2015-03-04: Geneva International Motor Show report and 280-shot gallery ...
2015-03-03: First glimpse from Geneva with mighty Koenigsegg and Bentley ...
Yesterday, the annual Geneva International Motor Show
kicked off with the first of two press days. The 10,000-strong horde of journalists were treated to one of the finest editions of this prestigious event in recent history. Manufacturers no longer see the need to produce green and often very boring machinery, so we were treated to a plethora of new sports car and hot hatch introduction. This revival is spearheaded by Honda, who have returned from the dark side by launching a production ready Civic Type R and NSX. Traditional Geneva show favourites like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche also did not disappoint, while Aston Martin and Bentley launched surprising concept cars. Further stars of the show included the public debut of the SCG 003 and the introduction of the 1,500+ hp Koenigsegg Regera.
As always, our photographers were among the horde and have captured all the highlights. The result is this concise report
, illustrated by a 280-shot gallery
In the coming days and weeks, you can expect many more detail features of all the of the finest cars launched in Geneva.
2015-02-27: New SCG 003S and 003C break cover, new Audi R8 and more Geneva news ...
This morning, the annual Geneva Motor Show kicked off and we have been very busy gathering material for our comprehensive report and gallery due tomorrow. To give you a small glimpse of what to expect, we have already taken a detailed look at the mighty Koenigsegg Regera
. The name translates from Swedish as 'to reign', which is a bold but apt description for the new Koenigsegg. The luxury coupe with removable roof section is powered by the familiar twin-turbo V8 engine but also features a total of three electric motors, which lift the power of the car to over 1,500 bhp and a startling 2,000 Nm of torque! Strictly limited to just 80 examples, the Regera
will be built in Koenigsegg new production facility alongside the existing Agera models.
Already released last night but also very impressive is the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6
. At the moment, the compact coupe is still a concept or experimental car but we fully expect the striking machine to enter production in the near future. However, we don't the Speed 6
will be powered by a monumental straight six like its legendary namesake
2015-02-25: 800+ bhp Aston Martin Vulcan, Mille Miglia winning Alfa and D-Type heading for auction ...
A few days ahead of the official launch at the Geneva Motor Show, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus have revealed more images and a some additional details of the SCG 003S
(Stradale) and the SCG 003C
(Competizione). Due to race in this year's Nurburgring 24 Hours, the competition car will be displayed in Geneva and has already been extensively tested. The road going 003S
will be powered by a proprietary twin-turbo V6 engine and will be available to customers later in the year. Needless to say, we plan to be all over this striking machine at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show
Also due to be launched at the Swiss show will be the second generation Audi R8
. Only available with a V10 and automatic transmission, the range for now will be topped by the 610 hp R8 V10 plus
. A GT3 competition version and an e-tron hybrid will also be available shortly.
Another GT3 car that will be revealed in Geneva is this Mercedes-AMG GT3
. Additional images have been released today and also some technical details. The GT3
will not be powered by a version of the twin turbo V8 found in the road car but instead by the naturally aspirated, 6.3-litre V8 used in the car's predecessor, the SLS AMG GT3
McLaren meanwhile have published further details and images of the upcoming 675LT
. Short for Long Tail, the LT is a tribute to the F1 GTR Longtail
raced in the 1997 FIA GT Championship. Only available as a Coupe, the 675LT
is powered by a 675 hp V8 that has been modified so much that it has received its own designation.
2015-02-23: Striking Cord and Stutz headed for auction and the very quick Lotus E23 ...
The list of exciting cars due in Geneva next week is rapidly growing. The latest addition is one of the most spectacular yet; the 800+ bhp Aston Martin Vulcan
. Developed by Aston Martin Racing and powered by a 7-litre V12 engine, the most powerful Aston Martin yet is created for use on the track only. The British manufacturer will produced just 24 examples of the Vulcan
, so interested parties should move very quickly. Also due to be released in Geneva will be the Audi Prologue Avant Show Car
and the Nissan Sway Concept
. Another new car that broke cover this week was the Oreca 05
LMP2 racer due to race at Le Mans later this year.
