2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006)
Starting in August of 2007, Suzuki will race in the World Rally Championship with a car that is based on the Suzuki SX4, a new crossover unveiled in
The Suzuki SX4 will be available in two models, an urban and an outdoors model. The latter will have AWD with three modes: front-wheel drive, automatic AWD and AWD lock mode. There will be two gasoline engines with 99 hp and 107 hp and a diesel with 120 hp. The SX4 will get ABS and EBD, while ESP will be available.
The Rally Sport version of the SX4 has been developed parallel to the new SX4 model and is being tested and further developed to be ready for competition next year. Suzuki decided to participate in the WRC because the team had done so well in the Junior WRC, with drivers winning first place with the Ignis Super 1600 in 2004. The new all-wheel-drive system that Suzuki developed especially for the WRC car consists of mechanical differentials front and at the rear and a central electronic differential. The 320 hp of the turbocharged four-cylinder will be transferred to the wheels via a sequential five-speed gearbox. Maximum torque is expected to be 470 lb-ft.
The sporty version stands on 18-inch ten-spoke wheels, has unique fascias, square fog lights, side skirts, and a roof spoiler with LED third brake light.
Mazda improved the suspension and brake system to match the sportier qualities of the MPS, and at the same time facelifted the car with a new radiator grille and new front and rear fascias. Mazda uses new interior colors, while the instrument panel is white and the dials of the gauges are white.
Ferrari F599 GTB
2007 Ferrari 599GTB
The 599 GTB Fiorano got its name from the displacement of the V-12, 5.99 liters, while GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta and Fiorano is the name of Ferrari’s test track. The F599 GTB Fiorano was designed by Pininfarina and replaces the 575M Maranello, of which 5700 units were built together with the 1996 550 Maranello, a record for Ferrari in the segment.
The 6.0-liter V-12 in the F599 produces 620 hp at 7600 rpm.
The body is made of aluminum; for the frame Ferrari enlisted the help of Alcoa.
And for the innovative damping system it turned to
The new car should offer ever better driving excitement as the F40, but be more sophisticated, while the technology derived from F1 know-how will take the 599 GTB to the highest levels of speed and performance. The car is equipped with the F1-SuperFast transmission that Ferrari applies to all models.
With its serious power and a maximum torque of 448 lb-ft, the car sprints from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and it reaches a top of over 205 mph. Zero to 125 mph takes the new Ferrari only 11 seconds.
The cockpit of the 599 can be
customized to the wishes of the buyer, but race seats with a carbon frame and
aluminum shift elements are standard, as are dual-zone A/C, electronically
adjustable steering column, rain sensors, bi-xenon lights, and LED rear lights.
Ferrari has even installed a connection for an iPod. A price has not been
Volkswagen Concept A
2006 Volkswagen Concept A
2006 Peugeot 207
Loremo Supercar Greens Up
2006 Loremo LS
The Loremo is 151 inches long, 53.5 inches wide and 43.3 inches high, weighs only 992 pounds and has a very low coefficient of drag of 0.20. The Loremo LS is equipped with a 20-hp two-cylinder turbodiesel engine and with a 5.3 gallon fuel tank, the Loremo LS has a range of 808 miles. Power goes to the rear wheels via a five-speed gearbox. The car reaches a top speed of 99 mph, but acceleration from zero to 60 mph in around 20 seconds is very slow.
There will also be a GT version with a three-cylinder turbodiesel with 50 hp that reaches 137 mph and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 9 seconds.
For safety, the body has an unconventional cell structure with one frontal door that opens forward in front of the seats, at the same time lifting the steering wheel. Roof and doors are of a two-layer plastic construction with a laminated interior. In front of the dashboard is a small trunk, while the rear seats can be used for stowing luggage.
When designing the interior, Loremo had weight reduction in mind as well and refrained from luxurious equipment. The instrument panel consists of only one gauge. The only options will be leather seats, air conditioning , an MP3 player and navigation. The pedals and steering wheel can be moved to an ideal driving position. Rear passengers face rearward after entering the car through the tailgate.
The Loremo LS and GT are expected on the market in 2009.