Translation: Reunion? The return of the fated rivals!
Ooh, some more rivalry over here
Neither a Volvo, nor a BMW…
ah, but this is a MUCH larger stoke/bore ratio.
#Daily Round-Up - Press Day 1
Good evening everyone to wherever you are in the world, and welcome to Geneva where the first Press Day has just closed up. It’s been hectic, mad and fun to say the least, with some big releases as expected.
Time to delve into what went down today.
Today’s musical accompaniment is Forget Me Nots by Patrice Rushen
Before the day began, Albury announced three new body style’s for their Centurion executive saloon. The performance sedan is now available in wagon form, as a coupe and as a convertible. The latter two should certainly help to expand the range well into the luxury performance market, and might even challenge a few out-and-out GT cars.
9 am, sunrise over Lake Geneva and debut of the newest Grandea GT-R. Smartly presented with uncomplicated styling and a pair of sharp headlights, this high-end sports coupe will have 560+ hp under the bonnet when it gets released, courtesy of the company’s LZ4-ACE R i6 - we certainly approve of the engine name, which is rare. A 40/60 torque split means this thing will almost certainly grip and go like a rat on steroids, and given that the quoted 0-60 time is 2.9 seconds, we believe our statement has truth.
What is particularly pleasing to see is that as standard the GT-R will come with a 6 speed manual, which for a modern performance car is rare. Combine that with the carbon cermaic brakes we spied behind the rims and the aero-work they’ve done on the body, and we’re predicting this could be one of the most visceral driving experiences of the year.
Next on the order of the day was a trip to the DSD stand where a multitude of journalists were gathered for a presentation of the company’s quirky new Puissant concept. The company has a reputation for bold and innovative car design, and this is no exception; a hyper advanced hybird compact coupe, with dual side indicators, 285 hp to boot and an electric motor to deliver the power. This means that all the driving is done just by the motor - the engine doesn’t turn the wheels, resulting in fantastic fuel consumption.
Unusually for such a small car, carbon fibre wheels are being used, as well as active aero features and gorgeously plush interior. It truly stuns both inside and out. Sadly, we can’t expect it to make production, but we will be able to see the coupe for real later on in the show.
At last, following teaser after vague teaser, Raziel unveiled the Classe B just before lunchtime today. 9 years in development, the Classe B is going to become one of the most flexible platforms in motoring history, with an unprecedented number of trims - 4 body types with 9 separate styles, which it manages to achieve by keeping pretty everything underneath in the same position and simply swapping out chassis design and engines. Wow.
It’s a shame the looks of the thing don’t impress more - it does actually appear to have been styled like it came out all those 9 years ago. Still, the promise of AWD options and an electric-only model are exciting. We hope to get some test-drives in within the next few days.
Garou, who are from somewhere in the world, showed off the newest Ginmei today in a presentation this afternoon, making several jibes at Grandea whilst doing so. The smart, understated GT coupe is all wheel drive and will be avalible in two trims, one with a 306hp 3.8l V6 and a turbocharged option that delivers 599 hp to all four wheels. It didn’t quite move us in the same way as the GT-R, though the exceptionally low price of $52k is quite something indeed. How they achieved that is another question.
Having helped to popularise the trend of dark car teasers, Erin finally shed some light on their newest performance car, the Tauga SB. A shooting-brake version of last year’s Tauga X, the 417hp car is…
…hang on, I can’t really review my own car now can I?
Miller gave their main presentation of the show, revealing three new cars from their sub-brands. The fearsome looking Argonaught 282 impressed with its unashamedly abstract design and with its huge amount of power: 613hp, meaning it easily rivals the day’s other high-end performance releases. However, unlike the GGT-R and Ginmei, this is rear-wheel drive - trust America not to be sensible. If the noise we were honored with hearing at the presentation is anything to go by, this thing is going to be marvelous.
From MAC’s Emperor sub brand came the new K-100. Not exactly a looker, the 98 hp city car looks to impress more as a luxury hatchback more than anything else, a market that sees little competition, meaning that Emperor may have found a neat little niche. Following this, the new Emperor Emerald was unveiled, a lightweight mid-range sports car that certainly looks the part with its split-front grille and delicate chrome detailing. A massive 243hp comes from tis 1.6l turbo i4 making it very light and hopefully very fast.
JHW revalled an incredibly unusual car called the Project 6, penned as a test bed for their new I6-LS engine range, the LS standing for ‘Long Stroke’. The car itself was rather exciting, its slightly weird but glitzy styling leaving a good impression on us. The engine was also pleasing: while underpowered for a 2.9l turbo engine, the i6 smoothness covers the long stroke roughness very well and allows for exceptional efficiency with good usability.
While we’re not sure how wide the appeal will be, the fact that its coming to the Athena later this year is good to hear, given just how much customers value efficiency in this market. We’re keen to see how it compares to diesel rivals in terms of average MPG.
That’s going to do it for today’s round-up. Press Day 1 has been very exciting, with a three way battle of coupes developing here as well a number of great innovations on display here. It certainly bodes well for rest of the show.
I’m off to trawl round the bars of Geneva to find a slightly-sloshed Garou engineer to see if they’ll tell me how they’re managing to make the Ginmei for so little. Bye for now!
