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TCG Car Watch: Geneva Motor Show 2015

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It’s that time of the year again. That beautiful period of excitement that leads up to arguably the most significant motor show on the planet. Dozens of manufacturers have begun dropping hints and previews, with some even releasing photographs and large chunks of information to satiate us (for now). But the full story, all those significant bits of information, those don’t get out until the 5 March in Geneva.

While the cars are obviously the highlight, the presence of a little estrogen is certainly welcome.

While the cars are obviously the highlight, the presence of a little estrogen is most certainly welcome.

While most news pieces cover cars that are particularly significant to a specific region, we say to heck with it. Who wants to find out about the facelifted BMW 1 Series when there are at least a dozen ridiculously exciting new models from the finest sports car makers in the industry. That’s right, today we’ll cover all the fuel-guzzling, mind-bending monsters of the car industry. For guid measure, we’ll throw in a hot hatch or two. So here we are, with the cars to look out for at the Geneva Motor show this year.

Ferrari 488GTB

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Ferrari is set to release the very new, and very quick 488GTB. Just as McLaren thoroughly updated its 12C to bring us the 650S, the Ferrari 488 GTB will fill the sizeable shoes of the 458 Italia. But unlike the 458, the 488 GTB gets a turbocharged engine. This translates to a 99hp power hike to 661hp, as well as a 220Nm jump in peak torque for a total of 760Nm. The century sprint will be done in a swift three seconds dead- exactly the same time as the 458 Speciale.

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At the heart of the 488 GTB is a new, 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8, paired to a slightly improved seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Ferrari confirmed the 488GTB lapped its famous Fiorano test track in just 1 minute 23 seconds. That makes it two seconds faster than the 458, and half a second quicker than the track-munching Speciale.

Audi R8

Will the latest R8 be able to keep up with the stiff competition?

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Audi will be showcasing the latest R8, which may not be as radical or new as one would expect. While much of the car has been reworked, the R8 is expected to feature the same V8 and V10 engines that have been powering its predecessor for the best part of a decade. The chassis and most other components will be new, with Audi utilising much of what it’s learned from the Audi R8 LMS race car.

McLaren 675LT & P1 GTR 

Two new Mclarens at the same time is a rare occurence, but it’s certainly one to savour. McLaren is unveiling its harder, faster, and slippier rendition of the 650S for the first time. Dubbed the 675LT, the name harks back to the legendary ‘Long Tail’ Mclaren F1 GTR endurance racer of the nineties, and we can expect some styling cues to be taken from that car. It also gets a gargantuan 666hp, 700Nm of torque and serious aerodynamic changes.

McLaren P1 GTR Hot Weather Test Bahrain Sept 2014

The McLaren P1 stands atop a now-growing mountain of ridiculous hypercars. With mind-blowing performance figures and statistics, it seems downright ludicrous for a more hardcore version to be developed. That hasn’t stopped Woking from embarking on a track-version of the P1, dubbed the P1 GTR. Most of the details of the P1 GTR are available in our previous post.

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Ford Focus RS

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Ford announced its new Focus RS on the same day as the aforementioned Ferrari, but somehow managed to steal the limelight. Fans of fast hatches across the globe were thrilled at the announcement of the four-wheel drive Golf R rival, and with a reasonable pricetag, the Focus RS looks set to steal the show. Thus far, performance details are scarce, but we’re told to expect at least 318hp and clever torque vectoring. We can’t wait to watch the developments unfold in Geneva.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS & Cayman GT4

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Stuttgart’s iconic brand is set to bring the eagerly-anticipated, hardcore version of its latest 911. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS will benefit from a brand-new naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine, and the only gearbox option at launch will be the PDK. Naturally, the RS will be more extreme than the GT3, with weight saving measures and aerodynamic tweaks adding to its appeal.

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But the GT3 RS isn’t the only hardcore variant making its debut in Geneva, as it will be the first time we see the new Cayman GT4. Billed by Porsche as the most extreme Cayman yet, it gets the 380hp 3.8-litre flat-six engine borrowed from the 911 Carrera S. This means the GT4 has a top speed of close to 300km/h, dispatches 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds and is available in manual only.

Honda NSX & Civic Type-R

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Honda is another manufacturer to keep your eyes out for, with the Japanese automaker set to display the stunning new NSX alongside the equally impressive Civic Type-R. While both cars aren’t properly new to the world, they are certainly set to take centre stage, holding their own against Europe’s finest.

Lamborghini Aventador SV

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Italy’s most dramatic supercar maker was caught unaware when spyshots surfaced of the hardcore new Aventador SV recently. Seen undergoing a photoshoot prior to a planned surprise Geneva unveil, the SV will become one of Lamborghini‘s fastest ever road cars, with around 750hp from its 6.5-litre V12. Dramatic styling is a given, with aero changes added to provide extra downforce and cooling. We’re fairly sure it’ll lose a fair bit of weight, too. Definitely one for the posters.

Koenigsegg Agera RS & Regera

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Bonkers Swedish supercar firm Koenigsegg is bringing a new Agera ‘RS’ to Geneva, which is likely to be an even more extreme version of the 1100hp, 400km/h Agera R hypercar. The RS will do battle with another mega-price and mega-powered machine in the form of the Mclaren P1 GTR. Details are scarce, so we’ll have to wait this one out.

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Soon after the RS announcement, the firm subtly posted on its Facebook page that a new model, called the Regera, will be unveiled alongside the Agera RS at Geneva. Little is known about the car as yet, but when a firm like Koenigsegg uses the word ‘menacer,’ it can be safe to assume it will be even more extreme in terms of performance and price.

About Kiron Subhash

The most recent member of the collective, Kiron now follows the team to cover local and international automotive events. He is now training in multimedia journalism, acquiring experience in onsite reporting, feature writing, photography, videography, and social media engagement. Conspicuously influenced by Andrew and Jack in the rewarding life of a biker, Kiron now harbours a deep-seated love for motorcycle riding (and fuel-saving).

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