Geneva Motor Show: Alpine Ballads
More recently, Geneva without any problems entered the top three most environmentally friendly cities in the world, adding a pinch of attractiveness to Swiss banks, chocolate and ski resorts. History is silent about whether toxic emissions of new products from the annual car dealership held in the Swiss capital for the seventy-third time were taken into account.
More recently, Geneva without any problems entered the top three most environmentally friendly cities in the world, adding a pinch of attractiveness to Swiss banks, chocolate and ski resorts. History is silent about whether toxic emissions of new products from the annual car dealership held in the Swiss capital for the seventy-third time were taken into account. CO2, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide – perhaps it was possible to forget about all this for a while, looking at the premieres brought from all over the world, more than seventy of which turned out to be global or European.
The first violin on the futuristic exposition of the Italian company was played by the new GT Coupe, created in the design center of Bertone, and by its appearance referring a potential buyer to the epochal models in the history of the company: “Julia”, “Juliet”, “Alfette”. The model, ready for production, will be completed with three engines from model 156 – 1.8-and 2.0-liter petrol engines and a 1.9-liter diesel engine. For those who want to “quickly”, prepared a hot version of GTA with a 250-strong V-shaped “six”. The company is still counting on the Spider and GTV models – Pininfarina designers have updated their appearance, adding several new touches, and the cars themselves have received three new engines, including the already mentioned V6, as well as two two-liter gasoline engines with 150 and 165 hp. The “grand piano in the bushes” was an unexpected Kamal concept car – a five-door crossover created on a shortened platform of the 156 Sportwagon. Four-wheel drive with the “Thorsen” and two more differentials, fully independent suspension of all wheels, “the very” V6 engine, 20-inch wheels and the exterior, which hints at how the Alpha will develop in the future. In addition, the company’s marketers announced that they would be written on the nameplates of the hot Alf – the abbreviation TI stands for Turismo Internazionale.
Another strong move after the Pikes Peak quattro Detroit concept is the presentation of Europe Audi Nuvolari quattro. The coupe in the classic “Gran Turismo” style endowed with a strong combination of all-wheel drive, a proprietary aluminum spatial frame, the most powerful engine of the brand – a five-liter V-shaped “ten” with 600 hp. – and the name of Tacio Nuvolari – the legendary racer of Auto Union. Two turbines and direct fuel injection FSI give the motor an impressive 750 Nm and the ability to accelerate the prototype to hundreds of kilometers in 4.1 seconds. In the cabin – landing formula 2 + 2, multi-functional information system MMI and stylish leather and aluminum trim. In spite of the fact that Berndt Writers is denying plans for production, the future of Nuvolari is not so tragic – after all, there is still no large compartment in the Audi range. The debut of the new Audi A3 (the story about the premiere – in this issue of “Wheels”) was also held at the motor show.
The Italian studio presented one of the most successful creations in the last few years, and more specifically, its interpretation of the BMW Z8, because Bertone Birusa is built specifically on the 300 mm-long aluminum platform of the Bavarian roadster. The classic layout – a 400-horsepower V8 engine drives the rear wheels – and the design of the Birusa, highly appreciated by experts, is part of the success of the stylish Italian coupe. Along the way, we note the original solution of the dragon wings, which open up and forward, and Bavarian branded details like the double grille, creatively played by maestro Bertone.
The Germans themselves did not bring anything sensational to Geneva: the new Compacts with a 1.8-liter diesel engine, 3-liter three-liter diesel coupes of the 3-series, as well as the “Semerka” in the new Sport Package, which includes a suspension with more rigid elements, were on the stand. , wheels of a different design, semi-sports front seats and a new steering wheel. A certain revival was made only by the diesel version of the MINI, equipped with a 1.4-liter 75-horsepower turbo diesel with an intercooler. Thanks to him and the six-speed “mechanics” from the Cooper S model, the diesel “Mini” accelerates to “hundred” in almost 14 seconds and has a cruising range of 1000 kilometers.
The American brand celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Corvette model was brought to Switzerland by a legendary American sports car in a jubilee configuration.
But other “Americans” distinguished themselves by bringing the conceptual Airflite to Europe – a five-door prototype, a cool batch of sedan and a coupe based on design solutions used to create the Crossfire that went into production. The future of the new car can be just as good – it all depends on the reception that American consumers will have on it.