- Gavin Anderson
well, i could get 300+hp from it, but then i would compromise the silky smooth nature of the engine.
by that i mean the turbo is the same size as a bottlecap and has less than 6 psi of boost.
The base Ginmei is $52k haha. The high performance 38RS is at a different level of pricing!
who’s stopping you?
@AmaSlay Ah! That makes a lot more sense!
The Erin Tauga SB is the best car ever made, ev…ok that’s enough
AL Autos Annoucement! (Updated 4:36pm [3 hrs after post made] due to modified list of cars and formatting issues)
Hello one and all! AL Autos would like to announce that we will be bringing a total of 12 models to our booth in the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show!
These models are:
The AL 575 S
The AL Spaventare R
The AL Suono R
The AL Velocita R
The AL Volare R
The AL Foro R
The AL Gioco S
The AL Montare R
The AL Luce R
and 3 other mystery vehicles that we will keep to ourselves until the auto show opens up to the public!
Hope to see ya’ll soon when the doors open to the public!
is proud to present the latest incarnation of the Teodora.
With this model year 2017 and this exclusive Diamond trim, we, as Iurlaro Atelier, have reached a peak of comfort that was unthinkable until today thanks to the effort to optimize and fine tune every single aspect of the car.
The quality you enojy it is even more of the one you can percieve. A lot of this constant improvements will be unvailed to the customer only after constantly be the most important part of the car itself: the passenger.
Here depicted the 6.0 V12 biturbo trim with the hand crafted interior, focused on the driving pleasure. More variants will be available in the brochure, starting from the 3.8 liter inline 6 to the 7.2 liter V12 with more than 600 horsepower, from the special lightweight full aluminium body to the armoured personal luxury long wheelbase version.
#Enjoy the personal unique luxury of Iurlaro.
After a great start at NAIAS, EADC expect that Geneva will just be as good!
Be sure to look out for some new and old EADC cars around in the upcoming days.
We’ll see you tomorrow!
EADC Fenice III
EADC Corsair CRX
EADC Weasel KIT
EADC Verona JR2
EADC Sojourner SUV
MBS Classic Rally Cars (Vole Mk1-Fenice)
EADC Rally Cars (Vole Mk4-Weasel 2017)
EADC 2010 Atlas Supercar
EADC 1999 LMP ‘Endurance’
Just in case you forgot about us, were still here and we’ve got lots more cars to show you.
Remember the Chevalier II and the Traveller II? Using the feedback gained at NAIAS, our engineers have improved them and fixed many issues found and are now ready for sale in the US and most importantly in Europe too.
In addition, since OAM’s Heavy Vehicles Department didnt get much coverage at NAIAS, were relaunching our pickup trucks new and old at Geneva.
Also watch out for the new Phoenix III being launched too. All that to look forward to in the next couple of days!
#Press day announcement
Ok, it is press only day here at Geneva, So we at Galt decided to give some more information. Some of you may have been wondering why the 2016 Riviera was still being sold this far into 2017. Well here is your Answer, the rumors are false that the Riviera is cancelled, instead, we were working hard on a whole new platform for 2017. It is Sleek, Fast, and aerodynamic, and the numbers prove it, all while remaining Rear wheel drive. I managed to convince the higher-ups to reveal a production base model to you guys today.
As you can see, this definitely is the base model. I wasn’t allowed to disclose the Engine yet, However i am allowed to open it up and reveal the starting price. As can be seen, even the interior screams base model, a lot of generic cloth and Fabric, a manual Transmission, yadda yadda yadda. However this does result in a low starting MSRP of only $14,520. Now in closing of this announcement, There are two things I can say. 1: Those cars you have been seeing being transported or sitting behind Galt dealerships with all those Tarps over them are indeed these new Riviera’s, they Will be ready to be sold as soon as we do the official reveal for the Lineup. I cannot say in which order it will be revealed though. The 2nd thing i have to say is yes, this is the Platform the Fiend is on, It’s official name is the Riviera Fiend
(Now that I’m home and on my computer I can actually do a proper reveal)
With the introduction of the MS Argonaught, Emperor Emerald, and Emperor K series, MAC gives you the MS R55 LMP concept. It comes equipped with a 5.5L naturally aspirated DOHC crossplane V8 sourced from the MAC 56L8 V8 that produces 816 HP, propelling it to 60 MPH in 2.5 seconds. Equipped with a carbon fibre chassis and body, and pushrod suspension in both front and rear makes the R55 a fierce competitor.
As of right now, there is no decision of whether or not MAC will compete in any WEC races.
Changing the Small Sport Market Forever
The Hodan Rizun Concept
A mid-engined chassis, with a small, 220hp Inline 3 engine at the heart.
We took our liberties, pushing the boundaries away from the current ideals, and went back to what made these cars enjoyable.
Lightweight, affordable fun for anyone involved.
Pushrods front and back, and full aluminium within, this puts the weight at slightly over 930kg. With a 220hp Inline 3 at the core, she is a fun and maneuverable weapon. More indepth information soon, along with some more angles.
STAY TUNED TO #HodanGeneva17 FOR MORE DETAILS.
An advantage by technology?
Audi is that you?