GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW 2018
It’s show time again and nothing was going to stop our Chief Operating Officer Stephen Halstead from hopping on a flight to Geneva – the quid pro quo being that he’d report back on his 10 most appealing or extraordinary new supercars.
1. Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder
With active aerodynamics and ‘forged carbon-fibre technology’ allowing a 35kg weight reduction over the existing Huracán Spyder, the new soft-top Performante Spyder’s 5.2-litre V10 makes 640hp at 8,000rpm. Weighing 1,507kg and aided by its permanent 4-wheel drive system it sprints to 62mph in 3.1 secs, to 124mph in 9.3 secs and it matches its hardtop sibling’s 202mph top speed.
Stephen says, “Chop the roof off a phenomenal car so you can hear the full glory of the wonderful V10. Makes total sense.”
2. Ferrari 488 Pista
With 50 more horsepower than the 488 GTB, the 3.9-litre turbocharged 720hp Pista is Ferrari’s most powerful V8-engined model to date. Zero to 62 now takes 2.85 secs (putting it on a par with the LaFerrari), while 124mph comes up in 7.6 secs and top speed is ‘over 211mph’. Weighing 1,385kg, the Pista is over 90kg lighter than the GTB and these kilos have been saved by using parts from the 488 Challenge racer including a lightened crankshaft and flywheel with titanium con rods and carbon-fibre intake manifolds. With revised aerodynamics the Pista also has 20% more downforce.
Stephen says, “Ferrari’s answer to McLaren’s 720S, the Pista builds on the already legendary 488 GTB. A sure fire winner both as a driver’s car and a wealth enhancing investment, getting your hands on one without paying a huge premium will be the problem.”
3. Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Following the recently launched 911 GT3 and GT2 RS, the new GT3 RS is the second generation GT3 RS based on the 991 platform. Its further-refined, non-turbo 4-litre flat six makes 520hp at 8,250rpm – 20hp more than the previous GT3, thus making this the most powerful non-turbo 911 ever – and with a 7-speed PDK transmission delivering power to the rear wheels (no manual option), this means 0-62 in 3.2 secs along with a 194mph max. The RS also boasts new 21-inch tyres and wheels with revised steering, stiffer suspension and various aero mods. With many carbon-fibre body parts and a magnesium roof as standard, those seeking minimum weight with maximum track performance will specify the optional Weissach Pack with carbon-fibre roof and magnesium wheels.
Stephen says, “Some say, with good reason, that the Porsche GT3 is the best driver’s car money can buy. The RS takes that to an even higher level adding more power and aggressive styling cues from the GT2.”
4. Rimac C_Two
The C_Two is, naturally enough, Rimac’s successor to its EV Concept One hypercar, and it’s new from the ground up. At 1,950kg the all-carbon-fibre C_Two is no lightweight, but with four electric motors the Croatian maker claims over 1,900hp, 0-60 in 1.85 secs and a 258mph top speed. High tech features include independent steering on all four wheels, facial recognition and, it’s also claimed, Level 4 autonomous driving. Rimac hopes to build 150 C_Twos, or about 19 times as many as the Concept One.
Stephen says, “With Richard Hammond having famously crashed and burned the Concept One, Rimac has created the C_Two. Looks like every cloud has a silver lining since the Two looks better and adds even more absurd power. Nice.”
5. Corbellati Missile
Apparently previously known for its fine jewels and art, the Italian Corbellati family has turned its attention to producing a 500km/h (310mph) hypercar. To this end the Missile is powered by a 9-litre twin-turbo quad-cam V8 producing a claimed 1,800hp with 2,350Nm of torque. The Missile’s chassis is carbon-fibre, as is the body which looks vaguely reminiscent of a 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 sports racer, but much less attractive.
Stephen says, “A great name, and with so much power their target top speed should be attainable, assuming they can find tyres that don’t disintegrate. Meanwhile I’d hold on to my deposit money until many further details materialise.”
6. Koenigsegg Regera
The Regera premiered at Geneva in 2015, but with an 1,100hp V8 plus three electric motors to give a combined 1,488hp and over 2,000Nm of torque, 0-62mph in 2.7 secs, 0-249mph in 20 secs and a fetching two-tone blue colour scheme at Geneva, we thought the Swedish maker’s less hard-core, more luxurious model still merited inclusion.
Stephen says, “Koenigsegg added electric power not to save the environment but to ensure they retain the title of the fastest accelerating car on the planet (measured to 400km/h and back because you might just need to be in that sort of a hurry one day). Looks incredible too.”
