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All the big industry news is out of Switzerland today as the Geneva Motor Show marches on. Here’s all the big debuts so far. More to come!
It is claimed to be the world’s most powerful production car (for now), putting out 1,478 horsepower and boasting a price tag of more than 2.4 million Euros. Meet the next generation of insane Bugatti speed and opulence.
Fiat turned the regular 2017 Fiat 124 Spider into an Abarth 124 Spider with 170 horsepower, a mechanical LSD, Brembo brakes, Bilstein dampers and a loud exhaust, and while they were at it, the performance brand also rolled out a rally version for Geneva. Oh hell yeah.
I’m deeply thankful for all these new naturally-aspirated track day cars, like the Camaro Z/28, Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Mustang GT350R. They buck this trend of sticking a turbo or a blower on every damn thing to stay all motor, baby. Now the Chevrolet Corvette joins that party too by bringing back a legendary name: Grand Sport.
McLaren will launch sixteen new models in the next six years, and while the 3.8 twin-turbo V8 remains in the lineup, Woking will invest £1 billion is research and development to end up with a smaller engine option, lots of hybrids and a fully electric supercar by 2022.
The Morgan Motor Company, known for its vintage-looking wooden roadsters and 3-wheelers seeming like something straight out the First World War, has unveiled its all-electric EV3. The ultimate representation of the last century of motoring is finally here.
Do you remember the Zenvo ST1, Denmark’s 1,100 horsepower supercar? There’s a new version called the TS1 with a 5.9-liter V8 and two superchargers, instead the previous version, which had a turbo and a supercharger attached to a 6.8-liter V8. And the TS1 can even be a track car, maybe.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “Damn, I miss the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. I want something similar but smaller and with a German badge on the front.” For the few of you weirdos actually thinking that, there’s great news! Volkswagen’s got just the car for you!
The modern Porsche 911 still retains the basic layout of its ancestors, a direct line you could trace back to the 1930s if you really wanted. But it’s gotten wildly complex and sophisticated, for better and for worse. Porsche is stripping away some of that and the result is the very appealing, lean, raw 2017 Porsche 911 R.
Koenigsegg, not to be upstaged by the new Bugatti Chiron, has finally revealed the production version of its extremely impressive Regera with over 1,500 hp and a 0-62 time of just 2.8 seconds. Damn.
We have seen the 510 horsepower Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and it is glorious. And now we’re seeing it minus as much as 375 horsepower.
And the Lamborghini Centenario gets that insane power output without cheating, aka turbochargers or a blower. This V12 is all motor, baby, and it puts out 770 horsepower—enough to send the car from zero to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Zounds!
Mama mia! What is this molto bella Italian roadster with an Alfa Romeo badge up front? Why, it’s the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider, and it’s a wonderful surprise we’ll see at this week’s Geneva Motor Show.
The 2017 Aston Martin DB11 officially debuts at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, but that’s not saying much. This is the latest of several image leaks, including a front-end photo just the other week. But unlike we’ve seen prior to now, the most recent crop of photos looks to be a set of factory images.
Think you’ve had enough? It’s still early in the morning.