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#Daily Round-Up - Press Day 2
Welcome back to Geneva where Press Day 2 has just finished. The weather has been gorgeous today, and that’s certainly lifted everyone’s spirits and made todays releases all the more better. We saw a clash of superminis and a new era begin for one company, plus much more.
Let’s get into the nit and gritty of today’s action!
Today’s musical acompinament is Step On by the Happy Mondays
A large group of journalists were gathered around the AL Autos booth in readiness for the morning’s first release, only to be slightly let down as it turned out they were just announcing their line-up for the show. Still, 12 cars are expected to be displayed by the company, as well as whole host of 'R’s…
Then came one of the most hotly anticipate releases of the show so far; Iurlaro debuted the new Teodora to excellent appraisal. The luxury Italian maker has been quiet for a while, but this is most certainly a return to form for the company. At first, we were a little split on the looks - chrome looks great, as does the muscular shape of the body, but the fixtures seemed a little lacking in flair. In saying that, they’ve grown on me throughout the day, seemingly conveying a subconcious aura of ‘presence’ which is exactly what you want from a car like this.
The real talking point, however, comes from the comfort. Oh my, the comfort. Iurlaro took us out on some test drives, insisting that we be the passenger, and I’m very glad I didn’t argue otherwise. The level of comfort this car exults is phenemonal, seemingly beyond belief. The suspension just absorbs bumps without you even noticing in the slightest. I had to look out of the window to confirm that we really were driving down a cobbled street as I thought the driver must be lying. This is an entirely new level of refinement that other companies will struggle to match.
Engine wise, a typical range of big luxury power units will be on offer, the 3.8l i6 in our test car certainly pulling this 2.5 ton giant with no issue whatsoever. The 7.2l V12 sounds particularly interesting, and we look forward to seeing how it stacks up against rivals like the sportier trims of the Zavir Squalo and Dimension Assyemtry 7.0 SSP.
EADC revealed the list of what to expect at their display, including the Weasel KIT which we’re excited about and a new SUV called the Sojourner. OAM followed suit, announcing improved versions of the Chevalier II and Traveler II that have been updated since we last saw them at Detroit. We can expect details of European trims of these cars too.
Galt gave us a glimpse at the new Riviera today, leaving the automotive press divided on what is a very new look indeed for the car. The family run-about now looks like its come straight out of Blade Runner, though it doesn’t get away from the odd retro-future styling that we aren’t too convinced by. In saying that, the pricing looks good, and for a car as advanced as this, $14k is very good indeed.
Miller followed up yesterday’s announcements with an exciting glimpse into the motorsporting side of the company. A new endurance racer called the MS R55 (we’re digging the name by the way) was debuted, powered by an 816hp 5.5l V8, built out of carbon fibre and decked in the latest in motorsport advancement. However, weirdly enough, they’ve yet to decide whether it will actually compete in anything, which seems like a hell of a lot of development for a one-off vehicle.
The upcoming Espada was teased by Zair as they joined the Taillights Bandwagon. More to follow.
At last, a little after lunchtime today, the new Hodan Rizun was revealed, having been previously teased in a couple of images. The cute looking mid-engined sports car concept is aiming to compete with the entry-level market, more likely the upper end of this segment thanks to its dinky little 220hp i3 that sits in the middle. All-round push rod suspension was a particularly neat feature to hear about; it’ll likely compromise on practicality, but this is 930kg insect of a car - that really isn’t the point. We’ll have a test drive for your very soon.
Saminda made their first announcment of the show in the form of the new Type R, their mid-range hot-hatch. This 310hp machine looks absolutely brilliant, and we can’t decide which angle we like best. 0-60 in 5.4 seconds puts it right into competition with the Baltazar Quasar 325, a comparison we’d love to see. As as we know, this car will sit just below the eagerly awaited C2000R on the Saminda range.
The facelifted Devina was revealed by Maesima today to wide acclaim. The smart supermini has been styled brilliantly, certainly adding a really unique looking car into this sector of the market, now sharper and more angular than its predecessor. Test drives will be coming soon, and we’ll be looking to see how this revised model does up against the current supermini crop.
Airborne revealed their brand new Alpha Clubman today, beginning a new era for the performance car maker. The abstract sports coupe is a lightweight, agility focused machine that just about manages to make its big rear wing look tasteful. It’s powered by the same 3.4l V6 from the S430 concept earlier this year. Shortly after, the base model Alpha was revealed, carrying the same abstract looks and apparently retaining a lot of the sportiness of its Clubman superior. Great economy, great comfort and slightly unnerving drivability, the Alpha is a sweet compact to drive, though we aren’t sure how it’ll stand up against more established rivals like the Saminda S3 and Maesima Prova.
