Geneva Motor Show 2017 – some highlights

Lamborghini Huracan Performante Ill: gtspirit.com
Lamborghini Huracan Performante Ill: gtspirit.com

Geneva Motor Show 2017 is up and some really nice cars appeared.  The featured picture shows the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, where they have squeezed 640 bhp out of the V10.  This is Lamborghinis strongest V10 ever and combined with substantial weight reduction this gived a ratio of 2.16 kg/bhp.  Forged composite on large areas of the car reduced the Huracan weight with around 40 kg.

McLaren 720S
McLaren 720S

McLaren showed their 720S with a carbon fibre monocage.  The beating heart of the 720S is a new and fearsomely powerful M840T engine with 720 bhp. Press the start button and the twin-turbo V8 comes alive with a potent growl. Bathed in vibrant red light, every part of this 4.0-litre unit is refined to maximise power, sharpen responses, and increase fuel efficiency.  It reaches 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds.

Porsche gave us the new 911 GT3 and the big news is that it gets an optional six-speed manual transmission.  The manual also saves some weight, 1413 kg versus 1430 on the PDK version.

Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche 911 GT3

The boxer six is up from 3.8 to 4.0 litres and produces 500 bhp.  0-100 is done in 3.4 secs with the PDK and 3.9 with the manual transmission.

Alpina has given some love the the new 2017 BMW 5 series in their new B5 Biturbo packing 608 bhp.  According to Alpina, squeezing all that power out of BMW’s 4.4-liter V8 is enough to rush the B5 Biturbo from 0-62 mph in just 3.5 seconds—the quickest car the tuning firm has ever.  Alpina have always aimed for a slightly different experience than BMW’s own M cars, seeking effortless performance aimed at relaxed, fast-paced grand touring, not the frenetic apex-attacking aggression of an M machine.  And there is a station wagon too!

The 812 Superfast, Ferrari’s replacement for the F12 Berlinetta, is one of many supercars at the Geneva show. The 789bhp V12 two-door is the most powerful series production Ferrari yet produced.

Alpina B5 Biturbo
Alpina B5 Biturbo

Mercedes had a lof exciting stuff going on, very exciting was the new Mercedes-AMG E 63 Estate.  It is the world’s quickest wagon, hitting 100 km/h in 3.5 secs. That’s just 0.1sec slower than its saloon equivalent. Its closest rival, the fastest version of the Audi RS6 Avant, covers the same sprint in 3.7sec.

Reborn Renault-owned sports car maker Alpine has brought its A110 to the Geneva motor show.  We haven’t seen them for a while.

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