Girls of the Geneva Motor Show 2013
Europe’s biggest motor show opened its doors this week, playing host to the world’s hottest new cars. But what would these drool-worthy slabs of beautifully engineered metal be without a classy lass leaning on them? We’ll let you answer that but just remember, all these pics can be enlarged with the click/tap of a mouse/smart mobile device…
This strawberry blonde was doing a great job of perching herself on Chevrolet’s 2014 Corvette Stingray softtop, which has had its steel frame replaced with a new aluminium frame, making it 45kg lighter and 57% stiffer than the current steel frame.
Pair this weight loss with a 6.2-litre V8 engine, capable of dishing out around 450bhp, and it’s no surprise that this is set to become the most powerful Corvette yet. It will launch by the end of 2013, although an official UK release seems unlikely.
Here’s Cadillac’s ELR, being expertly rested upon. The two-seat plug-in hybrid coupe is basically a slicker-looking Chevrolet Volt. It uses the same 135kWh electric motor as Chevy’s range extender to deliver an all-electric range of 35 miles and a top speed of 100 mph.
Once its 16.5kWh lithium-ion battery is empty, it switches over to a 1.4-litre four cylinder petrol engine. Apparently, it won’t cost much more than the Volt when it goes on sale early 2014.
How’d you like this Giugiaro Parcour roadster?
It has two seats, four wheel drive, 550bhp, and will hurtle you to 62mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 320mph.
Time for something more, err, useful, like this Skoda Octavia Estate.
It’s no secret that we loved the saloon [full review] and an off-shoot capable of greater load-lugging with a 610-litre boot makes perfect sense. A sporty vRS variant and super frugal GreenLine Octavia is also set to launch by the end of the year.
Sticking with the Volkswagen Group for a moment, here’s SEAT’s Leon SC. The SC stands for ‘Sports Coupe’ but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s any faster than the regular five door Leon; it shares the same 1.2/1.6/2-litre engine line-up.
Hyundai has spruced up a i20 supermini in preparation for its first season in the FIA World Rally Championship next year.
It has received notable updates to the exterior bodywork and suspension and intensive private tests will commence around Europe later this year.
There are currently no plans to bring a version of the i20 WRC to market.
“Goldfinger!” This striking female was hanging around the Bertone Jet, which is based on Aston Martin’s Vanquish. The body structure has been redesigned into a shooting brake style and it can seat four people, rather than two.
The Geneva Motor Show is open until March 17, 2013. Visit http://www.salon-auto.ch/en/ for more details.