Slickest Supercars from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show
The Geneva Motor Show is arguably the most exciting exposition of the car industry calendar. Beautiful, exotic supercars always seem to steal the stage, with the 87th edition being no exception.
A who’s who of luxury automakers unveiled new models and variants including Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini. But the best part about Geneva are the surprises from automakers that are more obscure to Australian audiences like Pagani and Koenigsegg.
Geneva is a reminder that an irresistible sports car is always something to behold. We take a look at our favourites from the last few days.
The Swedish hypercar manufacturer has stunned yet again, revealing two examples of it’s newest model, the Regera. This hand-built, hybrid hypercar is truly an impressive successor to the Agera line. We’re obsessed with the green carbon-fibre targa model and despite the significant chunk of weight that the hybrid system taps on the car, the curb weight is super low at just 1,628 kg.
Thee Koenigsegg Regera smashes 0-100km/h in just 2.8 seconds, 150 km/h to 250 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, and an impressive 0-400 km/h in under 20 seconds. An official top speed has not been disclosed so far, but discussion is that the Regera is likely to top out somewhere between 400 km/h and 500 km/h.
A factory-built right-hand drive version of the Regera is expected to land in Australia in June 2018, available for pre-order provided you’re up for the AU$4 million asking price (depending on currency fluctuations).
After all the hype created from teaser images, leaked photos and unofficial circulation of the 720S moniker for weeks leading up to the show, the reveal of the production spec McLaren 720S reflects eight years of R&D, recalibration and strive for perfection. This is a milestone for the British sportscar maker, being the first replacement of one of its core cars and a new generation of carbon-fibre chassis, a heavily revised powertrain, and a load of new technology.
Debuting McLaren’s all new twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 supported by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the 720S is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds, 0-200km/h in 7.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 341km/h. Inside, the 720S somehow combines the brutal ergonomic efficacy of a racecar with the technical luxury of a contemporary GT.
The new 720S will be priced locally at $489,900 before on roads, costing Aussie McLaren enthusiasts $25,900 more than the previous 650S.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari has revealed the fastest and most powerful machine they have ever built, the 812 Superfast. Officially the fastest production car to have a front-mounted engine, this is also the first Ferrari model to feature electric power steering. The prancing horse’s patented Side Slip Control technology has been upgraded to version 5.0, keeping the vehicle controlled during high-speed performance and a Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) features a further evolution of the software that improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times even further.
With a 6.50-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine 0 to 100 kmph in 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of 340kmph. Maximum torque is 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm, a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving both driveability and pick-up even at low revs.
Australian timing and pricing is yet to be announced. The F12 Berlinetta currently commands an asking price of $690,745 (plus on-road costs), and the 812 is expected to retail for a similar figure when it arrives, possibly in the next 12 months.
Pagani Huayra Roadster
Italian supercar maker Pagani has produced hand-made dream machines described as dramatic, excessive and outrageous. The super-limited Pagani Huayra Roadster is no exception, and it ranks as one of the fastest cars in the world today. Six years in development, company founder Horacio Pagani called it the most complicated project he’s ever undertaken.
With a 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 engine and a seven-speed, single-clutch paddleshift gearbox, you can expect 0-100km/h in under 3 seconds.
Only 100 units will be built at a cost of AU$3.2 million each, all of which have already sold since 2015.
Lambourghini Huracan Performante
When Lamborghini released video of a 6:52.01 lap time around Nürburgring, smaching the previous record held by the Porsche 918 Spyder by a full 5 seconds, some were quick to label the time as a series of sessions linked together. But with the reveal of the Huracan Performante at Geneva, Lamborghini’s Director of Research and Development Maurizio Reggiani opened up the full VBox GPS log from the record lap in question, showing what sure looks like a single session, not the multiple ideal segments glued together as some have speculated.
The impressive supercar uses the same 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine as the rest of the Huracan family, but has been massaged to achieve 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds, from a standstill, and 200 km/h in 8.9 seconds. The improvements are 0.3sec and 1.0sec, respectively, while top speed remains the same, at over 325 km/h.
The Lamborghini Huracan’s starting price for Australia is $483,866 (inclusive of taxes but before on-road costs), and should arrive midway through this year.
2018 Porsche 911 GT3
Rev-heads rejoice, the manual gearbox lives on! Porsche’s 911 GT3 offers the option for a six-speed manual if you’re looking to go beyond the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch standard transmission. While the manual option may seem dated, there is a huge focus on next-gen tech with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system as standard, satellite navigation and live traffic updates, and the Connect Plus Module incorporating Apple CarPlay and the Porsche Track Precision App. With the smartphone app drivers can display, record and analyse driving data on their phones.
Based on the engine used in 911 race cars, the 500HP naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre flat six engine s capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds (3.9 seconds manual) on its way to a top speed of 317km/h (318km/h manual). The 9000rpm redline is impressive, with Porsche’s GT boss Andreas Preuninger saying “It is an absolute dream, it has the ability to rev explosively. This is a unique selling point.”
The 911 GT3 is available to order now, with first Australian deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2017. It will be priced from $327,100 plus on-road costs.
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