2011

2011

The German supercar maker, Gumpert , is adding a new two-seater Tourer model to their lineup, and has debuted it at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The Tornante will be based on a new central engine chassis and V8-powered drivetrain, and will be designed by Touring Superleggera. This model will be setting a new standard for Gumpert as high-end engineering, sportiness, and elegance will come together to join the street-legal performance of the Apollo. The Touring designed Tornante will feature composite body panels placed on a space frame and a carbon fiber monocoque. These elements will allow the Tornante to be much more spacious than the Apollo.

Call us crazy, but it doesn’t seem as if the exterior design for the Tornante is all that different from the Apollo . The biggest difference we can see is the open top on the concept, which led us to believe that the gullwing doors would be eliminated from the overall design, however Gumpert has been editing multiple parts of the design to incorporate even larger Gullwing doors than ever before. During product development stages Gumpert wanted to utilize the expertise that TOURING designers have been putting into their cars for many years. According to Gumpert, the synergies between the two companies led to a great relationship, “teams from the two companies discovered soon that they share the same respect for efficiency and essentiality.”

This team has been able to develop a new model for the limited Gumpert lineup and been able to use many parts from the Apollo at the same time. This does not mean that the two cars are the same in any respect- rather Gumpert knew that it had to change several key factors in the new model in order to expand their customer base and please the requests of Apollo owners. Most of these upgrades or changes have to do with creature comforts and driveability. Let’s be honest, you’re not going to be driving your Apollo to work everyday, it’s basically a race car for the street. Gumpert wanted to revise this aspect of the car and include more storage space and improve comfort, but not compromise performance.

UPDATE 03/02/2011: This review has been updated with the Tornante Tourer’s official specs, as well as some new images!

More details on the Gumpert Tornante by Touring after the jump.

Wiesmann , a small German manufacturer who started their career making hardtops for convertibles, has revealed the new Spyder Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The new concept is a two-seater, extremely purist, convertible sports car that will make it to production, but not before 2012. We are not sure just yet if the production version will also be offered with no doors and windscreen. The company described the Spyder as the most extreme Wiesmann ever built.

The new Spyder concept weighs only 1000 kilos and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds, while top speed goes up to 180 mph. The Wiesmann Spyder design study is based on the Wiesmann brothers’ early designs, though it also incorporates their many years of experience in sports car construction. It demonstrates the sports car manufacturer’s receptiveness to trends because many Wiesmann fans have approached the company founders in recent years with requests for an extremely purist model.

UPDATE 03/01/2011: Check out the new images of the Weismann Spyder Concept in the gallery provided!

While we may have been unduly harsh towards the Infiniti Etherea leading up to its big unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, it wasn’t for a lack of opinion, as we most certainly are entitled to ours. But now that all the teaser images have come to pass and we finally get a good, long look at Infiniti’s new concept car, we’re going to stick to our guns and say that the Infiniti Etherea concept (and not Etheria as it was rumored) should get some more fine-tweaking.

As a compact luxury model that previews Infiniti’s future entry-level model geared towards the younger population, we understand the direction the company is looking into by offering an aggressive-looking car to cater to an aggressive and young market.

"ETHEREA is about a new type of luxury for younger buyers," said Toru Saito, Corporate Vice President and Leader of the Global Infiniti Business Unit. "It is not just a smaller version of a typically conservative and traditional luxury car."

Sure thing, boss. Let’s just hope that the production version of this wild child concept looks a lot tamer and more evenly proportioned.

UPDATE 03/01/11

: This review has been updated with the Etherea’s full specs, as well as new images.

What does it take to transform a good looking car into an amazing piece of fiery carbon fiber goodness? Well, for starters, it takes tons of carbon fiber (a given), a red exterior paint job, and an engine update fit for a street king. Potential suitor, meet your mate in the Audi R8 Spyder made over by ABT Sportsline . Their package, called the R8 GT S, made its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and instantly grabbed hold of our hearts.

For this project, ABT took the standard V10 engine and updated its output to an impressive 620 HP, up from the standard 525 HP. The result is a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. But the most impressive feature for the new R8 GT S is its exterior and interior look. ABT has chosen to dress up the Audi R8 in full carbon fiber garbs, from the bonnet to the rear wing, and then doused it with a sleek red paint finish. The same treatment has also been applied in the interior.

Hit the jump to read more about the ABT R8 GT S.

Toyota’s most impressive debut at the Geneva Motor Show was obviously the FT-86 II Concept, but the Japanese automaker came to Switzerland with other impressive concepts as well, including the Yaris HSD concept. This HSD concept previews a production version set to be revealed in 2012.

In the official press release Toyota said: "Making its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Yaris HSD concept anticipates Toyota’s intention to bring full hybrid technology to the B segment, the biggest volume segment in Europe. This represents the next step in Toyota’s full hybrid roll-out strategy in Europe. Incorporating several hybrid-specific styling cues, the Yaris HSD concept introduces a new, forward-looking design execution."

