2016 Geneva Motor Show – PART 2
As you probably noticed, I decided to talk about the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in separated chapters. So you know, let’s keep talking about it! In this specific chapter, I will cover Ferrari, Lamborghini and Gumpert! I might do a PART 3 later on which will focus on the rest of the cars at the Motor Show, but I think PART 1 & 2 should be enough. You’ll tell me!
Ever since Ferrari revealed the LaFerrari at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, it’s been really hard to top it off! I mean, it was their most perfect supercar they’ve ever built. This edition, Ferrari has presented their new model, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. Among friends, we simply call it the “new FF”, for the actual name is a bit harder to remember. or simply longer to say (but I’ll get back to that later).
When I first came to the stand to check the temperature, the car was obviously still hidden behind a lovely red silk drape. Though the whole automotive world already knew what the car looked like from the “virtual release” of the car and the physical presentation in Italy, there’s still this tradition of the press conference during Motor Shows. I don’t mind it, it’s part of the whole show, though you sometimes have to wait longer to actually see the car. Needless to say, with so much to do and so much to see, I eventually missed the unveiling of the car by not a lot (I was in the press room editing videos & checking if everything was running smoothly on social media). But hey, the car was still there, and that’s what mattered.
Ferrari presented TWO Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, alongside a silver 488 GTB, red F12 and a two-tone red California T with black roof (and to think I did a roadtrip with friends in one on the way back, from Geneva to Paris – feeling so blessed). One GTC4 Lusso was grey (“Grigrio Ferro”) with red interior and the other one , which seemed to be specced more to my taste, was white (“Bianco Italia”) with a two-tone blue interior (probably the two that were in Italy). I can’t begin to imagine all sorts of colour combinations, mainly those involving red and yellow (which are colours that are somewhat rare on the FF).
The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, though some might be keen to say it’s “merely” an FF revamp, is a whole different car. For starters, it’s slightly bigger and longer than the FF, yet feels slimmer and ready to pounce. It features a completely new front grill and bonnet, which seems to be borrowed from the F12 Berlinetta. Needless to say, the car looks much much more agressive than the FF. One detail I enjoyed dearly is the “loss” of the FF’s “one tail light”, considering the GTC4 Lusso opted for a two-tail-light system, which seems more fitting and responds perfectly to the large exhaust tips. Another very cool detail are the aerodynamic air entries on both sides of the car, right under the Cavallino Rampante. The interior of the car was incredible, and I think one of the best features of the car (at least for the passenger) lie inside (which is why I decided to do a LIVE video on Facebook about it). Basically: there’s a huge tactile screen in the center of the “cockpit”, which always gives more ease for both driver & passenger to control things inside the car. But the passenger has something much much cooler. Right in front of him, he has access to all sorts of infotainment and cool data on the car: music, comfort mode, speed. To be honest, I don’t know exactly what can the passenger change nor how much power he has, but I know for sure he can be the DJ! It reminded me of all the infotainment one would get when being on a long-carrier plane and having access to all bunch of data. All of this makes the passenger much more than a passenger, but a true co-pilot.
As far as performance goes, the V12 engine remains, but gets a +30hp boost, bringing it up to 690bhp. Which is insane for a 4-seater with 4-wheel-drive. It also features some technology from the F12 TDF, making it obviously much more efficient than the FF.
Now let’s get to a very important detail for me: the name of the car. GTC4 Lusso. I would like to say first that those kind of names are somewhat hard to remember for random people, but for a petrolhead like you, reading this, it’s not necessarily a problem (but I always like to keep in mind those who don’t live & breathe cars as we do). The “GTC” means “Gran Turismo Competizione” and hints at models such as the 330 GTC or 330 GT 2+2 – What about the “4”? Well, it’s pretty self-explanatory: 4 seater, 4WD. As far as “Lusso”, which means “luxury” in italian, it’s a reference to one of the most beautiful Ferrari cars ever built, the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. Therefore, the name itself is a statement: a lot of references to the past. But to the general spirit of the car as well: though it is without a doubt a sports car, luxury prevails.
The Ferrari stand also had a pretty neat California T featuring a lot of customization options (like a nice red stripe), mainly to show clients how much their inspiration and expectations can be met by Ferrari when customizing and speccing their cars. They also had an incredible Ferrari F12 TDF in 1:12 scale (I think it was 1:12) that looked too good, but definitely out of my reach! Sadly, I was discussing with friends and had a meeting elsewhere, so I couldn’t stay too long! Until next time!
The Lamborghini reveal was one of the first things on my agenda of things to see. So I started to take my space about 30 minutes before the big moment, just to make sure I had the right spot. A few moments later I was joined by Shmee150 and his friend Ben. Everyone had the same idea, Marchettino was there on the other side, Future Photography, DoctaM3… I could see everyone from my point of view. It’s always nice to all gather in the same place for the same reason. Also, probably one of the most annoying things in a motor show for me: waiting for the press conference to start!
And then, sound started, and things started to get real. I decided I would do a LIVE feed on Facebook to share the moment with my followers. And I hope it was a pretty awesome in-depth experience for everyone who tuned-in to watch (more than 20000 people LIVE). As of today, the video of the LIVE has been seen more than 350k times and has reached more than 1,9 million people. Not bad.
The reveal of the Lamborghini CENTENARIO LP770 was quite moving in many ways. For starters, as you all know, it was the official “goodbye” from Stephan Winkleman to the automotive world, after having spent more than 11 years at Lamborghini and making it what it is today. Indeed, after a rather long speech (more than 10 minutes!) he introduced his replacement Stefano Domenicali and a lot of people who worked at Lamborghini. It was rather emotional, we could see Stephan was very moved and proud of having achieved what he has achieved with Lamborghini. It was a very nice speech, and it felt good. It felt like I was part of the Lamborghini family, for a moment. And then they took off the covers.
