The International Geneva Motor Show opens its doors
Showcasing the latest models and concept vehicles of 2014
Yesterday, after weeks of seemingly premature car revelations from automobile manufacturers around the globe, the world debut of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, BMW Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo Cabrio, Lamborghini Huracán and the Porsche Panamera Turbo TechArt Grand GT took place at the Geneva Motorshow.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Adapted from the original coupe, Italian car giant Alfa Romeo introduced the Spider edition of the 4C, which includes a canvas soft top and carbon-fibre fitted interiors. The Spider can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph as it retains its four-cylinder 1.75-litre turbocharged gas engine.
Additional features include an Akrapovic-sourced dual exhaust system of titanium and carbon fibre, new clamshell headlights and modified alloy wheels — different from those on the hardtop version. The 240 horsepower 4C Spider is set to make its way into production in early 2015.
BMW Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo Cabrio
The BMW specialists at Bavarian tuning company Alpina debut its new European-exclusive model — the B4 Bi-Turbo Cabrio.
Alpina has taken BMW's 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine, and given it a new force of 410 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The B4 Bi-Turbo also comes with adaptive sport suspension and an eight-speed automatic. In addition, the car showcases classic pinstripes and 21-spoke wheels — the brand's design trademark.
The added weight however means that the performance car takes 4.5 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour, about a half-second slower than the coupe.
Orders for the convertible open this month with prices starting at $102,878.
Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
A replacement for the Lamborghini Gallardo — the Italian name's top-selling model of all time — this sleek new model is equipped with aluminum and carbon-fibre components with a top speed of 202 mph. The Huracán exudes power to all four wheels and has a new 7-speed dual clutch transmission and carbon ceramic brakes.
The 610-horsepower, V10 engine goes from 0 to 124mph in just 9.9 seconds.
With more than 1,000 Huracáns already ordered the $233,000 car will start delivering this spring.
Porsche Panamera Turbo TechArt Grand GT
TechArt is a German-based automobile tuner that specialise in existing Porsches — known for combining unique style and the best materials — and yesterday Porsche debuted its Panamera Turbo TechArt Grand GT.
TechArt's TA 070/T1 programme increases the already existing 520 horse power and 700 Nm of torque. Whilst the 520 litre, eight-cylinder engine accelerates to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds and has a maximum speed of 202 mph – categorically triumphing over its previous speed of 189 mph.