The 2020 Geneva Motor Show might be cancelled as a precaution against the impending pandemic but car manufacturers are still determined to keep the show on the road — quite literally.
Despite not having a venue to showcase till at least March 15th, firms are still eager to show off their latest creations, many of which will set the pace for the rest of the year.
For starters, there’s a new contender in the hypercar market who’s invested in changing the way cars are produced. Meanwhile, Audi keeps its EV flex strong with by already pushing out sportier variants, while Brabus makes the most extra pickup truck known to man.
Read on to keep updated on the latest car happenings.
Volkswagen unveils eighth-generation Golf GTI
Volkswagen’s Golf GTI needs little introduction but we find ourselves talking about it time and again. That might be because it’s only getting better, especially after a staggering 44 years of tinkering around.
Besides more aggressive styling and sleeker lines, the eighth-generation model will also get big upgrades to technology and performance. A 245hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 370Nm of torque will be coupled with either a standard six-speed manual or — if you’re feeling racy — an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Other treats here include driving assists, a XDS electronic differential lock, 17-inch alloy wheels and a lower sport suspension.
Audi makes the e-tron even sportier
The Audi e-tron will soon pack a bigger punch now that sportier S models are slated to join the line-up. Featuring three-motor electric engines — the first of their kind to be mass produced — the updated e-tron and e-tron Sportback models will both get to 200kph in a mere 4.5 seconds and with an electronically limited speed of 209kph.
Charging times will also be drastically reduced, especially since the car has the ability to power up from five to 80 percent in just half an hour. Its exteriors aren’t left out here, and have been given a sportier disposition by way of contoured bumpers, contrasting paint elements, wider wheel arches.
The DB11 joins the dark side
Aston Martin has been busy with new models such as the DBX but it hasn’t forgotten the DB11 just yet. This time, the hulking two-door gets a new Shadow Edition option that adds a good dose of monochromatic sophistication to the fan favourite. The new design package will see upgrades such as Gloss Black bonnet blades, matching 20-inch alloy wheels, and anodized black Shadow Edition sill plaques. Polished chrome wings and script badges on the outside also do plenty to add to the car’s blacked-out exteriors. If that’s not enough flair for you, an optional pack also finishes the body-coloured panels in the same Gloss Black.
Unfortunately, the upgrades are only cosmetic, and the V8 within is left untouched. Only 300 of these will make the roads, and will be available for both the coupe or open-topped Volante model.
Czinger joins the hypercar race
Californian hypercar maker Koenigsegg has seen but a handful of worthy rivals over the past few years, but Czinger’s determined to join the big league. Pronounced just as you would with that burger, the Los Angeles-based manufacturer just unveiled the 21C hypercar, which has already made several remarkable industry breakthroughs.
For starters, large sections of the chassis are 3D-printed, which might just revolutionise manufacturing processes of the future. Power is courtesy of the world’s most power-dense production engine — an in-house developed 2.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that’s good for 937hp with an 11,000rpm red-line. The pairing of hybrid components brings this figure further up to 1,250hp, allowing it to complete the 0-100kph sprint in 1.9 seconds, before going on to a top speed of 380kph.
Only 80 units — 25 track and 55 road iterations — will be made, and will cost from US$1.7 million (S$2.4 million) each.
Brabus goes wild with the Mercedes-AMG G63
A pickup doesn’t need this much power but it’s not like Brabus to be bothered about such details. Well-versed in the art of turning regular vehicles into mean machines, the tuning firm outfitted an in-house-tuned 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 to the 800 Adventure XLP, giving it a hardcore 800hp and 999Nm of torque for a 0-100kph time of 4.8 seconds.
As an all-terrain vehicle, this G63 sees a new suspension system, Monoblock HD wheel upgrades, and Pirelli tires — again, all not necessary features of your everyday pickup truck. Yet the most excessive detail is undoubtedly the take-off and landing pad that’s specifically designed for the Wingcopter drone that comes as part of the package. The professional-grade unmanned aircraft can travel 241kph (32kph more than the pickup itself) and transport a load of almost six kilograms.