Tonight the GTspirit team are hard at work bringing you the latest and greatest content from the Geneva Motor Show 2015. The traditional start to the Geneva motor show is of course the Volkswagen Group Night Preview. This year we were treated to a number of incredible surprises and fans of the sportcar segment will be pleased.
The Volkswagen Group Night shows the major premieres of the Volkswagen portfolio. The vast Volkswagen Group comprises of Volkswagen, Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Ducatti, MAN, Bugatti and Bentley.
We took our place early this year, excited to see the new releases. Among the most anticipated were the Audi GT4 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale, the Lamborghini Aventador SV and the Porsche Cayman GT4. But there was more as you can see in our video and story below!
Volkswagen Group Night at the Geneva Motor Show 2015
The night kicked off with a highly anticipated new Porsche! And no, it wasn’t the GT3 RS but the really cool Cayman GT4. The Porsche Cayman GT4 does for the Cayman what the Porsche 911 GT3 does for the 911 range. It has a 3.8-litre flat-six that produces 385 horsepower. The aerodynamics are also improved with a new front facia, rear diffuser and aggressive rear wing.
The biggest news comes from Volkswagen Group’s Italian brand, Lamborghini. The Lamborghini Aventador SV was revealed with typical Lamborghini show. Where all cars drove straight to the center stage, the Italian bull raged up and down a few times first showing off its V12 soundtrack.
The new Lamborghini Aventador SV packs 750hp – 50hp more than the normal Aventador and 50kg less. Along with several other performance and aerodynamic enhancements this is the successor to the loved Murcielago LP670-SV.
Volkswagen’s biggest release for the Geneva Motor Show 2015 is the Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE which previews the new Volkswagen CC and a new Volkswagen design lanuage. It gets an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid drive system comprised of a TSI engine and two electric motors. It feels a bit like the Prologue version of Volkswagen. The interior is filled with touch screen and bright fresh materials.
Audi have the revised Audi R8 centre stage for the Geneva Motor Show 2015. It was joined by the anticipated Audi Prologue Avant Concept.
We’ve had a week or so to digest the new Audi R8. When it goes on sale, customers will be able to order either a standard Audi R8 V10, an Audi R8 V10 Plus or a fully electric Audi R8 e-tron. The styling is similar to the Audi TT update we saw last year, most notably, the side blades are significantly reduced in size.
The other important Audi show car is the Audi Prologue Avant Concept. The Avant Concept features a slightly different front bumper to the Coupe version released in Los Angeles last year. It is powered by a a 3.0-litre TDI engine mated to an electric motor resulting in a combined output of 455 hp and 553.2 lb-ft of torque.
Bentley have an updated Continental GT range ready for Geneva. The cars receive a minor design update adding a new front bumper and a smaller radiator shell. The GT gets more pronounced front wings with a new side vent highlighted by a metallic ‘Flying B’ badge to emphasise the ‘power lines’ flowing back from the front wheel arches.
Under the bonnet of the 2015 Bentley Continental GT W12, the mighty 6.0-litre twin turbo W12 sees power rise from 575 to 590 PS and torque increase from 700 to 720 Nm. Fuel economy is also improved by up to 5 per cent with the added ability to run on just six of the 12 cylinders to cut thirst, with CO2 emissions down to 329 g/km and combined economy of 20 mpg (14.1 litres/100 km).
BUT there was more from Bentley! As a total surprise they showed the Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 concept. A sportscar featuring fresh Bentley looks. Not only a great example of a future Bentley design language but something that could give Aston Martin a run for their money. We certainly hope it makes it into production!
Bugatti brought the final Bugatti Veyron out on show. It was sold prior to display at the show, an Arab owner will take delivery of the final vehicle. Technically, nothing changes so the W16 engine still puts out a whopping 1,200 hp.
The devil is in the detail though. The finish is entirely red tinted carbon fibre with a number of gloss black painted elements. New wheels will be fitted with a gloss black face, dark red spokes and red centre caps. The underside of the rear wing/air brake will read ‘La Finale’. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale will go on display next to the very first Veyron providing a visual spectacle to the Geneva Motor Show crowds!