We’ve taken a few days to reflect on what we saw at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. The purpose of this article is to bring you what we believe to be the biggest and best new releases from the biggest and best motor show!
This years event was busier than ever before. We saw new releases from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Koenigsegg, Pagani and Porsche among others. We covered all of these in detail on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. Below you will see what we think are the five biggest releases of the week!
It is difficult to look past Ferrari’s latest release. It was kept top secret right until 10 minutes before the official release and we haven’t heard a single positive word about the name, yet the hype was impossible to miss. Rightly so!
LaFerrari features a 6.3 liter V12 with an output of 800hp at 9,000rpm and 700Nm at 7,000rpm and an electric motor with 163hp and 270Nm of torque. Combined power output is 963hp, allowing the new Ferrari Enzo to do 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds, 0-300 km/h in 15 seconds and a top speed in excess of 350 km/h.
The stats are certainly mouth watering, however, we’ll have to wait and see if LaFerrari retains the same high value as the Ferrari Enzo.
LaFerrari’s direct successor is the next obvious highlight. The McLaren P1 was unveiled at Geneva in complete production specification. We now know that it will use a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine fitted with two turbochargers and an electric motor. Together, this produces 916ps (903bhp) and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. The petrol engine alone produces 737ps (727bhp) at 7,500rpm, and 720Nm of torque from 4,000rpm with the electric motor supplementing 179ps (176bhp) and 260Nm of torque.
The battle between the English and the Italians will definitely be interesting. On specs alone, the Ferrari has the edge, however, its on the track where it really counts.
The Lamborghini Veneno had a similar reaction to LaFerrari. It had a similar amount of hype, thanks to a leak in the Sunday Times and it certainly attracted its fair amount of attention. Yet many are questioning the 3.4 million euro price tag which makes it the most expensive production road car in the world.
The Lamborghini Veneno is features the same engine as the Lamborghini Aventador tuned to produce a maximum output of 750hp. The Lamborghini Veneno accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and the top speed for this street-legal racing car stands at 355km/h. Underneath, Lamborghini fit the same suspension components and carbon fibre monocoque as the Aventador.
The Porsche 991 GT3 has very big footsteps to fill. The Porsche 911 GT3 has always been the 911 for racing enthusiasts and for those that like their hardcore rear wheel drive naturally aspirated drivers cars. Have Porsche succeeded? Looking at the gorgeous body work, you’d be hard pushed to fault it.
For the latest generation Porsche 991 GT3, the biggest story is that it will only come with a modified version of Porsche’s PDK gearbox with proper paddles. The Porsche 991 GT3 gets a 3.8-litre flat engine developing 475hp at 8,250 rpm.
The Koenigsegg Hundra is a work of art. It is also one of two hypercars, in our opinion, that came without any controversy. The bodywork is grey carbon fibre with a hint of green which is combined with streaks of gold leaf to create a stunning and very exclusive look. The gold leaf bodywork is hand crafted by an Italian artist. It adds very little weight to the car but the effect is clear for all to see.
The Hundra is also Koenigsegg’s hundredth car. Once the show is finished, Koenigsegg will ship the Hundra to its new Malaysian home!
Honourable mentions this year go to Pagani for the stunning sound system now on offer in the Pagani Huayra. We also had an eye on the GTA Spano stand with their complete carbon fibre GTA Spano supercar. Finally, the fastest Rolls-Royce ever, the Rolls-Royce Wraith bought back the fastback body style. For that alone, we think it deserves a line of text in out Geneva Motor Show 2013 Highlights!