2016 Geneva Show
The Most Outrageous
By Ron Amadon
Geneva is best known as a financial and worldwide diplomacy center, home to around twenty international organizations. On a daily basis, they discuss things in terms and language not to be understood by the average citizen, a sort of Loxian language usually translated only by Enya.
But this lovely city on the shores of Lake Geneva does have a wild side, exposed when international auto makers descend for their annual show.
This weekend we focus on three incredible, expensive, and exhilarating cars that you should know about.
Bugatti is hardly laid back when discussing its new Chiron.
“The most exclusive production super sports car in the world,” its maker proclaimed. “With a power output of 1,500 hp unprecedented for production vehicles” that is “very well positioned to become the next world speed record holder.”
And that is not hype. One-thousand-500 horsepower, 1,180 lb-ft of torque with a 0-60 run of under 2.5 seconds. Top speed of 260 mph but one may go higher with the speed key, a device carried over from the Veyron. It is my understanding that the speedometer is marked for 300 mph. Where on earth one could achieve that speed might be a problem, but someone will do it for sure.
All that power comes from an 8.0-liter W-16 engine with four turbos just to make sure you can keep up with traffic. Two of the turbos kick in only when the driver feels more performance is needed. Bugatti said more than 2,118 cubic feet of air per minute are pumped through the engine. Of course, it has all-wheel drive.
Only 500 will be produced and advance orders have been received for one third of the total production run. The first delivery will take place this autumn. Oh, the price you may ask? A cool $2.6 million.
Well after all, a one-carat diamond membrane is included in each of the four tweeters in the sound system.
And here is the best quote from the press release:
“Ettore Bugatti, whose motto was ‘nothing is too beautiful and nothing is too expensive,’ would certainly have taken pleasure in this example of sheer craftsmanship.’”
After all that, where does the writer go for an encore?
Let’s try alphabetical order:
Aston Martin DB11
This is the first product launch under the company’s “Second Century” plan and it sports a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12.
“DB11 is the most powerful, most efficient, and most dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history,” the maker said. It is fast with a 200 mph top speed and a 0-60 run of just 3.9 seconds. A total of 600 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque will do that for you.
The DB11 also debuts a new aluminum architecture that will be featured on all future Aston cars and its size is very close that of the DB9 introduced back in 2003.
Multiple driver-selectable dynamic modes – GT, Sport, and Sport Plus – “progressively intensify the response of the engine, 8-speed automatic ZF transmission together with the new electric power steering and Torque Vectoring” result in a driving experience that “combines exemplary ride comfort and true sports car agility,” Aston said. Inside there is lots of leather, a 12” TFT LCD driver’s display, new instrument cluster and a centrally mounted 8” TFT screen for infotainment, as if the V12 alone would not be enough.
First deliveries are scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter with a starting price here in the U.S. of $211,995 or a lot less than the Bugatti.
This breathtaking new offering has been called the “bad boy” of the show by one writer. In Times Square and Beverly Hills this creature would result in neck injuries to pedestrians, such is their quick movements to catch a glimpse.
It was created in Sant’Agata Bolognese to mark the 100th anniversary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth.
Of course it comes with a mid-ship mounted V-12 with 759 (!) horsepower. The Redline has been increased by 100 to 8,600 rpm, and a 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds. Lambo said it is the most powerful car it has ever built with a top speed of 271.4 mph.
“The introduction of rear-wheel steering provides increased agility and stability, and an innovative touchscreen provides connected infotainment, including internet browsing and Apple CarPlay,” the company said.
Large air scoops in the front contribute to downforce there, while air flows through ducts within the front headlight casing and others in the sideskirts and around the wheel arches to provide “optimized cooling” for the big V12.
The interior can be “finished to each Centenario client’s specification.” That may include carbon fiber sport seats, a 10.1 inch touchscreen and for track days there is enough space in the front trunk for two helmets.
Only 40 Centenarios will be manufactured, 20 coupes and 20 roadsters to be delivered from autumn of this year throughout 2017. Starting prices come to 1.8 million in Uncle Sam’s dollars. But, unfortunately, the entire model run has already been sold.
Certainly, these incredible cars are the direct opposite of the Google self-drive car, one of which recently crashed into a bus.