The forthcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show marks a turning point for Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) with the world premiere of its latest SUV - the first of a new generation of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles.
With its striking design, the sporty, coupe-like SUV will line up alongside the Mitsubishi ASX and Mitsubishi Outlander to broaden the brand’s model range and introduce a whole new audience to Mitsubishi Motors, a name long associated with stylish, tough and extremely capable SUVs and 4X4s.
Sharper in its expression than a conventional coupe, this new, compact SUV will feature highly chamfered contours with a wedge-shaped belt line and a distinctive V-line in the rear quarter stemming from the forward-slanted C-pillar and the chunky, muscular rear fenders.
The all-new Mitsubishi SUV will make its global debut on the Mitsubishi stand at the Geneva Motor Show (Hall 2, Stand 2130) on March 7 2017. Details of the current model range and previous concept cars are available to download from: www.mitsubishi-media.co.uk
Jaguar unveils a more potent version of its most practical model, the XFR-S Sportbrake is powered by a 542bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8.
Jaguar has kept us guessing about whether it would build a high-performance XF Sportbrake, but we now have an emphatic answer. Rather than simply building a XFR Sportbrake, Jaguar has skipped straight to XFR-S specification for the most practical model in its range.
Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
Set to arrive at the Geneva Motor Show, the Sportbrake joins the XFR-S Saloon and XKR-S as the third member of the ballistic R-S family. Like its siblings it uses a 542bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 680Nm of torque – enough to rocket it from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds slower than the XFR-S Saloon, and on to an identical top speed of 186mph, despite weighing around 90kg more.
Jaguar’s designers have translated the Saloon’s pumped up styling into the Sportbrake’s more sensible bodystyle, minus the wild rear wing of course. It does get a much smaller roof spoiler though, along with a deeper front bumper and front splitter to boost downforce at high speeds.
Extended and more sculpted side sills, a deeper rear bumper, 20-inch alloys and a race car-style rear diffuser complete the exterior updates.
Inside there’s sports seats covered in stitched carbon leather and a sprinkling of R-S badges, but the Sporbrake’s impressive interior space remains. That means 60:40 split folding rear seats and a boot that extends to 1,675-litres with the seats down.
Although the XFR-S Sportbrake uses the same basic chassis as the XFR-S Saloon, the rear suspension has been tuned specifically to cope with the extra weight. Thanks to stiffer anti-roll bars, firmer springs and dampers and a new front suspension knuckle, overall ride stiffness is up by 30 per cent compared to the standard car. Wider tyres, bigger brakes and an electronic differential should ensure it goes, stops and turns just as well as the Saloon.
It won’t be quiet either – the central silencer in the exhaust has removed and replaced with an ‘X-piece’ for a booming exhaust note and crackles on the overrun.
Jaguar has also made changes to the standard XF range - introducing a R-Sport model. It gets the looks of a performance model, with a chunky bodykit, but is only available with the 161bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine returning 57.7mpg and 129g/km. Order books for the new XF models open on April 1, with the XFR-S Sportbrake priced at £82,495. Its closest rivals will be the Audi RS6 Avant and Mercedes E63 AMG Estate.
Vauxhall to unveil turbo-engined street-legal race sibling
With over 300PS generated from its 2.0-litre turbo engine, the Astra VXR Extreme will be the most powerful front-wheel drive Vauxhall ever when it’s unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
Derived from last year’s Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship, the Extreme is the lighter, more powerful street-legal race sibling to the current Astra VXR.
Shorn of 100kg, thanks to liberal use of high-quality carbon components, the Extreme’s natural environment will be the race track. If public reaction is as positive as expected, Vauxhall plans a low-volume production run for the Extreme.
With direct injection and variable camshaft phasing, its 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is the most powerful four-cylinder unit Vauxhall has ever produced. The all-aluminium engine is mated to six-speed manual gearbox transmitting power through a limited-slip differential.
The car is 100kg lighter than a standard Astra VXR thanks to its high-quality, carbon fibre components. This high-strength, ultra-light material is used for the aerodynamically-optimised rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, bonnet, suspension cross-bracing, engine cover, wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof.
Noticeably lowering the Extreme’s centre of gravity is the in-house manufactured carbon fibre roof which weighs just 2.6kg, compared with a steel roof’s 9.3kg. The wings are made of aluminium and weigh only 800g a piece instead of 2.2kg in steel. Weight reduction in key areas greatly improves agility, overall handling and the car’s power-to-weight ratio.
Vauxhall has also given the Extreme exceptional stopping power to match, with a Brembo six-piston brake system including 370mm diameter discs up front race car. Ultra high-performance, 245/35, 19-inch tyres, specially developed for the Extreme, also play a key role and give almost as much grip as those on the race car. In addition, the damper is adjustable, just like in a real touring car racer.
Inside the Extreme, the back seats have been taken out and a safety roll bar put in their place. Extreme also gets Recaro bucket seats, with six-point safety belts from Schroth and a carbon-fibre-reinforced, suede-covered steering wheel with fine yellow decorative stitching.
The Astra VXR is now the best-selling VXR and the UK remains the largest market in Europe for Vauxhall and Opel’s highest powered models.
Audi will reveal its 230bhp S1 quattro model in March, ahead of UK sales starting in May.
Audi will unveil its long-awaited S1 hatchback model at the Geneva Motor Show in March, an inside source has confirmed. Powered by a 230bhp version of the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine found under the bonnet of the Audi S3, it will feature quattro four-wheel drive as standard.
As our exclusive image shows, the styling is a subtle evolution of the standard A1, with a deeper bodykit, larger intakes in the front bumper and an S1 badge glued to the grille. It is expected that the S1 variant will be available in both three-door hatchback and five-door Sportback guises with the option of several unique colours, plus quad exhausts.
A dual-clutch S tronic automatic gearbox will be offered, although it’s still unclear whether this or a six-speed manual will be standard fit.
Due to be launched in Geneva alongside the all-new Audi TT, the new S1 hatchback should go on sale in the UK in May. There’s no official word on pricing or specification as yet, but a source suggested it will be similar to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which means a starting price in the region of £27,000.
This car seems totally crazy, but the new Lamborghini Veneno Roadster made its bizarre public unveiling in Abu Dhabi on the deck of 240m Italian military aircraft carrier.
The €3.3 million (£2.8 million) Veneno Roadster is a roofless version of the Veneno coupe, which was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and is based on the Aventador.
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With its sharp, angular styling, the Veneno Roadster really looked at home parked among jet fighters. Thrust is provided by Lamborghini's standard mid-mounted 6.5-litre V-12 engine twinned with an ISR transmission, which produces 740 horsepower, a significant increase over the Aventador's 691 hp.
The extra power, delivered to all four wheels, makes the Veneno Lamborghini's most powerful production model to date. Lambo says both the coupe and roadster will do 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 220.5 mph.
Despite all that, the Roadster weighs a relatively petite 3,285, largely thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre. Lamborghini's new forged carbon production method cuts production time significantly. Only nine will be made.
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“The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is one of the world’s most exclusive cars with the most extraordinary performance,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Lamborghini, commenting on the event.
“We are honoured that Lamborghini was chosen to represent the Italian car industry in the UAE, as a perfect example of iconic Italian super sports cars, and that we have the opportunity to show the Veneno Roadster for the first time in Abu Dhabi.”
Lamborghini also has plans to open a new showroom in Abu Dhabi, which they hope will boost sales.