7. McLaren Senna GTR
A development of the £750k, 800hp, 211mph road-legal Senna – 0-62 in 2.8 secs and all 500 were sold before launch – the track-only 825hp Senna GTR is the Woking maker’s latest ultimate performance machine. Up to 75 Senna GTRs will be built during 2019, and although full specs and performance figures have yet to be announced, with up to 1,000kg of downforce the firm claims the c.1,200kg GTR will post the fastest ever McLaren lap times outside of Formula 1. ‘Expressions of interest’ are currently being taken, but the 75 to be built are probably already spoken for.
Stephen says, “Looks incredible and bound to go like a rocket, only the very brave should apply.”
8. Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
A development of the yet-to-be-released £2.5m road-legal petrol/electric hybrid Valkyrie, the AMR Pro is the track-only variant. Recalibration of the naturally-aspirated, 1,000hp Cosworth V12’s emission control and energy recovery systems will boost power to over 1,100hp, so the road-going Valkyrie’s target of 0-200mph in 10 secs should be beaten by the AMR Pro. The 1,000kg AMR Pro will also have increased downforce (over 1,000kg) with many lighter parts. Capable of 225mph and over 3g in corners, just 25 Valkyrie AMR Pros will be built with first deliveries expected in 2020. All are already sold.
Stephen says, “If you want to go round a race track faster than a F1 car then buy one of these. Astonishing.”
9. Bugatti Chiron Sport
It had been rumoured that Bugatti might unveil the Chiron Super Sport at Geneva, with 300mph potential, but instead it presented the Chiron Sport – more track-focused and more hard-core, but with the same 1,500hp it’s no more powerful. Despite a number of weight-saving measures, including world-first carbon-fibre windscreen wipers, the 8-litre W16-powered Sport weighs in at 1,978kg – just 18kg lighter – but it’s still good for 0-62 in under 2.5 secs with a limited-to-261mph max. And with quicker steering and revised chassis settings Bugatti says the Sport is a full five seconds faster around Nardo’s 1.74-mile handling circuit.
Stephen says, “Chiron not quick enough for you, Sir? Then might I suggest the Sport edition.”
10. Zenvo TSR-S
Danish supercar maker Zenvo’s first model was the 6.9-litre ST1 of 2009. Geneva 2016 saw the firm unveil its similar 1,100hp TS1, and this was followed last year by the twin-supercharged TS1 GT and TSR models. This year the 1,495kg TSR-S joins the line-up, and it’s positioned between the TS1 GT and the ‘savage’ track-only TSR. The new TSR-S is powered by Zenvo’s own 5.8-litre V8 (with racey flat-plane crankshaft) which puts out 1,193hp at 8,500rpm and over 1,100Nm. Helped by a quick-changing paddle-shift ‘dog box’, the quoted performance figs are 0-62mph in 2.8 secs and 0-124 in 6.8 with a 202mph (limited) max. Its patent-pending Centripetal rear wing has two rotational axes to improve stability, cornering and braking. Producing no more than five cars per year, the Geneva show is probably the only place to see a Zenvo ‘in the carbon-fibre’.
Stephen says, “If the Incredible Hulk was red, and a car, he would look exactly like the Zenvo.”
With so many fantastic cars on show in Geneva this week, it’s hard to pick the very best. In the supercar category, the debuts and premieres really stole the show, with the likes of Aston Martin Lagonda, Hennessey, Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren bringing their latest and greatest to the Palexpo in Geneva. View our gallery below to see the highlights from the show and watch the video to see more of the cars that wowed the crowds.
GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW 2017
The 87th Geneva International Motor Show (9-19 March) was filled with at least as much glamour and spectacle as any before it, but first a few personal notes and thoughts from JBR Capital’s COO Stephen Halstead.
I flew over on the Wednesday morning – by easyJet I might add, not a private jet like some people I met – so I attended the second press day and the first public day when I was joined by our CEO Darren Selig. (Better to do the press days – busy, but less so). There were generally more ‘wow cars’ this year than there were last, although last year did see the reveal of the Pagani Huayra BC, an all-time favourite of mine. Although the media is consumed with autonomous cars, nobody even mentioned ‘driverless’; it was all about the passion for the mechanical and the joy of driving.
While there I wondered whether this show was to be the last hurrah of the naturally-aspirated V12, and three of those are worthy of mention:
1. Aston Martin Vanquish S – it’s a touch old school now, but stunningly beautiful.
2. Ferrari 812 Superfast – an absolute tour de force. 800 horsepower? Why not?!
3. Lamborghini Aventador S – everything a Lambo should be. Powerful and outrageous.
Which segues neatly into Geneva also being ‘Hypercar Heaven’, and among the many to catch my eye were:
1. Koenigsegg Agera RS Gryphon – a bespoke one-off now with the looks and panache to go with its devastating power (1,341bhp!) and pace.
