The annual Geneva international motor show took place from the 3rd to the 13th of March.
The Geneva International motor show is world famous and it is the perfect stage for the leading manufacturers to unveil and showcase their latest offerings. 2016 was a year to remember.
The appeal of shows like Geneva and Frankfurt lays in the diversity they offer to the paying public, any car enthusiast could spend a number of days roaming the floors of the show and not see everything that is on offer, but lets be honest, 90% of the people are there to see what was sitting under the covers on a select few displays, the cars that will be pinned up in poster form in the bedrooms of teenagers around the world for the next 10 years.
PPM were invited along with behind the scenes access to check it out.
The guys from Sant’Agata did not disappoint and unveiled their new Lamborghini Centenatio LP770-4, named the Centenario in honour of Lamborghinis founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, on this, his centenary year. Only 20 coupes and 20 roadsters will be built, all are already sold.
Above: Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4
Horacio Pagani and his incredible crew likewise put on quite a display for the eager onlookers in Geneva. Unveiling the Huayra BC and also displaying a beautiful yellow and black Huayra, the attention to detail on Horacio’s creations is second to none, the way carbon fibre is used is foremost functional but almost as important as its function is the way Carbon Fibre and Carbotanium (carbon/titanium) is displayed to its appreciating, sometimes drooling, onlookers. A keen eye will notice that any naked carbon on two separate surface matches up perfectly as if it is all one piece, this may never noticed by many people but we are car nerds and we find it very satisfying.
Pagani Huayra: Auditioning for an upcoming transformers movie?
Ferrari opted for a much more Subtle display but no less beautiful. They broke cover on the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, they were also displaying the 488 GTB and 488 Spyder.
As if just to tell the other manufacturers to sit back down, a little known French founded company now in the hands of the Germans brought along a car that arguably stole the show, you might have heard about it? We are of course talking about the incredible Bugatti Chiron, the eagerly anticipated progression from the Veyron.
The veyron was always the card to have in a game of top trumps. The Chiron has a lot to live up to!
Although the engine size at 8.0 and number of cylinders at 16 remains unchanged, the following numbers trump even the Veyron.
1,479 BHP, 0-62 in under 2.5 seconds, 0-124 in 6.5 seconds, it has a limited top speed of 261 MPH with a claimed top speed of 280 MPH (Limited due to tyre limitations), On full throttle the Chiron consumes 60,000 litres of air per minute.
Above: Bugatti Chiron
Ever the thorn in the side of Bugatti, Christian Von Koenigsegg was in attendance with some jaw dropping examples of Swedish engineering. On display were a couple of Agera’s including the Agera Final, and the frankly stunning Regera. The Regera created shockwaves in the motoring world when it was announced in 2015 and not just because of the preposterous numbers that go along with all Koenigsegg creations, nobody is surprised by the ability’s of Christian and his team to produce incredibly fast cars. The main reason everybody has been talking about the Koenigsegg Regera is because it does not have a gearbox in the traditional sense of the word, it is more of a direct drive system. We could attempt to explain how it works but this blog will get very boring very quickly to many readers. Basically its 5.0 twin turbo V8 works with a number of electric motors via a very clever torque conversion system to supply drive to the rear wheels.
It also must be said that it is just jaw dropping to look at!
Above: Koenigsegg Regera
The Porsche 911R was probably the most talked about car of this years show, and there is little wonder why. Many Porsche purists (ourselves included) were disappointed when the 991 911 GT3 and GT3-RS were released without the option of a manual gearbox, however the reviews were superb and both cars were an outstanding success. Porsche have now decided to listen to the purists and make a very limited version with a manual option, many were of the belief that the R would be a toned down version of the RS with a manual option, however this is not the case. Although it loses some of the down-force aids such as the massive rear spoiler, and does not even benefit from the help of a ducktail spoiler, it still has the same power output as the RS, however due to a titanium exhaust system, less sound proofing and various other subtle changes it is even lighter than the GT3-RS by around 110 Pounds. It also uses the same rear tyres as the GT3 as opposed to the wider GT3-RS rear tyres.
All of the above makes for one very potent package that is not made for the faint at heart. If you are one of the lucky 991 people to have your name on one of these, congratulations!
Above: The Porsche of dreams? The 991 911 R
One of our personal favourite cars of the show seemed to get somewhat over looked by the media due to the media frenzy surrounding cars such as the Centenario, the Chiron and the 911R. The car we speak of is the 2017 Ford GT. The Ford GT is unfortunately going the way that the motor industry has been forced to adapt itself, opting for a 3.5 forced induction unit to conform with emission regulations, however it promises to be a much more sophisticated and all around more focused package than its predecessor. Obviously its not because of its engine that PPM fell in love with it, its because of its futuristic yet aggressive styling.
Above: 2017 Ford GT
Moving away form the manufacturers some other stand worth mentioning were our friends at Mansory who we would like to thank for their hospitality for the time they had us on their stand, not known for the subtlety of their creations the cars that were on display were testament to the well deserved reputation they have created for themselves world wide. Our choice was a very nice Mercedes Benz AMG GTS with a full Mansory kit finished in Matte grey and red carbon. Their most extreme example however was without doubt the Ferrari 488, named the 4XX Siracusa, see the pictures below.
Another tuning company worth mentioning were Startech, some of the cars they had on display were beautiful, including a slightly reworked Bentley Flying Spur.
Above: Ferrari Mansory 4XX Siracusa
That is just a small recap of some of our highlights of the Geneva International Motorshow 2016. Apologies for the poor picture quality but all pictures were captured on a mobile phone.
Thank you for reading.
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