Also on display was a company classic: the S4. The Porsche-derived sports car still looks just as great as it did back in 1981, and as you’ll see later, it’s still just as scary.
Then, a real stunner came in - Evgenis launched the new Nemean almost seemingly in response to Maesima earlier, proclaiming to be setting a new standard of premium compact motoring. There’s no denying it looks great; the small and detailed fixtures meld well with the subtle roundness of the body, and it has a great stance to it. A great choice of engines including a 1.5l turbo-diesel i3 are on offer, with an incredible 8 speed ZF Auto 'box as an option too - we’ll be keen to see how that goes on such a small car.
Excellent economy and a whole host of technology mean you’ll be certainly getting your money’s worth. They even offer adaptive suspension as an option. Prices look to be very much alongside that of the Devina, which quickly drew comparison from various journalists, and we’ll certainly be reporting back on how these cars stack up when we test drive them both.
The day ended with a release from Baltazar in the form of an RS tuned trim of the new Killimanjaro crossover. The handsome semi-off roader has been tuned well, packing the same 325hp 2.0l i4 turbo from the Quasar RS. It even manages to keep pace with it, with 0-60 dealt with in 5.3 seconds.
On the road, it retains the same good posture as the base model, dealing with its higher centre of gravity well, and is seriously comfortable. Handling is nice, though not as sharp as the Quasar RS, though that’s a tough comparison anyhow. For those wanting comfort and performance at this price range, though, it seems to be the perfect package. Yes, we’re actually praising a cross over. And no, the world isn’t ending.
As part of the release of their new Alpha Clubman, Airborne organised a secret test-drive even for Gavin that saw him get just a little bit scared…
And here’s a little soundtrack to go with it!
That’s that for Press Day 2. We’re already seeing some great competition and some stunning new cars, and the show hasn’t even got fully underway yet! That all starts tomorrow when the doors open to the public. We’ll see you then, I’m off to search for a cheese and wine night I got tipped off about at lunchtime today. Ta-ta for now!
Automation D - First stage of touge battles! | Final race!
“I’m shitting myself. Mei is grinning like a child.”
Too bad that “Deja Vu” on casettes wasn’t a thing here.
Thanks for mentioning and this test review! This is definitely a good idea.
I think about hooking Gavin for third time if he will continue his journey as journalist. (lol buttery butter)
The day isn’t over just yet. The real fun starts now.
First of all, we’d like to celebrate the Monolith M-X winning the highly coveted “Automation SUV/Crossover of the Year 2016” award with a Limited Edition.
The M-X LE has every option on the price list as standard, and has a special multi-coat Aubergine colour as well as Nickel instead of Chrome exterior trim. All LE’s are equipped with IMPs universal weapon 3.4L Diesel and a 7-speed Manual transmission. 500 units will be built, but it will not cost more than a entry-level non-LE M-X 340D.
Monolith also shows off a new version of the GST (Grand Sport Truck) Ute, with the new 410hp 4.25L Diesel first seen in the IMP Opera.
It too has the new 7-speed manual transmission and can claim to be the fastest Diesel powered pick-up truck in the world, with a top speed of 306kph when fitted the optional aerodynamic bed cover. Without the cover, top speed is limited to 280kph. Naturally it also returns a fuel consumption of 7,3L/100km.
IMP also presents two different interpretations of a 400+hp performance car.
The Impakt S1 is the high-performance version of the standard Impakt Sedan. Today’s presentation features the S1 k, the Estate variant of the Impakt.
The GS 260R is the track-focused variant of the GS250. It uses a modern version of the very same 2.6L V6 that made the Impakt 260R a legend in 1990s Touring car racing. This newest version is the first to abandon the naturally aspirated formula in favor of a “Hot-Vee” Biturbo setup. It produces around 405hp coupled to the extremely lightweight carbon fibre GS body with a high-downforce aero package.
The only new addition to LaVache is the introduction of the Thundercracker X’s Turbo with 350hp from its 2.3L V6 coupled to the AWD system of the Cliffjumper.
AMCC has but two world premieres lined up for Geneva, but also some mouthwater for canadianophiles in form of the Hercules pick-up truck, here with the modern 3.8L Turbo V6.
One of the new models is the all-new Comet, with a sleek 4-door Combination Coupe body and engines ranging from the 3.8 V6 to a 5.7L V8 Turbo.
