Geneva Auto Show
Let’s start with a less expensive car and one you will be able to buy here at home, the third-generation Ford Focus RS. It will feature all-wheel drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, launch control and is the first RS to offer drive modes, including an industry first drift mode. The engine is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost with more than 315 horsepower and Brembo front calipers. It is part of a program that Ford said will bring more than a dozen performance vehicles to market through 2020. Perhaps best of all, you can get one in the special Liquid Blue color scheme featured on the Ford GT.
More than a few auto makers are convinced there is a growing market for luxury crossovers. Infiniti appears ready to take the leap with the QX30 concept. The company said a concept-inspired crossover will be launched next year capable of housing a wide range of power plants both gas and diesel. The interior is said to feature seats that become “facilitators of the shared space instead of barriers between the driver and the passengers.” It should be interesting to see what the final product looks like.
Downsizing more than a little we find a mini Lexus called the LF-SA concept. It is a “city car” that is just 135.8 inches long, 66.9 inches wide and 56.3 inches tall. Except for the Lexus’ spindle grille it looks like nothing else on the road. It features 2+2 seating and the driver’s seat is fixed while the steering wheel and pedals are adjustable. The info system includes a hologram-style digital display incorporated in the instrument panel and a wide-angle Head-Up-Display. Size wise it is somewhere between the Mini and the Smart ForFour. Lexus says if it moves ahead with production it would not be for another four or five years.
Not satisfied with the high performance GT3, Porsche showed off the $176,895, 500 horsepower GT3 RS. The 4.0-liter flat six kicks out 338 lb-ft of torque and can propel the coupe to 193 mph and 0-60 in just a hair over 3 seconds. Of course it has been tested on the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife course where it was five seconds quicker around than the GT3. It is always amazing what Porsche engineers can do with the 911 design. Porsche is now taking orders!
If that just isn’t enough, how does 1,500 horsepower strike you? That is what the Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg is offering in its new Regara with a top speed of 248 miles per hour. It can achieve that heart attack inducing top speed in under 20 seconds helped by three electric motors and a 5.0-liter V8 good for 1,100 horsepower. Attention local speed camera toting police! There was no word on when or if it will appear on U.S. highways.
Simple words are inadequate to tell the story of what some are calling the most beautiful car displayed in Geneva – the Ferrari 488GTB. So turn up the volume and check out the thrilling company video.
Think 660 horsepower from a midship turbo V8, 0-60 in three seconds and to 124 in just 8 seconds
And the Lamborghini Aventador already had the ability to increase your pulse rate to a level that would make your doctor very concerned, so Lambo upped the stakes still further with the 750-4 Superveloce. With some tweaking of the 6.5-liter V-12, engineers were able to increase horsepower from 691 to 740 for a 0-60 dash in just 2.8 seconds. Top speed, its maker said, is over 217 mph. A Lambo official said the car is “pushing the boundaries in terms of performance and pure driving emotion.” Few could argue with that.