As the 2015 Chicago Auto Show wraps up and goes into the history books, it is time to shift our attention to 2015 Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland. Compared to all other locations we visit during the annual auto show season, Geneva seems to hold a special place among us auto journalists and car enthusiasts in general. Why?, I have no clue, but, if I have to guess, my vote goes to the sweet-smelling Swiss air, which puts everyone in a happier state of mind, or it could also be the gorgeous cars at display (most of which can only be experienced by our European cousins, unfortunately). So, after examining all the entries at this year’s auto show, we narrowed our list to these 5 cars which we believe everyone needs to checkout at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.
1) 2016 Honda Civic Type-R Hatchback
The first Honda Civic Type-R Hatchback concept debuted at 2014 Geneva Auto Show. Afterwards, for the rest of 2014, the PR guys at Honda of Europe filled the internet with teaser images of what the production car would eventually look like. But, now the auto industry can collectively breath out as Honda has finally released the official pictures and powertrain information of its highly anticipated hot hatch.
The 2016 Honda Civic Type-R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L VTEC 4 cylinder engine, which produces a healthy 306 horsepower at 6500 RPM and 295 lb.ft. of torque at 2500 RPM. According to the PR guys at Honda of Europe, the VTEC engine redlines at 7000 RPM, which is good news for the rev happy Honda fans living in Europe. The only transmission available in the new Civic Type-R is a quick shifting, six-speed manual and no, an automatic transmission is out of the question as this car is aimed at the driving enthusiasts than a sectary at a Dentist’s office. For those wondering out there, the Civic Type-R hits 60 mph from 0 in 5.7 seconds and has a governed top speed of 168 mph, which is a lot for a hatchback with four doors and four cylinders.
However, if you are a Civic Type-R fan and are living in the U.S., get your passport ready and move to Europe because like the earlier generations of the Civic Type-R, this one will not be making the journey across the Atlantic anytime soon.
2) 2016 MTM Audi RS6 ClubSport
The German tuner MTM is known for creating some of the wildest Audi based cars in Europe and around the world. Their latest Frankenstein creation is based on the already ridiculous and not available in the U.S. Audi RS6 Avant. For starters, the standard RS6 Avant is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0 L V8, which generates 553 horsepower and 516 lb.ft. of torque. However, when this engine ends up in the hands of these crazy German tuners, the power output skyrocket to supercar rivaling 750 horsepower and 697 lb.ft. of torque, which is really astronomical, no matter how you calculate it.
All of this power is routed via a strengthened eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels via Audi’s legendary Quattro system. Thanks to some new carbon fiber components, the MTM RS6 ClubSport is 176 pounds lighter than the standard Audi RS6 Avant. Official 0 to 60 mph figures have not been announced yet, but a time of 3.0 seconds or less is not out of the imagination since the engineers at MTM have created this car to break some new records and show itself as a distinguished member of the supercar club.
3) Lamborghini Aventador SV
We all knew this would eventually happen sooner or later. Based on the tradition established by the Lamborghini Miura SV of the late 70s, the new Lamborghini Aventador SV or Superveloce is a lighter and more powerful variant of the immensely popular Aventador. Lamborghini’s V12 powered supercar. Compared to the regular Aventador, the SV is 110 pounds lighter thanks to new carbon fiber doors, rocker panels and fenders. When you look at the new Aventador SV, it looks like it has taken some styling elements from the super expensive Lamborghini Veneno.
In the Aventador SV, the 6.5 L V12 produces 740 horsepower at 8400 RPM and 509 lb.ft. of torque at 55 RPM. For all the Lamborghini enthusiasts around the world, the Aventador SV generates the same amount of horsepower as the Veneno. Thanks to its new engine and weight reduction, the Lamborghini Aventador SV hits 60 mph from 0 in 2.8 seconds and has an ungoverned top speed of 217 mph. As of this writing, pricing has not been announced on the Aventador SV, but do not be surprised if Lamborghini marks it close to the $500,000 or more.
4) Audi R8 V10
If you thought the first generation R8 looked amazing, the second generation R8 looks even more amazing! Like the earlier generation R8, the new R8 shares many of its bones with the Lamborghini Huracan. Thanks to its new aluminum intensive structure, the second generation Audi R8 is 100 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
At launch, the 2016 Audi R8 will be available in two trims, the standard R8 V10 and a more powerful R8 V10 Plus. In the standard R8 V10 guise, the V10 is tuned to generate 540 horsepower and 398 lb.ft. of torque. However, when you tick the box and opt for the V10 Plus variant, the engine is tuned to generate 610 horsepower and 413 lb.ft. of torque. All of this power is routed to the four wheels via a new DL800 seven-speed “wet” dual-clutch automatic transmission, Manual transmission fans will be disappointed to hear that Audi has ditched this option in the second generation R8. With the increase in power and reduction in weight, the Audi R8 V10 hits 60 mph from 0 in 3.5 seconds and has an ungoverned top speed of 201 mph. Audi R8 V10 Plus however, completes the 0 to 60 mph challenge in 3.2 seconds and has an ungoverned top speed of 205 mph. Pricing has not been announced as of this writing, but expect it to be around the same figure as the current R8 V10 or maybe a bit higher.
5) Lotus Evora 400
After taking a year break from the U.S. market, the Lotus Evora is coming back in 2016 with a more powerful engine and a redesigned interior. Compared to the previous Evora and Evora S, the new model is more of a mid-cycle refresh than a completely new model. Regardless, thanks to some new aluminum and carbon fiber components, the new Evora is 49 pounds lighter than the previous version and now weighs in at 3.119 pounds.
The engine in the new Evora is the same Toyota sourced 3.5 L V6, but with new software tuning, the engine now generates 400 horsepower (which is a healthy 55 horsepower gain) and 302 lb.ft. of torque. All of the power is routed to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. For the first time, Lotus will offer a limited slip differential to buyers who purchase their cars with the manual gearbox. The automatic transmission remains unchanged and comes with standard paddle shifters. With the slight bump in power and reduction in weight, the new Lotus Evora hits 60 mph from 0 in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph. The pricing of the new Evora might be slightly higher than the current model when it arrives in the fall of this year as a 2016 model.
Information and Images sourced from the auto manufacturers.