Geneva Motor Show 2011

This week one of the most important motor shows opened its doors to the public previewing one off concepts as well as production ready cars. Some beautiful, others slightly odd.

One of the most interesting cars on show came from Alfa Romeo, where the Italian firm showed off its 4c sports car that we will see entering production at some point next year. This car uses the 1.7litre petrol engine from the Giulietta Cloverleaf, producing over 200bhp, although the exact amount has not been confirmed by Alfa Romeo. It should accelerate to 62mph in less than 5 seconds and reach a top speed of over 155mph.

Aston Martin showed off its gorgeous Virage, a car that is supposed to sit right in between the DB9 and the DBS in terms of price. The design incorporates the basic DB9 shape, with the  headlights from the Rapide saloon. The result is a car that, in my opinion at least looks fantastic! The care will be offered in either coupe or with a retractable soft-top, as well as having a 2 or 2+2 seating arrangement. Power is derived from a 6.0l V12, producing 490bhp. Top speed is 186mph. This car should reach should be on sale very soon.

Ferrari showed off its FF, a four seat, four-wheel-drive GT car. The most interesting aspect about this car is the four-wheel-drive system, which is a first for production Ferraris. I say production Ferrari because in the 1980s, Ferrari had a prototype of a four-wheel-drive supercar which was later scrapped. Anyway this car has a 6.2l V12 engine producing 650bhp via a seven speed dual clutch gearbox.

Another definite show stopper was the Lamborghini Aventador, a car that will continue on where the Mercielago left off. The new car produces 691bhp from its 6.5l V12 engine. While the outside seems typically Lambo, inside is definitely much improved from the Mercielago, especially with the ejecter-seat styled housing for the Starter button, which looks just fantastic,the sort of thing you would expect from a hypercar.

It wasn’t all V12  monsters at the Geneva Motor Show. Mini revealed the closest modern recreation of the original Mini, the Rocketman. Despite such a ridiculous name, the car as yet hasn’t been given the production green light yet, but the market for such a car is there, currently occupied by the Smart Fortwo and the Toyota IQ.

We also see the new Lancia Ypsilon, a car that is important to the Fiat Group, as it marks Lancia’s re-entry into the British market , even if it will be re-badged as a Chrysler. Many have questioned Fiat’s decision to rebadge Chryslers as Lancias and Lancias as Chryslers. Time will tell how this will work for Fiat.

Lastly the iconic Italian car manufacturer De Tomaso is back after going bankrupt seven years ago. They revealed the SLS (Sport Luxury Sedan) a car that is meant to rival the BMW 5-Series GT. This car will be offered with a petrol v8, petrol v6 or a diesel v6.

Those were the show stoppers of the Geneva Motor Show.  Despite the increasing awareness of pollution, the car firms have showed us that they haven’t entirely lost their imagination and can still produce some rather exciting cars for people like us to drool over!

Mini Rocketman

Lancia Ypsilon

Lamborghini Aventador

Ferrari FF

De Tomaso SLS

Alfa Romeo 4C

Aston Martin Virage

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