Geneva Motor Show

The highlights of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show was a true feast for the eyes for lovers of high speed and contemporary, austere designs – the world’s most famous automobile brands all unveiled a new model or concept cars and neither filed to impress.  The show was an amazing combination of luxurious new cars and big announcements for forthcoming technology developments.

It would be difficult to pinpoint only a few of the unveiled models as being the highpoint of the show, but if there were vehicles that stood out for quality, innovation and luxury – we simply have to mention Vauxhall’s GT concept, the Skoda VisionS concept, and the outstanding Bugatti Chiron supercar. Other memorable mentions go to the Aston Martin DB11, Audi’s Q2, the Maserati Levante, the new Renault Scenic and Volvo’s V90 estate. That being said, this is but a fraction of all the road gems that got to see the light of day at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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Although still in early development, the Vauxhall GT concept generated a lot of buzz for its “forward thinking” design, sleek exterior and powerful engine. The out-of-this-world ‘Human Machine Interface’, or HMI is a revolutionary buttonless system that operates through a central touchpad and voice commands. It will adapt to a driver’s habits and adjust to their needs as time goes.

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Maserati finely unveiled their long-anticipated first SUV – the Levante, which will hit stores later this year at a base price of £55,000. It is a majestic and powerful 4×4, right along the lines of competitors Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.

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Bugatti definitely made headlines with its newest addition to the Chiron family – a state-of-the-art, futuristic supercar, which will be capable of a top speed of 261mph thanks to a powerful redeveloped 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine. This new toy will have the steep price tag of £1.9 million and will be manufactured in a limited series of 360 cars.

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Aston Martin introduced the replacement for its famous DB9 and the newer version is every bit as elegant and contemporary as its predecessor. The new DB11 is more powerful, with improved aerodynamics, with stiffer structure and enhanced 600bhp twin-turbo V12 engine. Its announced price is £155,000 and marks a new era for slightly differentiated models for the recognized brand with new cars that are lower, have a sleeker, better-defined shape and state-of-the-art bodywork.

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Christie’s holds a Bond-items sale

Historic auction house Christie’s is celebrating the release of the latest instalment in the Bond series – Spectre – on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD in style with an online-only sale of Bond memorabilia from the 24th movie of the franchise. All proceeds from the auction will go towards Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other charitable organisations as well as the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for wealthy philanthropists and Bond aficionados to acquire a piece of Hollywood legacy.

The item that attracted the most attention was 007’s Aston Martin DB10, which was at the top lot in the first part of Christie’s auction. Highest bid for the car that has an estimated value of £1,000,000 – £1,500,000 reached £2,434,500. Sold as a collector’s item, the DB10 sports a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine and manual gearbox with a top speed of around 190 mph. All carbon fibre exterior and handcrafted interior with fine luxury leathers, carbon fibre and aluminium make it extremely popular amongst those who wish to own James Bond’s car.

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Another item worth mentioning is the limited-edition Omega Seamaster 300 watch valued at £15,000 – £20,000, with an asking price of £92,500. Worn by Daniel Craig in the latest Bond movie Spectre – the model sports an engraved Liquid Metal Technologies, glazed black dial, luminous broad arrow hour markers and Arabic numerals. It’s the epitome of refined elegance and subtle class – the two characteristics that define Britain’s most dangerous spy. It deploys Omega’s signature self-winding calibre 8400 and is adorned with 38 diamonds.

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A few other props from the latest movie were also featured in the sale with all lots ultimately selling out in a record time. For those who could afford a piece of Bond’s high-end lifestyle this was a remarkable opportunity to acquire a piece of exclusive Hollywood history.

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The allure of a vintage Porsche 356s

Many find the allure of a vintage car irresistible, but when it’s a vintage Porshe 356 that has been restored by the infamous genius Rod Emory – it’s hard not be impressed beyond belief. It would be difficult to think of a better combination of the unique combination of a historic automotive piece with contemporary technology and convenience. Because that is just what he does – bringing old glamorous rides into the 21st century.

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A waiting period of weeks or even months marks all of Emory’s signature creations for those who can afford them. Every detail of the customized rides is given weeks of consideration and execution – from the particulars of the interior design to the hue of the case paint. Other original additions to the classic beauty include disc brakes (that replace the drum), a 4-cylinder engine sourced from the 911 range, overhead cams, lowered suspension and modern amenities like seat belts for safety as well as comfort.

