The build-up to the Geneva Motor Show was an accurate assessment that this year’s event was going to be the big daddy of previous shows. The event exceeded all expectations, kept visiting greaseheads in a state of indefinite revelry and showcased some very awesome new rides. These are some of the highlights of the cars on display.
The Lamborghini Veneno definitely made its presence felt at the Geneva Motor show. It was actually supposed to have been top secret and revealed at the event in lieu of Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary but that plan went south when several images of the Veneno were leaked on the internet. Lamborghini are building only three units of this fine specimen and it is estimated to be priced at a whopping £2.6 million. This street legal car is based on the Aventador and it boasts superbly enhanced aerodynamic efficiency. Its 6.5-litre V12 engine translates into a top speed of 221mph.
Ferrari’s latest flagship supercar, the La Ferrari hogged more than its fair share of the spotlight. Going by the code name F150, its powertrain is a hybrid setup that has fused the Ferrari’s 6.3-liter V-12 engine along with the HY-KERS hybrid setup. Incidentally this serves to decrease emissions and boost output. Boosted output in Ferrari language loosely translates into serious power. Insanely, the combined system will kick out a ferocious 963 HP. It can bang out a speed of 60mph in less than three seconds and it hits a top speed of about 217mph.
The unveiling of the 2014 McLaren P1 clearly illustrated that McLaren spared no expense when it came to constructing their ultimate showpiece. The P1 is another outstanding supercar that earns its kudo set from its aerodynamic prowess (as suggested by its streamlined body). Under the hood lurks a 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 that churns out 903 HP and 663 lbs-ft of torque. Downforce is boosted automatically as the rear wing adjusts at speed. In less than 17 seconds, it will hit a speed of 186 mph.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
The likes of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible puts a stamp on the notion that the Geneva Motorshow is the world’s premier car show. This super slick convertible has a roof that can be electronically lowered with the aid of a remote control. Packing a mean 6.2-liter V8 engine (known as the LT1), it pushes out an estimated 450 HP and it is accompanied by a seven-speed manual transmission. The LT1 utilises cutting edge technology to enhance fuel efficiency and general performance. One thing is for sure, this Stingray will give a lot of people whiplash when they turn their heads to get a gaze of the awesomeness.
The 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith also made its much anticipated debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The Wraith showcases fastback styling and the icing on the cake has to be the rearward suicide doors. The interior boasts unquestionable style and comfort. The four seater cabin is accompanied by wooden trim. Premium leather upholstery also adds to the aura of exclusivity that Rolls Royce is universally known for. The cabin’s ceiling is draped with a Starlight Headliner which contains 1 340 fiber optic lamps that projects the impression of a starry spangled sky. Like an articulate Hulk Hogan it is elegant and still packs some serious muscle under the hood. Its V12 engine works in conjunction with the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission which makes provision to go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
Subaru Viziv Concept
Subaru, the quintessential speed freaks also enjoyed basking in the limelight with the revealing of their Viziv Concept which is a crossover concept and it packs a Subaru Boxer Diesel Hybrid under the hood. The name Viziv has been inspired by the words vision of inspiration. Subaru have stated that they wanted to create a vehicle that projects a balance between a cabin and a solid looking body. It is a four seater two door concept that has motor driven rear wheels. The concept is accompanied by an all-wheel-drive system called Independent-rear-motor-driven symmetrical AWD. Individual control of the rear wheels is available, compliments of the new system.