Meanwhile an ambitious plan to revive the Jensen brand was revealed this morning. An all-new Interceptor is due in 2016, while the first new model will be this GT
, which is loosely based on the SV-8 built over a decade ago.
While browsing through our archive, we came across this fabulous, Mille Miglia winning Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato Spider
. Included in our updated article is the actual winner of the 1929 road race, which, as revealed in our 31-shot gallery
has survived in highly original condition as it was cherished by its custodians virtually from new.
At the upcoming RM Sotheby's sale in Amelia Island a very well raced Jaguar D-Type
is due to cross the block. The car on offer was raced extensively in Finland, often on ice-tracks while wearing studded tyres. It has had an eventful history like so many D-Types but all the original components have once again been reunited. Chassis XKD 530
is estimated to find a new owner for around $4 million!
2015-02-20: Ferraris and Bugatti headed for auction and more P1 GTR details ...
Next month's inaugural Bonhams The Amelia Island Auction looks set to be headlined by a pair of classic American cars. The earliest is this Cord L-29 Murphy Town Car
, which is from the estate of Jay Hyde, who owned the car for over 55 years. It is one of only very few L-29s that received custom coach-work and only one of as few as four of the revolutionary machines that were bodied by Murphy with this style. One was owned by Errett Lobban Cord himself and the other three by Hollywood actors. The featured example
was first used by actress Dolores Del Rio. Having survived in very original condition, it has an estimate on request.
Whereas the L-29 was the first Cord, the DV-32, built around the same time, would turn out to be the last Stutz. Powered by twin-cam, four-valve per cylinder straight eight, it, arguably, was also the finest model produced by the American manufacturer. The range was topped by the Super Bearcat
of which just ten were built. One of the rare survivors of this very short-wheelbase model will also be offered by Bonhams at Amelia Island. Still wearing the original Weymann body, which was partly constructed with fabric skins, it has been owned by some of America's most famous collectors. The DV-32 Super Bearcat
is estimated to sell for over $850,000.
This weekend, the Circuito de Catalunya hosted the second of three official pre-season Formula 1 tests. While some of the other teams grabbed more attention, fastest of all was the Lotus E23 Hybrid Mercedes
. Although these early tests may deceive, it does look like the Enstone-based team has turned a page after last year's disastrous season.
Yesterday, leading automotive auctioneer RM Auctions announced that Sotheby's had acquired a 25% stake in the Canadian company, which from now on will be known as RM Sotheby's. The first auction under the new banner will be the Amelia Island sale in less than a month. The cover car is one of just six Ferrari 400 Superamerica S1 Pininfarina Cabriolets
. Built on the first series or short chassis 400 Superamerica, the car on offer has never been shown since its comprehensive restoration a few years ago. Strikingly finished in green with a red interior, chassis 1945SA
has a pre-sale estimate of $6 - 7 million. A month later, a second example, chassis 3309SA
will also cross the RM Sotheby's block as part of the Andrews Collection sale in Fort Worth, Texas.
Another beautiful machine to be offered at Amelia Island is one of the very rare Bugatti Type 57 C Aravis Cabriolets
built by Gangloff. As was normal practice with the Type 57 standard bodies, the lines of the Aravis were penned by Jean Bugatti while the actual body was crafted by a specialist. Both Gangloff and Letourneur & Marchand created six examples each of the Aravis Cabriolet. Of the Gangloff-bodied cars just three are known to have survived and with two locked away in prominent collections, the sale of chassis 57710
represents a unique opportunity to acquire one.
Ahead of the official launch at the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren have released further details and images of the P1 GTR
. The pictured example is liveried in the same Harrods colours as the F1 GTR
, chassis 06R
, which finished third overall and second in class in the 1995 Le Mans won by a sister car. As promised, the P1 GTR
has a combined output of 1,000hp and boasts a sophisticated, active aerodynamics package. Future owners of this track-day special will receive substantial training before they are let loose in this frighteningly fast machine.