Vintage Porsche 356s

Vintage Porsche 356s

Emory’s customized and modernized 365s are in high demand with clients signing up years in advance for one. Of course, privilege of ownership doesn’t come cheap and depending on personal preferences and customization – a car from the range can cost anything between $250,000 and $500,000. An ivory 356 convertible or a black couple – there is no limit to the combinations and design remodels that Emory can make for his clients. These cars may retain their old appeal, but on the road they behave as a modern beast of unparalleled performance and reliability. Underneath the retro body the latest cutting-edge technology is deployed to give owners a powerful new experience with their classic machines. All hardware is installed based on the client’s specifications, so no two models are alike with each one taking between 18 months and two years to complete.

Vintage Porsche 356s

Vintage Porsche 356s

The off-brand Porsche line is a beautiful and popular tribute to the company’s quest for harmonious lines and powerful experiences that has seen the classic beloved Porsche car evolve throughout the years, retaining its classic shape.

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The new McLaren 570S Coupé

The British company has just debuted the 570S Coupé, the first of its Sports Series cars with a lot of potential and optimized handling characteristics to make it the most accessible sports car on the market. This is another high-flying model with spectacular driving dynamics released under the McLaren name in the last years that stands out with pioneering technology and sleek design to fill segment of the market that doesn’t see too many of those sports car configurations.

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The new Sports Series is the logical successor of the Super Series and Ultimate Series, albeit slight changes put it in a league of its own. Power is delivered through a seven-speed SSG transmission and it has about 30% of components that are unique to the Sports Series. The car is powered by a M838TE twin-turbo V8 engine capable of producing 570PS (562bhp) and 600Nm (442lb ft). It is fitted with standard carbon ceramic brakes and boasts a newly developed suspension system that allows for three separate handling modes – ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’.

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The heart of the 570S Coupé is the unique carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis, which is strong and sturdy while remaining surprisingly weightless. It offers the best level of protection without affecting performance. This combination of minimized weight and a turbocharged engine allows the new model to exhibit better fuel efficiency as well as response times.

Its aerodynamically-optimized design includes the iconic dihedral doors, but with a modern three-dimensional form. There is a great variety for interior customization, although the basic package of functionalities is pretty impressive. The 570S full infotainment system includes climate control, a seven-inch IRIS touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital or SIRIUS satellite radio.

McLaren 570S

McLaren designers have designed the interior specification with colours and materials that complement the exterior paint colour. The base price for the 570S Coupé has been announced at $187,400.

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Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac CTS-V – maybe the best American Sedan

A surprisingly powerful yet low-key model is coming up the driveway all the way from America. The new Cadillac CTS-V is sure to bring the focus back on sedans for all the right reasons. It sports a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, which gives the beast just enough power to reach the impressive 200mph in just 3.6 seconds. The Corvette Z06 relies on the same engine, which also has 640 horsepower on an 8-speed, automatic, rear-wheel driver.

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The car is large and spacious, but despite its dimensions it remains easy to manoeuvre and highly responsive. The powerful drive and luxurious setting put the Cadillac CTS-V right along the lines of other A-list brand models, like the E63 AMG, the $101,700 Mercedes-Benz , the $141,300 Porsche Panamera or the $94,100 BMW M5. Price tag for the CTS-V starts at $84,000, but once you add up all the absolute essentials, it will quickly top the $90,000 mark. Once you factor in the $2,300 performance seats, $595 red brake calipers, $900 19-inch wheels and a few other perks – the entry price beats even the Escalade.

2016-Cadillac-CTS-V-110-876x535There are some eye-catching changes in the interior design like the high-intensity headlamps that are shaped like elongated triangles and the small elegant spoiler. The Cadillac badge is slightly larger than in previous models – emblematic for one of the strongest automobiles to come from America in recent years. Steel quad tailpipes complete the edgy look and hint at the potential of the CTS-V.

2016-Cadillac-CTS-V-101-876x535The interior is modern and unique, in keeping with the rest of the design. There is a responsive touch screen console that allows you to control everything – from the volume of the speakers to the side mirrors and rear-view cameras. Other useful features include the remote vehicle start, passive entry, wireless charging and the dual-zone climate settings. The microfiber-covered wheel and sport alloy pedals are almost race-worthy and beautifully complete the interior ambiance.

