TAKE A LOOK at the biggest and most important cars from the 2012 Geneva Motorshow.
The new A3 will go slightly upmarket compared to the old version, presumably to accomodate the new entry level A1, and will offer the highest quality interior in the segment. It will go on sale in September.
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Ferrari’s new 599 replacement boasts 730bhp from a new 6.3 litre V12 and will hit 62mph in 3.1 seconds and go on to a top speed of 211mph+. Ferrari has described the car as their fastest ever.
This is the new five-door member of the 500 family. Fiat want to give drivers MPV levels of space and the feel of a small SUV within the same dimesions as a normal city car. It will be powered by a choice of petrol and diesel engines, as well as the economical TwinAir.
Ford Fiesta ST
It’s finally coming! The long awaited hot version of the highly successful Fiesta has officially be announced for production, but still not until next year. It will be powered by a 178bhp 1.6 litre EcoBoost and will hit 62mph in under seven seconds.
Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Hyundai’s stylish coupe will finally get some power to back up it’s looks. The 1.6 litre trubocharged petrol engine produces 184bhp and will take on more powerful versions of the VW Scirocco, Vauxhall Astra GTC and Renault Megane Coupe.
This mid-engined, range extender electric sports car concept has 402bhp and is capable of 0-60mph in four seconds but has a range of 300 miles and will produce just 55g/km CO2. It uses a three-cylinder petrol engine to back up the twin electric motors.
Lamborghini Aventador J
The Aventador J is only a one-off but it hints at the forthcoming Aventador Roadster which should come later this year. It is powered by the same 650bhp, 6.5 litre V12 as the normal car and is rumoured to cost north of £2 million.
Lotus Exige S Roadster
This is Lotus’ fastest ever convertible, with its 345bhp, 3.5 litre V6 propelling it to 60mph in 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 145mph. This performance is helped in part by its 1100kg kerb-weight and optional paddle-shift gearbox.
Peugeot 208 GTi Concept
“It’s back!” claims Peugeot’s PR bumf. They are hoping that the 208 GTi will mark a return to form for them in the hot hatch segment where they have languished behind rivals like Renault, Ford and VW in recent years. Power comes from a 200bhp, 1.6 litre petrol engine.
Renault’s all electric city car will go on sale in the UK for just £14,300 (after the government’s £5k subsidy), making it the cheapest electric car available. It also has a claimed maximum range of 130 miles, giving it the best range in the class.
Volvo were literally thinking outside the box when the designed the latest V40, opting for a stylish ‘fastback’ style boot instead of the more practical and traditional square edged design for their smallest estate. Expect prices to start around £19,000.