As usual the Espera Sbarro Montbeliard School of Design didn’t show up to the Geneva Motor Show empty handed. However unlike last year’s concept – the delightfully mad Sbarro Eight – this year’s concept looks very tame and rather discreet. It certainly wouldn’t stand out in your average sportscar lineup.
Called the Sbarro React’E.V. the concept is hybrid powered. Regarding the name, usually EV denotes an all-electric powered vehicle, but for the React’E.V. it stands for “Ecological Vehicle”. It took 30 students, 13 weeks to build the React’E.V. That would be impressive even if the car were just a basic concept car, or a rolling shell. But the React’E.V. has been thoroughly engineered, and will take part in the Monte Carlo New Energy Rally later in March.
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This year’s Geneva Motor Show has turned out to be a Mecca for supercar fans. Not only have three of the biggest names in the business revealed all-new supercars. Numerous lesser-known manufacturers showed up with their supercar offerings – both conceptual and production ready.
But for today’s little question I’ll keep it simple. Ferrari, Lamborghini or McLaren. To level the playing field a bit, imagine money is no object, and which ever car you choose comes with a lifetime of free servicing. If only!
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The Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio concept was the other prancing horse to draw big crowds on the opening day of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The other of course being the all-new LaFerrari supercar. The concept was developed independently of Ferrari by Pininfarina -Ferrari’s go-to design firm, and it’s based on a 458 Spider.
The Pininfarina Sergio concept is named after the man who headed up Pininfarina for 40 years, and helped develop numerous cars for Ferrari. The Sergio is a two-seat barchetta which is pared-back and lightened-up when compared to the 458 Spider. There’s no roof, no windscreen, no side windows and only a roll over bar to protect the occupants. Pininfarina have also gone to the trouble of designing a couple of custom made matching helmets for the driver and passenger.
Powering the Pininfarina Sergio concept is a 570 horsepower 4.5 litre V8. The performance specs are virtually identical to the 458 Spider, with the 0-62 mph dash taking 3.4 seconds and the top speed arriving at 199 mph.
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After a troubled few years, Spyker is finally back on track. The Dutch supercar manufacturer showed up to this year’s Geneva Motor Show with an all-new car called the B6 Venator. It’s smaller than the company’s previous cars and carries and equally reduced price tag – that doesn’t make it cheap however, it’s expected to fetch somewhere between $125,000 and $150,000 when it goes on sale next year.
The name ‘Venator’ means ‘Hunter’ in Latin. The name recalls Spyker’s roots as an aircraft manufacturer, and the Hunter was one of the fighter aircraft they produced in the early 20th century. As usual with Spykers there’s a number of aeronautical-themed designed details throughout the concept. Not to mention that double-bladed propeller badge.
The Spyker B6 Venator is powered by a transverse-mounted V6 engine which produces 375 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed automatic gearbox. If 375 horsepower doesn’t sound like a lot for a supercar in an age when 500+ horsepower sedans are readily available, that’s because it isn’t a lot. But Spyker have never tried to be the fastest or most powerful cars on the block. Their appeal comes from the fact they make extremely classy and stylish looking cars. They have been described before as being like a fine suit. You wear it to look good. Not to play sports.
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With all the months-long hype surrounding the debut of the next Ferrari hypercar, I was starting to worry that when it did finally surface it might be a bit of a let down. Thankfully my fears were unfounded as this really is one of the best looking cars ever to howl out of Ferrari’s factory gates. It’s got a stupid name. But when it looks this good. Who really cares?
The LaFerrari marks the first time Ferrari has used a hybrid system in a production road car. Derived from the KERS system used in Ferrari’s F1 cars, the hybrid drivetrain of the LaFerrari uses a 789 horsepower 6.3 litre V12 engine backed up by a 160 horsepower electric motor. That’s a combined total of 949 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque. The high torque levels provided by the electric motor at low rpms allowed Ferrari’s engineers to optimise the V12’s performance at higher revs. The result is a car which can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in under three seconds and continue on to a 205 mph top speed.
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Italdesign Giugiaro surprised everyone at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show by showing up with a bizarre off-road supercar concept called the Parcour. The Parcour is a two-seater vehicle powered by a 5.2 litre Lamborghini V10 which channels 550 horsepower to all four wheels, allowing for a 0-62 mph (100km/h) time of just 3.6 seconds, and a top speed in the region of 200 mph.
Key to the Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour’s versatility and performance is a dial on the dashboard which is used to select the four different drive modes: Comfort, for a relaxed drive suited to city settings; Off-‐Road for off-‐road driving; Ice for winter conditions with poor road grip and lastly Sport, to unleash the full 550 horsepower. The electronic system adjusts the damping, ride height, and the engine setup.
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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Subaru took took the opportunity to reveal their latest concept car. Called the VIZIV, the concept is a next-generation crossover that represents the design direction Subaru will be following in the future. The name “VIZIV” is derived from the phrase “Vision for Innovation”.
In terms of style the Subaru VIZIV isn’t ground breaking, but it is quite a sharp looking concept nonetheless. It’s sporty yet rugged in appearance, and with just a single door on either side there’s very little to interrupt the car’s smooth lines. It also has quite a low roofline which accentuates its powerful appearance and gives it a coupe-like profile.
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The Rolls-Royce Wraith is the coupe version of the Rolls Royce Ghost. It’s been previewed a couple of times ahead of its Geneva Motor Show Unveiling, but nothing of substance. And now here it is in all its leather-lined glory.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is the most powerful car the company has ever built. And that power comes courtesy of a V12 engine which produces 624 horsepower, and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm). The transmission is an incredibly fancy piece of technology which uses GPS mapping to ensure the correct gear is always selected for the road ahead! Basically it knows if there’s a hill or a sharp corner coming up and if it should drop it down a cog to compensate. Now that’s clever. Eerie. But clever. Performance-wise the Rolls-Royce Wraith offers a 4.4 second 0-60 mph time. But I think most typical Rolls buyers will be more interested in the built-in ‘on-board valet’.
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Mitsubishi’s other 2013 Geneva Motor Show concept, to accompany the CA-MiEV, is this, the GR-HEV. The Mitsubishi GR-HEV is a sport utility truck which was developed as a conceptual successor to the one-ton Mitsubishi pickup – which has been around since 1978.
It’s proportions are odd to say the least. The rear cargo area juts out from the back of the truck at a bizarre angle and quite frankly looks terrible. Almost everything about the GR-HEV looks awkward and misaligned. Mitsubishi have even had the audacity to fit it with 3-spoke wheels. Which haven’t looked good since… Well, never.
However the styling of the Mitsubishi GR-HEV is only half the story. As it’s really the drivetrain where Mitsubishi’s drones have spent most of their time and energy.
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Mansory, that infamous German tuning company with a reputation for assaulting various supercars with their unique taste in colors and over-the-top body kits, is rolling into this year’s Geneva Motor Show with what, for them, is a rather restrained creation.
Based on the Ferrari F12berlinetta, the Mansory Stallone features numerous carbon fiber components and body panels. There’s a redesigned hood, front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser, mirror covers, door handle covers and headlights. To top it off there’s also a set of humongous wheels, which measure 21-inches up front and 22-inches at the back.
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