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Geneva Salon ... Showing a wide range of fully hybrid and part hybrid offerings from most of the major manufacturers


Ferrari 812 Superfast s/n 223179

Ferrari 812 Superfast s/n 223179

 

Geneva Salon, 07 – 19 March 2017

The 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show was held at the Palexpo exhibition complex, adjacent to Geneva International Airport, between 07 -19 March. As has been the case for a number of years, manufacturers, both large and small, view it as an important showcase for their latest offerings, with a large number of world and European premieres taking place. This is probably due in no small part to its ease of access to a worldwide audience due to its excellent transport links, not only by air, but also by road and rail, which is of great benefit to the 700,000 or so visitors each year.

For the 2017 edition there were a large number of manufacturers, both mainstream and niche, together with styling houses like Pininfarina, Touring Superleggera and Italdesign Giugiaro, presenting world premieres, along  with tuning and personalisation concerns like Mansory, DMC, Brabus, Alpina, and newcomer from Japan, Liberty Walk, to name but a few. There were also a wide range of fully hybrid and part hybrid offerings from most of the major manufacturers, whilst a number also had heritage cars on display. Notable amongst these was Ford, who had a range of classic models within their display area, including an Escort RS, Focus RS and GT40, along with a pair of old Fiestas for comparison with the latest model first shown at the show. They also had both road and race versions of the current Ford GT on display, to compliment the GT40. Mention of classic cars, brings us to a display of cars from the Swiss Manufacturer Monteverdi, with a range of their offerings being featured, this was partly to promote a new museum, and maybe also a prelude to a new model from the manufacturer.

The high end GT car manufacturers were out in force with new offerings, with the world premieres of a number of new models, notably the Adrian Newey designed supercar from Aston Martin, the Valkyrie, a study in low sensuous sweeping curves, whilst they also premiered their bespoke Q by Aston Martin range and the it was the show debut of their new Vanquish S model. Over on the Ferrari stand it was the unveiling of the F12 replacement, the 812 Superfast model that was the big news, with usual battery of press photographers around the stand for the launch. Two examples were on display, one in metallic red, apparently called Rosso dei Rossi, and another in matt grey, called Grigio Caldo Opaco (Hot Opaque Grey), together with other examples of the current range, including a 70th anniversary edition 458 In the colours of a 290 MM from the 1956 Mille Miglia, red with blue and yellow bands across the nose, as driven in that race by Juan Manuel Fangio. Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali presented the latest Huracan offering, the Performante, resplendent in metallic orange, whilst Spyker returned to production with the C8 Prediator. Bentley had a new concept car, the low slung EXP 12, whilst McLaren presented the new 720 S model, Pagani had a pair of Huyara Roadsters, Bugatti had a Chiron, Koenigsegg had a trio of models, with Porsche showing the new 911 GT3 and Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo models.

Of the mainstream manufacturers it was probably Renault that stole the show with their Trezor concept car, and on the subject of Renault, their performance division Alpine presented the definitive production version of the A110. However, for sheer size and presence the Audi Q8 Sport Concept took some beating, and they also presented the new RS5 model, along with DTM race version. Cadillac presented a new large but elegant concept car, the Escala, with nearby, another General Motors concept in bright metallic green, the Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept. Actually around the show there were a large number of concept cars from miniscule to massive, and some attractive offerings from the design houses, like the Zerouno from Italdesign Giugiaro, the Artega Scalo from Touring Superleggera, and the Fittipaldi EF7 from Pininfarina. Yes, it is that Fittipaldi, Emerson, the 1972 and 1974 F1 World Drivers’ Champion, for whom Pininfarina crafted his dream car, and he was in attendance at its unveiling. At the 2016 show the SCG 003 CS made its debut, and this year they presented the street version of the offering, the 003 S.

Once again a wide ranging show, with a diverse array of exciting and new offerings of all shapes and sizes, to suit almost every age and pocket.


Ferrari Models on Display

 

Ferrari Stand

Model

Colour

Chassis #

Ferrari California T

White Met’

225695

Ferrari 488 GTB

Yellow Met’

225696

Ferrari 488 Spider

Red

225694

Ferrari 488 GTB “70th

Red-Blue & Yellow Nose Bands

225200

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso

Grey Met’

225697

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Red Met’

223179

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Grey Matt

223366

Liberty Walk – LB Performance

488 GTB “Modificato”

Grey

218154

Mansory

Siracusa 4XX

Grey Matt

?

Sbarro

“Barchetta” (550 M Base)

Red Met’

120146

 

Keith Bluemel         
03/2017