Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show

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There was no way Swiss tuner, Sportec , was going to miss the 2013 Geneva Motor Show . And why would they considering that, given it’s right in their own backyard.

Presenting its new program for the BMW 135iM , Sportec treated it to a comprehensive performance upgrade that has made the fierce sports hatchback even more powerful than it already is from the factory. That’s a huge task, especially since the stock model’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine already boasts of 320 horsepower. But thanks to Sportec, that output has now been bumped up to 380 horsepower with an improved 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph, significantly faster than the 155 mph the stock 135i comes with.

Complementing the massive power raise are many new components fitted on the sports hatch, including: a new flap exhaust system with titanium tailpipes and a set of lightweight 19-inch forged SP10 alloy wheels.

It’s not the sexiest tuning program at Geneva but for sheer purpose and thrills, this Sportec-tuned BMW 135i just got a lot scarier.

The other day at the Geneva Motor Show, Chevrolet unveiled the convertible version for the new Corvette Stingray. Unfortunately, the maker decided to only show us a series of images for the sports convertible, but no video.

Lucky for us though, YouTube user, Marchettino, was in Geneva and he shot some very nice frames of the new Stingray Convertible. Along with the convertible version, you will also see the new Stingray coupe version that made its European debut in Geneva.

Both models are powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers a estimated total of 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in less than four seconds and, since the convertible version received no structural reinforcements, both models share almost identical power-to-weight ratios.

Watch the video and see if the new Stingray looks better on the show’s floor that it does on the pictures released by GM.

During the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Honda has announced a few details on its future plans, and we sure like what we have heard so far. The company has announced that the new generation Civic will also receive a station wagon version and a more powerful Type R derivation. As proof of this statement, they have also unveiled a teaser image of the wagon model.

A first concept version of the next Civic Wagon has been unveiled in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, with the production version to arrive in dealerships in early 2014.

The upcoming Wagon will look pretty much identical to the sedan version, except, of course, for a swooping roofline, bulging wheel arches, a roof-rack, and its capability to accommodate more luggage.

The car will be built on the same platform and will be offered with the same engine line-up as the sedan, but we will also see a new 1.6 i-DTEC engine. A hybrid version could also be a possibility.

UPDATE 03/07/13: Honda has unveiled new images and video for the new Civic Tourer Concept unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Ferrari impressed the world with its new LaFerrari supercar that it unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. For those of you who didn’t have the chance to be in Geneva, YouTube user, Marchettino, prepared a surprise: a video of the new supercar shot on the show floor.

The video reveals the supercar on both the exterior and the interior, so you will have the chance to admire the amazing design language and the carbon-fiber-wrapped cabin.

As a reminder, the LaFerrari features a hybrid system that combines a 6.3-liter V-12 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 963 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.

The problem is that the new LaFerrari will be limited to only 499 units and will be priced at an astonishing €1.3 million (about $1.7 million at the current exchange rates). It has been rumored that most of the units have already been spoken for.

Back in late January, FAB Design surprised the Tokyo Auto Salon with the unveiling of its new program for the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder . Following in the veins of last year’s program for the coupe version, FAB Design went about and called this one "Terso", although as a Japan-exclusive model that was limited to only 10 units, that model came to be completely known as theMP4-12C Spyder Terso Japan Limited Edition.

Fast forward to the Geneva Motor Show and FAB Design has officially taken the covers off of the "regular" Terso program for the roofless McLaren supercar.

Similar to last year’s Terso program for the coupe version of the MP4-12C, this version comes chock-full with new aerodynamic components that include: a wider front and rear wings, new side skirts, enlarged air intakes in the front spoiler and a humongous diffuser just under the new rear spoiler.

The new FAB sport exhaust system plays a huge role in increasing the MP4-12C Spyder’s output to about 630 horsepower, 15 more than the standard output of the British supercar.

A set of 20-inch ultra-light, three-piece forged EvoLution wheels were fitted into the car and wrapped in a new set of Dunlop tires.

Diving into the interior, you’ll notice that FAB Design went to great lengths to ensure that the MP4-12C Spyer’s interior was treated to only the finest of materials. The new sport seats and the "ergonomically designed" sports steering wheel both received fine-upholstered leather while the aluminum pedal system sparkles in the foot-well also received its share of the upgrades.

