Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show

  Check out this page to see what's coming this year to the Geneva motor show or what happened the previous years. This is a great resource for those attending the show and wondering what are the must see!.

Maserati is on one hell of a roll lately. First it dropped the incredibly affordable and achingly pretty Ghibli on the masses watching the Super Bowl, and now they have this new concept . Revealed today at Geneva the Maserati Alfieri Concept is a 2+2 model that is built to drive the brands design and celebrate its centenary.

One this is certain; it is utterly stunning to look at.

Alfieri is the first name of the Maserati brother who helped found the company and led many of its engineering efforts. In a more literal sense, the word Alfieri translates to standard-bearer. One name alone then, it is very obvious this car carries incredible importance for the brand.

Things get even better though. Rather than some immobile hunk of sculpture, the Alfieri Concept is a 100-percent functioning machine. It is built on a shortened version of the GranTurismo chassis and features the same 4.7-liter V8, complete with high-revving Italian howl from the exhaust pipes.

Just take one moment to imagine what this thing would look and sound like as it tore through the winding roads on the coast of Tuscany. I think “heavenly” is the word you are looking for.

Updated 03/21/2014: Maserati unveiled a new video in which it explains the design process behind the new Alfieri concept. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Maserati Alfieri Concept.

In our debut PodCast, we discussed our favorite and least favorite cars from Geneva. Unfortunately, we could hot make it to Switzerland to attend the show, so there was a good but that we simply didn’t get to see. Chris Harris and the folks at Drive were there and Harris gave us his honest — sometimes brutally honest — opinion on what was the best and what was simply laughable at Geneva .

Some highlights include his raving about the 2015 Corvette Z06 , something many Europeans prefer not to do, his argument that it was complete crap that the i3 lost the European car of the year award to the Peugeot 308 , and his tantrums about a little known tuner named Nimrod managing to violate a few Lamborghinis and Ferraris so badly that charges needed filed.

Seeing some of the lesser-known cars at Geneva was cool enough, but getting to hear Harris rave about them or completely tear them apart was a blast. This is definitely worth 30 minutes of your life.

Click past the jump for the video.

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has made its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show today and has quickly found itself atop our wish list. Based on the current 4C , the updated 4C Spider gets a host of upgrades as it moves into 2016.

The most obvious change to the car is its removable top and additional bodywork rising from the rear decklid. A naked carbon fiber roll bar hoops over the occupant compartment, as does a similar windshield brace. Beside the lack of a sloping rear window, the car keeps a similar profile to its coupe counterpart.

There are changes underneath the bodywork, however. Alfa had to add structural supports to the carbon fiber tub in order to retain the car’s rigidity. The new materials result in 132 additional pounds yet is said to not adversely affect the car’s performance. New, more traditional headlights replace the bug-eyed ones from the coupe while new centrally mounted exhaust pipes give the rear end a sportier look while leaving the lower diffuser untouched.

Power still comes from the 1.75-liter, turbocharged inline-four making 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. No changes are made to the only gearbox option, Alfa’s TCT twin-dry-clutch, six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

Best of all, the car still gets 24 mpg city and 47 mpg highway on the EU cycle. Such practicality will surely make it easier to persuade your missis the $83,360 purchase is justifiable. Now if only Alfa would sell the 4C Spider inside the U.S…

Updated 03/12/2013: Alfa Romeo unveiled the first promotional video for its new 4C Spider in which it reveals the revolutionary design and technology of the car. Enjoy!

Click past the jump for all the details on the new 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

For all the financial troubles Gumpert went through for the past a few years, one thing that hasn’t changed is the company’s ability to create, develop and build sports cars . We already know what Gumpert is capable of, thanks to its lineup of mind-bending Apollo models, but during the Geneva Motor Show, the company went with a new twist, introducing the new Gumpert Explosion that’s not quite at the Apollo’s performance level, but is a little more attainable for those who can’t spend $1 million on a car.

The Gumpert Explosion is named specifically to distinguish it from the big boys in the lineup. By sheer looks, it’s already different from the devastatingly fast Apollo and while its specs are also significantly lower than the Apollo, the Explosion does carry the appeal of being an "affordable" Gumpert.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Gumpert Explosion.

There are some vehicles that are so outrageous that a test of your sanity is often required before you decide to jump into one. Well, the Lazareth Wazuma GT qualifies as one of these cars. At first glance, you’d think it was a low-volume sports car , but then you look at the back and you notice that the rear wheel is made up of two wheels that essentially share the same axle. Oh, ok.

So is it a three-wheeler ? It’s definitely not a car or a motorcycle, as Lazareth has said. Yet amidst all the confusion, the Wazuma GT is completely drivable and actually has a powerful V-8 engine under its hood. It’s also pretty light, with just a 2,170-pound curb weight, so its 375 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque output is plenty to put this near supercar quickness.

