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Morgan Introduces EV Car in Geneva

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The Morgan Company has been teasing about a new entrant into the EV car sector and they recently unveiled their contender at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. The company has not been known to make subtle looking vehicles, so what better way to display their EV technology than to put it all into their three-wheeled roadster.

The Morgan EV3, being built on the three-wheeled platform, is a great way to introduce EV technology to the market place. The vehicle itself is small and relatively light weight having overall less components to it that its four wheeled counterparts. The EV3 weighs in at a mere 1000lbs and uses a 63hp electric motor.

Additional weight savings all around can be in thanks to am ample use of carbon fiber. The light weight material can be found on the hood, tonneau cover and side panels. The EV3 also doesn’t have a roof which just helps with weight management. The EV3 gets a 150 mile range on a full charge and will do 0-100km/h in just under nine seconds. The EV3 won’t be breaking any top speed records either as it reaches a top velocity of 90mph.

Production of the EV3 will begin later this year and we hope to see it in showrooms before the end of 2016. Prices will start at around $42,000 USD.


Volkswagen’s New Normal

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When you are caught cheating you have to be ready for the backlash that comes with it. Volkswagen has been at the butt of the jokes since September 2015 when they admitted to using a cheating device on their diesel vehicles to pass emissions.

During a car launch at the Geneva International Auto Show, Volkswagen Marketing Chief Juergen Stackmann was greeted by a prankster who dressed up like a mechanic and crawled underneath the brand new show car. Stackmann responded to the crowd by saying “”It doesn’t need repairs: It’s a perfect car.”

The new reality for Volkswagen is that they’ll have to live with these type of remarks or antics. Stackmann said “Obviously we know at the moment that we are the brand that attracts a lot of attention – and we have to live with that.”


Maserati Introduces Levante SUV

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With the demand of SUVs on a continued rise, Maserati is the latest automaker to jump on that bandwagon. An all new Levante, Maserati’s first ever SUV was debuted at the Geneva International Auto Show.

The Levante utilizes a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 which is offered in two trim levels. The entry level comes with 345hp and the S-trim with 424hp. The powerplant is mated to an eight speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels. The standard trim Levante is capable of a 5.9 second 0-100km/h run while the Levante S gets there in 5.1 seconds.

Expect to see the Levante in showrooms in late summer at a starting price of $96,500.


2017 Aston Martin DB11 Revealed in Geneva

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Aston Martin debuts their all new DB11 at the Geneva International Auto Show and what a beauty it is. Classy, sporty, aggressive and understated. There is an sense of class and that distinguished level of English refinement when you look at the DB11.

Many of the signature design elements from Aston Martin have been worked over including the grille, hood shape, roof profile, and the head and tail lights. Each of these elements have been massaged over while keeping to the original design roots so as not to stray too far for consumers. The car maintains its sleek aerodynamic shape, sloped roofline, and wide hips which are characteristic design elements of the Aston Martin brand.

The DB11 will utilize a 5.2L twin turbo V12 which pumps out 600hp and 516lb/ft of torque capable of a 200mph top speed and propelling the DB11 to 60mph in 3.9 seconds.

Look for the all new 2017 DB11 to arrive in US showrooms around November this year to the tune of 211,995USD.


Ferrari GTC4Lusso to Debut in Geneva

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Ferrari will be debuting a face lifted FF at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show and the car will be dubbed the GTC4Lusso. That’s quite a long name and unconventional sounding, but the name does find inspiration from Ferrari history.

The GTC4Lusso will be powered by a 6.3L V12 engine that produces 680hp and 514lb/ft of torque. This motor is similar to the one that was found under the hood of the FF, but with slight tuning to up the power delivery. The GTC4Lusso will send power to all four wheels and handling is further improved by utilizing Ferrari’s rear wheel steering, and an improved electronic differential.

The facelift for the GTC4Lusso includes a wider front facia with built in air channels to feed more cold air to the engine, fender vents to help dissipate hot air from the engine bay, and a more sloping roof line to give the GTC4Lusso a look of slicing through the air even while standing still.

This is certainly another beauty that the consumers will take to kindly when it debuts.


Hamann Tycoon Evo

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Hamann Motorsport was founded by Richard Hamann in 1986 and has made a name for itself as a tuning house for most high end German, English and Italian vehicles. Here they’ve taken a BMW X6 and really worked their magic again created what they call a Tycoon Evo which will be showcased at the Geneva Auto Show. Some will say it’s too overly aggressive in its styling, but I think this is what Darth Vader would drive Luke in if he went to the darkside.

Thanks to Hamann’s motorsport experience, they’ve massaged the BMW V8 twin-turbo engine to churn out a ridiculous 670hp and 737lb/ft of torque which propels the X6 to 100kph in just 4.2 seconds. The force is definitely strong with this one. Thanks to a sport tuned exhaust, the SUV not only goes fast, it also sounds great doing so.

All four corners of the bodywork has been stretched out by 60mm which not only looks the part, but is also functional to help swallow those “lightweight” forged 23” forged wheels and equally massive 315mm wide tires. Both front and rear facia have also been treated to the Hamann touch and both now combine to give the Tycoon Evo a menacing look.

Road presence is not easily achieved on the road, but if I saw this in my rear view mirror I’d surely pull to the side of the road, jump in the back seat and curl up in the fetal position in fear.


Audi TT RS Could Debut at Geneva

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No official word has been said by Audi on a second generation TT-RS, however, spy photos spotted something that certain points to a reality that will be coming soon. The images here (photo cred: automobilemag.com) show a second generation TT with quite a few add-ons that differ from TT models.

On the outside, aero components echo what is typically seen in Audi’s RS lineup. From a very sporty looking rear diffuser to the upgraded braking system, one could only assume that there’s a few little upgrades under the hood as well. No information has been released on what a new TT-RS could use as a power plant, but its safe to say that it’ll be a beefed up version of the last generations’ 2.5L turbo which produced 360hp and 343lb/ft of torque.

Consumers will have to wait for Audi to release official information on a second generation TT-RS. For now, lets hope that the rumor of a Geneva Auto Show or Paris Auto Show debut comes true.


Spyker EV Concept at Geneva Show

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The Spyker name has been around for a while, but as a company, their decisions and investment ventures leave much to be desired. After some reorganizing post bankruptcy, the Spyker brand is now aligned with an American aviation company and packing some new found energy around producing electric performance vehicles.

Rumors is that Spyker is going to unveil a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show at it will be an electric vehicle. This is quite a departure from Spyker’s choice of powerplants in past concept and production vehicles which were mainly big V8s or V6s. But what will very much likely remain is Spyker’s history of producing some of the finest looking and amazingly detailed finished vehicles.


Porsche 911 R Revealing

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There has been a lot of chirping on the internet about a stripped down 911 making a debut at the u up coming Geneva Motor Show. In the day of packing more technology and forced induction into a car to up the performance ante, the rumored 911 is said to contain neither of those things, well, less of it at least.

The rumored name of the new model is a 911 R. It will be powered by a naturally aspirated version of a GT3 engine mated to a manual transmission, and sending power to the rear wheels only. The specs are sounding more and more like a stripped down GT3. It also won’t be wearing the GT3’s big wing or it’s fat tires. Instead, the car will be much more toned down visually, and focus on delivering a more driver focused experience, not that any 911 needs help on that end.

The talk around this car is enough to get anyone excited. But end of the day, production numbers are going to be extremely limited so getting your hands on one, when and if it’s produced, will be challenging to say the least.