2. Pagani Huayra Roadster – a future Picasso, although Pagani would probably say Da Vinci!
3. McLaren overtakes Ferrari with the 720S. MSO version in red is particularly stunning and makes the 488 GTB look a bit plain.
Will Ferrari fight back next year with a Speciale version? We’ll see. Geneva is a veritable orgy of fantastic cars from the established makers, and as usual there were some new kids on the block also exhibiting impressive cars, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and the Zenvo to name but two. Apart from the wonderful hardware, Geneva is also Networking Central and it was really useful to meet and talk with various contacts. Will I be back next year? Silly question! Stephen Halstead.
Unable to attend the show in person? Here’s our round-up of the most significant Geneva-début cars from a JBR Capital perspective.
Following the first presentation of the Alpine Vision show car a year ago, the production A110 Première Edition (in homage to the A110 of the ‘60s and ‘70s) has been revealed. A Gallic alternative to the Alfa 4C and Porsche Cayman, the A110 is to be built at Alpine’s Dieppe factory. With an aluminium chassis and weighing 1,080kgs it’s powered by a new mid-mounted, 4cyl 1.8-litre turbo engine co-developed by Renault Sport which delivers 252hp to the rear wheels via a 7-speed DCT transmission. 0-62 takes a claimed 4.5 secs with a limited-to-155mph top speed. Provisionally priced at €58,500 (in France inc. VAT), RHD UK deliveries are due to start in 2018.
Centre of attention here was the AM-RB 001 hypercar, now named ‘Valkyrie’. Co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technolgies (with F1’s Adrian Newey as Chief Technical Officer), the Valkyrie has a carbon fibre tub, Le Mans LMP1-style aerodynamics and a 6.5-litre non-turbo V12 co-developed by Cosworth with an F1-type energy recovery system. Aston Martin is keeping tech data to itself for now but the car is expected to make around 900hp and weigh in at under 1,000kg. 150 road Valkyries are scheduled plus a further 25 track-only versions. At an estimated £2 to £3 million, the first customer deliveries aren’t expected until 2019. Other happenings on the Aston stand included the launch of the AMR brand. This is intended to strengthen the connection between the company’s road and race cars, with AMR derivatives planned for every core model in the range. AMR Pro models will have more power, sharper dynamics and unique exterior and interior treatments. So far just seven 507hp V8 Vantage and 210 600hp Rapide AMR Pro variants have been given the production go-ahead.
The main draw at Bentley was the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept. Not dissimilar in appearance to the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept coupe revealed at Geneva a couple of years ago, the EXP 12 is a convertible and, more significantly, it’s electric. Technical details have yet to be revealed but, according to its maker, the car ‘brings luxury ownership to the EV sector’, ‘Bentley’s vision includes rapid inductive charging’ and ‘an electric Bentley would, for example, be able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge’. From that we can deduce that London to Monaco, for instance, would require at least four stops to recharge, so let’s hope that inductive charging is both available and rapid when the time comes.
Bentley’s other new showpiece was the Bentayga Mulliner, ‘the ultimate luxury SUV’, or in other words, even more opulent than the current Bentayga. Powered by Bentley’s 608hp 6-litre W12, the Crewe firm quotes 0-60 in 4.0 and 187mph. The Mulliner version on display featured unique marquetry depicting the Monte Rosa Massif, and, due of this kind of intricate and time-consuming detail, Mulliners will be very few in number. Your Bentayga Mulliner can be ordered from Spring ’17, and expect to pay substantially more than the current £162,700 list price of the standard W12 model.
Say hello to the 812 Superfast, named in homage to the Ferrari 500 Superfast revealed at Geneva back in 1964. As the F12 Berlinetta’s replacement, the 812 Superfast’s 6.5-litre V12 puts out 789bhp, or 20 more than the £340k F12 TdF, making it the most powerful and fastest road-going Ferrari ever – apart, that is, from (in Ferrari’s exact words) ‘the mid/rear-engined, special limited-series 12-cylinders’. This aside, 0-62 happens in a quoted 2.9 secs with a 211mph max, and the 7-speed 812 is the first Ferrari with electric power steering (EPS). Among its many novel tech features are FPO (Ferrari Power Oversteer) and FPP (Ferrari Peak Performance), and although a list price has yet to be announced (c.£300k?) disorderly queues are already being formed.
Jaguar Land Rover
JLR’s two main attractions were the Range Rover Velar and the Jaguar I-PACE concept. First revealed at London’s Design Museum a few days earlier, the Velar is the fourth model in the Range Rover range. Priced from £44,830 to £53,720 (OTR), the Velar slots in neatly between the Evoque and Sport models and five engines are offered at launch from a 180hp 2-litre, diesel to a 380hp supercharged 3-litre V6 petrol. The Velar is on sale now with deliveries due to start from July, while a 300hp petrol variant will join the line-up later this year.
