The 84th Geneva Motor Show kicked off last week and as certified automotive enthusiasts of all kinds, we at Eddie Wright were consuming every piece of news we could find. The show revealed a vast array of exciting cars catering to every corner of the industry. Displays ranged from the luxury car for the top end of the market right down to the main stream city car. The range of innovation, development and complexity of each vehicle is a sign that the once flagging motor industry is on the up. With manufacturers showcasing both production and concept cars this year, the world was shown that the industry can keep up the technological demands expected of them. Audi’s third generation TT was one of the most anticipated cars of 2014, but what did the lesser known manufacturers have in store for us?
Infiniti G50 Eau Rouge
Infiniti, a branch of Japanese car giant Nissan, revealed the new concept for its Q50 Eau Rouge high performance saloon car. With the same 3.8 twin turbo V6 engine as the Nissan GTR, the Q50 has the added boost of a seven speed dual-clutch auto box which powers all four wheels meaning the car will reach 0-60 in less than four seconds. With an added benefit of 560bhp and a top speed of 180mph the innovative car giant will have created a car that will outstrip BMW’s M5 once it hits the market.
Roland Gumpert, the man behind Audi’s 1980’s rally days, rolled out his new car, the Gumpert Explosion, a 414bhp super coupé, similar to that of the new unveiled Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept. The cars turbo charged 2 litre engine can reach 62mph in just 3 seconds, and with a top speed of 182mph, it’s no wonder the makers called this model the ‘explosion’. Gumpert have been clever with the technology they’ve used, a tubular-frame, carbon-fibre chassis and aluminium and fibreglass bodywork, they’ve also added ‘all wheel’ drive to ensure maximum output is achieved. At £86,000 Gumpert are now taking orders, however potential buyers might want to wait until the S version is unveiled which will have another cylinder producing even more power.
Koenigsegg’s Agera One:1
The Agera One:1 is an example of some exception mechanical engineering. The stats speak for themselves; the top speed is around 273mph, it’ll go from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, 0-300km/h in about 12 seconds and 0-400km/h in 20 seconds. With only six models made, four going to China and two to Britain, only a select few will be able to enjoy the twin-turbocharged 5.0 litre V8. But 2015 will see a revamped Agrea, so perhaps now’s the time to get on the waiting list?
At 2.2 million euros the Zonda Revolucion most definitely falls in to the top of the luxury cars on display at this year’s show, and with only five in world, its certainly one we can all only dream about. As last of Pagini’s Zonda range and, reportedly, the fastest with a top speed of 235mph, the car most certainly displays some of the most intensely developed features we have ever seen. With a carbon-titanium monocoque chassis, the Zonda weighs in at just 1070kg meaning that it can produce an epic 800bhp from its 6.0 litre V12 Mercedes engine. Much like formula one cars, the Zonda features a drag reduction system to optimise the aerodynamics. A combination of the DRS along with the Bosch developed ABS system and renewed traction control means that the driver can adapt the cars behaviour to suit their style.