Eye-catching Aston Martins and Ferrari vie for attention
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.