One of two concepts based on the new-generation RAV4 brought to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the RAV4 Premium. This second concept was developed to prove that the crossover can deliver added sophistication.

The new RAV4 Premium features a cool Deep Bronze finish on both the exterior and the bumpers. The car’s bronze is combined with chrome insertions on the redesigned bumper and brushed aluminum skid plates. For the exterior, Toyota is also offering horizontal lines for the front and central grille display, large air intakes, a stylish chrome-finished spoiler with LED lights and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The concept’s interior has been designed by Toyota’s Kansei design department. It includes luxurious leather upholstery in the cabin, sports seats with new black piping and two-tone double stitching in several areas of the interior. The instruments and door panels are wrapped in a combination of grey and black leather.

The Audi SQ5 may not have a direct competitor from BMW, but Alpina has unveiled the XD3 Biturbo - a tuning kit that seems to be a direct response to Audi’s model - at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The XD3 is based on the 3-liter straight-six-cylinder version of the X3 and, with significant updates made under the hood, it adds plenty of extra horsepower to the engine’s standard output. The engine is coupled to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and numerous other updates have also been made to the SUV’s chassis.

Along with upgrading the engine’s characteristics, Alpina engineers also built an aerodynamic kit that includes a new front spoiler with integrated air intakes. On the rear, Alpina adds new elliptical double-ended tailpipes integrated into an Alpina-designed rear valance.

Hit the jump to read more about the Alpina XD3 Biturbo and find out if it really does offer any competition to the SQ5.

Most of the auto makers that did not prepare any major updates for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, decided to come at the show with either special editions of their current lineup or some cool concept cars. One of these makers is Toyota which unveiled three different concept cars that will "amplify different aspects of the cars’ styling and capabilities" in Geneva.

The first is the RAV4 Adventure - a concept car specially developed to reinforce the RAV4’s off-road capabilities. The concept features a striking dark-red exterior paint combined with matte paint on the redesigned front and rear bumpers. The front bumper features an integrated under-run, while the rear one is redesigned to fully integrate the twin exhaust pipes and a reworked skid place.

The concept is also equipped with extended wheel arches that suit the 20-inch alloy wheels perfectly. The concept’s aggressive look is further accentuated by machined roof rails and dark-tinted privacy glass.

Many of you likely have no clue what or who Wiesmann is and to be honest, we had to look them up too. Hailing from Germany and known for putting out some of the most unique-looking and rare supercars on the planet Earth, Wiesmann is obviously not a manufacturer to be taken lightly. And when it is set to debut a new model, we had all better take notice.

Wiesmann’s newest addition to its lineup will be the GT MF4-CS, which made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. According to the Germany-based automaker automaker, the new GT MF-4 CS combines "measurable performance-oriented motorsport on the one hand and a car that can also be driven on public roads on the other hand." If the name looks familiar to you Wiesmann enthusiasts, it should, as it released the GT MF4-S back in 2009 and this is the club sport variant of said model, hence the “CS.”

The GT MF4-CS will be limited to only 25 units, so get your checkbooks ready! To get it you will have to pay a total of 193,193.28€- or about $250,000 at the current exchange rates.

Updated 03/06/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Wiesmann GT MF4-CS.

With a tuning firm like Carlsson , you can always expect a number of surprises.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , the German tuner has unveiled a race edition for a car you normally wouldn’t associate the word “race” with: the smart fortwo .

Aerodynamically, the fortwo Race Edition comes chock-full with new components, including a modified body kit, a new set of LED daytime running lights, a sports exhaust system, an in-house sports suspension that drops the car’s height by 15 mm (0.59 inches) on the front and 30 mm (1.18 inches) on the rear. Finally, Carlsson also fitted the compact car with a new set of 17-inch one-piece alloy wheels.

Since the car is a "race edition", Carlsson just had to make improvements on the fortwo’s performance numbers. But thanks to some fine German engineering, Carlsson was able to drive up the output of the car’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine from the standard 84 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 112 horsepower and 116 pound-feet of torque.

With the upgrades in tow, the fortwo Race Edition can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.9 seconds with a top speed of 96 mph, 6 mph faster than the stock fortwo.


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