Like every year, the vehicle manufacturers presented their concepts and novelties early March at the 86th Geneva Motor Show, the first European motor show of the year. And there was plenty to see. Especially aficionados of exotic sports cars came at their own expense. Many manufacturers of conventionally powered, hybrid and electrically powered performance cars presented their models for the first time this year. The performance limits seem to be open upwards. But only a few of the super cars could come close to the highlight of the trade fair: the 1,500 HP of strong Bugatti Chiron, named after Louis Chiron, who rode a decisive victory on a Bugatti in the 1920s and 1930s.
The German sports car manufacturer Gumpert was presented himself under the name Apollo Automotive GmbH, because the factory had been taken over by a Chinese Consortium. The internal titled sports car „Arrow“ brings with his 4 litre V8 BiTurbo a total of 1000 HP on the street. The arrow passes the 100 km/h mark in 2.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of around 360 km/h. The streamlined Kevlar is carbon bodywork on a tubular steel frame.
The new Centenario Lamborghini is nearly as fast with less power. The 6.5 litre V12 engine produces 770 HP and accelerates the 1.75 million euro sprinter from 0-100 mph in 2.8 seconds. The peak is at 350 km/h. What do you expect as a minimum requirement of a sports car, just sitting it, enjoy the athletic comfort, fireing up and feeling the sound and the vibration of the engine, speed up and watching the tachometer when playing with the forces of the engine. Of course, this Lamborghini Centenario meets fully with all these requirements – they even put one on top: the infotainment system with 10 inch touch screen, Apple car play, navigation system, and the storage of telemetry data such as speed, acceleration and forces. Available for each individual driver for comparison. Two built-in onboard cameras will record the driver on demand when driving.
McLaren lets the sun shine in: the McLaren 675LT is now available as a spider. Although one could forgo a major redesign of the carbon fiber of Monococques at McLaren, the spider weighs approx. 40kg more than the Coupé. This additional weight is due to the roof. However, this extra weight has no effect on the handling characteristics. The 3.8 liter BiTurbo V8 engine in the rear of the spiders makes a total of 675HP. The 675LT spider reaches the 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds. The roof can be opened and closed during the ride at a speed below 30 km/h.
The driver of a Bugatti Chiron might look still pale compared to the Arash F10, constructed in the UK. A whole of 2080 HP performance promises the hybrid athlete. In the rear acts a 900 HP 6.2 litre V8 motor. At each of the four wheels has an electric motor with its own gear. So this hyper athlete uses 5 engines and 5 transmission. This vehicle is a plunge into other dimensions.
Almost tame, however, seems the prototype of the Aston Martin DB11. The 5.2 litre V12 BiTurbo boosted engine known from the last James Bond movie produces 517 HP, still being developed in terms of the performance. Compared to the previous cars, he still appears like a luxury sedan.
Chevrolet Corvette C7 Grand Sport represented the spirit of American muscle and performance cars on the Geneva automobile Salon. A customized adjustable suspension, a limited-slip differential and the aerodynamics package makes the Corvette to a racing machine. The Z7 built 6.2 litre V8 engine, however, stays untouched and still produces 466 HP.
690 HP for a family carriage and 3.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, is the dream of any fresh baked family father. The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso makes it possible. As the successor of the Ferrari FF he stands in nothing after its successful predecessor. The 2 + 2 seater, all-wheel drive, a 65.3 liter V12 engine and the length of 4922 mm makes it an everyday sports car. The top speed is 335 km/h
Be honest? Do you know a car manufacturer from Denmark? The Danish sport car manufacturer Zenvo ST1 presented the Zenvo TS1. An at least 850 HP strong racing and performance car, which will be tamed to 650 HP in the rain. In the rear acts a biturbo charged 5.9 liter V8 motor. The maximum speed is limited to about 375 km/h due to an electronic throttle. The Danish manufacture will limit the number of deliveries of the Zenvo TS1 to 15 pieces.
Wing doors are again on the rise. To be seen on the Quantum F or the Italdesign GT zero. The concept of rising upwards folding doors is recorded in two vehicles. The quantum F already promises a huge quantum leap in terms of range and fuel stops. (The electric car can reach 1000 km. It is fueled with ionically charged liquid, which supplies a voltage of 735 Volts at the end. The electric motors develop maximum 800 HP and a maximum torque of 2900 NM on each wheel. Maximum speed of the silent streaker: 300 km/h and 0-100km / h, it accelerates in 2.8 seconds.
The Italdesign GT zero Shootingbrake is still designed as a design study, but already has some impressive specifications. The drive operates two electric motors on the front axle and one electric motor on the rear axle. Total output is estimated at 435 HP. With a top speed of approximately 250 km/h, the shooting brake about should reach about 500 km.
Electric mobility is also advancing in terms of the hypersports cars. As for example the Rimac concept which has a power of over 1000 HP and a torque of 1600 nM due to its electric drive. It reaches the mark of 300 km/h in about 14 seconds. Figures that show that electric mobility is quite competitive, when it only comes to achieve acceleration and high speed in the sector of Super – and hyper sports cars.
But electric mobility arrives also in everydays vehicles performance. Have you ever dreamed a 400 HP strong DS? The Company DS, founded by Citroen, presented their biggest innovation at this year’s motor show – the GT Coupé DS E-tense. As the name suggests, this DS is the operator electrically and should reach 320 km. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 14 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of approximately 250 km/h.
A small successful vehicle from the 50s draws big attention in the mass production segment: the Swiss kick scooter company micro took up the design of the BMW Isetta and constructed the electrically powered Microlino prototype. Reach 90 km and a top speed of 80 km / h. Certainly for the city, it is a real future vision.