2015 Geneva Auto Show

Our coverage from this year’s Geneva Auto Show (5-15 March 2015)

By Shahzad Sheikh

Geneva Auto Show 2015

 

We’ll be posting all the news and stories from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show on this page. Keep checking back for updates on the 2015 Geneva Auto Show!

Koenigsegg Regera

Koenigsegg Regera

1200bhp Bugatti Veyron too slow you say? You’ll be wanting the 1500bhp Koenigsegg Regera hypercar, the company’s first hybrid monster. Packing 1100bhp from a 5.0litre twin-turbo V8 and a pair of electric motors adding another 700bhp…which somehow adds up only 1500bhp. Only 80 cars will be made, it’ll hit 400kph from rest in a mere 20 seconds and it doesn’t have a gearbox. Yes, you read that right – instead of a normal transmission, it has three electric motors which does all manner of clever, clever things.

Lexus LF-SA

Lexus LF-SA

Well, I can bet no one saw that coming. The LF-SA is Lexus’s concept for a future 2+2 city car styled by its ED2 studio and it’s one, angry, angry, looking little car.

Lexus LF-SA
Slathered in Lexus’s now trademark ‘spindle’ hourglass grille and wildly expressive lighting, it’s only a concept for now, but you may well see something like it on the streets of London in the next few years. In the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche 911 GT3RS

911 GT3 not extreme enough for you? Porsche’s just served an even bigger can of whoop-ass with the GT3 RS, the most hardcore, track focused car it’s ever made.

The flat-six has been bored out to 4.0-litres and develops 500bhp and 338lb ft of torque, exclusively mated to a seven-speed PDK (which should have been a manual, but these are the sad times we live in.) With a magnesium roof and carbon fiber boot, weight has dropped by 9.9kg, allowing the GT3 RS to get to 100kph in a mere 3.1 seconds and lap the mighty ‘Ring in a claimed 7:20.

You’ll also note the even wilder bodykit with a deep tarmac shaving front splitter and crazy scoops on the front wings – to add downforce to the front axle, apparently.

 

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

Wow – check out this sexy-beast of a Bentley! This is a bit of a surprise for Geneva, and it’s somewhat astonising that they didn’t keep it under wraps until the show opens in a couple of days.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

The EXP 10 Speed 6 is inspired by Bentley’s racing heritage and is said to be a concept for a high performance two-seater sportscar from the luxury marque. We say, forget ‘concept’ just build it! Although tantalising the press release does say: ‘it could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT’.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

The exterior, presented in deep British Racing Green, is said to take styling cues from aircraft fuselages and wings. The interior is the best ever seen on a Bentley, both futuristic and retro (almost steam punk steering wheel and instrument).

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

So word on what’s under the bonnet, but we’d recommend pinching the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 from the Audi RS7. That puts out 560bhp, and this thing looks lower and lighter than regular Bentleys, so should managed 0-100 in about 3.7 and reach 325kph.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

Build it Bentley, build it now! And by the way – THIS is what Bond should be driving!

 

VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE

VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE

Volkswagen will debut the sleek and dramatic looking Sport Coupe Concept GTE at Geneva – essentially a coupe-style four-door saloon, and potentially indicating how the replacement for the CC will look.

VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE

Equipped with a hybrid 374bhp powertrain, this is good for 250kph and 0-100 in 5 seconds, so definitely aimed at high speed long-distance touring. More importantly this concept shows an ‘initial glimpse of a new design era’ at VW.

 

Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV

Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV

Lamborghini will bring an even more hard-core version of the brutal Aventador (read our review here) to Geneva – it’s the SV (Superveloce).

Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV

The Aventador LP750-4 SV has got, yes, 750bhp, is lighter by 50kg, better aero, and magna-ride for its pushrod suspension. It’s gets from 0-100 in 2.8 seconds and hits 350kph.

Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV

We’ll start to see this on Jumeirah Beach Road later this year, and European price is $260k

 

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Range Rover has confirmed that it will produce the new Range Rover Evoque convertible which will go on sale in 2016.

 

2016 Audi R8

2016 Audi R8

Here’s the all-new second generation Audi R8. It looks the same but different, more modern, sharper and better poised.

2016 Audi R8

It gets the 5.2-litre V10 with 610bhp from the Lamborghini Huracan giving it an identical 0-100kph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 330kph.

2016 Audi R8

There’s the same 7-speed S Tronic dual clutch quick shifting transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. It weights 1454kg and is made from a combiniation of aluminium and carbon fibre. This is the more affordable Lamborghini Huracan!