The Comet is expected to go on sale in late 2018.
The bigger reveal though was the equally new Hurricane X. It has been announced before that the Hurricane will feature a 4.8L Supercharged Flatplane V8, and now it’s been revealed that the engine makes 680hp, with AWD as standard and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
This newest Hurricane has been designed as an analog everyday supercar, without active aerodynamics or suspension. It does however feature a high pressure pneumatic lift system for increased ride height in supercar adverse conditions. The engine features two mapping for performance and economy. In ecnonomy mode allows average fuel consumption of just 7,58L/100km. The Hurricane X will start at €135.800.
In time for it’s 15th anniversary Nuntius proudly reintroduces the 3.7L V8 in the european-spec Exedra after a 3-year absence due to the introduction of the Euro 6 Norm.
The direct-injected engine now produces 370hp, and like on previous Exedras comes with AWD and an automatic transmission as standard.
Out of curiosity - are IMP V6s of LaVache origin? I always associated IMP rather with inline sixes.
EADC would like to present our latest car, the Corsair CRX. Based on the chassis of the Corsair, the CRX is a street legal ‘race car’ version of the Corsair 1. With a CRX tuned version 7.1L V12 from the original concept, producing 808 HP. All this power of course is directed to the rear wheels through a 7 Gear DSG. So tune in later this week to learn more about this CRX, but for now, heres the specification sheet as a teaser
1This does not mean that EADC are going to return to Le Mans/ Touring Car racing…yet
Well someone’s going to have fun in this
dont worry, our driver is actually a nice guy, albeit quiet.
AL Autos Booth
At the AL Autos booth, the sounds of AL’s engines revving play through the speakers placed in our booth
CEO: Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you ready! As the proud owner of AL Autos, I present to you…
Dangerous by David Guetta starts playing
Drops the curtains in front of each car one by one as they’re announced
CEO: The AL 575 S our fastest sports car yet
CEO: …featuring an AL 4.1 L Twin Turbo Flatplane V8 connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 575 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD.
CEO: The AL Spaventare R
CEO: …featuring an AL 8.1 L Twin Turbo Flatplane V8 connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 1164 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD.
CEO: The AL Suono R
CEO: …featuring an AL’s 4.8 L Twin Turbo Flatplane V8 connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 1025 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD making this engine have the highest HP/L output we have ever gotten out of a car, 213.542 HP/L.
CEO: The AL Velocita R
CEO: …featuring an AL 6 L Twin Turbo V12 connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 1164 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD.
CEO: The AL Volare R our fastest road legal vehicle yet
CEO: …featuring an AL 8.1 L Twin Turbo Flatplane V8 connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 1226 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD.
CEO: The AL Foro R
CEO: …featuring an AL 6.6 L Twin Turbo Flatplane V8 connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 918 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD.
The AL Gioco S
CEO: …featuring an AL 4.1 L Twin Turbo Flatplane V8 connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 580 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD.
The AL Montare R
CEO: …featuring an AL 4.4 L Twin Turbo Flatplane V8 connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 724 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD.
The AL Luce R
CEO: …featuring an AL 6.6 L Twin Turbo V12 connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 909 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD.
CEO: And finally, the moment you all have been waiting for…
All 3 curtains in front of the 3 mystery cars drop simultaneously as the song climaxes
…The 3 mystery vehicles we’ve hidden from the public for so long. Our track toys…
The AL LM 1 Race
CEO: …featuring an AL 5 L Twin Turbo V12 connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 944 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD in a car that only weighs 2988.1 lbs/1355 kgs
The AL LM 2 Race
CEO: …featuring an AL 7.7 L Twin Turbo Flatplane V8 (Forgot to correct the engine name in pic) connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 973 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD in a car that only weighs 3290.8 lbs/1492.7kgs
and the AL LM 3
CEO: …featuring an AL 6.4 L Twin Turbo Flatplane V8 (Forgot to correct the engine name in pic) connected to a 7 Speed Sequential delivering 1177 HP to the rear wheels through an Electric LSD in a car that only weighs 3539.7 lbs/1605.6 kgs
CEO: This is AL
CEO pretends to drop the mic as the music ends
CEO: Please feel free to check out all of our cars inside and out as they are unlocked. Please go to one of our associates on the floor if you have any questions. Thank you and have a wonderful rest of your time here at the 87th International Geneva Motor Show!
