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Geneva 2017 | Lamborghini Huracán Performante

It’s bright orange, it’s got a huge rear wing, and it’s a Lamborghini. Of course we were going to feature the new Huracán Performante on EngageSportMode.

2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante

The Performante is hardly a well-kept secret, as disguised test versions have been spotted out in the wild for months. We’ve also already seen the video of Lamborghini setting a new Nürburgring Nordschleife production car lap record of 6 minutes 52.01 seconds. Yet despite not being a surprise, it’s still a deeply impressive machine, and offers up more than the typical “less weight, more power” supercar special edition formula.

2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante


For a start, Lamborghini has made use of Forged Composite technology, which sounds a little like a cross between regular carbon fibre and glass fibre construction. In short, it has allowed Lamborghini to craft bumpers, and other complex shapes, from a lightweight, but strong, material. The result is a saving of some 40kg, with the 4WD Performante clocking up a family hatchback-rivalling 1,382kg weight on the scales.

2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante

The 5.2-litre V10 engine has also been updated, with output now 631hp at 8,000rpm. That’s an increase of 29hp over the regular Huracán, whilst torque has also increased from 413lb-ft to 442lb-ft. Proving that the effects of Dieselgate don’t quite appear to have reached Sant’Agata, CO2 emissions have increased to 302g/km – although we doubt that will be a major concern for any customers. Likewise the official combined fuel economy of 20.6mpg. Lamborghini is also keen to stress that the manifold cover is now bronze, in a knowing nod to previous special edition models. Exhaust noises are also said to be made even more aggressive, with a revised higher position.

2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante

So far, so standard supercar upgrades. However, where the Performante does move things on is with the use of active aerodynamics system. Which actually sounds far better in Italian: Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA). Working on both the front spoiler, and vents in the rear engine cover, the ALA system can with between low drag and high downforce, or even allow aero vectoring. The latter shapes air flowing across the rear spoiler, and pushes the inside wheel harder into the ground to increase traction when cornering at high speed. Clearly this is more than just Lamborghini bolting on the biggest set of wings and spoiler they could find.

2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante

Suspension settings have been stiffened by 10% over the regular Huracán, with optional magnetically adjustable dampers also available. The steering has also been recalibrated for better response and feel, although we wonder just how much you can fine tune a supercar. Braking is via carbon ceramic discs, with six-pot calipers at the front and four-pots gripping the rear. Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres are fitted to the 20″ wheels as standard, with optional track-orientated Pirelli Trofeo R rubber also on offer. (more…)

Geneva 2016 – Porsche 911 R

Turbocharging, dual-clutch gearboxes; is nothing sacred in Zuffenhausen anymore? Porsche appears to have heard those collective complaints, and picked Geneva as the place to launch the enthusiast-pleasing 911 R. Ned Jasper gives you the details.

2016 Porsche 911 RFancy a GT3 RS with less shouty bits and a manual gearbox? Step this way; it’s the 911 R. When Porsche announced there wasn’t going to be a manual GT3 RS, the purists among us got quite annoyed. Then when they changed the majority of their range to forced induction, this did little more than exacerbate things. Now Porsche has come to its senses, and created a car that is focused purely on driving enjoyment, rather than the optimum amount of aero or emissions.

2016 Porsche 911 RExternally the 911 R is very much the same as the GT3 RS, albeit, without the gigantic rear wing. In its place, you’ll find a ‘normal’ retractable spoiler. More importantly, there’s a distinctive pair of red stripes. Whilst the omission of the wing and the supplement of stripes may not be to everyone’s tastes, it remains a firmly good-looking car.

2016 Porsche 911 RDespite the GT3 RS’s stripped out race-prepped cabin, the R actually weighs in at a substantial 50 kg less. That’s thanks to the carbon-fibre construction and plastic windows. Like with all lightweight, battle-hardened Porsches, you’ll also find a chasm where the radio and A/C should be (although they are an option) and, of course, ribbon door handles. Every little helps, I suppose.


Geneva 2016 – New 261 mph Bugatti Chiron

The Bugatti Veyron was hugely impressive when it came to big numbers, but with its replacement the French brand has gone even further in the pursuit of insane figures. Say hello to the mind-bendingly fast Bugatti Chiron.

