The 2016 Geneva motor show is upon us! It may not be the biggest of the world’s motor shows but it is definitely the one that car fanatics worldwide get really excited for and it hasn’t disappointed! Here. we’re looking at some of the best bits of this year’s show…
The new Porsche 911R’s 493bhp and 339lb ft. of torque comes from a naturally aspirated 4,0-litre flat-six – the same engine found in the GT3 RS. The power is sent to the rear wheels and, much to the delight of many a fan, a six-speed manual gearbox is available. With good traction, the 911R will do 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds which is slightly slower than the PDK equipped RS. However, it does have a higher top speed – 201mph as opposed to 193mph.
Only 991 will be built and each will cost upwards of £136,901.
McLaren Special Operations P1 and 675LT
If you own a Mclaren, old or new, and you want it to be tailored to your ideal specification, MSO are the people you take it to. At this year’s Geneva motor show, they’ve got two examples of their work on display and it’s carbon fibre galore!.
First is the 675LT Spider. This one is finished in a ‘Ceramic Grey’ paint job. The air brake is body coloured on top but shows off the carbon fibre when it extends. It looks lovely but don’t get too excited because you can’t have one – all 500 units have been sold already.
Then there is the jaw-dropping P1. The carbon fibre body finished with a ‘Lio-Blue’ lacquer is eye-catching to say the least and the same can be said about the 24-carat gold exhaust heatshield! Mclaren fans will recognise said heatshield from the legendary F1 supercar. Other touches include carbon clack Alcantara interior trims and gloss black wheels. Like the 675LT Spider, you can no longer buy a new one – All 375 have sold.
Aston Martin DB11
The new DB11 is a stunner. That’s no surprise, though – Aston Martins always are. It’s classy on the outside but a monster underneath. The 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 under the bonnet kicks out an awesome 600bhp and 516lb ft. of torque! All of that power is sent to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Apparently, it will get from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and top out at exactly 200mph.
AM offers a wide range of personalisation options for the DB11 including contrasting colours and textures for the interior trims. It’s much more modern than any previous Aston – features such as a 360-degree parking camera and a centrally mounted 8-inch screen come as standard.
Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, stated that “This is not only the most important car that Aston Martin has launched in recent history, but also in its 103-year existence”. First deliveries of the new GT are due to be made towards the end of 2016 and it’ll cost you a cool £154,900 to get your hands on one.
Ford Fiesta ST200
I know what you’re thinking and you’re right – The Fiesta ST200 does seem a bit out of place alongside the likes of the Mclaren P1 and Aston Martin DB11. With that being said, I still think it’s one of the most exciting cars to be revealed at the Geneva motor show.
The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine produces 197bhp, up from 182bhp on the standard ST, and 214lb ft. of torque as opposed to 177lb ft. Furthermore, the ST200 has an overboost function which gives it another 15bhp and 22lb ft. of torque for a 15 second burst. This extra power brings it closer to rivals such as the Clio RS200 and the Peugeot 208GTI. It will accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 143mph.
Production will start in June and is expected to be limited to around 500 units. Prices for the ST200 will start at about £21,000.
Jaguar F-Type SVR
Personally, the Jaguar F-Type SVR is the car I was most looking forward to at the 2016 Geneva motor show. With a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that produces a whopping 567bhp and 516lb ft. of torque, it really is an animal. The coupe will reach 200mph and the convertible isn’t too far behind, topping out at 194mph. Both get from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds.
With 4WD and lots of aerodynamically enhancing, weight reducing tweaks, this new F-Type should now be quicker round corners as well as in a straight line. It really is an incredibly good looking car. Full details including prices and technical specification will be available on February 17th.
Mansory AMG GT S
If you like to live your life thinking “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”, look away now because Mansory do not agree. Their take on the already fantastic AMG GT S and utterly bonkers. The 4.0-litre V8 gets upgraded turbochargers and a stainless steel exhaust system to help increase the power to a staggering 730bhp! However, it’s the appearance that really impresses.
The wider body-kit gives the AMG GT S an aggressive look. Changes include a new front bumper, spoiler, side skirts and an extreme rear diffuser. The bonnet is finished in an exposed red carbon fibre. The interior has recieved a full makeover, too. The seats get black and red leather with white accents and trim pieces and there is a new sports steering wheel designed especially for the Mercedes AMG GT.
Ferruccio Lamborghini would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year and to celebrate, Lamborghini have unveiled the outrageous Centenario. Only 40 will be built – 20 coupes, 20 roadsters – and each will cost an astonishing £1.7 million.
The 760bhp naturally aspirated V12 helps the Centenario to reach 62mph in 2.8 seconds and hit a top speed of “over 217mph”. Stephan Winkelmann, outgoing president and CEO, said “It is the most fitting tribute to Ferruccio Lamborghini in his centenary year: a man who created an exceptional brand, believed that anything was possible, and produced extraordinary, iconic cars. The Centenario is a super sports car for Ferruccio Lamborghini and the future he and we believe in today”.
The Bugatti Chiron is now the world’s fastest and most powerful production car to date. A redeveloped version of the Veyron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine produces a mind-boggling 1480bhp and 1180lb ft of torque. Top speed is limited to 261mph but it is suggested that it would reach around 285-287mph without the limiter. There is no official 0-62mph time as of yet but it is claimed to be less than 2.5 seconds. That’s stupendously fast.
It is said that Bugatti will be limiting production of the Chiron to 500 cars. However, that figure is likely to increase slightly with inevitable special editions. Each car will cost an enormous €2.4 million, and that’s before options. Although Bugatti have not confirmed such plans, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a higher-performance version of the Chiron (along the same lines as the Veyron Super Sport) in the future.
So that is by no means all of the best bits from this year’s Geneva motor show, just a few. We want to know your opinions so feel free to let us know which cars tickled your fancy in Geneva, either in the comments section below or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.