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Ferrari 812 Superfast is as Its Name Claims

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The Ferrari 812 Superfast makes its way to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It looks like the car definitely lives up to its name.

Engine

The 812 Superfast possesses a 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine beneath its hood. As the name of the car implies, it is capable of producing up to 812 hp at 8,500 rpm. Its 718 Nm torque can also be reached at 7,000 rpm. The power of the auto is distributed to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch transmission.

The 812 Superfast can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The top speed of the auto is around 211 mph.

Design

The 812 Superfast is the successor of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Therefore, the new car carries over many styling elements found in its predecessor.

What makes the exterior of the 812 Superfast stand out against the F12 Berlinetta though is the new car’s smoother shape and body lines. The cosmetic changes makes the 812 Superfast appear more balanced and have better proportions than the F12 Berlinetta. Then, the fascia of the new car gives it a more aggressive look than the model it replaced.

The 812 Superfast is inspired by the 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” as well. The rear of the auto brings back the traditional round taillights of the classic car.

The interior of the 812 Superfast show huge improvements too. The seats of the car are revamped for a sportier setup and it offers several upgrades in its infotainment system.

What’s in the Name?

Aside from the very obvious high-performance feature of the 812 Superfast, its name can be traced back to the time when Enzo Ferrari fitted a huge V12 intended to a smaller vehicle to his prototype muscle car. He would call the car the Ferrari 4.9 Superfast according to the interview of Flavio Manzoni, head of the Ferrari Design Center.

Photos

Check out the pictures of the Ferrari 812 Superfast at the 87th Geneva Motor Show in the gallery below:

Flying Car Shown at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

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Aerospace industry leader Airbus together with design and engineering company Italdesign just unveiled a flying car at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle is called “Pop.Up”.

Pop.Up is a concept for a futuristic autonomous transport vehicle that can travel through land and air. It uses a modular passenger capsule that can be attached to a four-wheel base for land trips and to a quadcopter for flight. As its name “Pop.Up” implies, the capsule easily snaps with the wheeled or aerial modules depending on its user’s preferred mode of travel.

The flying car features an artificial intelligence system that allows its self-driving and auto-pilot functions. It can be commanded by the user with a smartphone or tablet. The video of the concept vehicle also shows a potential technology within the auto that previews the facial recognition system of its onboard sensors.

The vehicle is environmentally-friendly. It uses electric motor, which allows it to have a zero emission value.

Airbus envisions Pop.Up as a part of its network of shared vehicle platform that offers easy commuting options to the public. The company aims to lessen traffic congestion with its flying car.

The idea of a flying vehicle may be too good to be true for now, especially that automakers are still racing to make road-worthy self-driving cars. It should be noted too that there are expected legal hurdles when it comes to unleashing autonomous cars on the road—let alone a flying car. Furthermore, a lot of public infrastructure may not be suitable for a vehicle capable of low flight.

Mathias Thomsen of Airbus made a bold claim that the technology in Pop.Up will be available in the next five to ten years. He said that the problem is not so much in the public infrastructure. However, he explained that the flying car can only be seamlessly used with careful urban planning. He expects significant changes in regulatory environments once the flying car is already available for public use.

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept Car Shown at the Geneva Motor Show

The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept car was finally unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From the information, photos and video released by Daimler about the high-performance saloon, there is a lot to be excited about when the production version of the vehicle hits the market.

Check out the features of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept based on the Global Media Site of Daimler AG:

Exterior

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is the four-door variant of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. Significant improvements can be seen in the styling of the concept vehicle compared to its two-door counterpart.

The AMG GT Concept copies many exterior elements found in the AMG GT. However, due to the four-door design of the concept car, it appears more muscular and spacious than its AMG GT sibling. The body lines on the sides are also removed to give way to a smoother body that allows the artistic reflection of light from the vehicle’s surroundings. Then the front grille of the auto adopts the Panamericana design found in the facelifted AMG GT.

