Welcome to the 84th Geneva motor show, one of the year’s biggest auto shows in the world, where the world automakers showcase their latest and greatest creations whether it’s the new McLaren, the stunning Lamborghini Avanti Rosso or the Maserati Alfieri Coupe.
McLaren used the chance to introduce its new McLaren 650S that comes in two variants – coupe and Spider convertible. It is a seriously powered beast with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, 641bhp and 678Nm of torque, helping it hit 0-60mph in bang on three seconds. The chassis is MonoCell carbon fibre, which is super stiff and requires no extra strengthening.
A replacement for the Gallardo, Lamborghini’s top-selling model of all time, this sleek missile has new aluminum and carbon fiber components and a top speed of 325 kph (202 mph). The Huracan, Spanish for hurricane, transmits power to all four wheels, and has a new 7-speed dual clutch transmission and electronically controlled shocks. The Huracan has huge carbon-ceramic brakes and a V10 engine that can go from 0-200 kph (0-124mph) in 9.9 seconds, or 0-100 kph (0-62mph) in 3.2 seconds.
Named after Alfieri Maserati, the Alfieri concept’s cab-rearward design looks back to the legendary 1954 Maserati A6 GCS. Designed with a V8 engine, six-speed gearbox and special exhaust, the Alfieri has a sloping exterior with a long angling nose that makes for a bullet-like sleekness. Its suspended dashboard, brakes, tailpipes and air ducts are accented in sky blue.
The word ‘iconic’ is much overused by car manufacturers and journalists alike, but few would argue with the Audi TT’s claim to the i-word. The sports car that in 1998 emphatically defined the Audi design philosophy and paved the way for the brand’s current success has been updated and comprehensively re-engineered for its third generation, says Car Dealer Magazine.
The futuristic-looking Renault Kwid is making its European debut after being unveiled at last month’s Delhi motor show. The Kwid is powered by a new generation downsized 1.2 Litre petrol turbocharged engine that has been mated to a dual-clutch transmission that ensures better fuel efficiency figures good driving experience.
Meanwhile, Swedish car maker Volvo is due to unveil a new wagon that can accept deliveries even if you’re nowhere near it. The vehicle has 21-inch wheels, a “floating” grille and new lighting configurations. The Concept Estate’s interior is beautiful with woven wool carpets, a crystal gear lever, checkered black and white accents along with leather, wood and copper details in the cabin.
The Geneva Motor Show opened to the public Thursday and runs through March. 16.