Astons, Koenigseggs, and a Hyundai Tucson?
The 2015 Geneva Motor Show was one of the best yet, with colorful debuts all over the automotive universe. Bentley stunned us with a sexy EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, while Aston Martin showed the wild Vulcan. Production cars were represented well, too, with a European Honda Civic Type R four-door hatchback debuting, not to mention the new Hyundai Tucson crossover. So check out our comprehensive 2015 Geneva Motor Show coverage RIGHT HERE, and keep reading for a few Geneva show highlights.
Mercedes-Benz G500 4X4 Squared
Is it a G63 AMG 6×6 minus two wheels? A G-Class on steroids? Yes and yes. Will Mercedes put it to production? We sure hope so. As technical editor Frank Markus said, “Why pay Mansory or Brabus when you can get all this from the manufacturer?”
There’s a new player in the hybrid hypercar game thanks to the Koenigsegg Regera. What the folks at Koeniggsegg have created here is a doozy: Total output is rated at 1,500 hp, and the automaker estimates it’ll reach 249 mph in less than 20 seconds.
Aston Martin Vulcan
Aston’s new CEO Andy Palmer is wasting little time transforming the brand, and the Vulcan supercar is proof of that. The Vulcan will serve as Aston’s halo car with a 7.0-liter V-12 churning out more than 800 hp. Aston will build just 24 units, and Vulcan’s specs will limit the supercar to the track.
Ford Focus RS
Ford‘s flagship hot hatch made its official auto show debut in Geneva. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder powers the Ford Focus RS by “producing well in excess of 315 hp,” according to Ford. Power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and a trick new all-wheel drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control that uses a combination of electronically controlled clutch packs and a brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system. Sportier interior and exterior bits along with upgraded braking and suspension systems round out the performance hardware.
Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept
The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept was a welcome surprise at Geneva and indicates the British ultra-luxury maker is seriously considering a two-seat sports car to complement the existing four-place Continental GT coupe and convertible. The concept also features a long dash-to-axle ratio compared to the Continental and Flying Spur models, suggesting the engine sits behind the axle rather than in front. Other than being a hybrid, no powertrain details were revealed.
Kia Sportspace Concept
With the Kia Sportspace concept, the Korean automaker is considering a vehicle to fill a void in its European lineup. The rear of the Sportspace concept mixes the long-roof look of a wagon with a forward-raked D-pillar of a hatchback. Inside, the concept features a luxurious interior for four occupants and their luggage or sports gear and a full panoramic moonroof.
Morgan Aero 8
Niche British automaker Morgan showed the fifth-generation Aero 8 roadster, which will replace the current Aero SuperSports and Aero Coupe models. Still powered by a BMW-sourced 367-hp 4.8-liter V-8, the Morgan Aero 8 gets an improved chassis and suspension and revised styling inside and out. Other new features include air-conditioning and an available bolt-on hardtop that transforms the roadster into a coupe.
Bugatti Veyron La Finale
After being in production for 10 years and spawning several special editions, the Bugatti Veyron has reached the end of its run with a Grand Sport Vitesse dubbed “La Finale.” The automaker commemorated the 450th example by giving it an extra-special treatment with a unique paint job similar to the one on the very first Veyron. Unlike any other Veyron, this model boasts exposed red carbon fiber, “La Finale” lettering on its exterior, and reliefs of the Bugatti elephant designed by Rembrandt Bugatti.
The Euro-market Tucson gave us a sneak peek at what we can expect from the U.S. version when it finally arrives, so with that said, we anticipate a more athletic and bolder-looking Tucson with sharper character lines, a new hexagonal front grille, and sleeker headlights. Higher-quality materials are found throughout a roomier cabin that grew slightly thanks to a new platform, while more premium amenities and active safety features have been added to the options checklist. Although it’s for Europe, the CUV debuted engines that could make it Stateside, including a 1.6-liter gas turbo and a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter I-4. The European-spec Tucson and the Tucson 48V Hybrid concept are shown here.
Infiniti QX30 Concept
It’s safe to say the QX30 concept is Infiniti‘s version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, especially since it’s based on the same MFA architecture. Either way, the QX30 concept does a good job of separating itself from its platform-mate with bolder styling said to be inspired by a mountain lion. Carbon-fiber bits and unique roof bars make this concept stand out, though the production version will tone it down. Power comes from the GLA’s 2.0-liter turbo-four, and production will likely start in 2017 at the company’s plant in Mexico.
Jeep Renegade Hard Steel Concept
Jeep created a Renegade model that allows drivers to tow some extra booty thanks to a new trailer attachment. While we aren’t exactly sure why, the trailer houses a large touchscreen to control music, news, traffic, and social media via the Uconnect Live infotainment system. The automaker says that a number of goodies on this model may eventually make their way to market as Mopar accessories.
Lexus LF-SA Concept
Perhaps the most bizarre car we’ve seen debut at the Geneva show belongs to Lexus. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Lexus built a luxury minicar, complete with a redesigned spindle grille, a Stellar Silver exterior paint job, and a hologram-style digital display for the interior. Despite the extra flash, we can’t help but notice some similarities to the Scion iQ.
VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE
Volkswagen says this concept not only previews a future model but also ushers in a “new design era” for the brand. We still suspect it could be the next-gen Volkswagen CC, although the concept is considerably bigger than that car. The model also debuts plenty of advancements in technology, including a feature that measures driver biometric data to decide whether the nav system should lead them on an exciting path or a stress-free route.
We smell a comeback. The new Evora features a supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 with 400 hp, up from 345 on the outgoing Evora S. It also sheds significant weight and features upgraded interior materials from the previous model. Best of all, we won’t have to wait much longer for it to come to market, as it goes on sale in North America this fall.
The second-gen Audi R8 debuted with a new design that adopts Audi‘s hexagonal grille and other styling elements, along with a 5.2-liter V-10 engine available in two power levels. The standard R8 receives an engine that produces 540 hp, while the R8 V10 Plus model ups that number to 610 horses. That model is estimated to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, according to Audi. The R8 again features Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system but manages to come in 110 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Honda Civic Type R
After a long tease, Honda has finally given us the next Civic Type R. The four-door hot hatch is the first Type R to utilize a turbocharged engine, in this case a 2.0-liter turbo VTEC I-4 that pumps out 305 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Civic Type R routes all of that power to the front wheels, and Honda hopes the hatchback will capture a front-drive lap record at the Nürburgring. Type R fans in the U.S. will have to drool from afar, however, as this model is likely to remain forbidden fruit.
Lamborghini Aventador SV
Because stopping at 691 hp just isn’t the Lamborghini way, the Sant’Agata-based supercar maker has taken the already superlative Aventador to new extremes. Boasting 740 hp from a tweaked, naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter V-12, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce is also 110 pounds lighter than the standard Aventador and produces more downforce. The upgrades contribute to an estimated 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds for the Aventador SV, along with a top speed of more than 217 mph.
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