Engine

AMG Future Performance: Sportwagen-Marke präsentiert Hybrid-Showcar: Mercedes-AMG GT Concept – Driving Performance der Zukunft

The AMG GT Concept makes use of the new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine of Mercedes. The combustion unit is paired with an electric motor to give it a performance boost. According to Daimler, the concept vehicle was able to produce up to 600 kW in its latest testing. The automaker aims to make the zero to 100 km/h acceleration of the car to be achieved in under three seconds.

The four-door AMG GT can be driven using solely its combustion engine. The driver can opt to use its electric motor alone too. To utilize the maximum performance of the car, its operating mode can be set to use both power units to fully take advantage of its hybrid drivetrain.

Photo Gallery

Here are the official photos of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept:

Peugeot 3008 Wins Car of the Year 2017 at Geneva Motor Show

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The Peugeot 3008 emerged as the winner of the “Car of the Year 2017” title at the 87th Geneva Motor Show. The prestigious award was received by Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato who took over the company in September 2016.

According to the official website of Geneva International Motor Show, the final voting for the award took place last Monday, March 6, 2017. The jury was composed of 58 journalists hailing from 22 European countries. The final list for the title included the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Citroën C3, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Nissan Micra, Peugeot 3008, Toyota C-HR, Volvo S90/V90.

The scoring of the judges were determined based on the criteria of design, innovation, security and value for money of the vehicles. The Peugeot 3008 gained a total of 309 points from the jury, which was the highest among the other entries. The Alfa Romeo Giulia was the first runner-up with 296 points followed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with 197 points.

President of the Jury Hakan Matson, who is also a part of Swedish economic magazine Dagens Industri, said they recognize the increasing share of SUVs and crossovers in the market. Therefore, they chose the Peugeot 3008 as the winner for this year’s award.

Based on a report by Car, Imparato stated, “We made it, the long way from hell to heaven. In 2012, we decided never more (to flirt with bankruptcy), we decided to put the money into the product. We are really proud, it’s a great moment for us,” as he received the award.

It should be noted that the Car of the Year award goes all the way back to 1964. It was created by STERN.

Peugeot is no stranger to the Car of the Year award. The brand first won the distinction in 1969 with the 504. Then, it went on to get the same recognition with the 405 and 307 in the past. The 3008 is the fourth product of the company to get the title.

Top 3 Features of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

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The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is making its way at the 87th Geneva Motor Show. The Targa is one of the most expensive cars of Porsche with a starting price of $138,200.

Is the car worth that much?

Check out the top 3 features of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS based on the information provided by its maker:

1. Engine

The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS offers more performance and efficiency. The car is equipped with Porsche’s new 3.0-liter straight-six rear engine with twin turbochargers. The unit can produce up to 450 hp and 550 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with an all-wheel drive system and 7-speed manual transmission.

The power of the car allows it to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Its top speed is electronically-limited at 308 km/h.

The improved fuel efficiency ratings of the auto show a 9.7 l/100 km combined fuel consumption and 220 g/km carbon dioxide emissions.

2. Exterior

The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS measures 1,291 mm in height, 1,852 mm in width, 4,528 mm in length and 2,450 mm in wheelbase. The car displays an imposing front end, sporty air inlets, Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and LED DRLs, black 20-inch wheels, black roll bar and convertible top.

3. Interior

The cabin of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS combines a classy and sporty appeal thanks to its Alcantara surfaces. The driver can choose four driving modes to improve driving experience based on the preferred level of comfort or performance. Navigation is also improved due the car’s Porsche Communication Management (PCM) allowing multi-touch gestures and voice control.

Photos

Below are some official photos of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS:

Where Can You Find the Car in the Show?

Those who want to see the new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS in the flesh can visit the booth of its maker at Stand 1050 during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

4 Engine Options Revealed for the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

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The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo will be one of the vehicles gracing the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The sports car will be unveiled by Porsche together with the Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4E Hybrid and the Panamera Turbo.

