The Geneva Motor Show is one we look forward to most each year. Why? It is the auto show that seems to be no-holds-barred for most automakers who save their best, most exciting cars fro this show each year. 2015 was no exception and was arguably the most exciting in a long time with new cars from Ford all the way to Koenigsegg. All featuring the cutting edge in technology and styling and all getting the fizz going as James May would put it.
Audi showed off its latest version of the Prologue, this time in the form of a wagon instead of a coupe. This Prologue Avant Concept is a stunner! It features many of the styling cues from the Prologue Coupe Concept from the LA Auto Show only it now uses a 3.0L turbo diesel and plug-in hybrid technology for power combining to make 455 hp and have a range of 33 miles of pure electric driving. The Prologue cars are still just concepts but offer a look into what future Audi products may look like.
Audi also pulled the cover off the redesigned R8 in a few variations. Shown above is the top dog, the V10 plus. Other versions include an e-tron and a base version of the V10. The R8 went on a severe diet and lost just over 440 lbs bringing its weight down to 3,205 lbs. Pair that with 456 hp in the e-tron, 540 with the base 5.2 L V10 and 610 hp in the plus version. The e-tron packs a 92 kWh battery pack and promises 280 miles of range and a charge time of under 2 hours. The V10 plus is similar to what the R8 GT was with a spoiler, more power and slightly less heft. Gone is the 4.2 V8 and gone are the love ‘em or hate ‘em side blades. The styling is still very much an R8 but a complete redesign.
Porsche came to play showing off the ultimate version of the ultimate version of the ultimate 991 in the new 911 GT3 RS. This 500 hp naturally aspirated monster is everything you dream of when thinking about the 911. Porsche managed to shave off 22 lbs (whoopty-doo) of heft from the “standard” GT3 by use of carbon fiber and magnesium parts. This added power and less weight allows the car to be five seconds faster around the Nurburgring than the GT3. The driver is held in place by seats nicked from the 918 Spyder. As with the GT3, the RS version is PDK only.
Arguably the most anticipated car of the year is this, the Ford Focus RS. Not only is it one of the most desirable hot hatches, but, it will also be available in the US for the first time. That enough to make your mouth water? Try this on for size, it will use a modified version of the 2.3 Ecoboost found in the Mustang only it will make somewhere between 320-350 hp and be put to the ground via an all-new all-wheel drive system. It will also only be available with a manual transmission. Prices have yet to be announced but soon you’ll be able to recreate your favorite Ken Block video all on your own. Thank you Ford!
Initially shown in concept form at last year’s show it seems only fitting that Honda would show off the production version of the next Civic Type R. The new car offers 306 hp thanks to a 2.0 turbo four. The Type R will scoot to 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds with massive Brembo brakes available to bring the car to a halt. Sadly, this aggressive little hot hatch is based on the European Civic and will not be available in North America.
The Bugatti Veyron is nothing new. In fact, the Veyron is bowing out. What you see here is the final Veyron to be built. Dubbed La Finale, this Veyron is finished in a beautiful black cherry carbon fiber and is based on the Veyron Vitesse, the Grand Sport version of the Super Sport. Veyron number 450 will be heading to its new owner in the Middle East.
Could this be the best looking car to ever come from Crewe? Bentley pulled the drapes off the EXP 10 Speed 6 which is quite a looker in British Racing Green. The EXP 10 Speed 6 can only be described as what the next Continental GT could look like. As with any Bentley its the cabin that gets garnished with luxury. For now the EXP 10 is simply a design exercise so details on it are sparse.
This little stunner is the new limited run McLaren 675LT. The 675LT (Long Tail) is a hot version of the 650S. Utilizing the same 3.8 TT V8 only packing a demonic 666 hp and weighing just 2700 lbs allows this little number to rocket to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. The reworked aero really shows off what the 675LT is all about. McLaren will begin taking orders in July but you’d better be prepared for a waitlist as only 500 will be offered and each will cost you upwards of $400,000.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is plenty cool but its the new Cayman GT4 we are most interested in. Porsche FINALLY built what the Cayman should have been. This GT4 steals the 911 Carrera S 3.8 flat-6 with 385 hp but that’s not the best part. The GT4 will be offered only in a 6 speed manual! No PDK here. The GT4 also swiped the brakes and seats off the 911 GT3. Porsche says the car will hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, that’s .5 seconds faster than the Cayman GTS. The GT4 will be available in July and will start at $84,600. That’s $15,000 less than what the 911 Carrera S starts at. But which is best? We’ll just have to wait and see…
If you thought this was a Ferrari 458 Italia you’d be wrong. What you see here is the new Ferrari 488 GTB. A keen eye will notice the mostly subtle differences between the two, the most obvious is the last intakes behind the doors. The 488 GTB is more than just a styling refresh, there is an all-new drivetrain as well. The 488 breaks Ferrari tradition and instead of a 4.9L V8 under the hood its 3.9. It also adds turbos to give the car 661 hp, more than any production Ferrari V8 ever made. Beyond that Ferrari didn’t share much as far as availability or performance goes.
When Lamborghini replaced the Murcielago with the Aventador we knew it was only a matter of time before an SV was created. The day is finally here! The Aventador SV packs 740 hp and drops 110 lbs making this the ultimate Raging Bull. New features include new aero and styling around the car, bigger scoops behind the windows and a spoiler that increases downforce up to 170% at speed. The interior is full of carbon fiber and Alcantara of course and borrows the TFT gauge screen from the Veneno. The price for all this goodness? Well if you have to ask…
Koenigsegg is one of those obscure supercar companies you may or may not be familiar with. If you read our articles then chances are you do. This is the latest from the Swedish company dubbed Regera. The Regera is the company’s first hybrid supercar pairing an 1,100 hp 5.0L twin turbo V8 with 400+ hp of electric motors for a combined 1,500+ hp. The transmission? There isn’t one. The Regera uses a Direct Drive system which connects the motor straight to the axles. The electric motors act as a single speed transmission and keeps the ICE in its power band under acceleration similar but not the same as how a CVT works. Koenigsegg plans to build 80 of these and have given very little details about its performance other than that it will accelerate from 0-250mph in under 20 seconds. Sounds impressive.
The McLaren F1 is probably one of the most iconic cars of the 90s. The F1 GTR was later built and was the inspiration for McLaren’s party piece, the P1 GTR. McLaren stripped out the already lightweight hypercar and turned it into a full-blown race car. 83 hp was also discovered in the engine bringing the total up to 983 hp. The P1 GTR is not technically a race car though. It is not homologated for any existing racing series but is merely a track toy for wealthy playboys, much like the Pagani Zonda R. It’s not street legal, nor is it legal to race so what’s the point? To be the ultimate track day toy that’s what. It would look right at home at Spa in a Gulf livery.