2016 Bugatti ChironLet’s get the raw numbers out-of-the-way first because, as dramatic as the Chiron may be to look at, let’s not kid about what’s important here:

  • €2.4 million (£1.87 million) starting price
  • A quad-turbo 8.0-litre W16 engine
  • 1,500 PS (1,479 bhp)
  • 1,600 NM of torque (1,180 lb-ft)
  • 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 2.5 seconds
  • Top speed of 420 km/h (261 mph)

Possibly the scariest part about the last figure is that it’s qualified with the additional words “limited for road travel” in the press release. Which suggests that a) the Chiron is capable of more than that, and b) asks what financial ridiculousness is required for the unlimited level of performance?! Bugatti is also clearly gunning for an outright production car speed record with the Chiron, and will no doubt tweak things when needed to maintain that ultimate status.

Despite the huge starting price, Bugatti has already taken orders for a third of the 500-strong production run. Styling was quite clearly foretold by the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept, as was the extensive use of carbon fibre. Bugatti promises that the new carbon monocoque and adaptable chassis will make the Chiron as agile as it is stupidly fast. A knowing nod to the fact the Veyron was hardly regarded as being nimble, perhaps. However, in 2016 the bigger question is of course as to whether it’ll have a drift mode… (more…)

Geneva 2015 is here with the new Honda Civic Type R!

After weeks of anticipation, the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is finally here!

2015 Honda Civic Type R Production 000

In fact the show hasn’t even officially started, and there’s already been excitement with the new Honda Civic Type R being shown off in actual production trim! It looks pretty much as the concept predicted although, sadly, the massive rear spoiler has been toned down:

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More importantly, we know it’s packing 306 bhp and 295 lb-ft of torque deliver by the new 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine! 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds, and a top speed of 167 mph. Impressive for a family hatchback

We’ll bring you more news from Geneva as the week progresses. However, tomorrow EngageSportMode will be live blogging for the good people at Motoring Research! As their team of expert journalists roam the Geneva show floor, yours truly will be bringing updates and comment in a live stream. Be sure to check out the action right here tomorrow morning —> Motoring Research 2015 Geneva Live Blog

Be sure to head along and follow all the action on Motoring Research, with a very busy day of new launches and announcements in store.

Friday Photo – The Geneva 2015 ‘known knowns’ Gallery

A few years ago, Donald Rumsfeld made an infamous speech talking about things we know, and don’t know about. Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show next week, we’ve got a gallery covering the new cars we already know will be there. That’s mainly because the manufacturers have already spoilt the surprise by showing them to us. 

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of activity from automakers across the world, as they’ve revealed and announced all-new cars to be shown off at the Swiss show. Here’s a few of the ones we’ve already seen:

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Naturally, these are just a few of the highlights – there’ll be much more to see.  Of course, there’s also another category of cars – the ‘known unknowns’ – which includes ones we know will most probably be there, but don’t know the full details on. Like the Honda Civic Type R and the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS ; although so much information on the latter has been leaked, it might as well be a ‘known known’ now. But there are others, such as the expected Lamborghini Aventador SV and a mystery Bentley concept car. (more…)

Geneva 2015 News and Photos – The All New Audi R8

Finally, we can bring you photos of the new Audi R8 in full, rather than peeping out from beneath a cover. It’s also another car which won’t be a surprise in Geneva next week! But, anyway, here’s the brand new second generation of Audi’s supercar available in a range of V10 flavours from the off. 

2015 New Audi R8 V10 PlusOk, it’s a lot like we expected – but that’s not a bad thing! Despite being several years old, the original outgoing R8 hardly looked dated, so why would Audi mess with something that works? The new car is more taut and chiselled, with angles where there were once curves, but the overall shape is very familiar.

Like we pointed out when seeing the recent teaser photo, the prominent front grille is taken from the new TT, with the vertical ‘gills’ beneath the headlights borrowed from the Sport quattro Concept. Most noticeable in profile is that the R8 defining ‘sideblade’ is now cut in two. It changes one of the original R8’s most obvious, and awkward, features for the better in our eyes. In addition, the roofline is elongated, reaching almost to the very tip of the rear deck. 19″ alloy wheels comes as standard on both versions.

2015 New Audi R8 V10 Plus

Note fixed rear wing and black exhausts of the V10 Plus.

