The Geneva Motorshow: Cars That Are Going Places
March 23, 2016
By Ridima Mittal
The Motorshow held in Geneva every year is one of the most prestigious platforms for automobile companies to exhibit their new releases and vision for the future. Competing in their own elite class, brands like Ferrari, Bugatti, McLaren, Aston Martin and Lamborghini left no stone unturned in pushing style and performance.
Bugatti stunned the crowds, hitting the battlefield with the Chiron – its re-engineered successor to the Veyron. Glimmering in light shades of blue at the motorshow, the Chiron is the world’s first production sports car to bring 1500 HP with a torque of 1600 Nm at 2,000 to 6,000 rpm with tremendous effectiveness, extremely high safety levels and unprecedented comfort. With a redeveloped 8.0 litre and quad-turbo W16 engine, the Chiron as stated by Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. is a result of their efforts to make “best even better”. Essentially this means the vehicle will reach 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, marking its peak speed at 420 km/h, limited for road use. Otherwise put, it’s the fastest car on the market. What’s more, its beastly look with a twist of beauty highlights Bugatti’s proven combination of power and aesthetic appeal. At a net price of Euro 2.4 million, Bugatti plans to manufacture 500 units this year, out of which it has already received advance orders for one-third of the production. So, if you want the fastest, most elite supercar, you’ll have to be pretty fast yourself!
Lamborghini proves again that a car is more than just machinery. Celebrating its 100th year, Centenario paves the new line of creative modernisation with its inherited legacy. With a lightweight carbon-fibre body and a V12 engine producing 770 HP, the Centenario accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. The stats reveal a highly responsive engine even at low revs, dry weight of 1520 kg, weight-to-power ratio of 1.97 kg/hp and a torsional stiffness of 35000 Nm per degree. Arguably, Centenario is the truest expression of Lamborghini’s commitment to inspirational design. Sadly though, the limited 40 units that the company planned to manufacture this year have already been sold.
Ferrari was also a highlight of the show with its recent GTC4Lusso, replacing its predecessors in Ferrari’s rampshow, 330 GTC, 330 GT and 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso. The GTC4Lusso is a four-seater four-wheel drive Grand Tourer with rear-wheel steering. Ideal company along snowy mountain roads, autumn city streets, long vocational drives and short spunky spins, GTC4Lusso embeds innovation, versatility, sportiness, elegance and performance on four wheels. Its 12-engine cylinder punches out 690 cv at 8000 rpm at full throttle. Both its 2.6kg/cv power-to-weight ratio and its 13.5:1 compression ratio sets new records. Maximum torque is 697 Nm at 5750 rpm with 80% already available at 1750 rpm for superb responsiveness. Apart from the numbers, it also looks the part, re-introducing Ferrari’s traditional four rear lights in a body with edgy modern curves.
Aston Martin drew perhaps the most media attention, with the DB11. It has a 5.2 litre, twin-turbo V12 engine that produces around 608 HP and 700 Nm of torque. Bold design, distinctive new grille, shell-shaped bonnet, aluminium structure, dramatic moldings on the roof, new LED headlights and taillights underline the methodological advancement with a new definition and signature of simplicity with originality. 007 would be envious.
Our final favourite is McLaren’s 570GT, a sleek two-seater that reaches 100 km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds and shows a breathtaking 328 kph performance with 600 Nm torque and 562 bhp power. It has a carbon-fibre chassis, lightweight aluminium body, twin-turbocharged 3.8 Litre V8 engine, panoramic roof, 7-speed seamless shift gearbox, higher lip rear spoiler design, swinging doors, eight-way adjustable power seats and a rear side opening glass hatch. All that one needs to set a new pace for Sunday driving.
Overall, this year the 86th Motorshow promised the innovation expected among the traditional marques. You’ll be rather spoilt for choice for your next supercar acquisition. And, as a team, we’re rather glad that autonomous driving hasn’t led its revolution yet. Supercars are too fun to drive to let robots take the wheel.