Friday, March 4, 2011

Geneva 2011 - Part 2

So much cool stuff at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

Koenigsegg Agera R

Koenigsegg's latest missile is capable of running on E85 ethanol and will reward you with massive power to the tune of 1,115 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.  A 7 speed dual clutch transmission handles the gear swapping and allows the carbon fiber laden Agera R to hit 60MPH in just 2.9 seconds.

Gumpert Tornante

Gumpert's other car, the Apollo, is not a good looking car.  People are willing to forgive the looks of the Apollo because it offers up such amazing performance.  Enter the Tornante.  Designed by Touring Superleggera, the Tornante is a much better looking car than the Apollo but it still offers up the eye watering performance.  Power comes from a 4.2L Twin Turbo V8 producing 700 horsepower routed through a paddle shifter sequential transmission.  There may even be a more powerful version in the works.

Jaguar XKR-S

Jaguar unveiled the 2012 XKR-S this week in Geneva and it just so happens to be the most powerful and fastest production sportscar that they have ever made.  Sporting an upgraded version of the XKR's supercharged V8, the XKR-S can sprint from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds and hit 186MPH thanks to 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.  An all new aero package has been added to the exterior and the suspension has also received a fair number of tweaks.  No word on whether it will be available in the U.S.

Koenigsegg Agera

If the special Koenigsegg Agera R is too much for you, they also revealed the production version of the new Agera in Geneva.  Powered by a 5.0L twin-turbo V8 with 940HP the standard Agera isn't much less wild than the R model.  All that power goes through a 7 speed dual clutch transmission.

Brabus 700 Biturbo

There appears to have been no shortage of tuned Mercedes SLS AMGs at this year's Geneva Motor Show but the best executed has to be the Brabus 700 Biturbo.  Brabus went ahead and added twin-turbos to the 6.2L V8 upping the power from 563HP/479TQ to an awesome 700HP/626TQ.  That should be enough to launch the Biturbo to 60MPH in just 3.7 seconds on it's way to a top speed of 213MPH.  The exterior changes round out the package.

Ruf Rt 12 R

Ruf has been modifying Porsches for a long time and they know what it takes to make an already awesome Porsche even better.  The new Rt 12 R is their latest effort.  Based on the 911 Turbo, it's modified engine now produces 730HP/693TQ, up from the stock 500HP/480TQ.  All that power goes through the Porsche 6 speed manual to the standard all wheel drive system or an optional rear wheel drive only setup.  The body gets aero tweaks, plenty of carbon fiber, and plastic side and rear windows to help lighten the car and keep it stable at it's claimed 230MPH top speed.

Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package

Lexus' crazy expensive supercar gets even more expensive with a new option package that will be added to only 50 of the planned 500 examples of the car to be produced.  The package adds a bit of hard core track readiness to the car with the addition of 10 more horsepower from the 4.8L V10, bringing the total to 562HP.  The transmission has been upgraded to deliver shifts in .15 seconds instead of .20 and a specially tuned track suspension sits under the carbon fiber body.  That body gets a new carbon fiber front splitter and a huge fixed rear wing.  Of course, the car has to live up to it's name, so buyers of the Nurburgring edition will get a one year access pass to the track and lessons from a special instructor.

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