2014-03-07: Geneva: Highlights from Koenigsegg, Ermini, Alfa Romeo, McLaren and more ...
2014-03-05: Geneva: 2014 Motor Show report and 260-shot gallery ...
Following our detailed report
on the show itself, it is now time to look at some of the very best cars unveiled in Geneva this week. Certainly the most powerful is the Koenigsegg One:1
, which will be built in limited numbers to mark the company's 20th anniversary. The power output of the bespoke twin-turbo V8 is cheekily listed by Koenigsegg as 1MW or 1,340 bhp. The One:1
name is a reference to the 1 bhp / 1 kg power to weight ratio.
The latest classic name revived is Ermini, who showed the fabulous Seiottosei
sports car in Geneva. Tipping the scales at just 686 kg (hence the name), the minimalistic roadster is powered by a 320 bhp Renault engine. Other Italian machinery that starred at the Swiss show were the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
, which is due to enter production in 2015, the Italdesign Clipper
design study and the very quick Fiat Abarth 695 biposto
McLaren meanwhile revealed the 650S Spider
, which joins the 650S Coupe announced a few weeks earlier. With 641 bhp on tap, it is the most powerful production McLaren currently available.
One of our favourite show cars in Geneva was the Quant e-Sportlimousine
, which was built to showcase the novel nanoflowcell energy storage system.
Although not on display, Jaguar did release the first details of the upcoming XE
, which will be the company's new compact model.
The single most highly anticipated sponsorship announcement this year was the much speculated return of Martini to Formula 1. This finally happened when the strikingly Martini liveried Williams FW36 Mercedes
broke cover yesterday.
2014-03-04: Geneva: Maserati Alfieri in full detail ...
The Palexpo exhibition centre in Geneva has opened its doors for the 84th annual International Motor Show this week. One of the most highly regarded of all motor shows, Geneva is traditionally attended by all the major manufacturers but also by most of the specialist firms, which greatly contributes to its appeal. This year was certainly no exception as companies like Toyota and Renault shared space on the show floor with less mainstream names the likes of Ermini, Zenvo and Quant. Among the highlights this year was the launch of the new Lamborghini Huracan and the striking Maserati Alfieri we already featured earlier this week but also the all-new rear-engined Renault Twingo. Providing a walk through endurance racing history was a spectacular display of cars that placed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including many winners, ranging from the early 1920s straight through to the battered Audi that won in 2013.
As always, our photographers roamed the various halls in the Palexpo to capture all the highlights. The result is a comprehensive 260-shot gallery
, which serves to illustrate a concise report
2014-03-03: Geneva: Audi TTS, Volkswagen T-Roc, Alfa QVs and potent Evoque ...
Amidst the dozens of new cars announced today at the Geneva Internatinoal Motor Show, one in particular stood out: the Maserati Alfieri
. Named after the most prominent of the company's founding brothers, it was built to celebrate Maserati's 100th anniversary. Providing the inspiration for the striking 2+2 Coupe was the A6GCS/53 Pinin Farina Coupe
we already highlighted earlier this year. In addition to the styling similarities, the A in A6GCS is also short for Alfieri. Working under Lorenzo Ramciotti, the car was styled by Maserati Centro Stile and combines thoroughly modern lines with retro details like the faux wire wheels. The underpinnings for the car are based on the GranTurismo MC Stradale but using a shorter wheelbase chassis. This means the compact machine boasts a 460 hp version of the familiar V8 engine, which created quite a roar at the launch this morning. Maserati is currently assessing wether the Alfieri should enter production, which we certainly hope it will. Wrestling through a sea of photographers, we have managed to capture every angle of the Alfieri as can be seen in our 16-shot gallery
Keep an eye on this space as a complete report with a comprehensive gallery from the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show will be published within a day, followed by more detailed features of the cars launched here.
2014-02-28: Daytona 24 Hours winning Porsches headed for auction and more from Geneva ...
On the eve of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Volkswagen Group held their traditional preview show. Among the models announced were the all-new TT range, headlined by the TTS Coupe
. Around 100 kg lighter than its predecessor, the TTS features a 306 bhp, 2-litre TFSI engine, which drives all four wheels through Audi's familiar quattro system. In Geneva, the TTS
will be shown in Coupe form but a Roadster will also follow.
Another car previewed tonight was the Volkswagen T-Roc Concept
, which offers a first glimpse of future Volkswagen SUVs. In concept form, the T-Roc boasts a 181 bhp diesel engine.
An altogether more potent SUV is the Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic
, which features a two-litre turbocharged petrol engine wound up to produce a startling 281 bhp.
Over at Alfa Romeo, the news for Geneva is limited to two high performance versions of existing models; the 237 bhp Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde
and the 170 bhp MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde
Over the weekend, BMW revealed the new-for-2014 M4 DTM
, which will take over from the two-time championship winning M3 DTM. Like its rivals the very aggressive looking M4 DTM
features a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and a naturally aspirated V8 engine.
Porsche is one of, if not the
most successful manufacturers in endurance racing, seeking their record extending 17th outright victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer. It nevertheless took the German team until 1968 before it scored the first outright win in a 24-hour race. The car to break the duck for Porsche is this Daytona 24 Hours 907L
. Powered by a 2.2 litre flat eight engine, this highly efficient machine crossed the line three cars abreast as the sister cars placed second and third. Despite its historic significance, it was raced until 1973 and has since been campaigned in historic events for many years as well. Now freshly restored, chassis 907-005
will be the star lot of next week's Gooding Amelia Island sale, where it is estimated to sell for at least $3.5 million. Another Porsche-engined Daytona 24 Hours winning car due to cross the block in Amelia Island is this March 83G Porsche
, which won the race in 1984 after clinching the IMSA championship a year earlier. Probably the single most successful March sports racer is estimated to sell for $750,000 - $1 million.
The most recent addition to the ever growing list of Geneva releases is the Lexus RC F GT3 Concept
, which offers a preview of the GT3 due to make its on-track debut in 2015. It will be powered by a 540 bhp version of the RC F engine.
Volvo will also offer a glimpse of what is to come with the Estate Concept
. This is the the third in a series of three show cars that will form the basis for the Swedish manufacturer's future design direction.
McLaren and Vauxhall have meanwhile released further images and details of the high performance 650S Coupe
and Astra VXR Extreme
announced earlier this month.