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Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show

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Sportec’s involvement at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show involves the introduction of a couple of Porsche programs, one of which is for the limited edition 911 (997) GT3 RS 4.0.

We all know that Porsche is only making 600 of these bad boys so if any of the owners have dreams of having a program done on their baby, then Sportec has all your needs spoken for.

The program, which is called the ’SP 525’, comes with aerodynamic components such as a new carbon fiber bonnet that cuts down on the car’s overall weight. In addition, Sportec also added windscreen viewing bars, an Sportec optical package, an optional video box, and a new set of 20" large Mono/7 wheels with central locking, wrapped in Michelin PS2 Cup tires.

Performance enhancements are also part of the SP 525 program. For this particular project, Sportec installed sports catalytic converters and an Akrapovic exhaust system, as well as reprogrammed the 911 GT3 RS 4.0’s ECU unit. The result is an increase in output for the sports car’s 4.0-liter engine from 500 horsepower and 339 lb/ft of torque to 525 horsepower and 354 lb/ft of torque. The increased output results in a faster 0-62 mph time of 3.8 seconds - an improvement from 3.9 seconds - with a top speed of 195 mph.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: Sportec’s new SP 525 package made its debut today at the Geneva Motor Show. Check out the picture gallery for a set of live images from the show!

Mansory’s first tuning package for the Geneva Motor Show was based on a 2012 McLaren MP4-12C and was something that could definitely allow us to appreciate the finesse of Mansory’s skills. Their package for the Lamborghini Aventador , however, is a completely different story. The standard Aventador is an amazing supercar, but somehow the tuner has managed to ruin that amazing image by adding way too much carbon fiber and way too many redesigned body parts.

First and foremost, the Lamborghini Aventador by Mansory has way too much carbon fiber for our liking, on both the outside of the car as well as the inside, but it also received a series of elements that don’t really fit in with the super car’s luscious exterior. Mansory put in over-sized inlet ducts on the front of the car, a new front apron, a new front lip, new front wings, and a newly designed bonnet.

What we do like on the exterior are the 20" wheels and the exquisite engine boost provided by the tuner. The V12 engine’s output has been increased from the standard 700 HP 8,250 rpm and 509 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm to 754 HP at 8,300rpm and 553 lbs-ft at 6,000rpm. As a result, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 220 mph - a little 3mph improvement compared to the standard Aventador.


It’s a little odd to see a vehicle model make its debut at the same show where a tuning company will unveil a tuning program that highlights the very same thing the model is featuring. But such is what’s going to happen when Land Rover premieres the Range Rover Evoque Convertible at the same time as noted tuning company Startech is introducing their Evoque Convertible program.

A little confused now?

The latter’s program isn’t actually based on the Evoque Convertible that Land Rover will be presenting. What they did is develop their own open-top version of the Evoque independent from what Land Rover did on their new model.

Details behind Startech’s Evoque Convertible program have yet to be divulged, but it’s becoming apparent that we might have two Evoque Convertible models in attendance at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Check out the teaser photo Startech released of their Evoque Convertible program leading up to its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.


Maserati chose the 2012 Geneva Motor Show to drop its new GranTurismo Sport, the model that is set to replace the current GranTurismo S . The Gran Turismo Sport adds increased performance and an elegant overall restyling that stresses its sporty nature. It will go on sale in Fall 2012.

The current GranTurismo S was unveiled back at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show and uses a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers 440 hp. The location of Maserati’s debut, as well as the engine powering have not changed, but the V8 has been tweaked to deliver a total of 460 HP. As a result, the new Sport version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 4.7 seconds.

As for the exterior changes, the highlight of the new Granturismo Sport is a redesigned front bumper that optimizes the front air flow for both the engine and brakes. The headlights have received new DRL Led technology and the taillights were improved by an elegant, more aggressive, darker tone for the light clusters. The interior received completely redesigned front and rear seats, as well as a new steering wheel with a sportier and more muscular look.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: This review has been updated with new details and images for the Maserati GranTurismo Sport.

Hit the jump to read more about the Maserati Gran Turismo Sport.

A year after Hamann wowed the Geneva Motor Show with their program for the Mercedes SLS AMG called the "Hamann Hawk" , the tuning company is coming back with the drop-top version of the Mercedes supercar.

It’s been no secret as to how adept these guys are with Mercedes vehicles and this program for the SLS AMG Roadster is no different. Aesthetically, Hamann fitted the supercar with the usual aerodynamic enhancements, including a front apron that replaces the serial bumper and a new LED light set-up. The SLS AMG Roadster also gets enlarged air inlets that provide more fresh air to the engine. There’s also a new bonnet made of checkered flag carbon, wider wings that add 60mm on the front side and 70mm on the rear side, new side skirts, a new rear apron with a matching diffuser, and a new set of 21" Unique Forged Anodized light forged wheels.

Inside, Hamann’s noted interior wizardry allowed them to add leather applications and ultra-suede embroideries. On top of that, they also replaced the air inlets, door sill protectors, and center console with red colored carbon fiber parts, while also putting in black anodized aluminum pedals and a newly redesigned steering wheel.

Finally, there’s the matter of the engine enhancement. For the SLS AMG Roadster, Hamann put in a new sports air filter and an exhaust system made out of stainless steel, as well as remapped the supercar’s ECU unit. The result is a dramatic increase in output from the car’s 6.3-liter V8 engine, from 563 horsepower and 479 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 636 horsepower and 501 lb/ft of torque. These numbers translate to a 0-60mph acceleration time of 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 204 mph.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: The new Hamann Hawk Roadster made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and we have a set of live images from the show. Enjoy!