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Bugatti unveils new Chiron

Expected to make its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, the new Chiron announced by Bugatti will eclipse its predecessor in terms of design and performance. The futuristic model can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 2.3 seconds and has a rumoured top speed of 288mph.

While Bugatti is yet to reveal more details on the tech specifications of the model, it is already being marketed as “the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car” The car will be fitted with a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine with torque output at around 1,106 lb-ft. The exact price still hasn’t been announced, but is expected to be in the region of $2.5 million.

Bugatti ChironThe company has already received more than 100 orders for the new model and expects growing interest in the car. There are noticeable changes in the exterior, including a more prominent grille, thinner LED headlight clusters and a flatter bonnet, but full specifications are yet to be released. The new Chiron is inspired by the Vision Gran Turismo concept car, which was presented at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Bugatti’s new model is set to redefine the standards for a street-legal production car in every aspect. Currently, the previous Veyron model holds the record for being the fastest with 0-60 mph acceleration in only 2.5 second.

Bugatti Chiron

All prototype vehicles are subject to rigorous safety and performance tests and the feedback from test drivers has been outstanding. Veyron’s official successor is confirmed to have two versions – a petrol model as well as a hybrid version. The highly-luxurious cabin will provide seating room for two and feature cutting-edge connectivity technology.

A heavily-revised powertrain will be mounted to the rear bulkhead and receive electric assistance for a versatile and responsive multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system.

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Buick Cascada – 2016 – the most anticipated luxury convertible

The innovative all-new Buick Cascada is bringing the focus back on convertibles for a good reason. Its beautiful design coupled with comfortable interior and dynamic features makes for a standard-class luxurious vehicle that provides plenty of open-air excitement and driving convenience.

buick escadaThe 2+2 convertible exhibits a new stylish design with innovative powertrain and chassis technologies that enhance performance and an expressive driving experience. Some of the new features include a HiPer Strut front suspension as well as a responsive Watts Z-link suspension in the rear. The engine has a 200-horsepower 1.6L capacity (149 kW) that provides strong torque estimated to estimated 221 lb-ft (300 Nm). The entire concept of the car is to bring together in harmony different features that make for a safe, enjoyable and connected driving experience.

buick escadaStorage is surprisingly ample for a convertible with 13.4 cubic feet (380 litres) of cargo room available when the top is up and 9.8 cubic feet (280 litres) when down. There is a heating option for the front seats and an electro-hydraulic power system installed in the roof. The electric-powered steering system allows for improved fuel savings and better steering inputs.

Buick Cascada’s balanced proportions complement its elongated silhouette in an elegant and luxurious way. The chrome accents and LED wing-shaped lights make for beautiful design details that accentuate its profile.

buick escadaSome of the advanced interior technology includes an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot, electric safety belts, rear park assist, Remote Vehicle Starter and a 7- inch diagonal touch screen for plying music or making calls. There is also built-in navigation system. Attention to detail and an effort to harmoniously combine purposeful technologies with dynamic design and an inviting interior shine through in the way the new Cascada is put together.

The base price for the model is announced at $33,065, excluding any extras. See more luxurious cars here!

Ferrari F12tdf

Ferrari F12tdf – the ultra-exclusive supercar

The unveiling of Ferrari’s new model is considered to be one of the most powerful sports vehicles to date. Only a limited number of 799 units of the visually striking and technically superior F12 Berlinetta will be built and sold to selected customers.

Ferrari F12tdfWith this model the brand pays homage to the famous Tour de France and its heritage as well as Ferrari’s own legacy with the winning performance of the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta. Key factors in the new model that have received special attention are engine, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics. And the end result is simply spectacular.

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Ferrari F12tdfThe new model uses a 6.3-liter V12 engine that was derived from the original F12 Berlinetta and delivers 40hp more than its predecessor. Among other features is the improved stability at high speed – courtesy of the impressive vehicle dynamic control systems. In terms of performance and acceleration, the F12 is able to go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds. A new generation system incorporates Extreme Design one-piece brake calipers that can bring the car to a complete stop from 100-0 km/h in just 30.5 meters.

