Geneva Motor Show 2015: Automakers across the globe bring in their finest for the 85th Geneva Motor Show

Even before the official commencement of the 85th Geneva Motor Show, which is to happen tomorrow, auto manufactures across the globe are already flaunting their offerings at the convention centre. Leading auto marques like Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Bugatti have already given us a sneak-peek of their finest creations that are to be officially introduced at the event. Among their offerings were the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman, VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE and the last Bugatti Veyron La Finale. As for our very own Tata Motors, this year’s motor show will see a high-powered sporty version of the ambitious hatchback Bolt and Tata’s new Aria-based concept SUV Hexa.

Geneva Motor Show 2015: Automakers across the globe bring in their finest for the 85th Geneva Motor Show
One of the major surprises for the spectators at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show was Aston Martin’s four-wheel-drive all-electric concept car the DBX (also known as DB 10). The car is a radical diversion for brand that has been specially design for James Bonds upcoming movie Spectra. According to Aston Martin the concept was “created to defy conventional thinking about the luxury GT segment and reach out to a more diverse global audience than ever before”.

 

The concept has been built with machined billet aluminium and the ‘black pearl chromium’ paint that offers a unique reflectivity as none other. The interior features exposed Nubuck leather, which “contrasts with the concept’s hard, hi-tech equipment”. Other exceptionalities of the DBX include drive-by-wire steering, toughened auto-dimming glass and heads-up display for driver and front passenger. Additionally it also offers active LED exterior lights, carbon ceramic brakes with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) and rear-view cameras in place of conventional mirrors.

Geneva Motor Show 2015: Automakers across the globe bring in their finest for the 85th Geneva Motor Show

Now coming to some really powerful action, today’s biggest attraction was the unveiling of Koenigsegg’s 1806PS hybrid supercar Regera. Koenigsegg Regera, which means ‘to reign’ in Swedish sits on 19-inch carbonfibre wheels at the front and 20-inch wheels at the back, and features vented ceramic brake discs at all four corners. Powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine, along with three electric motors the car produces an astounding power that crosses the 1800PS mark evidently making it the wildest and most extreme hybrid supercar the world has seen to date.

 

With a 5.0-liter V-8 engine as the heart of the car, it also gets two electric motors powering the rear wheels, while the third is for the crankshaft. Such a monstrous engine performance lets the car do a sprint of 0-100 km/h in less than 2.7 seconds and 0-300 km/h in about 12 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating car in the world.

 

What truly brings out such baffling figures out of the supercar is its relatively lightweight hybrid set-up. Moreover it also come with a new Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD) transmission that, the company says, can reduce energy losses by up to 50% compared with traditional transmissions and CVTs. To make the car all the more exclusive Koenigsegg has announced that it will be manufacturing just 80 production units of the Regera. The car is on display at the ongoing Geneva motor show alongside the new track-focused Agera RS.

Geneva Motor Show 2015: Automakers across the globe bring in their finest for the 85th Geneva Motor Show
As for German carmaker Audi, today’s event saw the most anticipated Audi Q7 e-tron Quattro that comes with a special plug-in diesel-electric system. The Q7 e-tron quattro is the first in a range of new Audi models to receive the newly developed hybrid powertrain and will go on sale in the international market by the end of 2015.

Completely articulated by Audi itself the car runs on a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 common-rail diesel engine that delivers 262 PS of peek power and 599Nm of peek torque. It is mated with a disc-shaped electric motor mounted in the front section of the Q7 e-tron quattro’s standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, developing 128PS of power and 350Nm of torque, giving you a combined output of 390PS and 949Nm.

As for the power capability, a two-phase system allows charging at up to 7.2kW at a claimed overall charge time of up to two-and-a-half hours on a high-voltage system. To boost efficiency, the Q7 e-tron quattro’s diesel-electric hybrid system also receives an integrated heat pump. It collects waste heat from the electric drive components and uses it to heat the cabin of the new Audi when required – a first on a production-based hybrid, according to Audi.

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