Geneva Motor Show Details:
The annual Geneva Motor Show is underway for press and imagery from the floor continues to pour onto the web. First looks at anticipated vehicles like the Lamborghini Huracan, Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II, Ferrari California T and Koenigsegg Agera One: 1 have been warmly welcomed on sites and by social networks. Below you will find some of our favorite European production releases seen so far at the international auto show.
Photography from the Geneva Palexpo convention center continues to make its way back to our HQ. Stay tuned for regular imagery updates within this international auto show feature for the latest “oo’s” and “aah’s” from Geneva.
2015 Lamborghini Huracan
Successor to the ultra-successful Gallardo, the all-new Huracan (oo-rah-khan) LP 610-4 puts down 601hp and 413 lb-ft of torque via a both port- and direct-injection V10 engine. The seven-speed Lamborghini Double Clutch is equipped with launch control and is also designed for seamless street driving. The electronic AWD and electronically controlled Magnetorheological shocks drastically improve handling and large (15” f, 14” r) ceramic brakes scrub speed.
For full details on the latest Lamborghini: 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Specs Announced
Koenigsegg Agera One: 1
Calling something the world’s first “Megacar” is a mighty claim but with an estimated top speed of 273mph and undeniable supercar attributes the Swedish carmaker may have hit the nail on the head. The 1321hp Koenigsegg Agera One: 1 is a celebration of the manufacturer’s 20th anniversary. Supercar, Megacar, call it what you want but don't call it slow.
Weighing in at 2954 lb, you can imagine the blistering acceleration it achieves via a twin-turbo 5.0L V8. Even cooler, components such as the variable turbo housings and titanium exhaust are the result of 3D printing. No doubt this supercar will wow crowds at each international auto show it reaches.
For more Megacar insight: Koenigsegg Agera One:1 Specs and Features Announced
2015 McLaren 650S
The McLaren 650S Coupe and 650S Spyder supercar is designed to be a more aggressive version of the MP4-12C. Sporting a refreshed 6.8L twin-turbo V8 that produces 650hp, the 650S is not entirely new but an improvement on components used in the 12C. The nose resembles the McLaren P1 supercar while the rear is very “12C.” Fresh wheels, carbon brakes and a carbon rear wing separate it from its brethren.
Its goal is to unseat the Ferrari 458 Speciale. 0-62mph is reached in 3sec while stopping from that speed will take a claimed 100 ft. It will run the quarter-mile in 10.5sec at 139mph, according to the brand. At 18 lb lighter than the 12C with a focus on street-friendly comfort, there is a strong argument to spend a bit more for this 12C on steroids.
2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
Rolling in luxury your thing? Well, the latest Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II and its minor updates from the British automaker may be exactly what you are looking for. Plush interior, the same 565hp twin-turbo 6.6L V12 power, and updated gearbox and suspension ring in this Geneva international auto show unveil.
The Ghost Series II eight-speed gearbox will select and prepare the most comfort-conscious gears for you before reaching the road ahead thanks to its pairing with GPS-data. Suspension upgrades to the struts, steering gear and rear hydraulic axle bearings are also present. Minor exterior changes such as a re-sculpted hood and front bumper, and new headlights can be seen as well. Inside changes include redesigned seats, infotainment upgrades and more trim options. The short wheelbase Ghost Series II isn’t exactly subtle but that’s not the point when driving a Rolls-Royce.
2015 Ferrari California T
The Ferrari F40 was the last turbocharged Prancing Horse before the unveiling of the new Ferrari California T. It plans to bring back boosted elegance with a 552hp twin-turbo 3.9L V8 and clean bodylines. Visually it has also been updated inside and out.
0-62mph is reached in a claimed 3.6sec and a seven-speed dual clutch tranny delivers its 557 lb-ft of torque efficiently. Turbo lag is said to be minimal and steering components have been upgraded.
For full story on the new turbo Ferrari: 2015 Ferrari California T Features and Specs Announced
Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430
If the base V8 Vantage isn’t doing it for you then take a gander at the more powerful and track-ready N430 variant. Refined steering and suspension components along with a 10hp bump over the standard model means more fun in the corners. The 4.7L V8 sends 430hp and 361 lb-ft of torque to the ground through a seven-speed automatic transmission – that is the same power as the Vantage S.
After developing the N430 on circuits such as the Nurburgring, the brand claims it’s capable of reaching 0-62mph in 4.6sec. A calibrated sports suspension and race-inspired brake setup scream track car but the available Bang & Olufsen BeoSound system and available convertible model say street ready.
Seat Leon Cupra 280
Never heard of it? You will soon, as the Leon Cupra 280 DSG just broke the front-wheel drive Nurburgring lap record with a 7:58.4 time. That is nearly 10sec faster than the previous FWD champ, a Renault Megane RS Trophy.
Seat is a Spanish automaker and the Leon Cupra 280 can be compared to the Volkswagen Golf R. It uses a VW 2.0L turbo I-4 engine that puts out around 276hp, according to Motor Trend. 0-62mph in 5.7sec may not seem lightning quick but it proved itself worthy of carrying speed at the Ring – the record run averaged 96mph.
2016 Audi TTS
It may only be early 2014 but Audi has unveiled its 2016 TTS – a sportier version of the standard TT. Being such an early preview means the brand is holding back on some of its vital details. Motor Trend speculates that it will make at least 265hp based on the current TTS. The cockpit houses a range of electronic goodies, leather seats and digital instrument control.
The largest change seen at this point is the fresh face. The sharp headlights and large signature grille lead up to a sloping roofline tided together at the rear with a diffuser and quad-tip exhaust pipes.
2015 BMW X4
From LA Auto Show concept last year to its spring 2014 production release comes the BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe. While the new X4 was announced at the Geneva international auto show a live example of it was not present - pics shown are from BMW. It is positioned above the X3 but under the X6. A 240hp xDrive28i and 300hp xDrive35i will be available starting at $45625 and $48925, respectively. The X4 is a smooth combination of coupe and utility vehicle. M trim will be an option as well.
Full breakdown of the new X4: BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe Specs & Pricing Announced
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
The latest rendition of the S-Class Coupe circulated the Internet last month to the joy of auto tech geeks and big body luxury fans everywhere. The two-door features a plush interior rich with digital displays, infotainment controls and included touchpad device – heads-up display optional.
Powering it is a 4.7L V8 Biturbo engine that will produce 449hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in the US. Driver aid technology is available in spades along with a new active curve tilting function that allows the vehicle to slightly lean into bends like a motorcyclist to decrease lateral strain on the occupants – pretty cool!
Full details on this new Benz two-door: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Features and Specs Announced