The Geneva Motor Show was one of the most innovative in recent memory, with a mix of production and concept cars to lead the next decade. Here are some notes from the show in this two-part series.
The show’s Green Car Pavilion had more than 40 green technology cars on display, with the pack leading Nissan unveiled its Esflow electric sports car concept, a Z two- seater using two electric motors capable of launching the car from 0 to 60 in five seconds, a feat accomplished by the likes of a Porsche Cayman and a Ferrari Enzo. Its electric charge is an impressive 150 miles, twice the range of the leading modal. On the higher end, BMW also debuted its ActiveE electric car, which uses the 1 Series chassis on a lithium ion cell batter with 0 to 60 power in six seconds and a 5 hour recharge. Look for this car to go into limited production later this year.
Another impressive showing is the $147,000 Porsche Panamera Hybrid S, the new sister of the Cayenne S hybrid, with a top speed of 167 and 0 to 60 power in 5.7 seconds. This is one of a growing number of hybrids that don’t sacrifice power for fuel economy.
High performance luxury is redefined with the debut of the $1.5 million Koenigsegg Agera, a super machine with a V8 delivering 1100HP, a top speed of 275 mpg, a 7 speed gearbox, and surprising fuel economy at 19 mpg, trumping the 9 to 13 mpg range of cars in this price range. Another power debut is the Murcielago’s replacement, the Aventador LP 700-4. Built out of carbon fiber, this V12 reaches 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph, a powerful car that does not sacrifice fuel economy and C)@ emissions.
Stay tuned next week as we cover concept cars and sedans debuted at the show.