The much anticipated track-focussed version of the Ferrari 488 GTB is here, and it’s called the 488 Pista.
Ferrari F12 TRS
Ferrari are rather good at making good-looking cars, but they’ve gone a step further and made the stunning F12 TRS for a special customer. The one-off car is rumoured to have cost around $4.2 million, and for that you get the same 6.3-litre V12 producing 740hp and 690Nm of torque as in the F12 Berlinetta, allowing it to get from 0-100km/h in 3.1 sec and from 0-200km/h in 8.1 sec. You also get one of the rarest cars ever, and a car that will be very sought after by collectors.
Ford Focus ST
The Ford Focus ST has received a few updates, the biggest of which is the availability of a diesel engine. The turbocharged 2.0-litre EcoBoost with 250hp is carried over from the previous version, but it now comes with a stop-start function – improving fuel efficiency by a claimed six percent. As mentioned before, a new diesel engine is available – a 2.0-litre TDCi unit producing 185hp and 400Nm of torque, with CO2 emissions being 114g/km. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is 6.5 sec for the petrol option and 8.1 sec for the diesel option. Other updates include new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering, and bespoke tyre specification. The exterior gets new headlamps, grille, bumper design, and 19-inch wheels. The interior now gets a new SYNC 2 connectivity system with a high definition 8-inch touch screen.
Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Le Mans winning D-type, Jaguar will be building a special edition F-TYPE called the Project 7. The car will come with a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine producing 575hp and 680Nm, propelling the 1,585kg roadster from 0-100km/h in 3.9 sec and on to an electronically limited top speed of 300km/h. The Project 7 name pays homage to Jaguar’s seven Le Mans titles, and will be limited to 250 examples. An eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission is standard, as well as an Electronic Active Differential, Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes, and Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB). Other items found on the Project 7 are carbon-fibre aerodynamic aids and a different suspension set-up to the standard F-TYPE.
It might have a silly name, but by the looks of evo magazine's test drive, the LaFerrari has stepped the supercar game up by quite some margin. It will definitely make McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder owners think if they truly made the right buying choice. Enjoy.
Car enthusiasts have been anticipating a hardcore version of the Ferrari 458 Italia ever since it was revealed in 2009, and it has finally appeared in the form of the 458 Speciale.
The high-revving 4.5-litre V8 engine now produces 605hp and 540Nm of torque, which means that it produces more horsepower per litre than any other naturally-aspirated road car engine at 135hp/l. This also means that it can get from 0-100km/h in 3.0 seconds, and lap the Fiorano Circuit in 1:23.5 mins – 1.5 seconds faster than the standard 458 Italia.
Tuning firm, Novitec Rosso, have added another stage of tuning for the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, upping the power from an already-impressive 740hp to 774hp.
The extra power comes from treating the F12 Berlinetta’s 6.3-litre V12 engine to an engine management upgrade – by changing the mapping for injection and ignition – as well as a high-performance exhaust system with high-flow catalysts and butterfly valves. The sports exhaust system can be ordered separately.
With 2012 just days away from ending, we can only hope that 2013 will have as many exciting new cars as this year did. Here is a gallery of 22 cars that made a good first impression. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Opel Ampera/Chevy Volt
Apart from winning the 2012 Car of the Year award, it’s a plug-in hybrid car that looks good too. The specs? It has a 150hp electric motor along with 370Nm of torque, with a claimed range of up to 80km (50miles) on a fully charged battery pack. Its 1.4-litre engine is there only to power a generator when the battery range is low (the engine doesn’t send power to the wheels at any time) – which then extends the range to 500km. It is expensive though – prices start at CHF 52,900 (around $57,000) in Switzerland.
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
The F12 Berlinetta drew a huge crowd on press day. It was easily one of the most anticipated cars of the show – and with 740hp, it’s easy to see why. Its 6.3-litre V12 engine is the most powerful of any Ferrari road car, which definitely makes it a standout car. However powerful the engine might be, the design might divide opinion – looking a bit similar to the FF at the front. However, all is certainly forgotten as you approach its 212mph top speed.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is anything but short of exciting new cars. There are far too many cool cars to have them all posted here, but with more than 100 photos, it's more than just a taste of what the show has to offer. Make sure you come back next week for the ultimate standouts of the show.