Although Detroit kicks off the motor show season, it is Geneva where things really heat up with new metal and over-the-top debuts, and it seems 2016 will be as extravagant as ever on the Swiss/French border.
The March event will see a plethora of brand new and updated models hit the stands, including a new hypercar, a British marque looking for true reinvigoration and the originators of the first supercar celebrating its founder’s centenary in style. Here are our favourites coming to Geneva 2016.
Aston Martin DB11
This year will be one of Aston Martin’s most important since the launch of the DB9 in 2004, with the DB11 set to become the GT’s successor after 12 long years of service. Aston’s partnership with AMG will also be debuted through the new DB11 and will be most evident in the new 600bhp 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, as well the car’s electrical architecture.
From what we know, the DB11 will take on design cues from both the DB10 Bond car and the upcoming DBX crossover, giving the DB11 a rather unique look but one with the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from Aston Martin.
As expected, the Veyron replacement has been dubbed the Chiron, named after the 1920s and ‘30s Bugatti racer Louis Chiron and winner of the French firm’s home Grand Prix in 1931 at the wheel of a Bugatti T51.
Bugatti is yet to release any details on the Chiron in regards to its performance, but there’s no doubt that car will look to eclipse the Veyron’s abilities and it’s rumoured it will utilise a heavily revised version of its turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 powerplant, producing in the region of 1,480bhp.
We know from the recent Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept that the Chiron will look more aggressive than the Veyron, while elements such as thinner LED headlight clusters and a more prominent front grille will heighten the attack of the front-end. The rear-end, meanwhile, will be set up for true aerodynamical optimisation
Jaguar F-type SVR
Finally, a car we have full details on. The Jaguar F-type SVR is the most focused version of the British manufacturer’s sportscar so far and has been tweaked by the same SVO team (Special Vehicle Operations) that helped create the Range Rover Sport SVR.
Taking advantage of the same supercharged 5.0-litre V8 as the Rangie, the £110,000 F-type SVR produces a potent 567bhp that is put through an eight-speed auto transmission and onto the the road through all four wheels. Although rather porky at 1705kg, the F-type SVR in coupe guise races from 0-60mph in just 3.5sec and onto a top speed of a whopping 200mph. Weight is upped by 15kg for the convertible but shares the coupe’s 0-60mph time.
It almost doesn’t matter that the Lamborghini Centenario (working title) will be on show for prospective buyers, as all 40 examples have already found homes - but that won’t stop us from drooling over it. Yet to be seen in full form, the Centenario utilises the Aventador’s V12 engine and takes advantage of an all-carbonfibre tub, with 20 coupes and 20 convertibles to be built.
Expect the V12 to be pumped up to around 760bhp and the £1.64 million Cenenario’s styling to be just as outrageous, while Lamborghini will ensure the beast of a car is its most technologically advanced yet and should act as a platform for future models.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
We’re big fans of the Ferrari FF here at Stoneacre Specialist and news of a facelifted model excited us to say the least. However, we weren’t particularly expecting the Maranello firm to change the name to something as silly as GTC4 Lusso; nevertheless, the updated FF looks the business and has been tweaked both inside and out.
The exterior styling has been given a contemporary facelift and the back-end has especially been reworked to be far more aggressive than the softer FF, although lots of work has been to aid the GTC4 Lusso’s aerodynamics. Inside, Ferrari has added nice touches that future-proof the car for an era of prestige motorists after the likes of that central infotainment screen that really dominates the cabin.
Under the bonnet, things have remained naturally-aspirated (thank God) and the 6.2-litre V12 has been upped to 680bhp, with 80 per cent of the torque now available at just 1750rpm. Ferrari claims that despite this performance tinkering, the GTC4 Lusso will have the ability to be as raucous as ever on full chat but settle down accordingly in the city to be make it even more of a usable machine.