display in the BMW pavilion near the athletes’ village.

The new Rocketman is a concept that is regarded as a modern interpretation of the old and original Mini car.
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