Toyota aims to complete the application of full hybrid technology across its main models in Europe as early as possible in the 2020s. Following the successful introduction of the Auris HSD to the C-segment in 2010, the Yaris HSD concept anticipates Toyota’s intention to bring Hybrid Synergy Drive to the B-segment, the biggest volume segment in Europe.

Hit the jump to read more about the Toyota Yaris HSD Concept

Back in 2006, Saab brought out the Aero-X , a concept considered a piece of art at that time. Now, five years later, Saab has one-upped that concept with the launch of the new Phoenix Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. This concept previews the design language of the next generation of Saab cars.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Saab history, you should know that the "Ursaab" name says a lot. It was Saab’s first model to be launched on the market and the Phoenix takes its inspiration from it as a play on the rising of the Phoenix. We’re thinking that if the future of Saab looks anything like this, then they will truly rise from the ashes, just like the Phoenix bird did.

"The PhoeniX establishes a new reference point for the future of Saab product design," says Jason Castriota, Saab Automobile’s Executive Design Director. "It symbolizes a renaissance of the innovative spirit and passion that drove Saab to build its first car. We’re now taking the visual DNA forward with what we call ‘aeromotional’ design, adding emotion, power and fluidity. This design aesthetic will shape and differentiate future models in the Saab portfolio."

Hit the jump to read more about the Saab PhoeniX concept.

Spyker is bringing the production ready C8 Aileron to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but they will also be presenting the new Aileron GT - a new race car that will replace the current C8 Laviolette GT2R racer in the 2012 motorsport season. The new model will be developed by Spyker Squadron’s expanded engineering team at its Zeewolde headquarters in conjunction with its long-standing technical partners. According to Spyker, various racing teams are already interested in purchasing the racer.

Spyker Squadron Managing Director, Peter Van Erp, said: "We are taking a racing sabbatical this year to concentrate our resources on developing a new GT racer based on Spyker’s new C8 Aileron supercar, instead of continuing to spend money on a car at the end of its development cycle. For the long term future of Spyker Squadron, and for its role in the promotion and technical development of Spyker road cars, it’s a positive and strategically important step.

"Ultimately, our fans can look forward to a very exciting long term future following Spyker in top-flight endurance racing, with both the Spyker Squadron and customer racing teams fielding C8 Aileron GT cars. And as a result, Spyker will become an even more prominent and successful name in endurance motorsport around the world in 2012 and beyond."

A few days ago Bentley managed to smash the world speed record on ice . With this type of opportunity just knocking away, Bentley has gone straight to work to produce a new special edition in order to brag about their accomplishment. The Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible will be revealed tomorrow at the Geneva Motor Show. There will only be 100 units available worldwide, offered in just three exterior colors: Beluga, Quartzite, and Arctica White, all contrasting with a Dark Grey Metallic soft top. This special edition will be distinguished by muscular styling cues and 20” inch, 10-spoke Supersports wheels with a dark tint finish.

"Juha Kankkunen’s drive was a remarkable achievement and worthy of a very special car. The Continental Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ is a true driver’s car that captures that unique Bentley spirit. It offers extreme performance, agility and an extrovert personality, while retaining the refinement, handcrafted luxury and comfort our customers expect."

Hit the jump to read more about the Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible.

Do you remember the Audi RS6 Clubsport package MTM revealed last year? It was 730hp of sheer awesomeness, and now MTM is bringing out that same package for the Audi TT-RS . The power output may not be as extensive as the RS6 , but the exterior modifications will absolutely turn some heads.

The Audi TT-RS will be revealed when the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors this week, so MTM gave away very little in terms of TT-RS package details. The Clubsport package is their biggest upgrade for the TT-RS and it received a 472 HP engine update. This update was accomplished with a modification of the control unit, an MTM turbo charger, and a new MTM exhaust system. With this upgrade, the TTRS Clubsport will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 198 mph.

For the exterior the tuner is offering the same black-orange-white paint combination with racing elements and a new set of 20" Bimoto wheels.

More details will be revealed when the Audi TTRS Clubsport is revealed this week at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show!

At the end of 2010, Carlsson revealed an impressive tuning package for the new generation Mercedes CLS-Class . Now the tuner has moved on to the most powerful model in the CLS lineup: the CLS 63 AMG .

For the CLS 63 AMG package, the 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine has been updated to deliver an impressive 600 HP, up from the standard 518 HP and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Next to this, the tuner is offering a nifty aerodynamic package that includes a new front spoiler, an RS front spoiler lip (available in real carbon), a new rear spoiler, a rear apron, and a built-in diffuser which functions as a tailplane and ensures extra downforce and more stable road holding at high speeds.

As an added bonus, this package can be applied to any other model in the CLS-Class line-up.

Hit the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLS 63 by Carlsson.


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