The live from Geneva pics of the Jaguar XKR-S are backed up in this official gallery and all the details of Jaguar’s new agressive model are available. While this version of the leaping cat leaves behind elegance and traditional Jag class, it’s purpose is about providing an ostentatiously sporty car.
The Jaguar XKR-S is the most extreme car from the company, with a muscular feel and fast looks. It’s also designed to anticipate the future restyling of the other XK models, which should a slightly more elegant front. The XKR-S is the fastest and most powerful Jaguar ever built with 550 hp and a top speed of 300 km/hr.
This isn’t intended to be just a supersports coupé with all the driving pleasure that comes with 550 hp, as Jaguar has kept its luxury comfort for an everyday driving experience, too. The engine is an AJ-V8 Gen III R: that is, an eight-cylinder direct injection unit with 680 Nm of torque. Sprint to 100 km/hr is just 4.4 seconds, and CO2 emissions are under 300 g/km.
These live pics of the girls from the Geneva Motor Show reveal hot safari suits, space suits and little black dresses. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Bertone blonde. It’s the last of our posts live from the show and we didn’t want you to miss out.
The 2011 Geneva Motor Show features plenty of tuning delights from the gorgeous Novitec Rosso Ferrari 458 Italia to the ABT Audi R8 and Audi A7. You can see them in this live gallery from Geneva, and plenty of the models dedicated to BMW: from Hamann, AC Schnitzer and our colleagues have thrown in Alpina for good measure (although not strictly a tuner but please don’t shoot the publisher). The various tuned BMW models including everything from the Z4 to the X6.
The Mercedes tuned models on display are care of Carlsson, including a very sporty model dedicated to the SL. Hamann has played with the Mercedes SLS, and the Porsche Cayenne, too. Other Porsche models get treatment from the historic brands of RUF and Sportec, with the RUF electric Porsche 911 on show. Check them all out in the huge gallery below.
Thanks to Chrysler, Lancia has launched an entire range at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, finally providing a complete and comprehensive offering that no longer has much to do with the origins of the Lancia brand, but that might at least give it some added relevance. The models on show at Geneva are: the new Lancia Ypsilon, the brand’s small flag bearer of late, the Lancia Delta model year 2011 concept, the Lancia Thema, the Voyager, the Lancia Flavia and the Flavia Cabrio.
The Lancia Ypsilon has a load to bear for such a small model and the update version is hoped to continue the success of this 25-year old model. It will be on sale starting from June in most European markets, and will appear as a Chrysler model in the UK and Ireland from September.
The Lancia Flavia models are currently considered concept models but are only just short of production, according to Olivier Francois. He says that if the response is positive, the Flavia models could be into production within six months. The Lancia gallery below live from Geneva shows all the razzle dazzle of the presentation… but will they pull this off?
The Land Rover Range_E is on show at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and presents the technology the Land Rover group is testing for its future diesel-hybrid plug-in expected for 2013. The Range Rover Sport based Range_E is equipped with a three-litre V6 diesel engine and an electric motor with eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The Range_E has 339 hp and a top speed of 193 km/hr. The 69 kW engine and 14.2 kW lithium ion batteries make for a range of 32 km in electric mode, or 1,112 km in total. Fuel consumption is about 3.36 l/100 km and CO2 emissions produced are 89 g/km. That’s all very impressive stuff and it’s time that the brands with big SUVs started rolling out this technology to help the planet. The Range-E appeared with both the three-door and five-door versions of the Range Rover Evoque, and the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition.
This Abarth-based concept seen live at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is a design work from students at Turin’s IED institute. The model has been called Scorp-Ion and is part of a project by seven students enrolled in a Master of Arts in Transportation Design. It is a two-seater coupé model 401 cm long, 109 cm wide and 119 cm tall.
With a wheel base of 235 cm, the Scorp-Ion uses four electric motors per wheel driven by lithium ion batteries. They have been strategically placed behind the seats and under the car floor to keep the centre of gravity as low as possible. The Abarth Scorp-Ion project was supervised by Luca Borgogno, Senior Designer for Pininfarina, and Luigi Giampaolo, designer for Maserati.
Looking similar in some design elements to the Skoda VisionD Concept we saw live at Geneva is the Seat IBX prototype. After the Tribu Concept was seen about four years ago, this is the second attempt at a Seat SUV. The compact IBX actually fits into the crossover category and is another example of the fusion between an SUV and a coupé. It’s a good looking, sporty car with a high waist line and dynamic lines. It has a hybrid drivetrain set-up but other details are scarce at the moment.
Apart from the concept elements like the whacky front headlights which would eventually disappear in a production model, we’d be interested to see if Seat could make space in its range for one of these. The compact SUV/crossover segment is becoming more competitive, but if Seat made something like this in a practical but sporty style for a younger market, we could see some models being sold.
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 has been presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, along with the Peugeot 308 restyling for the hatchback. The 3008 Hybrid4 is the pride and joy of Peugeot at the moment, being a first for the French company and the first diesel-hybrid model on the market.
The model is equipped with Peugeot’s 2.0 HDI 163 hp engine, and a 37 hp electric motor which produces power at the rear axle. Total power is therefore 200 hp and torque measures 500 Nm. The 3008 Hybrid4 can be used in all-wheel drive or all-electric mode. Fuel consumption is about 3.8 l/100 km and CO2 emissions are down to 99 g/km, thanks also to the Start&Stop system and the automatic, six-speed transmission.
The 3008 Hybrid4 will go on sale as a limited edition in 2011 at a price of about 41,000 euros. We’re impressed by the technology and would like to see more of these kinds of cars on the market, especially at lower prices to encourage mass market appeal. But while it’s definitely an impressive proposition from Peugeot, it’s unlikely to contribute significantly to the re-branding going on at the French company right now.
The Saab 9-5 SportCombi has been unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and seeing these kinds of models, we’re hoping the company will be able to keep its head above water and keep producing some lovely cars. The model appeared alongside the Saab PhoeniX Concept which looks more like a sculpture than a vehicle. It’s purely a design concept at the moment, and could herald some of the features we’ll be seeing on Saab models in the future.
Another model on show is the Saab 9-3 Griffin. The 9-3 restyling applies to all models in the line-up: the Sport Sedan, Sporthatch, Cabriolet and 9-3X. It comes with an updated two-litre Biopower petrol engine with direct injection. It comes in two options of 163 hp and 320 Nm, or 220 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The Biopower label refers to the Bio-ethanol E85 option available. The diesel range comes in the 1.9 TTid models with 130, 160 or 180 hp. Saab XWD all-wheel drive is available for the petrol options.
We love what they’ve done with the design for the Saab 9-5 SportCombi, though. It’s elegant, well-proportioned and is definitely a worthy competitor to the German models around. The same engine range of the sedan model is carried across, but we don’t have any boot capacity details, which is a shame. The Saab models on show also came with the new IQon entertainment system and its various applications. It’s too early to say that Saab is looking healthy again, but we like what we see.