Geneva Motor Show Peugeot SR1 Concept

Peugeot SR1 show car heralds shape of things to come from the lion brand. We’re not sure which was the most impressive: the magnificent show stand, easily the most elegant, prominent, and well designed at the show, or the Peugeot SR1 concept car basking in the soft pool of white light. For once a waterwall […]

Geneva Motor Show - Peugeot SR1 - on amazing stand

Peugeot SR1 show car heralds shape of things to come from the lion brand.

We’re not sure which was the most impressive: the magnificent show stand, easily the most elegant, prominent, and well designed at the show, or the Peugeot SR1 concept car basking in the soft pool of white light. For once a waterwall backdrop looked entirely in keeping, and the open sports car was equipped with a roof, which looked at least splash-proof, thus staying on topic. If ever there was a motor show stand that made it easy to flatter a car, this was it. You could have put anything in there and it would look gorgeous, or at least well lit.

Geneva Motor Show - Lion gets a makeover

So the car: it’s a hybrid. Yes go on: a convertible. Anything else? Pretty good looking. Nice classical proportions. Plenty of space age gizmos. 3 seats. Actually pretty predictable overall, but well executed, with good choice of materials and intriguing control layout. What it says is though: Peugeot has a new styling direction, and the only gawping mouths are those of their current model lineup. It also signals a change of badging as the house lion motif gains some rigid bulk: no longer a fussy organic beast, it’s transformed into a hewn-from-solid techno-lion.

So just what are those two glass vials sticking out of the steering column? They are analogue displays of range and instant fuel economy. You can’t help thinking that they are the juices you’d swallow when range hits zero, all life has gone out of you, and you decide to exit the THX1138 world !


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Geneva Motor Show Jaguar XKR

Jaguar XKR gets let off the leash For a longtime now manufacturers have had a gentleman’s agreement to limit their high performance cars to 155mph/250kmh top speeds. This works well for containing the speed-one-upmanship that would otherwise break out between the makes and panders to the pressure to limit Germany’s speed-limit free motorways. But the […]

Geneva Motor Show - Jaguar XKR now a Supercar?!

Jaguar XKR gets let off the leash

For a longtime now manufacturers have had a gentleman’s agreement to limit their high performance cars to 155mph/250kmh top speeds. This works well for containing the speed-one-upmanship that would otherwise break out between the makes and panders to the pressure to limit Germany’s speed-limit free motorways. But the XKR Jaguar has bees straining at the leash, dying to sprint beyond that artificial limit. Jaguar judge that the XKR, in its latest uprated form, is sufficiently specialist and powerful enough to warrant breaking out of its straight jacket. Indeed, they even refer to it as a supercar. If its new top speed of 174mph takes it into that territory, it had better have brakes and aerodynamics to match it’s new status. Painting the calipers red, and black chroming various addenda is not going to do it, so Jaguar have designed new front air dam/splitters and rear spoiler to keep it stable at high speed and fitted 20 inch rims. Let’s hope that the engine tweaks introduced to suit the new top speed haven’t affected lower speed tractability and usability. Although with 510PS and 625Nm of torque available we think that’s unlikely!


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Geneva Motor Show Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coupe

CR-Z Hybrid Coupe at the Geneva Auto Show One of the cars we were eager to see in the flesh at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show was the Honda CR-Z. Would it look as sleek and purposeful as the Honda released press pics. Verdict: yes it’s refreshingly small and light looking. Many new cars have […]

Geneva Motor Show - Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coupe front view


CR-Z Hybrid Coupe at the Geneva Auto Show

One of the cars we were eager to see in the flesh at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show was the Honda CR-Z. Would it look as sleek and purposeful as the Honda released press pics. Verdict: yes it’s refreshingly small and light looking. Many new cars have tended to bulk up their look, but this Honda flows, tilted from the back window forwards, with grill box low and lights pointing downwards arrow-like. The stance is that of a crouched animal, head down to minimise wind drag. The shape is uncontroversial and easily digested and should appeal immediately. We were drawn to a red CR-Z complete with purchaser spec-cable carbon front chin and door sill addons, and 10 spoke alloys – much more inviting than the standard spec cars. Inside there’s a “carbon” look dash that wouldn’t look out of place on a Klingon starship, especially with the instruments lit up. It’s the sort of car you just want to get in and drive; it’s got enthusiasts DNA written all over it. Just a quick reminder though: it’s a hybrid, but that’s not what’s on your mind when you see it unlike Honda’s old 4 door Civic Hybrid. But you’ll like the claimed 54mpg and low CO2.


