Volkswagen will soon present the first-ever GTI Cabriolet, a drop-top version of the high-performance hatchback, at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.
At its heart, the FF is still a Ferrari.
The 6.3-liter direct-injected V-12 sends 660 bhp (at 8000 rpm) to the wheels via a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox and the 4RM awd system. The Ferrari FF boasts excellent torque, with 504 lb.-ft. on tap at 6000 rpm.
The sticker for the Jaguar XKR-S will easily begin well north of $100,000 when it arrives to take on cars like the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, Aston Martin V-8 Vantage and Maserati GranTurismo coupe.
Ice Road Bentley
The 2012 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible went 205.48 mph on the frozen Baltic Sea just off the coast of Finland. Driven by 4-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, the all-wheel-drive Bentley was running on biofuel.
Assisted by sensors integrated into the headlights and taillights, a head-up display on the ConnectedDrive Concept can list information on the road ahead in a 3-dimensional format. BMW cites an example of providing a turn-out for the street ahead, but how cool would it be to pull up weather and road conditions ahead or visually see address numbers without taking your eyes off the road?
It’s clear that the 4C Concept maintains Alfa Romeo’s sporting tradition, in which agility and a great weight/power ratio were the keys to a successful racing vehicle.
Clearly based on the 9-5 sedan, the Saab SportCombi shares the same engines, transmissions and snow-friendly XWD all-wheel-drive system as the sedan. The available engines include an E85-compatible turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6.
And at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, the automaker revealed the Saab PhoeniX Concept, a proposed replacement for the current 9-3 that plays up more heavily the aeronautic heritage of Saab. The new look is the handiwork of chief designer Jason Castroita, who recently left Ferrari for Saab.
If the future is indeed electric, let’s hope it’s filled with more sports cars such as the rear-drive Nissan Esflow.
Evolution of the Shinari Concept
Mazda designers aimed to give the Minagi concept the look and feel of a cheetah that’s ready to pounce in any direction. Mazda could find a future CX-7 replacement in this intriguing design exercise.
The next Abarth Coupe?
The Italian styling school IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) received this simple directive from Fiat: “Express the pure unadulterated spirit of Abarth, which is renowned worldwide for compact, intelligent, record-breaking sports cars.”
Called the Scorp-Ion, it’s an electric 2-seater with motors at each wheel and lithium-ion batteries under the luggage compartment behind the cabin.
In addition to testing the design for public acceptance, Bertone is also using the Jaguar B99 to showcase a modular hybrid system developed in-house. The system, developed by Bertone Energy, uses a 1.2-liter 2-cylinder diesel to power two 100-kW hub-mounted motors on each of the 20-in. rear wheels, which eliminates the need for a traditional transmission and driveshaft.