Super Power
Geneva Motor Show 2016
Text | Henry Lau, Richard Kelley
Photo | Sobe Chow
Design | Franco Au-Yeung
A Lusso For Four
Ferrari’s GT4C Lusso bows in Geneva


Imagine a concept that blends a grand tourer’s four seats, four wheel drive and a svelte body far sleeker than Ferrari’s FF. At the Geneva Auto Show, Ferrari has just introduced the GT4C Lusso, a graceful 4-passenger, hatchback-style luxury sports car that significantly advances Ferrari’s 4RM Evo four-wheel drive system introduced with the FF, to now become the 4RM-S (four-wheel drive and steering). The system incorporates the latest evolution of the Slip Side Control (4.0) system, electronic differential (E-Diff) and SCM-E dampers, all controlled by Ferrari’s in-house system algorithms.

The letters “GTC” are inspired by legendary cars such as the 330 GTC and 330 GT 2+2, as well as the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso. Powering the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is a 680-horsepower V12 engine that takes just 3.4 seconds from 0-100 km/h and tops out at 335 km/h. Key design focal points include a compact, more ergonomic steering wheel, a redesigned and roomier interior, with a 10.25” high-resolution touch screen, all nestled under an elegant sloping roofline. The GTC4 Lusso also sports new aerodynamic enhancements with a new front grille, 330 GTC-like front fender air vents, a new triple-fence diffuser, and a roof-mounted rear spoiler.

Distance Demon
McLaren’s 570GT Long-Distance Bullet


McLaren once again expands its Sports Series line with the 570GT, the most “road-biased” coupe in the lineup. McLaren says the new car is made for long-distance comfort, and backs it up with a side folding rear hatch, which provides about 8 extra cubic feet of storage space; with the addition of the front boot, storage increases by about 5 more cubic feet. As with the rest of the Sport Series, the 570GT, features easier ingress and egress than the Super and Ultimate Series models. Inside the cabin, passengers are pampered by a fixed glass roof with sound and solar insulation, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, navigation and more.

The 570GT power comes from McLaren’s vigorous 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, good for 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque through a seven-speed transmission adjustable with the drive mode selector through Normal, Sport and Track modes. The 0 to 100 km/h squirt takes 3.4 seconds, with the “road-biased” 570GT’s top speed a still formidable 204 mph. Befitting a long-distance tourer, the 570GT’s suspension has been softened by 15 percent in front and 10 percent in back to provide more long range passenger comfort.

Manual Statement
Porsche’s 911R


As Porsche purists bemoan the new generation Porsche 911’s standard turbocharged engine and tremble at hints of a hybrid variant in the near future, Porsche has graciously produced a peace offering; the new 911 R with a purist-approved full-throated 4.0-liter from the  GT3 RS, whose 500 hp is stirred by a standard manual transmission. While the 911 R packs a similar engine and appearance to the GT3 twins, key hardware differences might be in play. Whereas the makes use of a trick E-diff, the 911 R disposes of both the GT3’s E-diff (for a mechanical limited slip differential) and rear-wheel steering to save weight.

Ready to Lead
Aston Martin DB11


With James Bond claiming his bespoke DB10 in the spy franchise’s movie, Spectre, the crucial new successor to Aston Martin’s 13-year old DB9 will wear the DB11 badge. The fresh Aston Martin DB11 is vital for the brand’s product line renewal and will sit between the replacements for the entry Vantage and high-performance Vanquish. As such, the new DB11 carries all the prerequisite styling cues of a classic Aston fast-backed GT sports car, but decidedly leaves the Ford Motor Company’s legacy DB9 boutique look behind with its rakish wider grille, an “au currant” a color-accented floating roof, recent “Vulcan” prototype bold detailing themes (the shape of the LED headlights) and wheels lifted from Bond’s DB10. From the rear, you’ll instantly notice rear light clusters shaped to enclose the integrated rear spoiler.

The DB11 is fitted with a 5.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 making about 600 hp. With Mercedes’ parent Daimler owning a 5 percent stake in Aston, Mercedes will also supply electrical systems for the DB11 and other new Aston models, including in-dash infotainment and radar-activated active safety equipment. The DB11 will also sit on an all-new aluminium-bonded platform shared with the next the Vantage and Vanquish.

