The Geneva Motor Show 2015 press days are wrapping up as I type. We have seen so much and produced so many articles. All that is left to do is to bring you a summary of our highlights.
The Geneva Motor Show is the biggest car show in the world, 2015 is the 85th edition and features more manufacturers and exhibitors than ever before. The show will open to the public tomorrow morning and will run from 5 to 15 March 2015 at the Palexpo venue next door to the Geneva International Airport.
If you are coming to the Geneva Motor Show next week or the following week as a visitor, you would do well to put the below new releases right at the very to of your “to see list”. They are without a doubt the most spectacular of all cars on display at the Swiss motor show. Click through to the images for more info on each car!
Highlights of the Geneva Motor Show 2015
The Koenigsegg Regera has been a highlight of the show for us. It it the article that our readers have viewed the most times. It features the traditional 5.0 litre V8 coupled to three electronic motors for a total figure of 1,500 hp. Through talking to various people at the Swedish manufacturer, we can reveal that four have been sold already with a further 80 up for grabs as part of a production run. The price is 1.8 million USD!
McLaren P1 GTR
The McLaren P1 GTR is a visual as well as a technical masterpiece. It is a stripped out version of the road-going McLaren P1; the GTR will not be seen on the road anytime soon though. Owners will pay £1.98 million for 6 annual race events including tyres, fuel, servicing, access to personal training and time in the McLaren simulator among other benefits. Whatsmore, owners will be able to keep the cars in their own garage once deliveries start this summer.
McLaren 675 LT
The McLaren 675 LT is a hardcore version of the McLaren 12C and McLaren 650S. The LT (which stands for long tail) gets a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, 50 percent new components and dry weight is down to 1,230kg. Customers will be able to spec five ‘By McLaren’ hero specifications, which include four bespoke colours; Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey.
Ferrari 488 GTB
Ferrari’s latest and greatest is the Ferrari 488 GTB. Built upon the success of the Ferrari 458 Italia, the GTB gets a 3.9 litre twin-turbocharged V8, the first turbocharged mid-engined Ferrari since the legendary Ferrari F40. The engine is of course shared with the Ferrari California T unveiled last year. The 488 GTB’s unit features an extra 100 hp for a total figure of 661 hp.
Porsche 991 GT3 RS
The Porsche 991 GT3 RS flew into Geneva under our radar. We had expected to see it at the Volkswagen Group night on Monday this week but it never showed up. It wasn’t until we saw it on the Porsche stand on Tuesday that we realised the long-await track day rocket would put in an appearance. It features a supreme blend of 4.0 litre straight-six and 500 hp.
Porsche Cayman GT4
Porsche’s display was all about performance this year. The Porsche Cayman GT4 attracted a huge amount of attention earlier this year when Porsche released official details. The hype was still evident at the Volkswagen Group night and among the visitors to the Geneva Motor Show over the past few days. The Porsche Cayman GT4 features a mid-mounted 3.8-litre flat-six producing 385 horsepower!
Bentley EXP10 Speed 6
Another unexpected surprise at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Quite how Bentley managed to keep this one quiet we will never know! The Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 is a swooping 2-door Bentley GT car that we suspect will be targeting other sporting coupes such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Audi R8 and Jaguar F-Type Coupe. It will be interesting to see what Bentley does with this hybrid drive Coupe…
Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV
The most anticipated car at Geneva this year is the Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV. Many expected it to be hyper aggressive and in many respects it did not disappoint! The Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV gets the same 6.5-litre V12 engine with a modest power boost of 50 hp together with a weight reduction of 50 kg. Performance is expected to just as jaw dropping as the looks.
Aston Martin Vulcan
Aston Martin have taken a One 77 chassis, modified it to look nothing like the One 77 and added a 7.0 litre V12. What a car! A no-holds-barred racer, the Aston Martin Vulcan has been designed to rival the McLaren P1 GTR and the brand new Ferrari FXXK.
We have to admit to being a little underwhelmed by the Audi R8 when it was first released in the lead up to the Geneva Motor Show 2015. Having seen the car in person, we can confirm that it looks a lot better than the release pictures portray. In fact, the team were unanimous in our love of the new Audi R8.
BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car
The BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car has made it onto our list for its technical prowess! BMW have fitted this one-off vehicle with an innovative water induction system which sprays liquid into the charge air cooling system to reduce emissions, increase reliability and increase power output.
Mercedes-Benz G 500 4×4
We drove the mighty Mercedes-Benz G 500 4×4 before the Geneva Motor Show had even began and loved it. It looks like a regular G-Wagen on stilts but features such a huge amount of changes, we suspect it should probably be termed an entirely different car. It features dual suspension springs to each wheel as well as the Mercedes-AMG GT’s 4.0 litre V8 with the integrated turbocharging system.
The Mercedes-AMG GT3 replaces the hugely successful Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3 as the company’s GT3 race car for customers. The moment Mercedes drove the stripped out racer onto the stage will remain with us for quite some time! The GT3 offers the same 6.2-litre V8 engine as the outgoing SLS for reasons of reliability while the 4.0 litre unit is fully evaluated.
The Pullman revives the iconic luxury limousine for the current generation S-Class. The Maybach brand has the honour of wearing the badge once more and Mercedes have tailored the car to fit the new Maybach sub-brand. Underneath the Mercedes-Maybach features a V12 engine a raft of comfort features for all six occupants!
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale
The final Bugatti was always going to be something special. Number 450 was purchased by an Arab owner and will be named the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale. It features a red carbon fibre finish with a red and white leather interior. Underneath it is the 1,200 hp W16 which powers the La Finale!
Tuning Highlights at the Geneva Motor Show 2014
ABT Audi TT
The ABT Audi TT looks just like we would hope the Audi TT RS to look. It features a menacing black paint job with blacked out windows and black wheels, murdered out as some would say! The four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0 litre engine is uprated from 230 hp to 310 hp and 440 Nm of torque.
Hamann Limited Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
The Hamann Limited Lamborghini Aventador Roadster was also on display at the Geneva Motor Show this year. The Aventador gets a similar bodykit to the coupe revealed last year.
Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 6×6
This crazy concept is obviously inspired by the Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6×6. It comes equipped with a 6.2-litre General Motors LS3 V8 engine, driving a six-speed automatic gearbox. Power is expected to be around 430 hp and it will keep the locking differentials and low range gear capability.
Mansory Huracan Torofeo
The name reflects the Spanish word ‘Toro’, meaning bull, as well as the Super Trofeo Motorsports series. Mansory have applied their expertise to every body panel. Power is up to 1,000 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque making this the most powerful Lamborghini Huracan yet.
Brabus Rocket 900
The final tuning car on our (non-exhaustive) list is the Brabus Rocket 900. The Brabus Rocket 900 takes the game to new levels as it utilities the V12 bi-turbo engine taken from the S 65 AMG. Brabus have reworked a number of components and as a result, as the name suggests, the Brabus car creates a staggering 900 horsepower!