As I’m sure you’ve seen the auto show at Geneva has been in full swing this week, and I have to say, the Swiss show does not disappoint. Has anyone else noticed that the European manufacturers generally save their interesting concepts and big announcements for the European shows? It makes sense, it’s their home territory after all.
All right, let’s hit this.
There was a lot of news on the supercar front and I could do an entire post just on them!
Aston Martin announced the name of their AM-RB 001, The Valkyrie. Always with the V names, but if something works for you, you stick with it. Co-designed with Red Bull, which explains the RG in it’s code name, this performance vehicle won’t disappoint.
Aston Martin also announced a new performance sub-brand, AMR (Aston Martin Racing) at the show this week. It’s forebears are the Vantage DB8, and the newest iteration was unveiled at the show this week. For more info on the AMR racing line check out this article by the Telegraph.
Ferrari unveiled the 812 Superfast this week, it’s a beautiful car. Exactly what you’ve come to expect from a Ferrari. The classic long, lean lines and the bright yellow badge. They also discussed the possibility of a new premium model to go alongside the California, the 488, the new models GTC4Lusso and 812 Superfast. Apparently their customers have been frustrated with long waiting lists and sold out models so Ferrari is toying with the idea of a new premium model to alongside the California, the 488, and the new models mentioned above. Time will tell.
For you Lamborghini fans out there, the Huracan Performante has smashed the Nurburgring production car track record by 5.0 seconds! Beating out the Porsche 918 Spyder. Possibly old news for some, but, dang, is that impressive! I can’t be the only one who who likes it in that matte orange, right?
And for pure kicks, have you heard about the Techrules Ren? This Chinese supercar company’s created the first patented diesel-fueled turbine-recharging (TREV) system. This custom TREV technology gives it an impressive 2.5 second 0-62mph and a top speed of 217 mph with a claimed fuel economy of 31.5mpg. If this car is the real deal, that is seriously impressive. I’m not particularly enamored with the three seat configuration or the two but that’s okay. I probably can’t afford one anyway. Scratch that, I know I can’t.
Okay, moving on.
I know the Volkswagen ID Buzz concept was released back at the Detroit Auto Show awhile a back, and apparently the microbus has gotten a thumbs up for production from Europe and the US but they’re waiting to get the green light from China before the ID Buzz could make it to production. This one has got to stoke the nostalgia factor in a lot of people. This is the closest a new microbus has gotten, it proves that the third time might just be the charm.
And wow. Have you seen Toyota’s electric city car concept, the i-TRIL? This single seat subcompact car has an interior you won’t be expecting, though their images do hint at it. It’s got this two-tone with blue accents look going on outside…
Then BAM! Magenta and a golden yellow on the inside, with a dark purple dash and what looks like a wooden or possibly bamboo floor. And get a load of that steering… Well, I hesitate to call it a steering wheel. It looks straight out of a sci-fi movie.
The more I look at it, the more it grows on me. And the more I am even more reminded of it looking a bit a jumping spider or a hermit crab.
With all theis amazing car news going on at the Geneva Motor Show I hope to one day make it there and see it all first hand. That’s the dream.