SOMETHING about the Italians oozes sexuality. And Maserati has done it once again.
Among the crazy and cool of the Geneva motor show, Maserati has revealed the striking Alfieri coupe concept car. It stole the limelight in a star-studded arena, which also super car stars in the new McLaren 650S Spider, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt, Ferrari California T and the Lamborghini Huracan.
The Alfieri is a futuristic interpretation of the A6 GCS-53 - which was designed by Pininfarina in 1954.
It's a four-seater coupe, powered by a 4.7-litre, naturally aspirated, V8 engine from Maranello which develops 343kW at 7000rpm and 520Nm ay 4750 rpm.
According to Maserati's Lorenzo Ramaciotti, "The Alfieri is a transition point between 100 glorious years of history and the future that is opening up before us. I sincerely can't say that we'll see this car in production in two years-time, but I'm certain we'll see something very similar."
McLaren 650S Spider
Described as a no compromise open-top high performance sports, the McLaren 650S Spider can rip from 0-100kmh in 3.0 seconds, and 0-200kmh in 8.6 seconds. The two piece roof can be raised or lowered in less than 17 seconds on the move at speeds up to 30kmh.
The carbon fibre MonoCell chassis at the heart of the McLaren 650S requires no additional strengthening or reinforcing in open-top guise, and gives the 650S Spider identical handling and ride, and virtually identical straight-line performance figures. The overall weight of the 650S Spider is 1370 kg (dry), an increase of 40kg over the Coupé, with this additional mass coming from the Retractable Hard Top and roof mechanism, and is less than any other car in its class.
Honda Civic Type R
This was the global reveal of the new Honda Civic Type R Concept model, providing the styling direction for the exterior design of the highly-anticipated production version that debuts in 2015. Dubbed by the design team as a "racing car for the road", its bold and aggressive styling reflects the strong performance characteristics for which Type R is renowned.
The front spoiler is designed to add down-force, the vertical side wings and the cut out shape of the front bumper help to reduce drag and control airflow around the front tyres. A red stripe running along the front spoiler further accentuates the Type R's low and wide stance.
Supporting the design direction are 20-inch wheels, edged by a red ring, with visible red brake callipers and a bright red stripe running along the bottom of the front spoiler.
It will be powered by a 2.0-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder turbo is expected to deliver class-leading output of at least 200 kilowatts and will be EURO 6 compliant.
Ferrari California T
All hail the return of turbocharging to the Prancing Horse. Tthe California T can sprint from 0 to 100 kmh in just 3.6 seconds.
With its power-to-weight ratio of just 2.33 kilograms per hp, the Lamborghini Huracan achieves absolutely breathtaking performance. The top speed of more than 325kmh and the acceleration figures - zero to 100kmh in 3.2 seconds, zero to 200 kmh in 9.9 seconds - offer an indication of its dynamics. Thanks in part to the Stop & Start technology, average fuel consumption has dropped to 12.5 litres per 100 km (290 g CO2 per km).
The VW T-Roc follows a new design line and interior style, with the progressive design of the front section being particularly striking.
The two-door vehicle also combines the talents of an all-wheel drive SUV. The middle section of the roof consists of two halves that with just a few flicks can be taken off and stowed in the boot. Front and rear cameras, which are backed up in the dark by LED headlights, extend the driver's field of vision.
Powered by a 135 kW turbo diesel direct injection engine, the T-Roc is equipped with three different driving modes: 'Street', 'Off-road' and 'Snow'. The parameters of the 4Motion drive train, seven-speed DSG (dual-clutch gearbox), ABS, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control vary depending on the mode selected. The 2.0 TDI engine's fuel consumption is a low 4.9 litres/100 km, while maximum torque is 380 Nm.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt
The 2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt special edition, designed to honour company founder Ettore Bugatti's brother, Rembrandt. The '70s brown paint job, as well as bronze coloured carbonfibre to reflect Rembrandt's famous works of sculpture in the precious metal.
It's powered by a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-litre W16 engine producing an incredible 894 kilowatts. With four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, that's good enough for 0-100mph in 2.6 seconds.
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