The Geneva Motor Show never disappoints. Every year, we bear witness to some of the most amazing auto debuts on this event, and this year, it’s no different.
As far as sports cars and super cars are concerned, there were so many eye-popping debuts that literally made our heads spin. German sports cars, Italian super cars, special edition British super cars, and yes, there was even one exotic from Sweden that received an upgrade.
In this section, we’re going to dive into the sports cars and super cars that made their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The list runs pretty long so we suggest that you start heading over after the jump to check out which of these established brands made quite an impression on us at Geneva.
Find out more about the run-down of sports cars and super cars that made their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.
Mercedes is expanding its C-Class Coupe line-up with the addition of a new "Sport" version. The new model will be going on sale in June 2012, along with a new "AMG Plus Sports package" with a wider choice of sporty equipment. The package is priced at $2,800.
The new C-Class Coupe Sport can be combined with the C250 and C250 CDI versions and adds a series of technical features which further increase driving enjoyment. These new features include an AMG sports suspension, more direct speed-sensitive sports steering, a sports exhaust system, and a more sporty transmission configuration in S and M mode. They will be exclusively offered in a "designo magno platinum" matte paint finish.
The new AMG Plus Sports package can be combined with any body version and adds an AMG 7-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, an AMG spoiler lip, and sports seats in black Artico man-made leather.
Hit the jump for a full list of the standard equipment.
German tuner, Brabus, has made a living building ridiculous engine modifications with some of their past Mercedes programs and it’s only fitting that they’re following all that up with yet another mind-boggling project.
The lucky Mercedes to get the latest Brabus treatment is the new Mercedes C-Class Coupe. Called the Brabus Bullit Coupe, the C-Class comes dressed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show party with a slick matte black finish that only underscores the monstrous V12 engine under its belly.
Talking about that V12 engine, we know that Brabus has never been shy when it comes to engine tweaks and thanks to their colossal turbocharged V12 engine, the lively and spunky C-Class now boasts of an insane 800 horsepower and 1,047 lb/ft of torque. To ensure that the car’s seven-speed automatic transmission, which is shifted either automatically or manually via shift paddles on the steering wheel, doesn’t go out of whack, Brabus is limiting the car to "just" 811 lb/ft of torque, which is still mighty impressive in its own right.
In the end, the Brabus Bullit Coupe is able to blast off from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds, from 0-124 mph in 9.8 seconds, and from 0-186 mph in 23.8 seconds. Top speed has also been boosted to 230 mph.
The Brabus Bullit Coupe also features a Biturbo system that is comprised of two special exhaust manifolds with integrated high-performance turbochargers, and four water-to-air intercoolers. Brabus also created the stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with free-flow metal catalysts and driver-controlled butterfly valve specifically for the C-Class Coupe.
Exterior modifications for the Bullitt consist of a supplemental carbon-fiber BRABUS front spoiler that reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds. There are also carbon-fiber lightweight air routers for the air inlets in the front fascia and BRABUS air vents integrated into the front fenders behind the wheel wells. At the back of the rocket is an aerodynamically effective combination of rear wing and diffuser insert for the rear fascia in order to generate more downforce on the rear axle. This carbon-fiber component has cutouts on the right and left side for the dual ceramics-plated design tailpipes of the BRABUS stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system. The car now sits on new 20" BRABUS Monoblock R wheels with a titanium paint finish and polished and coated anterior surfaces, wrapped around high-performance tires from either Continental, Pirelli, or YOKOHAMA, in sizes 235/30 ZR 20 and 275/25 ZR 20.
Needless to say, a performance bump like this doesn’t come cheap and in the case of the Bulitt Coupe, that sticker price reaches €449,820, which is around $593,860 based on current exchange rates.
In the latest episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson got behind the wheel of one of the most impressive sports cars of the moment: a
Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series. But he didn’t just test drive it; Clarkson put it up against Maserati’s GranTurismo MC Stradale to see how it would fair. The result was an impressive show.
As a refresher: The C63 AMG Black Series is powered by a 6.3 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 510 HP and a peak torque of 457 lb-ft. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph.
The new AMG "Black Series" 50’ Marauder boat is painted in a combination of black and white, while the interior is upholstered with luxurious Alcantara. More than 100 billet aluminum pieces are integrated on the dash, grab handles, seat supports, sound system, and in numerous trim accents. These elements ensure a new formula of anodizing and corrosion resistance.
