The Geneva International Motor Show 2017 saw, as always, some stunning luxury four-wheel beauties break cover. Gaurav Nagpal brings you three of the best!
Motor shows are a chance for the marques of the automobile world to bring forth their newest creations. Be it a technological tour de force, a showcase of supreme luxury or a heavenly marriage of both, there is much to ogle and desire. Cast your eyes at three of the fastest and the best cars unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show – these are, truly, the stuff of dreams!
Porsche 911 GT3
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 marks yet another step forward in Porsche’s endeavour to please driving enthusiasts across the world. The car continues in the vein of high-performance sportscars when it comes to looks, and the form follows from the function. A carbon fibre rear wing, a new rear diffuser and a new front spoiler are among the aerodynamic enhancements made to this machine. In addition to the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, Porsche now offers a six-speed manual gearbox which, in combination with the rear-engine rearwheel- drive layout, is sure to please purists, especially with its short throws and short ratios for fantastic acceleration. The power here comes from a four-litre naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine making 500 HP and 460 Nm, propelling the car from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (3.2 for the PDK) and to a top speed of 319 km/h (317 for the PDK).
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari recently unveiled its fastest production car – the 812 Superfast. Targeted at racing aficionados, the 812 Superfast underscores the prancing horse’s focus on performance. Its specifications include a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine belting out 800 horses at 8,500 RPM and 718 Nm at 7,000 RPM, paired to Ferrari’s F1 dual-clutch transmission. These help it dispatch the ton in a scant 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 340 km/h. Ferrari, in fact, claims that no other front-engined performance car comes close to the performance figures of the 812 Superfast. The many performance-oriented touches include underbody flaps that suck in air to cool down the brakes, and shortened gear ratios for quicker acceleration, along with – for the first time in any Ferrari – an electric power-steering system. The car is being launched in a special Rosso Settanta colour, commemorating the company’s 70th anniversary.
Lamborghini Huracán Performante
The range-topper of the Huracán line-up, the Huracán Performante occupies the special slot of being the fastest production car around Germany’s Nurburgring, also known as the Green Hell. As if the 600 HP and 560 Nm of the regular Huracán were not enough, the engineers at Lamborghini have managed to pull out 40 more HP and 40 more Nm from the naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine, along with reducing the weight by – you guessed it – 40 kg, compared to the Huracán coupe. This power is harnessed by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, along with a Haldex permanent four-wheel-drive system. Maximising the capabilities of the car are aerodynamic enhancements such as spoilers to reduce drag and active flaps on the rear ducts. All this helps the car to hit 100 km/h from rest in just 2.9 seconds, en route to a top speed of 325 km/h.