 

McLaren 675LT

McLaren 675LT

Here it is the McLaren ‘Longtail’ version of the 650. Hmm… yeah, I don’t see it either. Anyway power is up (as you’d expect from the name) and it now gets to 100 in just 2.9 seconds with a 0-200 time of 7.9! Top speed is 330kph.

McLaren 675LT

McLaren says a third of the parts in this car are different to the 650S, and this car is track-focussed, but road-legal. The active ‘Longtail’ Airbrak is 50% bigger. The thing weighs just 1230kg.

 

Audi Prologue Avant

Audi Prologue Avant

What a sleek and handsome looking thing! This is the new ‘Avant’ wagon/estate concept for the Prologue concept car that was shown in coupe form at the LA Auto Show.

Audi Prologue Avant

A hybrid engine would produce 455bhp driven the Quattro set-up, good for 0-100 in 5.1secs. It’s 5.11m long, 1.97 meter wide and only 1.4m high, and seats four.

Audi Prologue Avant

These Prologue concepts indicate the design direction for future Audis. We say bring it on!

 

Aston Martin Vulcan

Aston Martin Vulcan

 

It’s colour is the green blood of a Vulcan it seems – this is the Aston Martin Vulcan.

Aston Martin Vulcan

It’s a track-only 800bhp plus monster with a 7.0-litre V12 up front. Only 24 of these willbe made out of carbon fibre with high-performance racing components including a six-speed Xtrac sequential shift transmission.

Aston Martin Vulcan

It complies with FIA race safet requirements and all owners will be offered an opportunity to get some intensive track driving training by experts such as Le Man’s winning Darren Turner.

 

Lotus Evora 400

Lotus Evora 400

The latest generation of the Lotus Evora (a hit in our region – read my review here) and is said to be the fastest and most powerful production Lotus ever. The 3.5 V6 now will produce 400bhp, and blast the 2+2 to 100kph in just 4.2 seconds and onto 300kph.

Lotus Evora 400

Over two-thirds of the car is new and it’s 22kg lighter. There is a redesigned front and rear and the car is slightly longer by 35mm with improved aero. This car is six seconds faster around Lotus’ own test track than the previous car.

Lotus Evora 400

To make getting in and out easier, the side sills are narrower by 43mm and lower by 56mm. The rear seats have been widened by 280mm, whilst the interior is greatly improved with better specification.

Lotus Evora 400

Expect it to arrive here at the end of this year with a convertible likely to follow.

 

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

The Aston Martin GT3 special edition will be limited to 100 cars and is a pure track car fitted with a 600bhp 6.0-litre V12. It’s got a wider track, is lowered, is 100kg lighter than a V12 Vantage S and features race aero.

 

Aston Martin Vulcan

No pictures at all – Aston only released a teaser video with some engine noises – but the British marque will reveal its second track car at Geneva, and it’s called the Vulcan. It’ll have more power than the One-77 (750bhp) but won’t be road legal. For a Vulcan, it’s not entirely logical, is it?

 

McLaren 675LT

McLaren 675LT

To be revealed at Geneva, the McLaren 675LT will be the first McLaren in 20 years to wear the LT ‘Long Tail’ badge. It’s all about aerodynamics and this will be a hard core version of the 650S but with 666bhp and 516lb ft of torque. There’s a redesigned crossover exhaust system formed from titanium.

 

Renault Kadjar

Renault Kadjar

Bouyed by the Renault Captur (which we’ve just reviewed here) the French car maker will reveal its bigger brother, the Kadjar.

It is based on the Nissan X-Trail platform and will come with 4×4. It will be made in Spain and in China (the first Renault to be built there) and we’re probably going to get the Chinese versions when it arrives in our region, probably later this year.

McLaren P1 GTR

McLaren P1 GTR

Limited production version of the track-dedicated McLaren P1 GTR with nearly 1000bhp will be shown at Geneva. Presented in famed Mclaren Le Mans colours from 20 years ago, is wider, lower and lighter, with race aero giving it 660kg of downforce at 250kph.

The twin turbo 3.8-litre V8 produces 789bhp and teh electric motor adds 197bhp.

 

Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari 488GTB

This is the replacement to the Ferrari 458 Italia with Turbos! It has 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that puts out a whopping 661bhp at a dizzying 8000rpm and 560lb ft of torque – full story here.

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