A new chapter in Aston Martin’s history began at the 86th International Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the DB11.
The first product launched under the company’s ‘Second Century’ plan, DB11 is the bold new figurehead of the illustrious ‘DB’ bloodline and an authentic, dynamic sporting GT in the finest Aston Martin tradition.
The DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive design language, pioneering aerodynamics and is powered by a potent new in-house designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Built upon a new lighter, stronger, and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure, DB11 is the most powerful, most efficient and most dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history.
As such, it is the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003 and recommended prices start at £154,900 in the UK and deliveries begin from September.
The new Ferrari GTC4Lusso is Maranello’s latest interpretation of the four-seater concept.
The GTC4Lusso’s name references several illustrious predecessors, not least the 330 GTC or its 2+2 sister model, the 330 GT, as well as the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, which married extreme performance with stylish design and sophisticated materials and craftsmanship.
Intense research and development has boosted the 6,262 cc V12’s maximum power output to 690 cv, making the GTC4Lusso the most powerful car in its segment. Both its 2.6 kg/cv weight-to-power-ratio and its 13.5:1 compression ratio set new records for the category, too. Underlining the strong links between Ferrari’s GT engine division the racing world, the V12 revs to a red line at a class-leading 8,250 rpm.
Maximum torque is 697 Nm at 5,750 rpm with 80% already available at just 1,750 rpm. Maximum speed is over 190mph and 0-62mph takes 3.4 seconds.
A new Honda NSX will go on sale in the UK later this year.
It will cost about £130,000 from a very limited number of specialist dealers and comes 25 years after the original.
At its heart is a new twin-turbo V6 and 9-speed dual clutch transmission, electric motor and rear wheel drive and it will be built in the US.
The new FIAT 124 Spider was unveiled to European audiences at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, reviving a storied nameplate and bringing classic Italian styling and an authentic roadster driving experience to a whole new generation of enthusiasts.
Designed in the FIAT Style Centre and built by Mazda in Japan alongside their new MX-5, the front-end of the 124 Spider encapsulates the essence of its classic predecessor in a modern and bold package – broad and muscular but not too aggressive.
The profile view is pure classic roadster too, with a long wheelbase, a cockpit hunkered low near the driven rear axle and a long bonnet complete with twin power domes – another nod to the bigger-engined versions of the original 124 Spider.
It is expected to cost from £20,000 this autumn in the UK and has a 1.4 turbo petrol engine, giving 0-62mph in 7.5 sec and maximum 134mph and comes with air conditioning, leather steering wheel, cruise control and wifi connectivity and the first 124 models will be specially equipped and cost £23,295.
The enlarged new Renault Scenic has been shown in Geneva and comes to the UK next winter.
It gets standard 20-inch wheels and two-tone colour paint schemes and gets active emergency braking and pedestrian detection systems.
A hybrid assist diesel powertrain will come as well and a Grand Scenic will be shown this summer.
SEAT held the world premiere of its eagerly-awaited first SUV, Ateca.
The new Ateca is a unique combination of distinctive design, dynamic driving fun, urban versatility and compelling utility.
First-class connectivity, innovative assistance systems and highly efficient engines are among its technology highlights and make it one of the most innovative SUVs in the segment.
The extensive array of technology options extends from full-LED headlamps through a broad portfolio of assistance systems, including some of the latest new systems such as Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist, to a package of state-of-the-art infotainment systems with eight-inch touchscreens and Full Link connectivity. Three equipment lines offer colours and top-quality materials to suit every taste, with the top-of-the-range being the XCELLENCE.
It will be sold in Britain with 115 or 150 petrol engines or five diesels from 115 to 190ps.
When pre-order books open for SEAT Ateca this spring, a wide range of versions will be available. The choice of powerful turbocharged TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines spans from 115 PS to 190 PS, with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive with diesel engines only in the UK, not to mention manual or dual-clutch DSG transmissions, again, latter with diesel engines only in the UK.
An extended SsangYong Tivoli has been unveiled.
The Tivoli XLV uses the same platform as its small Tivoli stablemate but the designers have grafted a longer and taller body behind the C-pillar and created 720 litres of space.
As expected, the Audi Q2 was shown in Switzerland this week and first UK deliveries are due in November.
Audi’s smallest SUV will have familiar engines and be offered with quattro drive, advanced infotainment and optional virtual cockpit head up display and park assist.