Power and the Glory Unveiled
Switzerland may have a rather staid reputation but that sure as heck-fire doesn’t extend to its Geneva Motor Show.
The 2014 edition, which kicked off last month, had some particularly spectacular cars make their debuts, the sort of vehicles with spec sheets that make jaws drop and looks that make you drool.
True, they’re also cars most of us will never even have a chance to see in the flesh let alone park in our garage – but we’re allowed to dream, right?
A new Lambo doesn’t come around all that often, so it was still a big deal when the Huracan broke cover in Geneva, despite the Italian company already releasing details and images of the car a couple of months back. The stylish Gallardo replacement will get to 100km/h in 3.2sec thanks to a 5.2-litre V8 engine throwing out 448kW and 560Nm.
BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT SPEED
It feels as if Bentley release a new scorching car at every motor show – and Geneva was no different. Its Continental GT Speed saw some tweaks to its styling but the headliner was its fine-tuned 6.0-litre W12 engine which is now capable of getting the big rig up to 331km/h – making it the fastest production Bentley ever.
It’s pretty amazing what car builders can do these days. A 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 is a hefty piece of machinery to be sure, but certainly isn’t outrageous in the world of supercars. But what is impressive is the performance McLaren gets out of such an engine in its 650S: 0-100km/h in 3.0sec flat, thank you very much. Also worthy of applause: the 650S Spider convertible on our cover can hit 200km/h in 8.6sec – 0.2 slower than the coupe.
Arguably the sexiest-looking car of the bunch, Maserati has called its Alfieri four-seater a concept. But it certainly looks close to production and, hopefully, the marque doesn’t make any major design changes should it opt to roll out a similar mid-sized coupe en masse in the coming years.
Never mind your sports/super/ hyper cars; Swedish auto makers/ mentalists Koenigsegg are calling their One:1 a “megacar”. That’s not just marketing spin. Its 5.0-litre twin turbo V8 purportedly offers – brace yourself – 1000kW (aka a megawatt) and 1371Nm of torque. That’s not a pair of typos. Apparently the rear wing generates 830kg of down force when the car’s travelling at… 440km/h. Needless to say, the One:1 could well be named the fastest production car ever very soon. If your interest is piqued, then you’ll have to move fast: only six will be made.
ALFA ROMEO 4C SPIDER
Those not among the 120 or so who have already forked over money for the mid-engined coupe may want to wait even longer. Alfa showed off the arguably even more attractive Spider version at Geneva and, despite weighing in 60kg heavier than its coupe sibling, Alfa says the soft-top retains the 4C’s trademark dynamics.
In the more affordable category Audi was busy as ever, showing off its new S1 and S3 Cabriolet. But it was its new TT that was of most interest. Looks-wise, it harks back to the model’s roots, while there is a range of diesel and petrol engines. A 2.0-litre 228W turbo-petrol unit on the TTS tops the overseas offerings.