Rolls Royce took everyone by surprise at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show when they unveiled the new Phantom Series II , the facelift version of their high end sedan. But this was a refresher that needed to be done, not because the car itself needed it, but because Maybach ’s demise left an opening in the segment and Rolls Royce needed to remind everyone who should take that piece of the pie. If not, Bentley would move right on in .

The new Rolls Royce Phantom Series II has received a few cosmetic updates to distinguish it from the first generation launched back in 2003, but also comes with the introduction of cutting-edge technology, enhancements to an already peerless drive-train, and improvements in connectivity that reflect the changing world in which we live.

Exterior changes include redesigned bumpers and a new set of full LED headlights, while the interior added new 3D maps with landscape topography. The V12 engine has also been improved and now offers a 10% improvement in fuel economy. The engine is also now combined with a new 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Rolls Royce Phantom Series II.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Rolls Royce Phantom Series II.


In early 2012, Mercedes unveiled the new generation SL-Class , but their newest unveiling is the one we’ve actually been waiting for. After previewing the most powerful model in the SL series during the official launch of the new Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W03 race car in Spain, Mercedes has officially unveiled the SL63 AMG.

As expected, the SL63 AMG looks more aggressive than the standard SL-Class thanks to a deeper front bumper with larger air intakes, the usual AMG LED daytime running lights sitting inside the bumper, "V8 Biturbo" badges, a subtle rear deck spoiler, and the quad trapezoidal-shaped chromed tailpipes.

The new Mercedes SL63 AMG is powered by the same twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine already used in models like the CLS 63 AMG , tuned to deliver a total of 537 HP, or 564 HP when equipped with the AMG Performance package. Thanks to the all-aluminum bodyshell and assorted magnesium components, the new sports car is about 240 lbs lighter than its predecessor. The added power and decrease in weight allows it a 0-60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, but if the customer opts for the removal of the top speed limiter then they will enjoy impressive 186 mph. At the same time, Mercedes has promised that the fuel economy has been improved by 30%.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: We have added a new series of live images from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Enjoy!

UPDATE 04/24/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a new promo video presenting the brand new SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG driven in the beautiful scenery of Tenerife. Enjoy!

UPDATE 07/30/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a new video of their SL 63 AMG driven by the most famous tennis players in the world. The video has been shot during the 2012 Wei├čenhof Tennis Tournament in Stuttgart.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG.

When that letter "R" is attached to a car, you know that the company behind it has something juicy up their sleeves. We’ve seen it with the Koenigsegg Agera R , the Pagani Zonda R, and even the Porsche 911 GT3 R .

For their part, the folks over at Gumpert have always taken pride in their Apollo supercar, so much so that at one point, it held the title of fastest supercar in the world.

So how do you top what was once a record-setting a machine? You up the ante and introduce the Gumpert Apollo R.

As the latest in a long line of special model Gumpert Apollos , the Apollo R follows in the footsteps of its predecessors by being, in every sense of the phrase, an insanely ridiculous machine on four wheels.

We know what the Apollo is capable of so it’s really interesting how Gumpert worked on improving the capabilities of the Apollo R. After all, they wouldn’t have put that "R" in its name without any reason.

Find out more about the Gumpert Apollo R after the jump.


Italdesign-Giugiaro sent out a number of teaser images ahead of Geneva to get the ball rolling on their new hybrid sports car concept, but the day finally came for the new Brivido to take its place in the spotlight. The Brivido was built to celebrate the company’s 42nd appearance in Geneva and to show that impressive performance can be obtained without compromising fuel economy.

With that path in mine, Italdesign-Giugiaro created a functional, hybrid, four-seat prototype on mechanics from the Volkswagen Group. It is painted in a very cool Xirallic pearl luster red and combines elements like aluminum, carbon fiber, and glass. The car’s interior was developed in cooperation with the Volkswagen Group Electronics Research Lab (ERL) in California and includes a unique docking system in the dashboard that allows an iPad to be completely hidden away or, with a gesture of the hand, partially exposed to work in a "Minimal" interaction mode.

The concept is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 360 HP and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Nothing about that says hybrid to us, but that’s because the company has opted to leave the public out of the loop in terms of the hybrid portion of the engine. Performance figures, however, were provided, which is a nice change of pace. The Brivido can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 171 mph.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido.

UPDATE 06/11/12: The Italdesign-Giugiaro Brivido was in attendance at the recent 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. As always, Marchettino was in attendance and he caught the super car in all its glory. Check out the video after the jump!

Hit the jump for more details on the Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido.

When Volkswagen unveiled the Cross Coupe Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show , little did we know that it had a twin brother in the form of the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept.

The latter will be making its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , where it will showcase a completely different powertrain from the first concept we saw in Tokyo last November.

Aesthetically, the two car’s look like mirror images from each other with the only exception being the two-tone red and silver color scheme of the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept. What distinguishes this model from its Tokyo counterpart lies in its mechanical specifications. Whereas the Cross Coupe came with a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid system - three power sources! - the Geneva-bound Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid is powered by two electric motors and a more frugal turbodiesel four-cylinder unit with direct injection.

Those two electric motors are situated on opposite ends of the vehicle and together with the four-cylinder engine, the powertrain is capable of producing 301 horsepower with a top speed of 137 mph. Those numbers are an improvement from the Cross Coupe’s 262-horsepower output and 125-mph top speed.

There’s a good chance that Volkswagen is still keeping more information on the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept close to its chest. In the event where that’s the case, expect more details to be released when the crossover makes its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.


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