As the public doors are opened over at he DSD stand the Saratoga I and Turbo trims are rolled out onto display. Test drives are being offered over the last two days of the Motor show.
darkshine5 - DSD SARATOGA GENEVA 2.zip (60.2 KB)
I’m only slightly attracted to the Exedra…
please send help why do I like it so much
Ideas are always pushed away, Nobu is ideals.
#Introducing the Hodan Nobu Concept.
Pushing the limits of design and ideas, this is a look at what could happen to design. Nobu extends thoughts of the future, and beyond. Small, economical, powerful engines, in aerodynamic and light frames. Nobu is the start of that ideal. Nobu is the Unknown. Nobu is the Future.
Even Gods give birth to the Horse
And Pegasus is Just that.
#Introducing the Pegasus Ceres Range
Pegasus is the New American and European brand from Hodan. This is their first creation, the Ceres. Five models will be produced, Low-Range, Mid-Range, Mid-Range2, High-Range, and CeresRS. Today, the Mid-Range2 and CeresRS will be shown. The white model is the Mid-Range2, utilising a 2.7L V6 making 200hp, it allows the Mid-R2 to be able to run for long whiles on a full tank. Price is $33,000
But Ceres has a Dark Side…
The CeresRS is a pure monster. 600hp, 3L TTV6, Wider Stance, AWD, and Aero Bits. With a top speed above 300km/h, and a full suit of add-ons, this turbo lagging menace will be on sale for $60,000.
Thank you, more standard production reveals throughout the rest of the Show.
Update: we’re organizing a photoshoot for some of the cars being released at this show. If you have a new high-end sports car or city car/supermini being displayed at this show, please send it to me if you’d like it to be involved!
Can’t promise it will be anything special, just a few group shots essentially. This isn’t a review or anything by the way.
Deadline is Wednesday 15th March, 19:00 GMT, though I’ll extend this if people really want to.
TURIN Automobili s.p.a. A NEW PLAYER ON THE SPORTCAR MARKET
The use of the name “Marcos” on the preview image was a pure marketing moves, for gaining visibility and atract the interest of peoples, Marcos ltd it’s going on bankruptcy in 2007, and there’s no relationship between the two brand.
Now that i have your attention, i can reveal TURIN! Turin it’s a new brand that take the name from the city of Turin, in the north of Itlay, were Turin Automobili has headquarter and facilitys.
The company was formed by a pool of expert automotive workers from a lot of different automotive and design companies. All the staff it’s moved by unique passion and target: create the best driving experience!
The company has worked on the last 3 years developing from zero it’s first sportcar the Exalt!
TURIN it’s proud to present the new EXALT!
Exalt it’s a family of lightweight mid-engine sportcars, that share the same chassis and powerplant, in different tuning level.
The “base” Exalt it’s made to be an affordable and reliable sportcar, with elevate performance on road.
We have obtained this results thanks to a lightweight construction, using a glued aluminium chassis
that combine extreme rigidity, low weight and reasonale costs, with light CFRP body panels and a small but powerful Turbo engine.
Talking about the engine, it’s a extremely modern unit, ALSI 1800cc L4 16v featuring the best tecnology such VVL-T, HCT, DFI, Liquid intercooler, Ball bearing turbo and equal lenght headers.
The, engine in this version it’s tuned to 200hp, offering a good compromise between performance and maintenance cost.
Huge attentions in aerodinamics were made on the exterior for better aerodinamics and cooling efficency.
The exalt it’s a pure two seater, so the interior are sport oriented, with a basic infotainment and A/C
Top speed 255km/h
The Exalt S packs a more powerful version of the 1.8 engine rated at 255hp @7900rpm.
The “S” offers lower and retuned suspension, upgraded brake rotors and shorter final ratio. The weight increase to 973kg
The performance increase to:
Top Speed 274km/h
The Exalt GT it’s a more comfortable version, on the exterior it differs form the other model thanks to the chrome accents, dedicated rims and higher suspension.
On the inside features more comfortable seats, leather trim, a complete infotaiment and better noise insulance.
The GT also came standard with the 6 speed double clutch gearbox and progressive suspension springs.
The weight of the GT increase at 1029kg, but thanks to the adoption of DCT the performance are unchanged
Top speed 270km/h
At the top of the Exalt range there’s the R340 model, as the name suggest, under the bonnet, there are 340hp from the revised 1.8 T engine.
Lighter piston and internals, new camshafts, larger intercooler, revised turbo and downpipe and a new design oil pan, assure great performance and reliability on track use.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheel trough a 6 speed Manual or a retuned 6 speed double clutch, assisted by an electrical controlled LSD.
