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Geneva Goes Bonkers and Delivers Fresh, Fast Metal

March 6th, 2015

koenigsegg regara

Being in Geneva right now would be a lot like being at the birth of the universe and witnessing the unveiling of the first stars.

It’d be completely exhilarating, awe-inspiring, and something you couldn’t wait to tell the people back home.

The Geneva Motor Show always has surprises. It’s the place automakers like to shock the industry and show the world what they are best at creating. This year had some expected surprises, if there is such a thing, but at least a couple of debuts left us wondering how soon they could reach production. Bentley and Aston Martin especially stole the show, but Lamborghini and Koenigsegg delivered cars unlike anything the world has ever seen.

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Cars Coming Soon: Pro_cee’d to LaFerrari

March 7th, 2013

Ferrari LaFerrari

It started out being referred to as the next Enzo. Then the next Ferrari supercar took the moniker F150, which drew obvious questions about originality in the company’s naming choices.

Well, prepare yourself for a new level of Ferrari naming weirdness: the Ferrari LaFerrari.

Like all names, I’m sure soon enough we won’t be able to imagine the hypercar having any other name. For now, though, it just doesn’t seem sinister enough to suit the fastest, most advanced Ferrari ever built.

Then again, as car names gravitate toward the alpha-numeric, it’s kind of nice to see actual words used. Or, in Kia’s case, made-up words, but still words nonetheless.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Hottest of the Hot Hatches

February 14th, 2013

Mercedes-Benz A45

Ford, Volkswagen and Subaru each build hatchback cars designed for performance. Each offering has a unique set of abilities and drawbacks, yet each will leave a driver smiling after a high-speed flog through twisty roads.

Even in the hot hatch segment, though, there are good cars, and there are great cars.

Typically the most sought-after performance hatchbacks don’t arrive in the U.S. Instead they spend their days happily taunting us from the shores of Europe. Could things change with the introduction of the Audi S3 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG? Well, as long as there’s hasn’t been a firm “no,” we will hold on to hope.

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Cars Coming Soon: Excitement Builds for Geneva Debuts

February 7th, 2013
Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder

Could Spyker build a car to compete with the Porsche 911? C8 Aileron seen here

The Geneva Motor Show, which gets underway one month from today, already promises plenty of exciting debuts. From new convertibles to new entries from existing automakers, this should be a show to remember!

What I love about the Geneva show is that anything is possible. It’s a place to dream of what could be and question what is. It’s a place to challenge pre-conceived notions, introduce new ideas and boldly declare oneself as an imposing new competitor.

Of course, some of the attempts fall flat, while others could potentially change the course of an industry.

Here’s a quick peek into just a little of what will come to Geneva this year.

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Sports Cars at the Geneva Show

March 7th, 2012

Emerg-E concept

Since 1905, Geneva has come to be the world’s most important auto show. We can’t show you all of them, but here are some of the more notable sports cars displayed. We find them alternately weird and wonderful. Some you’ve already heard about; some not.

You did hear this morning about the good, the bad and the ugly from our own tgriffith. He also wrote earlier about the Infiniti Emerg-E concept (above), which is not only stunning but breaks new engineering ground. Enough with the latest Ferraris, Porsches and Aventadors!

Infiniti has created something light, fast and electric with an assist from Lotus. Details are here, but basically power derives from a 3-cylinder range-extender engine (47 hp) plus over 400 hp from electric motors driving the rear wheels. Top speed is limited to 130 mph, which is certainly sufficient, and 0-60 mph comes in 4 seconds. Now if they would only change the goofy name.

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From Geneva: The Ugly and the Beautiful

March 7th, 2012

Bentley EXP 9 F concept

One would think that by the time a car debuted at the king of all auto shows, it would be a work of art. There’s just no excuse for putting a half-thought-out vehicle on the world stage at the Geneva Motor Show.

I might cut some slack to low-volume unknown automakers showcasing their wares, but automakers that set the tone for world-class luxury and performance have no excuse for mediocrity. Yet Bentley, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz all showed up with vehicles straight out of the ugly bucket, while Ferrari, Jaguar and Lamborghini re-wrote the book on beauty.

Keep reading for pictures of each!

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Cars Coming Soon: a Bentley Hybrid SUV, Hyundai i-oniq Concept Coupe

March 1st, 2012

A Bentley hybrid SUV?

Bentley currently offers two models to anyone wealthy enough to afford to keep the gas tank full. The Mulsanne, which carries an EPA rating of 11 miles per gallon in the city, and the Continental, which gets an even lower rating of 8.

So when Bentley teases a hybrid, you’ll excuse me for some obnoxious snorting laughter. What would it hope to achieve, 13 mpg?

A hybrid Bentley makes about as much sense as ordering a Diet Coke along with your deep-fried McRib sandwich. You’re not saving any calories.

It gets even weirder when said hybrid Bentley is an SUV.

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Did Infiniti Out-Ferrari Ferrari?

February 27th, 2012

Infiniti Emerg-E concept

Images of the world’s two newest supercars began to circulate through the Internet this weekend, one being the 2013 Ferrari F620 GT and the other taking the form of an Infiniti Emerg-E concept.

The F620 GT will replace the glorious V12 front-engined, RWD 599 GTB. Questions have surrounded the car. Would it continue to use a V12 or succumb to modern trends and use fewer cylinders along with some form of forced induction? Would it be RWD or incorporate the FF’s innovative AWD system? Would it take styling cues from the controversial FF or be more fluid like the 458 Italia?

Many of those questions have been answered, but I’m left wondering if Infiniti built the better Ferrari.

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Return of the Flying Wedge: Bertone’s Nuccio Concept

February 24th, 2012

2012 Bertone Nuccio concept

For as long as I can remember (far back into the dark ages of car production), Bertone has been king of the great Italian styling houses—yes, including Pininfarina. Now, in honor of Nuccio, the founder’s son, who ran the company after WWII and died in 1997, comes his namesake concept, to appear at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Stratos HF ZeroIt is an astonishing piece of work. Read here some thoughts about the car, which seems to be a modernized version of Bertone’s 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero concept (right). That car grandfathered the Lancia Stratos, one of the most successful rally cars ever.

A couple of years ago, the New Stratos emerged, powered by Ferrari with much less of a wedge shape. A small production run of 25 cars was contemplated, but Ferrari put the kibosh on that. So we missed out on one of the best-performing sports cars in years.

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Cars Coming Soon: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

February 23rd, 2012

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Do you have trouble keeping straight the seemingly endless stream of Bugatti Veyron versions? The more we hear of the Veyron’s impending demise, the more we hear about the next special edition rolling off the line in Molsheim.

The first edition of the Veyron debuted for the 2005 model year. That is now known as the Veyron 16.4, or “base” version, if you can call anything with 16 cylinders, 1,001 hp and a starting price of $1.7 million “base.” Since 2005, the Veyron has been produced in versions of varying performance and differing stages of ugliness. Those are:

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