The Lazareth Wazuma GT is quite an interesting vehicle, but the details are very thin on it. We are still trying to contact the manufacturer to get some info, but our attempts have been unsuccessful so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lazareth Wazuma GT.

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2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

This year’s Geneva Motor Show sure provided a lot of new metal to be covered with automakers from around the world choosing to debut their latest vehicles on the world’s stage. The level of excitement about the show had been building for quite some time and to be honest, many of the vehicles were rather polarizing.

Even designs that were generally liked garnered a few nay-sayers regarding their lack of originality, while other designs only attracted drool and positive feedback. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but in this article, the TopSpeed editorial staff cover their top five best cars of the show along with the bottom five bombs.

Don’t forget to check out more of TopSpeed’s Geneva coverage on our Podcast pilot episode . And be sure to pipe up in the comments section telling us your thoughts on our choices.

Click past the jump for our list

As special edition-models go, Mercedes-Benz has proven that it’s more than capable of thinking outside of the bow with the arrival of a pair of special edition Merc models at the Geneva Motor Show .

One of these two models is called the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition, a surprisingly confusing name for an otherwise incredible car.

Notwithstanding that little peculiarity about this dark reaper of the night, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition features a wide range of upgrades to the body, interior and performance, although that last part doesn’t come with any boost in engine output.

Be that as it may, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition lives up to its name as a real-looker, if only for the fact that all that black on a sports roadster makes it looks so spine-tingly...evil.

The SLK CarbonLOOK Edition is available for a variety of models, including the SLK 200, SLK 250, SLK 350 and SLK 250 CDI at an extra cost of anywhere between €6,426 and €6,902 euros (incl. VAT), depending on the variant. Based on current conversions, that equates to around $8,820 to $9,500.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLK CarbonLOOK Edition.

Let’s be real here for a second. There are only a certain amount of things you can to the Fiat 500 to make it more appealing to customers. The car doesn’t exactly look like a million bucks, although its retro-themed design does appeal to a certain segment of the car-buying population.

So when Fiat comes out with a special-edition 500 dubbed the "500 Cult" and describes it as a top-of-the-range version of its 500 line that offers an "exclusive level of style, technological content and performance," nobody’s doing any backflips thinking that this baby can compete with even the tamest of sports cars .

But all that isn’t to say that the 500 lacks in any appeal. Like we said, a lot of people dig the bygone looks and the tradition of the vehicle, so much so that rolling out new duds for the 500 isn’t such a bad idea.

Essentially, that’s what Fiat is banking on with the 500 Cult, offering a plethora of new options for both the coupe and convertible versions that puts even more emphasis on the hatchback ’s trendiness.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fiat 500 Cult.

Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to make a supercar like the Lamborghini Aventador even more desirable. In some instances, though, even subtle modifications have a way of bringing out the Aventador’s uniqueness even more, which is exactly what Hamann did with its Geneva presentation of the Italian supercar. Dubbed the Lamborghini Aventador Limited, Hamann’s work on the raging bull consists of adding fancy two-tone color to go with a bevy of aerodynamic components and a nice performance bump. That’s the usual trifecta Hamann aims for when it comes to building programs perfectly suited for exotics in the class of the Aventador.

It’s no different this time, and the German tuner once again pulled it off, complete with extra doses of modification on the wheels and the interior.

All in all, just another day in the office for Hamann, which usually translates to tuning awesomeness for all of us.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador By Hamann.

The wait is finally over as Ferrari releases these official images and information on the new California T – the front-engine, hardtop convertible, grand tourer that’s the least-expensive prancing horse in the Italian automaker’s stable. The news drop comes weeks before the California T’s official live debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

The new California has undergone some drastic changes with this redesign. It’s still the same 2+2 sports car, but its appearance is much more striking. Sharper lines add a certain crispness to its exterior and new interior comforts make the idea of long weekends on the road even more enticing.

The big news, however, is what lurks under the hood: a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 featuring a host of power-adding, fuel-sipping technologies like direct injection and Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management. Producing a potent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque, the new California T will hit 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

It replaces a car that was frequently criticized for its softness and lack of Ferrari-ness. Debuting for 2009 , the California featured a naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V-8 that made 460 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Much of the commotion came over that engine’s placement – a mid-front position – which was a first in the automaker’s long history. Nevertheless, the car sold fairly well with its lower-than-average asking price.

With these new updates and its more aggressive styling, the new California T will likely appear to more Ferrari enthusiasts and remain a sales leader for the brand. Naysayers will assuredly find themselves in a cloud of turbocharged dust.

Updated 4/24/14: The California T was just named the “2014 The Most Beautiful Automobile Award China” at an event organized by Car and Driver in Beijing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ferrari California T


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