Sabtu, 14 Maret 2015

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes introduces Mercedes-AMG GT3 which is ready to compete in GT race competition. The engineers upgrades the aerodynamic, featuring huge rear wing and an equally enormous front splitter. Front bumper features quartet of winglets, so that it can add more downforce to the front end. At the rear, GT3 has been fitted with a none-too-subtle rear diffuser. GT3 brings the same V8 6.3 liter just like its predecessor.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: McLaren P1 GTR

Are you a rich man? Are you wealthy enough? And do you have a McLaren P1? If your answer is ‘yes’ for all those questions, then you can have and drive McLaren P1 GTR. McLaren said that they have received a plenty proposals from its customers to build crazier P1. So, they took that chance and developed PI GTR. The GTR is not a race car like Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K and Aston Martin Vulcan, neither for public road. The hypercar is only for those who wants to have a ‘toy’ and would play it in closed circuit.

Furthermore, the GTR doesn’t meet any requirements to join official race because it was built with no rules. P1 GTR weight is 110 pounds lighter and the engineers fitted racing slick, dropped the suspension and tweaked the aero package. Under the hood, there’s a 3.8 liter V8 twin turbo producing 986 hp. 2016 McLaren P1 GTR is limited up to 40 units worldwide.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: Audi R8 LMS

Meet the all-new Audi R8 LMS. The racing version of 2016 R8 that is ready to compete in 24-Hour Races in Nurburgring and Spa. Developed and built by Quattro GmbH, the race car is lighter 25 kg than its predecessor. The engineers modified the body structure of the front end and a CFRP crash element at the rear that being used for the first time in GT3 class. The coupe features intelligent material mix of aluminum in the Audi Space Frame (ASF), a structural CFRP component and a steel roll cage. It makes its chassis 30 kg lighter.

To get more aerodynamic, R8 LMS gets fully line underfloor and integrated rear diffuser. The car is powered by V10 engine 5.2 liter producing 577 hp and mated to a new 6-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters. Quattro is ready to accept your order in the second half of the year.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: Aston Martin Vulcan

Beside the Vantage GT3, there’s another race car from British company. Named Aston Martin Vulcan, it’s an exotic-hypercar that was made for track use only. It’s the answer for Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR. Based-on Aston Martin One-77, Vulcan’s body is made by carbon fiber. The coupe has pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry, complemented by Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, and variable traction control.

To stop the beast, Aston Martin immerses Brembo racing calipers on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes measuring 380 mm in diameter at the front and 360 mm at the rear. So, what’s hiding under the engine hood? There’s a naturally-aspirated V12 7.0 liter producing more than 800 hp. The monster is mated to Xtrac 6-speed sequential gearbox. 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan is only produced up to 24 units worldwide. According to David King, Director of Special Projects and Motorsports, said that they would be running a series of exclusive track days events commencing in 2016 that would offer opportunity to these customers to explore their driving capabilities.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: Aston Martin Vantage GT3

Aston Martin shows off Vantage GT3 that is inspired by Vantage GT3 Race Car. Take it easy, it’s still a track-focused car just like its sibling. Some technical stuffs get exciting treatment. Under the hood, there are tweaked V12 6.0 liter engine produces 592 hp which is mated to 7-speed automated manual transmission, magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system with center outlet.

Outside, the rear-wheel-drive car gets flared carbon fiber front wings, carbon fiber bonnet, a lithium-ion race-derived battery, carbon fiber door casing plus optional carbon fiber roof and polycarbonate rear windows. It causes its weight is just 1,565 kg. Furthermore, the GT3 also gets Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, and 19-inch magnesium alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Aston Marin Vantage GT3 is limited to 100 units and the production will be begun at the third quarter of the year.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: Nissan Sway Concept

Nissan March/Micra probably is a good car but its exterior design is boring and plain. When Nissan announced that Sway Concept previews the next March/Micra, I am so excited. Because the concept car comes up with cool exterior design. Up front, Nissan’s designers gives arch line design on engine hood, V-shaped grille, and boomerang-shaped LED headlights. From side, we’ll find out that the car doesn’t have B-pillar which means that it has suicide door-style. Moreover, Nissan put floating C-pillar line that has become a common thing in a concept car. At the rear, Sway has a simple design featuring C-shaped LED taillights, rear spoiler, and dual-exhaust.

When you sit in the interior, you can feel roomy because of its panoramic glass roof and a windshield that rises up over the front occupants’ head. There are two gauges circular cluster instrument and there’s an LCD screen in center console that provides all information what driver and passengers need.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: Lexus LF-SA Concept

Unlike the previous auto shows where Lexus always introduced a new luxury car. At 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the luxury division of Toyota comes with different theme. They introduce a new small car concept, titled LF-SA Concept. Yeah, you’re not dreaming. For the first time ever, they make a city car.

