Star cars of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show
The 2017 Geneva Motor Show officially kicked off today, with manufacturers from across the globe showing off their latest and most impressive new models for the first time. We take a look at some of the stars of this year's show.
Porsche 911 GT3
The 2018 GT3 will no doubt be hugely appealing to Porsche purists. Where the current GT3 was only available with a dual-clutch, paddle-shift transmission, the new car features an old-school six-speed manual as a no-cost option. Its larger 4.0-litre flat-six engine also churns out an impressive 493bhp.
New Porsche 911 GT3. Love a red Porsche. Air intakes look mean. pic.twitter.com/JLDeRD8PSa— James Baggott (@CarDealerEd) 7 March 2017
As Europe's best-selling crossover, the new Qashqai is an incredibly important car for Nissan. The latest model features updates such as semi-autonomous drive technology, a more striking exterior design and improved interior quality.
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept
The new Qashqai has landed. It'll get semi-autonomous tech in the first quarter of 2018 pic.twitter.com/SQLPKnCTNT— James Fossdyke (@JFossdyke) 7 March 2017
Forming a part of Mercedes-AMG's 50th anniversary celebrations, the GT Concept gives a glimpse into what the future holds for the performance brand. A production version of the four-door concept will go up against the likes of the Porsche Panamera. Mercedes claims that its 4.0-litre V8 and electric motor is good for more than 800bhp, and will enable it to sprint from 0-60mph in less than three seconds.
Mazda's Soul Red may have competition in the top car colour stakes pic.twitter.com/UGGKhA29VR— James Fossdyke (@JFossdyke) 7 March 2017
The dashing 720S is McLaren's replacement for its hugely successful 650S. It sits upon the British manufacturer's latest Monocage II carbon-fibre frame, and is lighter and more powerful than ever before. It's powered by a new 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that develops 710bhp and 770Nm of torque. Dealing with the sprint from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, the 720S can hit a top speed of 212mph. Prices will start at £208,000.
Audi Q8 Sport Concept
The McLaren 720S looks amazing pic.twitter.com/0bZX44Ol5N— James Baggott (@CarDealerEd) 7 March 2017
The Q8 Sport Concept is, put simply, a sportier take on the Q8 Concept that was unveiled at the Detroit motor show earlier this year. It boasts RS-inspired styling for a far more aggressive look, as well as a 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 that is paired with an electric compressor and a "mild hybrid" set-up for a combined power figure of 469bhp. Torque stands at 700Nm, while 0-60mph takes just 4.5 seconds.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Audi Q8 is drawing the crowds here in Geneva. Looks great in orange. pic.twitter.com/RSGAzN1fpg— James Fossdyke (@JFossdyke) 7 March 2017
The aptly named 812 Superfast replaces the F12 in Ferrari's line-up. Its new 6.5-litre V12 produces a colossal 789bhp, allowing for a 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds and a top speed north of 211mph.
Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e
Ferrari really needs to sort out its naming policy, but the styling department has it nailed pic.twitter.com/HUwdXpoXVR— James Fossdyke (@JFossdyke) 7 March 2017
Bentley's new EXP 12 Speed 6e is arguably one of the prettiest cars to debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The luxurious, all-electric convertible concept car provides a glimpse into the British manufacturer's vision for the future. No word has been given on its performance or range capabilities, but it wouldn't be a far-fetched idea to assume Bentley will be making the most of its VW Group partnership with Porsche and its Mission E project.
The future of Bentley design looks stunning. So different to Bentayga. pic.twitter.com/L5GjbiZyYh— James Fossdyke (@JFossdyke) 7 March 2017
Audi's latest RS5 has lost two cylinders, now sporting a new 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 under the bonnet as opposed to the 4.2-litre V8 used by its predecessor. Power has been increased to 444bhp, while torque sits at 600Nm. This results in a 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 174mph.
With the second-generation XC60 SUV, Volvo hopes to take on the likes of the Jaguar F-Pace. The Swedish manufacturer is claiming that this new model is one of the "safest cars ever made", thanks to its extensive range of safety equipment. The new XC60 will be available with a choice of two diesel engines, one petrol and a hybrid drivetrain.
Volvo smashes it out of the park again with the new XC60. Mega. pic.twitter.com/l3k3lxdMfr— James Baggott (@CarDealerEd) 7 March 2017
Vanda Electrics is the company behind the strangely named Dendrobium, a concept that is set to become Singapore's first hypercar. Williams Advanced Engineering is set to perform much of the engineering work on the all-electric hypercar. It is claimed that the Dendrobium is capable of a 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds, as well as a top speed in excess of 200mph.
It has a terrible name, but I think the Dendrobnium looks great pic.twitter.com/yuzlVM8Sis— James Fossdyke (@JFossdyke) 7 March 2017