At the back, things are again more squared and flatter – almost reminiscent of the Lexus LFA in parts – with a substantial diffuser completing the transformation. (more…)

Geneva 2015 news and photos – Aston Martin Vulcan

At the moment, there’s a sense of ‘opening all your presents before Christmas Day’ about the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. We’ve already had the Ferrari 488 GTB, Volkswagen has shown off the new Touran, and now Aston Martin gives us the Vulcan. At this rate there’ll be no surprises left.

015 Aston Martin Vulcan_01The phrase ‘track-only supercar’ is certainly becoming a trend in the automotive industry. Take a normal, already hugely fast and powerful supercar, strip out all the road legal-ness, bolt a spoiler to the rear, and then charge a load of money for it. For an added bonus, be sure to include special, exclusive, track-day events for the few fortunate enough to buy one. Oh, and make them part of a ‘development programme’ so they feel important. (more…)

Geneva 2015 – The Mercedes-Benz G 500 4×4² – Not for sale?

Nope, we don’t really know what’s going on with the world anymore. Perhaps winning the Formula 1 World Championship last year has sent Mercedes-Benz a little mad. But, for whatever reason, they’ve built this fluorescent yellow/green monster. 

2015 Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x4² 001Mercedes wants to stress that this G500 4×4² is only a show car. But one that’s almost production ready, and with a 4.0 litre Biturbo V8 engine that would meet EURO 6 emissions standards -ones not needed until 2016. But it’s not for sale. Honest. You can’t buy it. Don’t ask them.

Based on the equally mental G 63 AMG 6×6 from a couple of years ago, the G 500 4×4² takes the same powertrain from the 6-wheeler and drops one axle to create this insanity. Riding on optional 18″ wheels with special off-road tyres, the 4×4² can wade in water up to 1 metre deep, has an approach angle of some 52 degrees, and ground clearance of 450 mm. All three differentials (front, rear and centre) can be locked, and there’s a set of serious stainless steel guards underneath the body should things get a little too rough.

Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4² Showcar

Makes a BMW X6 look soft, doesn’t it?

Whilst this may sound like ultimate off-road specification, it’s worth pointing out that the 4.0 litre V8 produces some 422 bhp. Oh, and the G 500 4×4² comes equipped with a sport mode for the suspension, along with a comfort setting. Yup, it has a sport mode; we’re still not quite sure what to make of that. The adaptive suspension settings work on one of the two spring/damper struts per corner – the other spring/damper setting remains constant, regardless of what button you press on the dashboard.

That’s a dashboard finished in luxurious black leather with contrasting stitching (more…)

Geneva 2015 – New Audi R8

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show seems to be sending car manufacturers into overdrive when it comes to teasing photos and facts. We blame it on 50 Shades of Grey. Maybe. Anyway, here’s a tantalising glimpse of one of the big hitters coming to Geneva in a couple of weeks; the new Audi R8.

2015 New Audi R8 Geneva Laser Light PreviewAs you can tell, Audi isn’t real giving much away about the new mid-engined supercar, other than highlighting that laser headlights will be on the options list. That’s not even as standard, but just as an option – Audi are really keen to drag this one out it seems. (more…)

More Info – The 167 mph 2015 Honda Civic Type-R

Honda, please, enough! We’ve been teased with videos, titillated with photos, and fed various factual tidbits for what seems like forever. The end is in sight, with the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show, but Honda is still keen to tantalise us up until the big reveal.

2015 Honda Civic Type-R 202Given how we were tormented with details and sneak peeks of the new NSX, we shouldn’t really be too surprised at Honda’s little games. The global PR team has done a fine job of building suspense and intrigue – along with securing over 100 deposits for the new car in the UK alone. Not bad for a car nobody has officially seen, let alone driven, yet.

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The big news today is, of course, that headline top speed of 167 mph. Yes, that’s right, one-hundred and sixty-seven miles per hour. Faster than 155 mph limited German saloons; faster than the original NSX; and, most importantly, faster than any hot-hatch rival at present. Whilst people will trot out the “straight-line speed is meaningless” line, it proves just how much engineering effort has gone into the latest Type-R.

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Redline kicks in at 7,000rpm – lower than previous VTEC cars. Note R+ mode engaged.

Honda has invested substantial time in the wind tunnel, to ensure the turbocharged VTEC engine can power the Type-R to that mad top speed. The underside of the car is almost completely flat, (more…)