Described as a no-compromise, 5-seater sports car and performance AWD SUV all in one, the I-PACE Concept is Jaguar’s first ever EV. Electric motors at the front and rear axles will generate a combined 400hp with 700Nm (516lb/ft), and the car has a predicted range of over 220 miles, (okay for a daily 40-mile commute, but less than ideal for London-Monaco…). According to Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design, “The I-PACE isn’t just a concept, it’s a preview of a production car that will be on the road in 2018”. It’s expected to be priced at around £60k and those wishing to be among the first I-PACE owners should register their interest with Jaguar now.
The current Huracan LP610-4 weighs 1,422kg and its V10 motor makes 560hp. The new Huracan Performante revealed at Geneva weighs 1,382kg and makes 640hp. This is good for a quoted 0-62 in 2.9 secs with a top speed of more than 202mph. With its standard active aerodynamics (which can generate 750% more downforce than an ordinary Huracan coupe!) a Performante recently lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6:52.01, a new production road car record, although at the time of writing plausible theories abound that that lap time may not be 100% kosher. Whatever, the Performante is one very quick Lamborghini and, according to its maker, faster around the ‘Ring than its own 750hp Aventador SV. First Performante deliveries are due this summer, and the UK list is £173,271 (plus tax).
Expectations were high for McLaren’s second-generation Super Series, previously codenamed ‘P14’, but even the most seasoned showgoers were taken aback by the style, specification and all-round amazingness of the new 720S. The car boasts a carbon fibre Monocage II chassis, cutting edge aerodynamics, a new active chassis system, a 1,283kg dry weight and a revolutionary folding driver’s display. Its 4-litre twin-turbo V8 (with 41% new parts) generates 720hp and 770Nm (567lb/ft) and the engine illuminates red as you approach the car. Quoted performance figures are: 0-62mph in under 3 secs, 0-124 in 8 secs (a speed from which it takes just 4.6 secs to brake to a halt), with a 212mph max. McLaren says the 720S also ‘establishes new standards in the supercar segment for visibility, space and comfort’, and according to Chief Designer Rob Melville, it has “three times more luggage space than any competitor”.
As if that wasn’t enough, the following day the Woking maker unveiled the stunning 720S ‘Velocity’ by McLaren Special Operations. Velocity is one of five MSO themes, the others being GT, Pacific, Track and Stealth. With its fusion of Volcano and Nerello Red paint, gloss carbon parts, metallic bronze alloys and much more, the Velocity version showcased MSO’s extensive bespoke capabilities. Priced from £208,600, or region £335k in MSO spec, the 720S is available to order now with first deliveries scheduled for May ’17.
Mercedes had a diverse variety of models on its stand including the new E-Class Cabriolet, the AMG E63S Estate, the X-Class double-cab pick-up, the Merc-AMG GT R and the G-Class Landaulette 4×4, but arguably the most intriguing was the Merc-AMG GT Concept. Using hybrid technology derived from the Mercedes Petronas F1 car, the 5-door coupe GT Concept combines a 4-litre biturbo petrol V8 with an electric motor and lightweight batteries to develop a potential 805bhp with a 0-62 time of under 3 secs. According to Mercedes, ‘The show car gives a sneak preview of the exterior design of the coming production model’.
Those who had assumed that the 911R unveiled at Geneva last year would be the final 911 with a fully manual gearbox were in for a surprise this year when Porsche revealed its new 911 GT3. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 500hp 4-litre flat six (virtually unchanged from the GT3 Cup racer’s engine), as standard the new GT3 will again be equipped with a 7-speed PDK transmission (0-62 in 3.4, 197mph). However, ‘for customers wishing for an even purer, unadulterated driving experience’ a 6-speed manual option (0-62 in 3.9, 198mph) will be provisionally available from September 2017. The new GT3’s RRP is £111,802 (inc. VAT) with first deliveries during early summer 2017.
Also premiered was the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo. First revealed as a concept in late 2012, the Sport Turismo is essentially a 5-door sportwagon/shooting-brake version of the 4-door Panamera saloon. Exhibited in 4, 4S, 4S Diesel, 4 E-Hybrid and Turbo guises, the Sport Turismo’s redesigned rear end, large tailgate, low loading edge, extra 25 litres of loadspace (1,390 litres max) and 4+1 seating all combine to make it a more practical proposition, while also resolving the uncomfortable looks of the saloon. Ranging in price from around £86k to £140k, deliveries should commence in October 2017.
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