The boat is powered by two Mercury Racing engines with a total output of 2700 HP. Next to impressive speed, the AMG "Black Series" also offers smooth efficiency and the best part is that it runs on pump fuel.
So, if you want to enjoy a day on the water, this is definitely the boat for it!
Mercedes brought out the C-Class in 1993 as a replacement for the old 190E and since then, it has sprouted three generations and has become the most important model in the company’s line-up. To keep the momentum going, Mercedes is working on the fourth generation C-Class (internally called the BR205), which was recently spotted during its first winter testing. These clear images show off the luxury sedan set to be released in 2014.
The prototype caught testing was donning heavy camouflage which makes it really hard to see any lines of the new design, but at least the roof line is clearly visible. Rumors suggest that the car’s design lines will be inspired by the F800 Concept Car displayed in Geneva two years ago with a more marked front grille. This will obviously change the look of the C-Class, but won’t change it so severely as to present a completely new design. Mercedes is set on keeping the essence of the model, but adding a certain degree of sportiness and dynamic so that it can compete with the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series. Power for the future C-Class will come from both petrol and diesel engines, as well as a new hybrid version.
The Mercedes C-Class Sedan will arrive in 2014 and, six months later, it will be followed by a station wagon version. Approximately one year after that, the company will then unveil the coupe and convertible versions as well. For the US market, the C-Class will be built at the Alabama plant alongside the GL-Class and ML-Class.
Updated 06/01/2012: The next generation Mercedes C-Class has been caught testing one more time, now also revealing its interior.
A few days after releasing the first video teasing the 18th season of the famous UK auto show, Top Gear has now trickled out some preview images of the new series.
Plenty of cool cars have made it to the Top Gear set for their 18th season, including the brand new Lamborghini Aventador, the McLaren MP4-12C, the Mercedes C63 AMG Black, and many, many more. These photos will also show a behind the scenes look on the trio of Top Gear hosts, as well as some ninja fighting moves by the Stig.
"Those who like to keep up with the fast-moving digital age will have seen our new trailer by now: Ray Winstone, Richard at the NASCAR, James on a rather bizarre lap of Dunsfold, a flying man with wings, Jeremy in a wig blowing up a caravan, a C63 AMG Black in a cloud of tyre-smoke and a new, dapper incarnation of the Stig."
Check out the premiere of Top Gear UK Season 18 on Sunday, January 29th at 8pm on BBC2.
It’s a new year and, of course, time for the new season of Top Gear. The 18th season of he famous British show begins on Sunday, January 29thh at 8pm on BBC2, but we’re already getting the first teaser video of the great things that are about to come.
The official trailer reveals Ray Winstone, Richard at NASCAR, James on a rather bizarre lap of Dunsfold, a flying man with wings, Jeremy in a wig blowing up a caravan, a Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series in a cloud of tire-smoke, and a new incarnation of the Stig. Then there’s the list of impressive cars that are in the show.
Everything seems about ready for the show, so there is only one question to ask: who will Jeremy Clarkson offend this time? Their Christmas show in India ended pretty badly.
When it comes to high performance sedans, AMG is one of the performance arms that churns out the best cars. One of their best creations is the Mercedes C63 AMG - a sedan powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 451 HP and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Vivid Racing, however, has found a solution to make this sedan even better, without having to make any changes to the engine. The tuner is offering an Agency Power Valvetronic exhaust system combined with Toyo tires, HRE Wheels, Vorsteiner aero, and H&R coilovers to spice it up even further. The highlight of the program is the special exhaust system that can be switched between quiet and race modes, as well as between the intensity of the engine’s sound, all at the touch of a button on the remote.
Following the Mercedes CLK63 AMG were the 997 GT2 and the C63 AMG, which also took part in a little acceleration action, producing some lovely exhaust notes for our hearing pleasure.
As a reminder, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that delivers a total 507 HP and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The Porsche 997 GT2 is powered by a 3.6-liter boxer engine that produces 530 HP at 6500 rpm and 502 lb-ft of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 204 mph.
The Mercedes C63 AMG is powered by the usual 6.2 liter V8 engine producing 457 HP. This power output can be increased to 487 when equipped with the AMG performance package. The Mercedes SLS AMG is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine located front-mid that develops 563 HP and 479 lbs-ft of torque. The engine will help sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, while top speed will go up to 197 mph.