The Lamborghini CENTENARIO LP770 was finally shown to the world. There had been sort of leaked concepts on the internet, but nothing that really ressembled the actual car we saw, which is always nice (I never was a big fan of having all the pictures leaked before-hand). As you well know by now, the CENTENARIO is a tribute to Feruccio Lamborghini, creator of the Lamborghini brand, who would’ve been 100 years old in 2016.
As far as the car goes, to be honest, I wasn’t 100% convinced at first. When I first layed my eyes on it, it looked like an Aventador that had been sort of modified, without much of a big deal. I instantly thought that for a tribute to Feruccio Lamborghini, it wasn’t the best thing they could’ve come up with. And to be honest, I still think this. I personnally believe that cars such as the “Veneno” or the “Aventador J” are much more “tributable”, if that makes any sense. The Centenario seems too soft, not exclusive enough. But then again, with 20 coupés and 20 roadsters at more or less 2 million euros each (we hear everything, from 1,5m to 2,5m) ALL SOLD already, I guess Lamborghini knows what they’re doing without a doubt. I find this fascinating, I guess they probably consult owners before launching such projects, to make sure they already have the buyers. The back of the car is what sort of “saves it” for me. It’s typically Lamborghini’s raw & brutal designs of the past 5 to 10 years, it’s what we were used to with the Aventador J and to a better extent, the Veneno. This MASSIVE back with those HUGE diffusers with yellow lines that go all the way up to the tail-lights is a feat on its own. The three-tip exhaust also seems pretty interesting, though I’ve always prefered when they were “regrouped”.
As far as the colour goes, they went with a two-tone demo car. Yellow and bare carbon-fiber. Interesting fact is that, for this specific car, the carbon-fiber bodywork option is worth 1/4 of a million euros. That’s right, this option alone is worth about 250,000€, as much as every other Huracan that was on stage (taken separately of course). And that includes the limited-edition blue & white-striped Huracan “Avio” (a tribute to aviation). Bonkers.
Here we are, my “best of show”. I have been a big fan of Gumpert cars ever since I discovered they existed. Back then, as far as I was concerned, there were THREE independent “supercar” manufacturers that were successful enough to be worthy of the name: Koenigsegg, Pagani and Gumpert. I have patiently and eagerly been expecting the return of “Gumpert” since I heard about it and that it became official. However, I was sort of wrong in the title of my previous post: it’s not the return of Gumpert. It’s the rebirth of Gumpert through APOLLO. Indeed, the german brand Gumpert had been facing several difficulties in the past few years, including bankruptcy. Lucky for me and for all fans & enthusiasts of the brand (sadly, I can’t count myself as an owner or client lol), Gumpert was taken over & saved by a group of investors from Hong Kong. One of the things they’ve decided to do was to change the name, from Gumpert to Apollo. I don’t have a problem with that, mainly because the Apollo, as I’ve said before, was the ONLY model of Gumpert. Therefore Gumpert & Apollo went hand in hand. Might as well get rid of the previous name.
During the 2016 Geneva Motor Show – PART 2, APOLLO has displayed two models. First of all, a black and white Apollo N. This is a wink to the past I presume, THE model that worked with more than 40 units sold throughout the world (according to my sources). The Apollo N is merely a goodbye to the past, to the legacy of Gumpert. To be honest, I *does* look like a Gumpert Apollo S, with slight modifications. But between you and I, it was very hard to pay attention to the Apollo N when you saw what was next to it. The car that would sort of “bluff me” for the entire motorshow
I don’t often get bluffed by a car. Though I always deeply love concept cars and prototypes, I always stay very moderated. Maybe I’m not subjective enough in this situation considering my “special connection” with Gumpert cars. However, when I saw the orange & black APOLLO ARROW I was instantly seduced.
The general look of the car is INSANE. Just like Gumpert cars before, there is a sheer agressivity and brutality in the design that you don’t necessarily find with other brands (according to the brand, it was inspired by SHARKS – love it). This is something I’ve always liked with Gumpert cars, and that I still find with the Apollo Arrow. A friend of mine who was lucky enough to drive a Gumpert Apollo on the track told me that it wasn’t the best thing, and that it actually was quite bad. Maybe he’s right (probably too), maybe Gumpert & now Apollo might not be the most practical or efficient cars, but they have the visual WIN on their side, which sort of counts for me. The way I see it, the Apollo Arrow looks like a proper track car at first glance, with its HUGE wing.
As far as I know, there is not much information on performance for the car, except that it has give or take 1000bhp (you sort of had to this year, with Koenigsegg & the Chiron). WHY do you ask? Well it’s quite simple, and quite sad at the same time. The Apollo Arrow is merely a prototype / concept car. It was designed and built by the new investors to see how well people responded to their future projects, and to see if there were some interested potential buyers. The interior is probably not finished as the black-tinted windows would suggest. Basically, the car is still in its first phase and is far from production.
I’ve heard the story of a P1 owner going to discuss with them about price & feasability for the Apollo Arrow. According to him, the price for which they’re trying to sell the car for (more or less the same price as a P1 apparently) will not work and is bound to fail. After all, he has a very good point. If you can afford a P1, might as well go for the “security” of McLaren (or any other car part of the “holy trinity”). BUT thing is, all P1s have been sold now (LaFs & 918s as well I believe), which leaves a bunch of new customers & clients eagerly waiting for something exclusive to get their hands on. And I have a sneaky suspicion that most of the sales will happen in Asia too, just like it already was the case with Gumpert (again, according to what I’ve heard from different sources). Either way, can’t wait!