The concept version of the Panamera Sport Turismo was introduced around five years ago. The unit was first shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Basically, the production version of the car will carry most of the styling elements seen in its concept model.

According to a report, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo will offer four engine options. The power units that customers can choose from include a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, 2.9-liter engine paired with a 136 bhp electric motor, and last but not least is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8.

Among the notable features of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo are the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Communications Management, electronic stabilisation control, Porsche InnoDrive, rear axle steering, AWD adaptive air suspension, adaptive air spoiler, Porsche Traction Management and many more.

The adaptive spoiler function of the car allows three settings to choose from depending on the driver settings and the speed of the auto. The feature is capable of generating a down-force of as much as 50 kg.

Moreover, it is the first time for the Panamera range to offer a three-seating capacity at the rear. There is also an option to get four seats with electric adjustment operation for the auto.

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show kicks off this Tuesday on March 7, 2017. The event runs until the 19th of the month. So watch out during those days for the Panamera Sport Turismo.

The first deliveries of the Panamera Sport Turismo to buyers will begin in October this year.

Photos

Here are some of the photos of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo showing its front and rear exterior plus a peek at its interior:

8 Things to Know About the Opel Crossland X

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Opel changed its mind about the venue for the debut of the Crossland X. The automaker has finally decided to introduce the vehicle live to the public for the first time at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It should be noted the company stated earlier that it will be keeping the unit away from the event to focus on its Insignia range.

Based on sources, here are the key features of the Crossland X:

1. Model Year

The vehicle will carry a 2018 model year when it comes out.

2. Classification

The Crossland X is classified as a crossover utility vehicle. It possesses the same platform found in Peugot’s 2008 compact SUV. Unlike the more rugged Mokka X, which is built for off-roading, the Crossland X is designed for urban driving.

3. Engine

Not much has been officially revealed yet about the engine of the Crossland X. However, according to a source, it will have two engine trims. One will be packing 1.2-liter petrol unit and the other is a 1.6-liter diesel unit.

4. Size

The Crossland X is 4,212 mm in length, 1,765 mm wide and 1,590 mm tall. Its measurements are more than the Mokka X.

5. Interior

The Crossland X is more spacious than the Mokka X making it a nice option for a family vehicle. Among the notable features found in the interior of the auto are sliding rear seats, climate control system, cruise control system, touchscreen infotainment system and compatibility with either the Apple CarPlay or the Android Auto.

6. Sale

The Crossland X is expected to appear in showrooms in summer this year. It will likely cost less than the £17,640 price tag of the Mokka X.

7. Competition

The crossover utility vehicle of Opel will rival the Renault Captur and the Peugeot 2008 when it comes out in the market.

8. Photos

Check out the official pictures of the Opel Crossland X in the gallery below:

7 Important Stuff About the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was just unveiled. Let us take a look at the features, photos and other important stuff about the new sport utility vehicle of the giant Japanese automaker here.

1. Model Year

The new SUV will be carrying a 2018 model year.

2. Design

The Eclipse Cross features a sportier and more stylish appearance compared to the other SUVs of Mitsubishi. The auto borrows many elements found in the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013.

The front grille and headlamp layout of the Eclipse Cross also remind us of the ones found on the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution. It should be noted that car was featured in the virtual world of the Gran Turismo 6 video game released in 2013 for the Playstation 3. It was said to be an extension of the XR-PHEV concept.

The interior of the SUV showcases black leather surfaces matched with silver accents highlighting its important elements plus red stitching on the seats. A central display can be found in the middle of the dashboard with tablet-like design. The automaker claimed too that the rear seats of the vehicle offer a 60:40 split.

3. Engine

Two options are available for the powertrains of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One is a 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine and the other is a 2.2-liter turbo diesel unit. The engine is paired with a four-wheel drive system.

4. Position in Hierarchy

The Eclipse Cross will bridge the gap between Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport and the mid-size Outlander unit.

