The year has started with a blast featuring the introduction of the new McLaren 650S Spider as the main Shmeemobile but now we are approaching March that means the kick-starter to the automotive calendar in the form of the 85th Annual International Geneva Motor Show. As we now have a pretty good understand of a lot of the cars that will be launching and feature at the show it seemed appropriate to give a quick run down of what we’ll be seeing, and I’ll be filming for Shmee150 videos!
This year’s event will be a remarkable mix of new releases from brands like Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Koenigsegg, Bugatti and McLaren, combined with the regular flurry of crazy custom cars from Mansory, Hamann and the like.
Aston Martin Vulcan and Vantage GT3
Aston Martin have two presentations at Geneva, the first being a track-focused variant of the One-77 Hypercar, to be named the Vulcan. We had a first glimpse that development was happening on this project as long ago as 18 months but things have been silent since, and no doubt the car will be seriously impressive and offer a bespoke ownership proposition to take part in events globally.
Aston Martin’s second release is the pinnacle variant of the Vantage platform in the form of the Vantage GT3. The car takes the already brilliant V12 Vantage S, reduces weight to 1565kg, bumps power to 592bhp, adds lots of carbon goodies and a big wing, and sounds phenomenal.
2015 Audi R8
The 2015 Audi R8 V10 Plus will make its official debut at the VAG Group Night on the 2nd of March. I will be at the event to give you a first look at the new Audi R8, which is a lighter and more powerful successor to the existing model.
The Audi R8 V10 will come in two models, a Plus model with 610PS and a standard V10 with with 540PS. The second-gen R8 carries a revised design and will ship standard with LED headlights with each headlight featuring 37 individual LEDs. Laser high-beams will be available at an additional cost.
Bentley Sports Car Concept
Little is known about the new Bentley sports car concept, just that early rumours and information suggest that a new sporty concept is on its way. The car will be the first step for the company in an attempt to take market share from Aston Martin and Ferrari.
The new model is likely to be powered by a specially configured version of the 500bhp Audi-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. According to insiders, the main purpose behind the release is to test the reaction of potential customers. The new two-seat coupé would be positioned alongside the current GT model line up.
450th Bugatti Veyron
The final Bugatti Veyron – number 450 – is heading to the 85th Geneva Motor Show. The final Veyron will be released at the VAG Group Night event on the 2nd of March. The new car is another bespoke variant of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse saying farewell to the hypercar while featuring a unique paint job and finished with a range of special interior and exterior elements.
Ferrari 488 GTB
The successor to the Ferrari 458 Italia is the brand new 488 GTB, the second Ferrari sports car with a turbocharged engine. Mated to the brand new twin-turbocharged 3.9 litre V8 powerplant is an improved version of the Italia’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission converting the power to the rear wheels.
The Ferrari 488 GTB is based on the outgoing model and received a number of upgrades such as a new design, improved aerodynamic features, new Side Slip Angle Control system and some enhancements in the interior. Stay tuned for a first look at the new supercar at the Geneva show.
Koenigsegg Regera and Agera RS
The Swedish supercar brand is bringing a whole new line up of cars to the show in Switzerland. The new Koenigsegg Regera and Agera RS will be released on the 3rd of March. The Regera is their latest model in the range of megacars. The megacar label was introduced with the One:1 at last year’s Geneva Motor Show focusing on one megawatt of power. The Regera hybrid will take the next step in this new world and is accompanied by a brand new Agera RS, a more track-focused and aerodynamic advanced version of the Agera R.
Lamborghini Aventador LP740-4 SV
The super-faster version of Lamborghini’s super-fast Aventador – the Aventador LP740-4 SV – is on its way to the showfloor at the Geneva Motor Show. The SuperVeloce or super fast in Italian is the inevitable new model in the Aventador line up. Rumours suggest that the new model will have a total of 740hp from its V12 engine and a number of aerodynamic and design upgrades, such as a new rear wing, front fascia, rear diffuser and newly designed wheels.
McLaren 675LT and P1 GTR
McLaren Automotive will release two new models at the Geneva car show. First up is the production model of the McLaren P1 GTR, a track weapon for the happy few. The P1 GTR is based on the road-legal hypercar, the P1, and offers owners a unique motorsport-inspired programme where they can experience the full potential of McLaren’s finest.
The brand new McLaren 675LT is an even harder version of its already rapid 650S. Only available as a coupe, the new 675 horsepower LT – which stands for Long Tail – features a new design with a whole range of aerodynamic upgrades and a newly developed dual exhaust system, which exits below the ‘Long Tail’ air brake.
Morgan Aero Model
The British brand Morgan is planning the release of a new Aero model. Not much is known, other than a statement saying; “We are excited to announce that the 85th International Geneva Motorshow 2015 will play host to the world premiere of a new Morgan. We look forward to sharing further information with you over the next few weeks.”
Pagani Huayra Special Edition
Pagani’s story with Huayra is not coming to an end now that the “standard” Huayra is sold out. A new special edition is ready for its release at the Geneva Autosalon. The new model is expected to be a limited series based on the Huayra and according to rumours it is already fully spoken for. Exact details are still limited at this stage, so please stay tuned for the official release in the first week of March.
Porsche Cayman GT4 and GT3 RS
The brand new Porsche Cayman GT4 is a hardened, lighter and faster Cayman that shares many components with its older brother, the new 991 911 GT3. The GT4 is the ultimate trackweapon from Porsche for those of you who are searching for the best possible engagement and fun.
Geneva will also be the venue where we will see the long-awaited GT3 RS show its face, and I am looking forward to it. The new 911 will get a brand new 4.0-litre 500hp six-cylinder engine and a whole bunch of aerodynamic tweaks such as the air vents in the front wheel arches and the massive rear wing.
A one off Rolls-Royce that will set a new benchmark for luxury individualisation in the motor industry, and reaffirm its regal crown for bespoke supremacy. Until the wrap comes of the new Rolls, we are left with these words and the photo shown above. So please stay tuned for more soon.
The Danish hypercar manufacturer and creator of the ST1, Zenvo Automotive have teased us with a new project that they will be bringing to Geneva, but little is known at this time as to what they have been working on.
Next to these supercars, I will of course have a look at the new Glickenhaus SCG003 racer, the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car, new Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4^2 and the production model of the Honda Civic Type-R.
You will find videos of all these new releases plus all a whole series of brand new tuning cars on my YouTube channel during the Geneva car show. So stay tuned for more. There is a lot to come!