The most anticipated show every year in the car world is the Geneva Motor Show. This year however, unfortunately due to the COVID – 19 virus, the show had to be cancelled and manufacturers were forced to take their reveals online. Here’s a look at some of the biggest reveals this year:
McLaren 765 LT
McLaren has taken the already bonkers fast 720s and made it even madder with the 765 LT. LT, which stands for Long Tail, is a McLaren formula for making the standard versions of their car even more powerful. The 765 LT is powered by a twin turbo V8 making 765bhp and 800nm of torque, enabling a 0 – 100kmph time of 2.8seconds. The transmission has been reworked to have 15% faster in-gear accelerations than the 720s. It is also lighter than the 720s and weighs at 1229 Kilograms, nearly 80 kilograms less. Design changes are the LT aerodynamic package which includes front splitter, front bumper, front floor, side skirts, rear bumper, rear diffuser and more massive ‘longtail’ active rear wing, all in carbon fibre.
At the rear, is a quad exit full titanium exhaust system producing the ‘LT soundtrack,’ and is also 40% lighter compared to the traditional steel system.
Customers not entirely happy with the Bentley Continental GT Convertible can look forward to seeing the new Bacalar designed by the oldest coachbuilder in the world, Mulliner. Costing an eye-watering £1.5million, billed as being the “rarest two-door Bentley of the modern era,” the new Bacalar is a roofless car with only two seats instead of the Continental GTC’s four-seat cabin. All of the exterior parts have been specifically designed for the Bacalar. While the exterior is no doubt special, it’s inside where Mulliner pulled out all the stops to make the Bacalar look and feel special. The dashboard uses super-rare Riverwood, which Bentley characterizes as being, “a sustainable wood from naturally fallen trees that has been preserved for 5,000years in peat bogs, lakes and rivers found in the Fenlands of East Anglia, England.” The seat inserts, seatbacks, and the side of the headrests are made from natural wool cloth, while the Wilton-woven pure wool deep pile carpets complete the look. As a final touch, the car comes bundled with a matching set of luggage using the same embroidery as seen on the seats. At the heart of the Bacalar is the all new twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine, making a massive 650horsepower and 900nm of torque. It’s hooked up to a revised eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission promising to deliver quicker gear shifts, enabling a 0 to 100 km/h run in three and a half seconds and a top speed surpassing 322 km/h.
Hyundai Prophecy Concept
Hyundai has teased its new future design language, called ‘Optimistic Futurism.’ The concept is pure EV, which Hyundai hints at all of its future models being entirely autonomous, with steering wheels being replaced by Joysticks. One feature that we don’t have to wait for long, are the new Pixel Lamp exterior lights, which Hyundai says will find its way onto models soon.
Mansory Audi RS6 Avant
There is no Geneva show without a release by Mansory, this year they brought their version of the Audi RS6 Avant. A jet black paint job, orange accents (from the centre stripe to the brake calipers), and new 22-inch forged wheels give the Audi wagon an even more-aggressive look. Not to mention Mansory fiddled with the twin-turbo 4.0litre engine, too. The RS6 Avant now packs 720horsepower and 738pound-feet of torque, good for a 100kmph sprint of 3.2seconds.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
The Turbo is the most important car in Porsche’s 911 lineup, and it’s gotten bigger, wider, has more technology, sits lower, and has a bigger turbo attached to a rear engine 3.8litre flat six with lots of new tech managing the boost. It does 0-100 in 2.6seconds, makes 640bhp and will have an eight speed dual clutch PDK transmission. Its rivals are the Mercedes AMG GTR, the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan Evo, but it’s always known to beat them in a straight line.
Aston Martin V12 Speedster
Aston Martin joined the ‘roofless, windowless club’ with the V12 speedster. With a limited run of 88 models, the V12 speedster draws inspiration from F/A-18 fighter jet and costs around a whopping 7crore. Made in collaboration with Boeing and created by the brand’s bespoke division ‘Q by Aston Martin,’ the V12 Speedster utilizes elements from both the DBS Superleggera and Vantage model lines to create its own unique platform. With independent double wishbone front, and multi-link rear suspension with coil springs and adaptive damping offering Sport, Sport+ and Track modes, the V12 Speedster also benefits from standard 21inch forged centre lock alloy wheels. Carbon Ceramic Brakes of 410mm on the front axle and 360mm at the rear are also standard equipment. Powering the V12 Speedster is Aston Martin’s 5.2litre, Twin-Turbo V12 engine, with a peak output of 700hp and 753nm of torque, mated to a ZF 8-Speed automatic transmission with a limited-slip differential driving the rear wheels. The V12 Speedster is able to accelerate to 100kmph in 3.5seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 300kmph.
Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport
Bugatti felt some customers weren’t quite happy with the performance of their Chiron, so they’ve come out with the Chiron Pur Sport. It is still powered by the iconic W16 quad turbo making 1500bhp and 1200nm of torque, the changes include increasing the rev band from 6700 to 6900rpm, making the gearbox quicker by shortening all seven gears by 15%, all new stiffer chassis and suspension, and magnesium alloy wheels that are four kilograms lighter than the Chiron. Limited to 60 vehicles, the car’s top speed is electronically limited to 350kmph. The most noticeable change is the new X wing at the rear, which Bugatti says is inspired from the X wing starfighter from Star Wars.
Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
Koenigsegg made headlines with the Jesko when it was released, thanks to its first of its kind nine speeds ‘Light Speed Transmission’ (LST) coupled with seven clutches. This year, Koenigsegg have dialed up the Jesko’s performance (which was already mind boggling) and released the Jesko Absolut. With a drag coefficient of just 0.278cd, powered by the world’s lightest 5.0litre twin turbo V8 making 1280bhp and 1500nm of torque, Koenigsegg claim the Jesko Absolut is the fastest production car in the world and is capable of reaching speeds of 500kmph. The previous record was held by the Agera RS, also made by Koenigsegg.