Eye-catch­ing As­ton Martins and Fer­rari vie for at­ten­tion

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS - Carmel Ste­wart

NEXT month’s Geneva Mo­tor Show will see the launch of new cars and spe­cial edi­tions as well as the un­veil­ing of quirky con­cepts which man­u­fac­tur­ers use to test out quirky ideas.

As­ton Martin will be wheel­ing out a cou­ple of DB9 spe­cials – the Car­bon Black and the Car­bon White. Need­less to say, one ac­cen­tu­ates the black car­bon fi­bre el­e­ment while the other is dom­i­nated by Stra­tus White paint. Un­der the bon­net both ben­e­fit from the DB9’s 6.0litre V12 en­gine with its top speed of more than 180mph.

Vy­ing with the As­tons for at­ten­tion will be the Fer­rari Cal­i­for­nia T twodoor, two-seat con­vert­ible with a re­tractable hard top. But, el­e­gant though it is, au­to­mo­tive eyes will be fo­cused on the power plant – a 3.8-litre tur­bocharged V8 pro­duc­ing 412kW at 7500rpm and a face-bend­ing 755Nm of torque at 4,750rpm. Fer­rari’s first tur­bocharged model in more than 20 years, it ac­cel­er­ates to 62mph from a stand­ing start in 3.6 sec­onds, on to a top speed of 196mph.

Chal­leng­ing both for the Star of the Show rosette will be the Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán. Or­ders for the £150,000 model have al­ready topped 700 fol­low­ing four weeks of pri­vate pre­views by the VIPs of this world. The Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán LP 610-4 is pow­ered by a 610horse­power 5.2litre nor­mally-as­pi­rated V10 en­gine which al­lows it to reach a top speed of 325 km/h – a touch above 200mph – and ac­cel­er­ate from 0 to 62mph in 3.2 sec­onds. De­tails be­yond that are sparse but all will be re­vealed in Geneva.

While the Fer­raris and Lam­bos at the show will in­evitably at­tract at­ten­tion, or­ders there will be sparse.

Those more likely to see sub­se­quent sales in­clude Jeep which has cho­sen the Swiss venue to launch its all-new Chero­kee SUV which will be pow­ered by 2.0litre Mul­ti­Jet II turbo diesel en­gine in com­bi­na­tion with the new nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Citroen, hop­ing for a bet­ter year to come, will be un­veil­ing the new Citroën C4 Cac­tus, the C1, the C5 Cross­Tourer and DS 5LS.

The Geneva Mo­tor Show takes place at the Pal­expo com­plex from March 6-16.

EL­E­GANT CON­CEPTS: Fer­rari Cal­i­for­nia T, main; the As­ton Martin DB9 Car­bon White, above.

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