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Porsche will launch new top Turbo S 911 at Geneva show

Porsche will launch a new more powerful 911 Turbo at the Geneva Show next month. It’s an “S” model to distinguish itself from previous iterations, and packs an extra 30 BHP into it’s rear haunches to give it the power boost, which we all want! But do we? Is this just an excuse to have […]

New Porsche 911 Turbo S

New Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet


Porsche will launch a new more powerful 911 Turbo at the Geneva Show next month. It’s an “S” model to distinguish itself from previous iterations, and packs an extra 30 BHP into it’s rear haunches to give it the power boost, which we all want! But do we? Is this just an excuse to have a new model to present at the forthcoming show? Porsche as usual, are playing the power upgrade route to keep them at the top of the pecking order. However that’s not good enough in itself: Porsche claim they achieve this extra output without increasing fuel consumption and add a 7 speed PDK gearbox and extra gizmos to counter the torque effects of all that power behind the driveline. That’s only 6 months between the launch of the seventh gen 911 Turbo at last year’s Frankfurt Show and this Turbo S.


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Ultimate Drives – We sample their Alpine driving breaks

Fancy zapping a few Swiss mountain passes in a Ferrari ? That’s what we did. This is the time of year when winter is wearing thin and you hanker for warmer climes and summer adventures. Planning your annual summer holiday is fun and a sure fire way to lose the winter blues, but it’s months […]

blasting through the Urnerboden basin in Ferrari 599GTB


Fancy zapping a few Swiss mountain passes in a Ferrari ? That’s what we did. This is the time of year when winter is wearing thin and you hanker for warmer climes and summer adventures. Planning your annual summer holiday is fun and a sure fire way to lose the winter blues, but it’s months away…. How about a short break, a fillip of sustenance for the soul. Why not take a driving mini-tour in Switzerland, touring the soaring Alpine peaks and passes. Need transport to match the mountainous magnificence: a Porsche 911 Turbo or Cayenne, a Ferrari F430 or F599GTB, Maserati GT? But where to hire? What about insurance? Where to stay? It’s no problem organising all this yourself online, but think about this: you could easily spend as long surfing, checking airlines, filling in forms, researching routes as your actual short break. This is where Ultimate Drives steps in with prepared itineraries including choice of car to match your budget, routes pre-programmed into your satnav, hotels vetted and booked.


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Renault springs a new “Roadster-Coupe” on us: The Wind

Renault surprises with a cute little roadster, that they call a “coupé-roadster”. Managing to launch the news without falling into a caption minefield – we’ll see if we can bring you a little info without going there! The Wind will be unveiled at the Geneva Show next month, and features a new folding, one-piece roof […]

Renault Wind - Coupe-Roadster


Renault surprises with a cute little roadster, that they call a “coupé-roadster”. Managing to launch the news without falling into a caption minefield – we’ll see if we can bring you a little info without going there! The Wind will be unveiled at the Geneva Show next month, and features a new folding, one-piece roof mechanism. Clever because it is simple and yet still allows full access to the boot with roof stowed, this is a midget amongst cars and fits into the space that the Peugeot 206cc popularized. Nearest in concept is probably the old Honda Civic Del Sol that stowed it’s one piece electric hardtop in the boot. Most other folding roofs have been overly complex and either heavy or fragile, so this, and the overall shape of the car, is a welcome breath of fresh air. There, we did it without saying “Renault Wind breaks cover


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