True to its history of showcasing the innovative, the inspiring, the intelligent and the incredible, the recently-concluded 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show had enough stellar debuts, great design and high-tech performance to keep auto enthusiasts thinking, shopping and dreaming until next year’s expo (March 8-18, 2018!).
Porsche‘s four-car unveiling included the new 911 GTS, the Panamera Sport Turismo, 2018 Turbo S E-Hybrid and the next-generation 911 GT3.
Porsche chairman Oliver Blume said, “The strategy is building great cars, cars that people desire. As we evolve in new directions, I think there is an important reminder here. The GT3 carries Porsche’s DNA most obviously.”
Standard on the new GT3 is a 4.0-liter six-cylinder aspirated engine (500 hp), racing chassis, high-performance brakes, and 20” 911 GT3 wheels.
What price beauty? About $285,000 for the newly designed, new twin-turbocharged (zero-to-60 in 2.8 sec.) 4.0-liter V8-powered McLaren 720S.
Horsepower for the second generation Super Series entry is 710 (720 PS, or metric horsepower, ergo the name). Lightweighted via carbon fiber to 2,829 pounds.
An electric/autonomous package, the two-door Trezor concept from Renault is powered by the electric motor used in the Renault Formula E racer. Trezor delivers 350 hp and 380 Nm torque, goes from 0 to 62 mph (100 km) in under four seconds, and weighs in at 1,600 kg (3,527 pounds).
The Show’s visitors got a look at Cedric, the Volkswagen Group’s first concept car, and saw no steering wheel, no pedals, and no conventional cockpit controls or instruments, which lack Volkswagen says permits “a completely new sense of well-being in the vehicle–a welcome home feeling.” Operation is voice-controlled.
Johann Jungwirth, Volkswagen’s chief digital officer, says he believes the company will be a leading mobility provider by 2025 and will “in part become a software and services company” in the process.
VW plans to develop fully autonomous vehicles to offer greater comfort and convenience than current cars, while dramatically reducing the number of road deaths and “truly democratizing mobility.”
Only five of the Zerouno from Italdesign will be made, and a $1.6 million price tag supports that exclusivity. Customized finishes and performance packages are extra.
V-10, mid-engine, modular carbon fiber and aluminum chassis, all-carbon fiber body. Fins, scoops, wings, vents, splitters and more elements make it aerodynamically proficient, according to Car and Driver.
And from the Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems AG comes the bubble-shaped, easy-to-park, seating-for-two, cheap, electric Microlino prototype. Micro Mobility reportedly filled reservations for the first 500 production copies after the Geneva showing.
Range of about 100 km (62 mi); top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). Priced at €8,000 and €10,000 (US$8,950 and $11,200).