The Geneva Motor Show is packed to the brim with new car models, concepts and a plethora of official unveilings. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything take a look at our show overview.
Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black & White Edition
Striking exterior additions for both DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White editions include carbon fibre side strakes and black window surrounds, reinforcing the powerful visual themes.
Inside, a strong black styling theme with a choice of accent colours in line with the caliper shade showcases carbon fibre details and new black hardware. Bespoke sill plaques with the Carbon Black or Carbon White logo, communicate the cars’ rarity, too.
Today’s DB9 AM11 V12 engine has been tweaked to deliver effortless torque of up to 620 Nm and peak power of 517 PS.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430
The new V8 Vantage N430. Honed on the track to excel on the road, N430 – available in Coupe or Roadster form – boasts a power hike to 436 PS at 7,300 rpm that brings its output up to that of the spirited V8 Vantage S.
A purposeful package of dark-themed exterior details – graphite painted forged alloy wheels alongside black front grille, headlamp bezels, exterior meshes, side window surrounds and textured tailpipe finishers and clear rear lamps with black surrounds - convey the appropriate air of menace and excitement.
There are optional club sports graphics packs to add to racing heritage which are inspired by the CC100 Speedster concept and DBR1.
The N430 comes as standard such as carbon fibre and Kevlar® seats and ten-spoke forged alloy wheels in a new graphite painted finish – together yielding a weight saving of 20 kg. This model’s inspiration draws upon the V8 Vantage GT4 racer and racing heritage from the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife hence the ‘N’ at the start of the model name.
The only optional extra is the 1000W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with ICEpower® technology.
The BMW X4 combines the hallmark features of the BMW X family with the sporting elegance of a classical coupé, resulting in BMW’s first Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) for the premium mid-size segment.
Its dynamic pedigree is underlined by a wide range of cutting-edge high-performance engines, the BMW X4 arrives with a choice of three diesel engines and xDrive all-wheel-drive system and a high level of standard equipment. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology ensures that performance is maintained while fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are kept to a minimum.
The BMW X4 has a load capacity of between 500 and 1400 litres which, thanks to the standard 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats and a standard-fit automatically opening tailgate. The rear bench seats comes with the type of continuously moulded side support normally only provided by two individual seats, but still offers space for three passengers.
BMW 2 series active tourer
This is BMW’s first ever front wheel drive model but is still a family friendly 5 seater vehicle (7 seater version coming later). Power will be coming from BMW TwinPower Turbo engines and there is option to have BMW’s four wheel drive system called XDrive.
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
This model makes it public debut at Geneva and is due to go on sale in June.
The 4-series Gran Coupé is 14mm longer, 14mm wider and 40mm lower than the 3-series saloon.
The 4-series Gran Coupé will be launched with a choice of five engines and either a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic gearbox. A further two diesel engines are planned to follow this year. All models are rear wheel drive as standard but an optional four wheel drive will be available on the 420d xDrive at launch.
Ferrari California T
The Ferrari California T is very different from the outgoing model as the naturally aspirated V8 in the previous California has been replaced with a 3,855cc V8 boosted by a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers. The new engine develops 553bhp at 7,500rpm, up from 483bhp at 7,500rpm.
More significant is that maximum torque climbs by 49 per cent, from 505Nm at 5,000rpm to 755Nm at 4,750rpm.
The nose of the California T has been designed to look similar to the latest model in the line-up whilst be easy recognisable as a Ferrari.
The California T features revised steering and a new suspension set-up, which includes a new generation of Magnaride dampers that react 50 per cent faster. The California T also has the latest evolution of Ferrari’s F1-Trac traction control system.
The brakes have been overhauled, too, including new composite discs and pads, and a new ESP 8.0 system that allows the California T to brake from 62mph to 0mph in just 34 metres.
Honda Civic Type R
The new Civic Type R concept made its debut at Geneva marking Honda’s return to hot hatch market. Honda has penned this model as a ‘racing car for the road’. The Type R will be powered by a brand-new 2.0-litre turbocharged motor with Honda saying it is already good for “over 276bhp”
Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
The new XFR-S Sportbrake has 542 bhp and is capable of 186 mph whilst having a load of capacity of 1675 litres. This is Jaguar's first high performance estate which is available in April and this sportbrake will sprint to 0 to 60mph in 4.6 seconds.
Jaguar reveals their new model called Jaguar XE which is set for release in 2015
Jaguar says it will "be the most advanced, efficient and refined sports sedan in its class"
Land Rover Discovery XXV
Land Rover Celebrates 25th anniversary of the Discovery with commemorative edition called the Discovery XXV.
The original Discovery was introduced in 1989, originally being designed to fill a gap between the more utilitarian Defender and the Range Rover. Over 1 million Discovery models have been sold since its launch in 1989.
The XXV is based on the existing HSE Luxury specification and comes finished in four exterior Causeway Grey, Santorini Black, Fuji White and Indus Silver paint. It gets Narvik Black grille surrounds and mirror caps, as well as full-length silver roof rails. Unique 20-inch alloys and XXV badging on the front doors and tailgate are also fitted.
Inside, the fascia, instrument binnacle and door tops are covered in Windsor leather. There is a choice of three interior leather colourway options: ebony, cirrus and dual tone-tone ebony/cirrus. Twist pile carpet and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with subtle XXV embossing marking out it’s a special edition model.
Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic
A sportier version of Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque has been revealed at the Geneva motor show. The Evoque Autobiography Dynamic gets increased power and more dynamic handling.
The Dynamic is powered by an upgraded version of the existing 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 281bhp, up 44bhp, and 295lb ft, an increase of 44lb ft. The performance gains are as a result of a new single-scroll turbo, recalibrated engine mapping and a new sports exhaust.
