Last night, the GTspirit team were hard at work bringing you the latest content from the Geneva Motor Show 2016. The traditional start to the Geneva Motor Show is with the Volkswagen Group Night Preview. Due to the current turmoil within the Volkswagen Group, this year’s event was more sedate than previous years. Yet we were still treated to a number of incredible surprises.
The Volkswagen Group Night shows the major premieres of the Volkswagen portfolio. The Volkswagen Group comprises of Volkswagen, Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Ducatti, MAN, Bugatti and Bentley.
Among the premieres was the Bugatti Chiron which we had seen for the first time a few hours earlier. The Chiron is an incredible machine with 1,500 hp from an 8.0-litre W16 engine, completely redesigned for a 25 percent power boost. The Chiron uses four higher-performance turbochargers and duplex fuel injection with 32 injectors and a titanium exhaust.
The chassis of the Bugatti Chiron is a highly sophisticated monocoque prepared to LMP1 level. It is 8 kg lighter and features torsional rigidity of 50,000 Nm per degree. The bodywork is also complete carbon fibre with six layers of clear coat applied for a perfect finish. A unique feature is the body panel that extends from the A-pillar to the rear.
Porsche offered the brand new Porsche 718 Boxster for us to see. The Porsche 718 Boxster is quite simply the biggest shakeup of the range in 20 years. The luggage compartment lids, the windscreen and the convertible roof are the only parts carried over from the previous model. The front is wider with larger air intakes, LED daytime running lights and Bi-Xenon headlights give the Boxster a distinct look.
The mid-engined two-seater gets a new turbocharged 2.0-litre flat four boxer engine with 300 hp (220 kW) and 380 Nm of torque. The 718 Boxster S has a 2.5-litre engine which develops 350 hp (257 kW) and 420 Nm of torque. Both use turbochargers with variable turbine geometry. The power gains equate to 35 hp over the ongoing models while fuel efficiency is up by 13 percent.
Lamborghini chose to display the Huracan Avio rather than the special Centenario. The Lamborghini Huracan Avio is one of the most exclusive Huracans available. Just 250 will be produced.
Volkswagen’s contribution to the Group Night was the ‘Budd.e’ microbus concept. Fitted with an all-electric powerplant, the concept is a modern take of the famous VW Microbus that was launched around 1950. The Bulli Microbus Concept could do 185 miles on a single charge of its’ lithium-ion battery pack and had a power output of 114 hp.
Volkswagen also had their Phideon on display, a car which will only be placed on sale in China. The Volkswagen Phideon gets a traditional saloon shape with sharp contours to the bonnet, a high radiator grille with chrome crossbars and dual LED headlights and daytime running lights. Inside, the Phideon is designed for those that like to be driven. The rear has an emphasis on space and luxury with seat ventilation, heating and a massage function. Atmosphere is created by a wrap around ambient light strip. As a finishing touch, the Phideon is also fitted with an electric soft-closing system for the doors.
The Audi Q2 is Audi’s latest and greatest from the Geneva Motor Show 2016. The long awaited small SUV finally broke cover last night and is expected to sell extremely well. The Audi Q2 gets a Singleframe grille in octagonal design, a low roof with color offset blades, a long roof spoiler and a diffuser. The Audi Q2 measures 1.51 meters (5.0 ft) tall and 1.79 meters (5.9 ft) wide. The overhangs are short with a vehicle length of 4.19 meters (13.7 ft) and a wheelbase of 2.60 meters (8.5 ft). It weights 1,205 kg unladen.
From launch, Audi will offer six engines; three TFSI and three TDI. The petrol engines include an efficient three-cylinder 1.0 TFSI engine with 116 hp, a 1.4 TFSI with 150 hp and cylinder deactivation and a powerful four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine with 190 hp. The diesel range includes a four-cylinder 1.6 liter unit with 116 hp and two 2.0 TDI engines with 150 hp and 190 hp.
Bentley have the facelift Mulsanne on display. For the first time, the Mulsanne is offered as a standard model, a long wheel base model and a performance variant. The definitive changes include a new front grille.
The fenders, bonnet, radiator shell, grilles, lights and bumpers, fore and aft have all been restyled. The new grille is stainless steel with vertices vanes. It is 80 mm wider than before and retains the matrix grille behind the vanes. The headlights are all-LED and incorporate the chrome capped headlamp washers. At the rear, the Mulsanne gets new tail lights which incorporate a B theme and a redesigned bumper.