Wider semi-slick tire on 18" magnesium or optional carbon rims, for reduced unsprung mass and extreme cornering performance.
The weight decrease to 930kg.
The engine it’s feeded by a new air intake on the rear bonnet, and a set of vents keeps the engine bay cold. On the front fenders new vents help reduce the air pressure in the wheel arch. Larger front sptitter and canard work togheter increasing the vertical downforce at the front, at the rear a revised undertray, and a bigger active wing assure high level of downforce.
The performance on track are exaltating! with cornering and breaking forces of 1.5g, high stability, great traction and a powerful engine that scream at 8800rpm, the R340 it’s a true giant killer.
Laps Time will be reavealed in future, but we expect a low 7 minutes on the green hell and 2 minutes on the ATT
Top Speed 295km/h
TURIN will present in future more version of the Exalt range, and actual it’s working on the development of a Supercar.
The page of Turin automobili will be online very soon with more info e news about the company, so staytuned!
Thanks to everyone!
MarcoAlla CEO Turin automobili.
2017 Zenshi Altaris
The third generation Altaris made it’s way to the Zenshi booth today, presenting an agressive aura thanks to the Shinka design applied to it.
Unlike the previous generations which were based on a modified platform of the Taiko (Zenshi’s general utility vehicle subsidiary) Tsumori, the third generation Altaris is based on a modified Axia platform, thus resulting in the lack of sliding rear doors, causing the once-then minivan to transition to a general MPV.
Upon looking at the Altaris, one might think the brawny-looking 8-seater MPV would be heavy, and they would be wrong. Because it has traditional opening rear doors, the Altaris has saved quite a bit of weight, weighing in at 1,650 kg (200+ kg lighter than the previous generation), which is light for a big family hauler. Couple that with the driving dynamics Zenshi is known for, and you have yourself a family athlete.
The base model Altaris will be powered by the 200 HP QS25GDA 2.5L Inline-4 engine mated to a 6-Speed Manual transmission on a RWD platform. Higher trims and options allow for the Altaris to be equipped with the SM-AWS all-wheel drive system, 6-Speed Avantec, and/or the 320 HP LZ6-ME 3.7L Inline-6 engine.
At a starting price of $29,950, the Altaris will hit the dealership floors soon.
The EADC Verona is our flagship line of sedans since the 1982. With the release of our latest model, we decided to let a Japanese company modify and tune it.
The result is the EADC Verona JR2…
Unlike the standard Verona, which produces a measly 102hp, the JR2 produces an astonishing 385 hp from a 1.9L i4, derived from the 2003 EADC Vixen Rally engine. This power, coupled with the lightweight aluminium panels, mean that this car accelerates to 62mph in 4.5s.
Since EADC want to provide a good driving experience in our cars, we have fitted this car with standard interior and all the expected driver assists. In additon, these driver assists can be turned off for a more challenging and fun drive.
Unlike the standard Verona, the JR2 has new and improved aerodynamics, specifically designed by JRT, based of their work and experience in F1 and WRC, to slip through the air smoothly while maintaining traction on all wheels. Making the JR2 just as fast as the V12 Corsair round a circuit.
Prices start at £22,100 and expect to find the JR2 in EADC dealerships in Europe and Asia by April (Sorry America)
We think pushrods can still be a viable option, and that a real American muscle car should have a 5 liter pushrod V8. Our in-development engine reaches performance figures, reliability and economy that are easily up to modern standards. With direct fuel injection and twin turbochargers, we get 468 horsepower. AlSi block and head keep the engine lightweight.
We’ve put the engine into a concept car that accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. We’ve filled the car with all the latest technology in safety and entertainment. It will be a nice place to sit in, whether you’re staying still or moving at top speed. Work title for this project was “Interceptor”, but we felt that the rise of hybrids and electric cars necessitated a name reflecting our view that the muscle car should stick to good old traditions.
Our aim is to have the Resistance available for purchase in early 2019 with a price tag in the 50 000 dollar range. The concept car shown here today is not representative of the final model, so we will not be releasing exact technical details at this time. The engine’s performance might also still improve during development.
#2017 Riviera R official launch
Today, we have finally ordered dealerships to uncover the Base model of the new Riviera. will be available as either Standard and stick, or automatic and standard for our European buyers. and yes, in traditional Riviera fashion, will remain RWD. Here is the spec sheet.
Now a hint to Tomorrow’s reveal technically later after the review of the day due to timezones)is going to be the number 6, and this stock photo of a can of beans.