2015 Geneva motor show preview - all the cars you need to be excited about - 2015 Geneva motor show - page 2
All the new performance cars from the most important European motor show
Ferrari 488 GTB
A turbocharged, mid-engine Ferrari? We all knew the time was coming. Ferrari recently unveiled some official pictures of the 488 GTB and also announced a few details of the 458 replacement itself.
The headline figures include 661bhp from a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8, and an incredible 560 lb ft of torque. It’s enough to catapult the new car to 60mph in three seconds flat - comfortably quicker than the last, turbocharged mid-engine Ferrari: the legendary F40. The 488 GTB will make its public debut at Geneva and we can’t wait to see it.
Ford Focus RS
We’ve already seen quite a lot of the Ford Focus RS. For those who haven’t watched it yet, head over to our exclusive studio shot in-depth video of the new car, where Henry Catchpole speaks to Ford’s design manager, Ernesto Rupar.
Headline-grabbing attributes include a proper four-wheel drive system - the first since the Ford Escort RS Cosworth - and power ‘in excess of 316bhp’ from a 2.3-litre Ford EcoBoost engine. A version of that engine can also be found in Ford’s new Mustang, finally making its way to Europe.
Honda Civic Type-R
A hot hatch icon, previous versions of the Civic Type-R have been raw, high-revving affairs. This time, things are turbocharged, with the proper production ready version of the Civic Type-R making its full appearance at the Geneva motor show.
What we know so far is that it’ll shoot straight to the top of the class for power - if you discount the new Focus RS, at any rate. Honda states the car will have “in excess of 276bhp”, though over 300bhp is rumoured, as is a sub-6-second 0-60mph time. Honda does reveal the new car will do 167mph though - just 1mph slower than the original Honda NSX.
Kia Sportspace concept
There’s nothing quite like a striking performance estate car. We’re not sure whether the Kia Sportspace concept is particularly quick - no drivetrain details for the concept have been announced - but it’s certainly striking.
As usual, the Sportspace is a look at possible future design directions for the brand. There’s more than a hint of the current Optima about the front end, but the concept has even cleaner surfacing and an elegant profile. Sadly, the distraction-free, simple cabin is less likely to reach production.
Koenigsegg’s pursuit of limitless power continues, this time with electric assistance. Hybrid supercars are nothing new these days but the Swedish company is said to be preparing a 690bhp electric motor for its next car, paired with a petrol engine.
The aim is clear: ‘The most powerful and fastest-accelerating production car ever’. It’ll also be more luxurious, faster around a track, and even lighter than the Agera it currently produces.
Lotus Evora 400
Is the new Lotus Evora 400 enough to save the company? Time will tell, but we always welcome the appearance of a new Lotus, particularly at a major international motor show.
The Evora 400 takes the original’s basic styling and turns up the aggression and presence, with redesigned front and rear bumpers and new alloy wheels. As the name suggests, the Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre supercharged V6 now produces 400bhp - 55bhp more than before - and it’ll now reach 60mph in 4.1sec.
Mansory often reveals new products at the Geneva show. Frequently to the derision of passers-by, who involuntarily tumble over each other on sight of the tuning firm’s occasionally despicable bodywork alterations.
In recent years though, Mansory’s products have actually held some appeal to those of us who aren't Russian oligarchs or Premiership footballers, and its take on the Lamborghini Huracan is one of the best yet. It’s also wildly powerful at 838bhp, thanks to turbocharging work on the Huracan’s 5.2-litre V10.
McLaren P1 GTR
The first thing likely to strike you about McLaren’s P1 GTR is the green and yellow colour scheme, a tribute to the Harrods-sponsored car raced by Derek Bell and Andy Wallace in the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours.
After that, the GTR’s 400mm-tall fixed-height rear wing, extreme aerodynamic package and its price tag - just under £2 million. There’s more power too, and less weight. And like Ferrari’s F XX models, it’s a track-only toy.
Another McLaren inspired by racing, the ‘LT’ in this particular 675’s name stands for ‘Long Tail’ - a homage to the long-tail McLaren F1s that arrived following the success of the original F1 GTR.
Uprated turbochargers and lightened engine internals contribute to a 666bhp power peak (50bhp more than a standard 650S) and 516lb ft of torque between 5500-6500rpm - 74lb ft greater than standard.