What teased 2013 Geneva Motor Show debuts are you most excited about?
By John LeBlanc for MSN Autos Canada
While most automakers simply can’t help themselves and have already spilled the bans on their debuts for next week’s Geneva Motor Show, a few have shown some measure of restraint. Here’s a short list of automaker’s that have teased us with their unveilings. Which one are you most excited to eventually see?
Ferrari Enzo successor
What we know so far: It will be the Italian supercar maker’s most jaw-dropping car since the 2002 Enzo. Its codename is “F150”. And a carbon-fibre chassis will house some combination of gas and electric power. And oh, it’s already sold out.
What we don’t know: Everything else. Speculation sees the F150 using a development of the current Ferrari F12’s 6.3-litre V12, with horsepower between 800 and 1,000. Pricing has been guesstimated around $1.5 million-plus.
Lamborghini GT concept
What we know so far: Less than the Ferrari. It’s the 50th anniversary of the Italian supercar maker. So, Lambo is giving itself a present in Geneva, a front-engine, grand tourer concept, the first such Lamborghini since the 1978 Espada.
What we don’t know: Nothing’s been confirmed, but we expect the concept will have two doors, two seats and a front/mid-mounted V12 from the 700 horsepower Aventador.
What we know so far: Flirting with trying to save Saab a few years back, the Netherlands Spyker Cars is back doing what it does best: quirky supercars. Or so we think. All we have so far on the Geneva-bound B6 concept is this outline teaser shot.
What we don’t know: The B6 could either be an evolution of previous Spykers, a less-expensive, higher-volume Porsche 911-fighter or something from Saab’s still-born Phoenix platform that Spyker still owns the rights to.
2014 BMW M3
What we know so far: BMW is renaming the next 3-Series two-doors “4 Series". So this M3 will be based on the existing 3 Series four-door sedan.
What we don’t know: Will BMW ditch the current M3’s V8 for a more traditional inline-six? Will the car be a track-day weapon, or a cruiser, like the X5 M and X6 M SUVs? Will enthusiasts get to change gears on their own? Or will we be saddled with a slushbox? So many questions ...
What we know so far: It’s a two-door coupe version of the BMW 7 Series-based Ghost sedan. We’ve seen images of its dashboard clock, a door panel, a ghosted image of its rear-end and a profile outline sketch. And Rolls says it will be “the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever”.
What we don’t know: We’re going to assume the Wraith uses a higher-tuned version of the Ghost’s twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12, with around 600 horsepower as a starting point. After that, you’re just going to have to check back next week during the Geneva show media days to find out which of these teased cars lived up to the hype.