Ferrari F12tdf

6 percent shorter gear ratios are observed in the specific version of the F1 DCT as well as 30% faster upshifts and 40% faster downshifts. The aerodynamic efficiency figure of the original F12 is almost doubled to 1.6.

All bodywork panels point to the new Berlinetta being a superior model in terms of engineering, performance and aerodynamics. Its lighter construction and wider front give it an appealing and aggressive appearance. The cockpit is comfortable and driver-focused with patterned aluminum for the floor, single carbon-fiber shell doors and satellite pods.

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Ferrari is yet to disclose any details regarding price and sale date, but the new vehicle has already generated a lot of interest from prospective buyers.

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Danish tycoon’s strong vintage car sale

Just a few weeks ago,

the Danish tycoon Henrik Frederiksen held a very exclusive garage sale that featured models of an age long gone and a class of their own. A total of immaculately restored 48 vintage cars – some of them prewar -were auctioned by Bonhams.

SiO5GIBThe event took place in the businessman’s historical 16-century estate located in Denmark and attracted the crème of the European aristocracy and corporate world. Vintage car enthusiasts flocked to see the rare and spectacular models Frederiksen had taken more than 30 years to accumulate. What began as a hobby at the age of 18 soon turned into one of the most complete and outstanding collections of Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, Duesenberg, Hispano-Suiza, Maybach and Rolls-Royce models – some dating from a century ago.

Franz_Prahl-built_1935_MERCEDES-BENZ_500K__SPECIAL_ROADSTERA regular at classic-car events at Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este, Henrik decided to part with some of his beloved collection. Some of the rare models carry with them political and cultural significance as well, such as the 1933 Maybach DS8 Zeppelin, which was gifted by the German government to the Maharajah of Patiala. This particular vehicle has an asking price of $3.6 million as it features intricate and one-of-a-kind coachwork. The 1931 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” – a made-to-order treat for Cornelius Vanderbilt’s grandson cost its new owner $3.2 million.

w2T7Uq9Several Maybach models relay Frederiksen’s love for the brand, among which a $1.5m-prewar vehicle discovered in a Moscow lock-up. Another spectacular offering is the wooden-bodied Mercedes-Benz Phaeton auctioned for $2 million. The car is in excellent condition and features the original canvas seat covers, 90-horsepower aircraft engine and Louis Vuitton luggage.maybach

Five Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost models were auctioned for $640,000-$1,400,000; a 1905 US-built Woods electric car ($80,000-$100,000) and a 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drophead for $640,000 have earned Frederiksen’s collection the well-deserved title of “the finest in Denmark and Europe”.

See more here: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23234/

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Porsche Classics at the Hedingham Castle

The annual gathering of Porsche Classics at Hedingham Castle, Essex took place the weekend of September 6th. More than 1,000 classic and modern models of the famous brand were showcased in front of the public.

Porsche Classic CastleFirst held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, the event was subsequently moved to Hedingham in 2007 and has since grown in popularity, models included and attendance. This year’s theme of the gathering was the 60th anniversary of the first Porsche Carrera road cars. Several vehicles part of private collections as well as exhibited at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart were transported to take part in the event.

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Saturday night treated guests to a Mexican-themed “Carrera Caramba” party (£50) with cocktails, Mexican food and music. On Sunday auction house Coys held a sale of 61 collectable examples. These ranged from the original 911s built in the 1960s (priced from £45,000 to £110,000) to Turbo models from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s as well as limited-edition Speedsters.

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Another interesting offer was the customized 1982 911 SC high-speed pursuit vehicle with original Dutch police emblems (priced at £80,000-£100,000), the 1997 Type 993 RSR Cup race car ((£110,000-£150,000) and the 1970 911S driven by British racing driver Vic Elford (price on request).

12010664_1198745450140656_3335972553335048619_oSports cat enthusiasts were able to bid on a £550,000 2006 Porsche Carrera GT supercar and a 1958 Porsche Junior, which was more affordable at £7,000-£10,000. The latter was a single-cylinder diesel engine tractor built under the brand of Porsche.

L6dwBF2Entrance to the event cost £25 per car and £5 per passenger with a lot of Porsche’s executives and owners of the original production making an appearance. While the emphasis remained on older signature models, customized new ones were also featured to expand on the variety.