The Evoque’s suspension features tweaks to the geometry, firmer springs and recalibrated dampers. The result, says Land Rover, is increased agility and turn-in response, without impacting on ride quality.
The nine-speed ZF automatic gearbox has been recalibrated to respond quicker to inputs and now the Evoque Autobiography Dynamic is capable of reaching 60mph in 6.7sec and a top speed limited to 140mph.
Available in both three- and five-door body styles, the Evoque Autobiography Dynamic gets a new grille design, a lower front valance, darkened headlights and taillights, 20-inch forged alloy wheels and a unique Phoenix Orange paint finish (optional). A black contrast roof is standard.
Enhancements have been made to Land Rover’s in car connectability as a new Land Rover InControl app across the range will allow the driver to operate apps on a connected Apple or Android device via the vehicle’s touchscreen.
Mercedes Benz S Class Coupe
Mercedes-Benz has shown the all new S Class coupe which is the world’s first car to feature a ‘curve tilting’ function – part of the optional Magic Body Control suspension. This means that the new S-Class Coupé is capable of leaning into bends when cornering. The result is improved riding comfort and stability, especially on winding country roads.
Expressive coupé styling combines sporty-classic proportions with luxurious specification. At the front, a striking diamond grille is flanked by full-LED headlamps, creating a distinctive, self-assured presence. Frameless doors accentuate the car’s dramatic profile, while striking two-piece LED tail-lights dominate the rear.
Inside, the stylish cabin is equipped with a two-part thin-film-transistor screen incorporating the instruments and navigation/infotainment functions. This can be operated via the optional touchpad, which is controlled by fingertip gesture in the same way as a smartphone touchscreen.
MINI Clubman Concept
The concept form of the new MINI Clubman makes it official debut. Many of MINI’s previous concepts design features make the final production model. This time around the single rear-hinged rear side door dropped in favour of four front-hinged frameless doors. The traditional barn-style rear doors of its predecessors have been retained.
The latest Clubman is larger, wider and taller for added space, practicality and versatility for it take on competition from premium brand hatchback rivals.
The new Clubman is set to get a similar engine line-up to that of the smaller three-door hatchback, which is due to go on sale next month. Included in the range are 1.5-litre three-cylinder and 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel units in combination with either a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic gearbox.
Morgan Plus 4
Morgan boost the output of the Plus 4 along with other improvements to refresh the model. A retuned ECU by Morgan develops 154bhp and 148lb ft, an increase on the current car’s 145bhp and 140lb ft. Kerb weight is unchanged at 877kg even with new features: new dashboard layout, new interior trim packages and new VDO instrumentation.
Morgan introduced the Plus 4 in 1950 as a more powerful alternative to the 4/4. The original ceased production in 1969, before being resurrected for 15 years from 1985. The current car launched in 2005.
Porsche 919 Hybrid
At the Geneva International Motor Show, the new Porsche 919 Hybrid is celebrating its world premiere for the top category of the 2014 World Endurance Championships (WEC). The innovative hybrid prototype will be joined by the Porsche 911 RSR at the Porsche exhibition area in Geneva as well as at all eight races of the WEC series, whose season highlight will certainly be the 24 hours of Le Mans. Porsche will also be showing the Macan S Diesel1) to the public for the first time in Geneva, and the 911 Targa2) is making its European debut.
The new petrol-electric hybrid-powered prototype has been constructed to the latest LMP1 regulations, which stipulate the car must not exceed 4650mm in length, 1900mm in width and 1050mm in height and weigh no less than 870kg.
919 Hybrid is powered by a newly developed single-turbo 2.0-litre V4 direct-injection petrol engine that forms a load-bearing function within the chassis.
The combustion engine is supported by an electric motor mounted within the front axle that uses lithium-ion batteries. The electric motor provides drive to the front wheels when activated, giving the 919 Hybrid temporary four-wheel-drive capability.
The 919 Hybrid will mark Porsche’s return to the premiere class of Le Man 24 hour in June with two 919 Hybrids world renowned drivers behind the wheel. F1 driver, Mark Webber, 37-year-old Australian will be partnered in one car by 24-year-old New Zealander Brendon Hartley and 33-year-old German Timo Bernhard.33-year-old German Marc Lieb together with 36-year-old French ace Romain Dumas and 30-year-old Swiss driver Neel Jani.
Porsche Macan S Diesel
Another Porsche is celebrating its world premiere in Geneva as a masterful example of intelligent performance: the Macan S Diesel. Its 258 bhp (190 kW) three-litre turbocharged engine makes it a fuel-efficient version of the sportiest compact SUV. Zero to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and 6.1 litres of diesel per 100 km – these are the figures that define driving in the Macan S Diesel. They also make it a genuine long-distance sport vehicle.
Porsche 911 Targa
The new 911 Targa is now appearing for the first time in a European show after its world premiere in Detroit in January. Like the classic car of 1965, the new model has a distinctive bar in place of B pillars, a moving roof section over the front seats and a wrap-around rear windscreen without C pillars. However, unlike the original Targa, the roof segment opens and closes in a spectacular sequence at the push of a button. That too is intelligent performance.
Apply Car Display
Apple has developed a new system called the ‘CarPlay’ which allows iPhone users to interface with car's controls and displays, allowing drivers to quickly access commonly used functions with the minimum of distraction.
CarPlay will allow users to make calls, listen to music, gain traffic-based route guidance and access messages with a simple vocal command or button press.
Siri, Apple's intelligent personal assistant, can also be accessed with a push of a button on the steering wheel, and further used to dictate new messages or make return calls. Ferrari
and Volvo are the first manufacturers to have this system but it will be rolled out to more in the future including BMW
, Nissan and Toyota.
CarPlay is offered as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-equipped iPhones, including all fifth-generation models.
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