BMW - ultimate concept machines.
The BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept delves into the multitude of possibilities that mobile networking and integrated technologies can have to improve the driver’s experience. Meaning? Really cool gadgets and stuff.
A Microbus by any other name.
Although it is inspired by a nostalgic design, the Volkswagen Bulli Concept is truly state-of-the-art.
Unlike the original T1, which was powered by a rear-mounted flat-4, the VW Bulli concept features its engine (or electric motor) up front, where it will drive the front wheels. Also, the compact size means that the Bulli comes equipped with only two rows of seats.
For approximately $940,000, you get a 5-speed automatic.
The 2011 Xenatec Coupe, a Maybach-based luxury coupe, makes its production debut at Geneva.
The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet returns to the market after a six year absence. At this time VW says the 2012 Golf Cabriolet will not go on sale in the U.S.
Brabus’ range of tuned diesel engines are getting the limelight with the introduction of the 2011 Brabus CLS Coupe.
In Sport mode, horsepower jumps from 261 bhp to 309 bhp, while torque receives a similar bump. Brabus says that this tuned turbodiesel is capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in only 5.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The 2012 Jaguar XKR-S produces 550 bhp and 502 lb.-ft. of torque, thanks to a higher output version of the company’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine. According to Jaguar, the XKR-S can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 186 mph.
While there’s no word of whether the Rocketman concept will make it into production, the fact that Mini is considering such a vehicle is a welcome development for purists in light of recent introductions of larger and larger Minis in the form of the Clubman and Countryman.
It looks better from the back…
Hyundai revealed the first pictures of the new i40, the company’s first D-segment vehicle developed specifically for the European market, ahead of its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
2011 Novitec Rosso Race 606 Ferrari California
Equipped with a mechanical supercharger, the 4.3-liter V-8 engine produces 606 bhp—that’s a huge step up from the 460 bhp available in the standard California. The specs are formidable, so it’s a shame Novitec couldn’t come up with a sexier name for this beast.
The Tornante’s 4.2 liter V-8 delivers 700 bhp in the base version, and will use the same paddle-shift transmission as the Apollo. Would the 2012 Tornante by Touring, to be unveiled at Geneva, be a fitting replacement for the Gumpert Apollo supercar?
Going one step further than Lamborghini did with its teaser pictures before the Paris auto show, Pagani is releasing a series of videos previewing its new hyper car due at the Geneva show in March. Code-named C9 the new car is rumored to be called Huayra.
Like its predecessor the new car is powered by an AMG developed twin-turbo V-12.
So what do the videos reveal? Not a lot, in the first there’s lots of moody Italian scenery and Horacio Pagani drinking an espresso while toying with what tantalizingly looks like a model of the new car.
In the second there’s slow-mo close ups of the interior with fine hand-stitched leathers, instrumentation and lots of milled aluminum.
Got to www.deusventi.com to enjoy them over the coming months.