As the curtains close on the 86th Geneva Motor Show, we give you 5 of the best new releases over 10 days that saw the biggest brands in the motoring industry set the benchmark of innovation and performance higher than ever before.
With the DB10 made exclusively for the Bond movie Spectre, the DB11 marks the beginning of a new era in Aston Martin’s history after a 13 year wait since the DB9 first went on sale. The concept has been re-imagined completely from the ground up - and as the covers came off at Geneva, the results were rather astonishing.
An all-new aluminium bodyshell and suspension, coupled with a V12 twin turbo 5.2 litre engine, embodies the hybrid of elegance and high-performance so synonymous with the DB series. The DB11 has a beastly power output of 600hp and the top speed is believed to be around 200mph – achieving 0-62 in 3.9 seconds.
Lamborghini decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder and name-sake in dazzling style at Geneva with the new limited-edition Centenario. The 760bhp hypercar comes with a 6.5 litre V12 engine and can manage 0-62 in a mind boggling 2.8 seconds, putting it right up there with the most powerful Lamborghinis ever built.
Unfortunately, your chances of owning one is slim to nil, as only 40 Centenarios will be made (20 coupés and 20 roadsters), and all 40 have already been sold at an eye-watering £1.7 million per unit.
Seen by many as the evolved Ferrari FF, Ferrari debuted the GTC4Lusso at this year’s show following a private presentation at an event in Italy.
The naming of the GTC4Lusso is Ferrari’s way of paying homage to classic models that served as inspiration, with the “4” being in reference to the number of seats, rather than its four-wheel drive system.
This FF upgrade holds a 6.3 litre V12 engine with 680hp in comparison to the FF’s 650hp, and can reach a top speed of 208mph with 0-62 in 3.4 seconds.
Other features include a revamped dashboard comprising of a 10.25 inch touch screen display infotainment system and Ferrari’s “slip-slide” feature to optimise handling in difficult driving conditions.
The big news from Italian luxury car manufacturer Maserati was the unveiling of the Levante, Maserati’s first SUV.
Donning the famous trident badge, the Maserati Levante has entered the SUV market in style - not least due to a sumptuous exterior that has clear nods to its sports car models. These features include a front grille, synonymous with a Maserati, re-imagined in SUV form along with the characteristic side vents.
The Levante is powered by a 3 litre V6 turbo with 345bhp for the petrol version, and 271bhp for its diesel equivalent. The slick craftsmanship of the interior resonates strongly with the luxurious nature of Maserati’s saloon models such as the Ghibli and Quattroporte, with all the mod-cons you’d expect from the Italian brand.
If it takes off within the SUV market, then the Levante could be a genuine landmark model for the future of Maserati.
Last but by no means least, is the spectacular McLaren 570GT, which received its worldwide debut at Geneva.
Billed as the modern-era McLaren’s first GT car, and McLaren’s most luxurious car ever, the 570GT is the latest addition to their Sport Series range. What differentiates the 570GT is that it is better suited for everyday usage. This is in no small part due to its more comfortable and practical design upgrades, including softer steering and suspension, and the addition of a rear load bay. This innovative new storage feature is accessed by opening a glass hatch at the rear of the car.
This means that, inevitably, the 570GT is slightly heavier than its Sports Series siblings. But don’t be fooled into thinking this compromises its sports car status: the 570GT has the same 562bhp 3.8litre V8 twin-turbo engine as the 540C and 570S which can achieve a top speed of 204mph with a cool 0-62 time of 3.4 seconds.
McLaren expect to shift around 400-500 units this year, with prices starting from £154,000 making the more luxurious GT variant the most expensive Sports Series McLaren.
687,000 people from across the world entered the doors of the Geneva Motor Show over the course of the 10 days. This speaks volumes about the stature of this event and the enthusiasm people have for the future of the motoring industry.
The 87th Geneva Motor Show has already been confirmed to take place from March 9th – 19th in 2017. In the meantime, be sure to keep up with the latest motor events and releases posted throughout the Jardine Motors website.