According to company, the LF-SA is a truly concept car. So, there’s no possibility to make it to production line (or who knows it actually previews the next Toyota iQ). The 2+2 concept car comes with Lexus’ design language, L-finesse. Up front, there’s still spindle grille and small headlights that makes it looked aggressive. From the side, we can see doors with small dimension and curvy line. At the rear, Lexus’ designers put a simple design which makes LF-SA looked elegant. The vehicle with automated system has cabin is dominated with sweeping dashboard that features crystalline instrument panel. It comes with black-beveled hologram and head-up display.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: 2016 Opel Karl

2016 Opel Karl is the newest city car from German. Introduced at 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Karl is positioned below Corsa and Adam. The city car can accommodate up to 5 people. And it has good safety systems, such as Hill Start Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. Moreover, Opel offers City Mode which reduces steering effort at the push of a button, Park Assist, and cruise control with speed limiter.

Karl is powered by Ecotec 3-cylinder 1.0 liter which produces 75 hp and its fuel consumption reach 23 km/liter. For the CO2, the 5-door car has 99 g/km. Opel Karl will be available in Europe this summer with three trim levels: Essentia, Enjoy, and Cosmo. How about is price? According to Opel, Karl’s starting price is around $11,000.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: 2015 Kia Picanto

The South Korea car company, Kia, showed off 2015 Picanto which gets refreshment. Up front, we can see the redesigned headlights and now features LED Daytime Running Lights. New front bumper makes the car looked fatter. At the rear, there’s no big change but LED taillights, new rear bumper, and dual exhaust to make Picanto sportier.

Inside, Kia adds chrome accents, new cloth upholstery pattern, and Kia’s AVN System which features 7-inch display that boasts audio, video, and navigation. Buyers now can choose three different interior color. There are Red Pack, Yellow Pack, and Brown Pack that features black leather artificial, colored cloth seats, colored high gloss and black door panel insert mix. Under the hood, 2015 Kia Picanto brings MPI 1.0 liter that meets Euro 6 regulation.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: 2016 Koenigsegg Regera

The Swedish company, Koenigsegg, introduced its latest concept named Regera. Under the hood, the automaker immerses Agera’s engine, V8 twin-turbo 5.0 liter produces 1,100 hp. Meanwhile, electric motors has 700 hp output. According to Koenigsegg, if the engine and electric motors work together, the power output can reach 1,520 hp and over 2,000 Nm of torque! Its performance is so fantastic. It can reach 250 km/h from 150 km/h in 3.2 seconds! And it can reach 400 km/h under 20 seconds! Insane.

Koenigsegg Regera comes with some interesting features. You can open doors, engine cover, and luggage compartment with a remote or controlled from your smartphone. Another good stuff is Battery Drain Mode (BDM). The feature will allow the battery completely drained upon arrival at charging station. The car with signature Dihedral Synchro Helix doors will be produced only up to 80 units.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: 2016 Audi R8 e-Tron

Finally, Audi shows the R8 e-Tron off. And it has made debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It packs with combined output 462 hp and 920 Nm of torque. Audi said that the coupe can reach 100 km/h from zero in 3.9 seconds. Meanwhile its top speed is limited to 250 km/h and its range is 450 km. The company promises that charging time is less than 2 hours.

Audi’s designers have done a little change to R8 e-Tron. Up front, there’s no honeycomb grille anymore. The designers have replaced it with standard grille. Under the headlights there are fog lamps and we can see the redesigned wheels which makes the e-Tron looked more futuristic. At the rear, Audi removes the pipes and adds ‘e-Tron’ lettering to differ from regular R8. 2016 Audi R8 e-Tron will be available this year upon customer request.

Geneva Show 2015 Highlights: Aston Martin DBX Concept

Aston Martin shocked the crowd of Geneva Motor Show introducing a new concept car, called DBX. It’s not a typical supercar from British company. It’s a coupe with electric powertrain and all-wheel-drive system. Something that’s almost we never expect from them. “This is, clearly, not a production-ready sports GT car, but it is a piece of fresh, bold thinking about what Aston Martin GT customers around the world could request of us in the future,” said CEO of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer. “We will, in due course, be entering a car into the new DBX space and I am very much looking forward to seeing how this concept is received not only here today, but also by our legion of existing loyal customers and by those potential customers around the world who have, to this point, yet to consider one of our cars,” he added.

The high-riding coupe comes with drive-by-wire electric steering, carbon ceramics brake, a KERS energy recovery system, and cameras in place of actual mirrors. For me, the DBX could be a preview of all-wheel-drive system in next Lagonda SUV or a GT with pure electric powertrain in the future. So, is there anyone who would buy an Aston Martin with EV machine and soundless?
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