Warp Speed
Bugatti’s Chiron readies for launch


Behold the incredible Bugatti Chiron, the son of to the legendary Veyron Super Sport Chiron, and engineered to break the 431km/h two-way production car world record established by its father. While 95 percent of the Chiron is new, it shares much of the same basic vehicle architecture as the Veyron, including the mid-mounted, 8.0-liter W-16 engine, its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the all-wheel-drive system.The all-new carbon-fiber monocoque is stiffer, and the revised, wider-track front suspension features new rubber and steel bushes. Front-end grip is improved by way of a new ZF EPS steering system, and external reservoir Sachs dampers. Michelin’s bespoke tires deliver a 14 percent bigger contact patch up front and 10 percent bigger at the rear.

Supplying the Chiron’ new near-orbital speed increase is the W-16’s revamped engine breathing improvements that provide 25 percent more power and 5 percent more torque. That would be 1,500 hp at 6,700 rpm, accompanied by 1,734 kgm of torque. The Chiron accelerates to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, and takes you to 186 mph in less than 15 seconds. The Chiron can cruise at 236 mph; inserting a second systems unlock key automatically adjusts the Chiron aerodynamically (lower ride-height, reduced drag and downforce) to reach a computer-limited 420km/h. Planned production will total 500 cars—50 more than the Veyron.

Lithium LC
Lexus’ Next-Generation Hybrid Beauty


Lexus introduced the second variant of its LC coupe, called the LC500h in Geneva. Featuring a new multi-stage hybrid powertrain that’s been developed specifically for performance the 3.5-liter V-6 engine is paired with a powerful electric motor backed by a four-speed automatic gearbox mounted at the rear of the hybrid transmission. Lexus says the car can hit 62 kph in under 5 seconds, with total output for the new hybrid powertrain at 354 hp.

Like the LC500, the 2018 LC 500h rides on the all-new GA-L platform that was developed specifically for rear-wheel drive Lexus models to place most of the car’s mass as low as possible, thus a lower center of gravity is lower. With the exception of the hybrid badge on the side near the rear wheels, the LC 500h’s exterior is similar to the V-8 powered LC500 and exhibits the same aggressively fresh look.

Bentley Mulsanne Speed


The fastest version the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne family made its first public appearance Geneva, and represents the boldest, most individual statement of power yet for the British brand, and the fastest interpretation yet of the epitome of Bentley’s DNA.The completely redesigned front end gives the 2017 Mulsanne a new smoothly flowing character.

The cabin now has a completely new infotainment system, upgraded seats, door trim and armrests, with its restrained chrome, wood and leather trim, with the 24 available colour choices for leather upholstery, now available in two new styles: fluted, or quilted. You’ll notice some of the switchgear is made out of glass. Styling changes elsewhere such as tasteful new LED tail lightsare a bit less ostentatious.

The Mulsanne Speed, boasts 530hp and 112kgm of torque from its 6.75-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 which allows the huge Bentley to accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds and up to a speed of nearly 306kph

Raging Bull
Lamborghini Centenario


In tribute to the 100th anniversary of the birth of company founder Ferrucio Lamborghini, the company has revealed its latest supercar in Geneva. Called the Centenario, “centenary” in Spanish, it is based on Lamborghini’s Aventador platform. Like the Aventador, the Centenario is available as either a coupe or roadster, and Lamborghini will build 40 examples in total, split evenly between the coupe and roadster. Styling is much more aggressive than predicted. Yellow side skirts provide for more effective aerodynamics, and match the yellow stripe along the top of the door to set off the full carbon-fibre body. Moving to the rear, you notice a muscular rear deck and massive rear diffuser.

Confirmed to deliver an impressive 759 horsepower with a naturally aspirated V-12 and all-wheel-drive system the Centenario utilises carbon fiber construction (the curb weight is 1,520kg), advanced aerodynamics and an upgraded rear-wheel-steering system. The latter increases agility and stability. Also new for the Lamborghini brand is a touchscreen-based infotainment system with Internet connectivity and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Performance estimates include a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 349kmh. And as expected all units have been sold.

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