Once again Geneva yields a first class crop of cars, here are the highlights for me…
991 GT3 RS
Predictably I think this is as good as it gets! 500bhp, huge rear aero, extra cooling, trick air flow for the front wheel arches. I’m sure I will talk about this again soon, but for now I will have to just wait for videos of it to be released. I thought the regular GT3 was good but this is the next level.
The hot hatch market continues to become more competitive with both the Civic Type-R and the Focus RS, I’m not convinced on the looks of the Civic as it seem to me to be a little out of proportion (the styling excessively large for the size of car) but 310bhp and an aledged 7:50 on the Nordschleife is enough to keep me interested, I’m looking forward to seeing one in the flesh, the tech spec is as expected, very good! Honda as many others now opting to turbo the CTR.
Ford Focus RS
The Focus RS I like a lot, I like the styling being more subtle than the previous car (I thought the previous car was overly garish), I like the 320bhp, I like the 4 wheel drive and I like the fact it is 5 door only. Interesting that the 3 most aggressive hot hatches only come in 5 doors (RS3, A45 AMG and the Focus RS), but certainly in this case it suits the car perfectly. The spec is too long to mention but I want to know more about the “Drift Mode” for sure…
Lamborghini Aventador LP750-SV
Classic Lamborghini, crazy power, crazy car. V12 Lamborghini’s generally are wildly styled, this is clearly no exception, judged on pure visual drama alone this is the winner.
Renault Clio 220 Trophy
Obviously to me a Clio with the word Trophy after it should be special, unfortunately this is not special enough. It does have more power and plenty of suspension tweeks but I would have hoped for more. Maybe the Trophy is Renaults latest revision and there will be a Trophy R as see on the Megane, I hope so as this feels like being short changed!
Audi R8 V10 Plus
The new R8 V10, the car has undergone substantial development, 610bhp, 200mph+, 3.2 0-60 all very impressive. The styling has taken on the updated Audi corporate look and the wheels on the V10 look superb. This has the makings for a car that is every bit as good as the original.
Mercedes AMG GT3
The GT3, simple, looks amazing and thanks to God the tried and tested M159 6.2 V8 lives on (not that the 4.0 V8 turbo engine will be bad).
Another amazing car from Koenigsegg. I would love to see Christian Von Koenigsegg’s ideas book, it must read something like this, “2014, make car with 1:1 power to weight with 1300bhp+, 2015, make hybrid car with 1500bhp+ and direct drive”, crazy and utterly brilliant. No doubt there will be a host of special innovations as we see on a regular basis from Koenigsegg. Considering Sweden is the land of the speed camera you have love Koenigsegg!
The video below is a talk though the quite staggering Regera with Christian Von Koenigsegg.
As you can see it was quite a show…