5. Debut

The debut of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is scheduled on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show.

6. Sale

The SUV is expected to hit Mitsubishi showrooms in the early part of 2018. Its market release in the US will probably come at a later date.

7. Photos

Check out the photos of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in the gallery below:

3 Things To Watch Out For In The 2017 Kia Picanto

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It was supposed to be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, but months ahead of the scheduled launch, the South Korean automaker released the official photos of its 2017 Kia Picanto. The design of the all-new Picanto came from the ingenious minds of the teams in Namyang, South Korea and Frankfurt, Germany.

Such collaboration between the two teams made the 2017 Kia Picanto pleasing for the European market. Here are the top three features of the car based on our source:

1. Exterior

Much of the exterior and interior look better than its predecessor. We cannot be sure, however, if this will hold true for the lower-trim models. Kia just released photos of its top-of-the-line GT Line trim. Its sporty aesthetics conveys an assertive stance because of its well-sculpted features.

The dimensions are the same with the current model, though it’s getting a 15-millimeter longer wheelbase (0.59 inches). The assertive and dynamic styling was largely thanks to the positioning of the wheels in the corner.

2. Interior

The interior spacing has been updated, which is a mystery since the exterior dimensions stayed the same. But according to reports, the interior space of the 2017 Kia Picanto was a big surprise, and can rival the very best in the segment.

Aside from that, you’ll be surprised with what you see—from the dashboard to the in-car technology. The new dashboard has a tablet-style screen for the infotainment system, a digital display between the two instrument cluster dials, and the latest in-car technology that all passengers can enjoy. That means, the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto, of course.

3. Powertrain

Kia has yet to release details about the new Picanto’s powertrains. But what we surely can expect are these: 1.0-liter turbocharged, three-cylinder engines that produces 100 horsepower while the other one churns out a pretty impressive 120 horsepower.

Pricing for the 2017 Kia Picanto is not available yet, but more details shall come as the Geneva Motor Show comes closer to launch.

Ford Debuts Its Hotter Fiesta ST200 At The Geneva Auto Show

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We’ve long heard about the hotter version of the Ford Fiesta that the company is gearing to release during the Geneva Motor Show. Now, we see full videos and photos of the ST200—a model referring to the new power level of the Fiesta, thanks to Motor Authority.

Of course, we should be clear that the power reference of 200 is measured in metric horsepower. In the United States, the Ford Fiesta ST200 would have 197 hp on tap.

The car enjoys a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine like the Fiesta ST. And although the ST did develop a 197 hp, that was temporary and was hit because of an overboost function.

On the other hand, the ST200 has its own overboost function that has peak output of 212 hp for bursts of 15 seconds. Peak torque is normally at 214 pound-feet and as much as 236 lb-ft with overboost.

Potential buyers of the ST200 can get to choose a six-speed manual transmission, which is the standard for this car. But thanks to a new 4.06 final drive ratio—down from 3.82 in the Fiesta ST—drivers can enjoy better in-gear acceleration that will make driving more enjoyable.

In terms of speed, the Fiesta ST200 can go 0-62 mph in 6.7 seconds, down from 6.9 seconds for the Fiesta ST. The top speed is at 143 mph.

When it comes to the exterior, the ST200 is not far from the Fiesta ST, so Ford decided to add an exclusive Storm Gray exterior finish for this line. There’s also the special 17-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, Recaro seats, illuminated door sills, and “ST200” badges.

Production for the ST200 will begin in June for the European market. Ford hasn’t confirmed if the Fiesta ST200 will be in local showrooms, but with its price range, I bet Ford lovers would want to get their hands on this.

As much as the new Focus RS was loved and accepted, its starting price of $36,605 leaves much to be desired. That’s where Fiesta ST200 comes in, as well as the fact that the current Fiesta will soon be unavailable because prototypes for the next generation model have already been launched.

The launch of the Fiesta ST200 at the Geneva Motor Show is a good way for the current model to bow out.

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