CARS: Geneva Motor Show 2011

The highlight of any self concerning car head is the Geneva Motor Show. Held in the Swiss city of Geneva, the shows always guarantees a whole host of crazy concepts and new releases for a number of manufacturers.

Here are a few of my favourites:

2011 Bentley Continental Supersports “Ice Speed Record” Convertible

The Bentley Continental Superspots “Ice Speed Record” Convertible sports the Flying B’s most-powerful engine ever, a 631-horsepower W12 kicking out 590 pound-feet of torque and sporting flex-fuel capability. The car Kankkunen set his record in ran exclusively on bio fuel.

Behind the impressive engine is a six-speed Quickshift automatic. The combo is good for a 3.8-second 0-60 sprint, with 100 mph coming up in just 9.5 seconds. Bentley claims that running the car on E85 will cut C02 emissions by up to 70 per cent.

Outside, the “Ice Speed Record” Supersports Convertible gets one of three unique colors: Beluga (above), Quartzite or Arctica White. Rounding out the package is a set of black 20-inch Supersports wheels.

Limited to 100 of these worldwide.

Audi A3/S3 Concept.

the five-cylinder engine that uses turbocharging and FSI to pump out 408 horsepower. Peak torque measures 368 pound feet, and all that power is available between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm. Audi claims its A3 concept can hit 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and is electronically governed to a top speed of 155 mph.

A seven-speed dual clutch gearbox handles shifting duties, and naturally, is naturally sent to all four wheels via Quattro all-wheel-drive. We’re rather intrigued by the 20-inch wheels that are molded from carbon fiber and aluminum, which should save weight in the most crucial area.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

Lamborghini’s fifth generation V12 supercar made its official debut in Geneva, 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, Top speed pegged at 217mph, 690bhp V12. £300,000. Enough said.

Ferrari FF

The Ferrari Four or FF is a four-wheel-drive, four-seat replacement for the 612 that claims new territory for the Prancing Horse marque. AND is contender for the worlds most ugly car.

Pagani Huayra

Not a lot of information on this one. The Huayra is the successor to the ever popular Pagani Zonda. I think it’ll be using the same or slightly modified 7.3 litre V12 made by AMG.

2012 Aston Martin Virage

The new Aston Martin Virage is conceived to slot between the DB9 and DBS, but after getting the low-down on the new 2012 Virage. The Virage uses Aston’s wonderfully vocal 6.0-liter V12 to crank out 490 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. In the Virage, those dozen cylinders are stirred exclusively through the company’s six-speed Touchtronic 2 paddle-shift transmission

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate

There aren’t very many significant changes to the 2012 version of the wagen, the few spotted ones:

Engine, the 451-horsepower 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 under the hood is a gravel-voiced honey of a powerplant, and even if you don’t add in the optional AMG Development package that boosts output to 481 hp, the end result is simply stunning.

Among the limited changes under the skin is the institution of AMG’s 7-speed Speedshift MCT gearbox derived from the cogswapper in the SL63 AMG. The transmission has a new ‘Controlled Efficiency’ mode, and combined with a new power steering pump and other small changes, Benz says the C63 gulps down about 10 percent less fuel than it did last year.

So, what’s new for 2012? There’s a new front fascia with a redesigned lower apron, grille and daytime running lamps, and the new headlamps are a bit more akin to what we see on the SL roadster. Inside, there’s a new dashboard with LCD screen, a revised three-spoke steering wheel, and an expanded range of optional tech features like lane-departure warning and internet access.



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