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    2015 Geneva motor show highlights with Chris Harris (VIDEO)

    Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

    Internet star, professional hoon and tyre wrecker Chris Harris walks us round the supercar packed 2015 Geneva motor show.

    The Geneva motor show is the biggest motoring event on the calendar, it’s where all the hottest and most exciting new cars are revealed for the first time and usually they’re fast cars. This motor show is basically an ideal place for manufacturers to show off their most technologically advanced performance models and compete for the spotlight. You can usually tell who’s ‘winning’ the Geneva motor show by how many journalists turn up to each manufacturer’s press announcements. When ever a new Ferrari is unveiled people tend to pay attention – reveal a new Ssangyong cross over and well, you get the idea.

    Before Chris Harris walks us round the Geneva motor show and makes lots of hilariously rude jokes, I’ll give you some of my own highlights from the show. I’m a huge fan of the Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg, and their two Geneva show cars were serious stand-outs. The Regera hybrid is an 1800hp rear-wheel drive monster which packs a 1080hp twin-turbo V8 engine and three electric motors which give a total of 700hp. A Bugatti Veyron takes around a minute to reach 248mph (400km/h), this car takes less than 20 seconds. It’s completely nuts. Less extreme is Koenigsegg’s Agera RS, a lightweight track version of the standard 1080hp Agera. Other highlights include the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Cayman GT4, Audi R8 and its GT3 race car R8 LMS cousin, and curiously, the new Skoda Superb.

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    Lamborghini Aventador SV LP750-4 revealed

    Lamborghini Aventador SV

    The maddest and most powerful incarnation of the Lamborghini Aventador supercar gets revealed at the Geneva motor show. 

    Lamborghini has revealed its maddest bull yet at this week’s Geneva motor show, the new Aventador LP750-4 SV. The SV is designed to be a harder, faster and more track-focused version of the standard 690hp Aventador V12 supercar. It uses the same 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, but revisions to its variable valve timing system and exhaust mean the engine in the SV develops 740hp. That’s enough to slash the standard car’s 0-62mph time from 2.9 seconds to 2.8 seconds and extend the top speed beyond 217mph. The new engine also revs higher, and with a new exhaust system, should sound even naughtier than the stunning ‘ordinary’ Aventador.

    Lamborghini Aventador SV

    Lamborghini Aventador SV

    The SV uses the same seven-speed automated manual gearbox and all-wheel drive system as the standard Aventador. The supercar’s lightweight carbon fibre monocoque is also used, however thanks to a stripped interior and lightweight body components the Aventador SV weighs around 50kg less than the standard 1575kg car. There’s less sound deadening in the cabin and carbon-backed bucket seats upholstered in a unique carbon-fibre fabric.

    Lamborghini Aventador SV

    Lamborghini Aventador SV

    The suspension has also been modified to incorporate adaptive dampers which are said to reduce dive under braking and body roll. The SV also features carbon ceramic brakes and new centre-lock alloy wheels measuring 20-inches at the front and 21-inches at the rear. Tyres are extra sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsas.

    The SV also gets a manually adjustable rear wing to give extra down force, which is helped by a more aggressive rear diffuser. A new front bumper also features with extra air ducts for improved engine cooling.

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    Turbo Honda Civic Type R revealed

    2016 Honda Civic Type R

    New production-ready Honda Civic Type R hot hatch debuts at the Geneva motor show with V-TEC Turbo engine – wants Renault Megane RS blood. 

    Honda has finally taken the wraps off its new turbocharged Civic Type R hot hatch at the Geneva motor show. There have been countless teaser images, leaks, concept cars and spy images but now finally, the Civic you see here is the real deal.

    As expected, the new model is turbocharged so there’s no 9000rpm redline, but the added grunt means this Type R will kick harder than any before. Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder V-TEC Turbo engine producing 306hp, while the 0-62mph sprint takes just 5.7 seconds.

    2016 Honda Civic Type R

    2016 Honda Civic Type R

    Unlike the new Ford Focus RS, the Civic is sticking to its guns, using a front-wheel drive setup with all kinds of clever suspension bits to reduce torque steer and understeer normally associated with really powerful front drivers. Honda is calling it Dual Axis front suspension, but it’s basically the same as the old Revo Knuckle system fitted to the last front-drive Focus RS which uses a traditional MacPherson suspension setup with an additional steering knuckle. It’s all a bit complicated but works.

    The rear suspension has also been tickled compared to the standard Civic, now featuring a ‘crushed pipe’ – sounds exciting, and apparently stiffens up the rear torsion beam suspension and gives less roll. There’s also adaptive dampers at each corner.

    Compared to the various concept cars that preceded it, the new Type R looks pretty sharp too. Most of the front end aggressiveness has carried over, so there’s a naughty front splitter, big air intakes, new headlights and wider arches which incorporate cooling ducts around the front wheels to reduce lift – just like the new 911 GT3 RS.

    2016 Honda Civic Type R

    2016 Honda Civic Type R

    At the rear things have been toned down slightly so you don’t get the cool horn-shaped taillights which work into the rear spoiler, but you do get a pretty rowdy rear diffuser with quad exhaust tips. And I doubt anyone will complain the rear spoiler is too small…

    It isn’t subtle, it looks fast and has red Honda badges – anyone who’s a fan of fast V-TEC Hondas should be excited by this car.

    Inside it’s all a bit boy-racer with red bucket seats, but the whole dashboard and center console strikes me as looking a bit cheap and nasty – could be the photos, but maybe not. We’ll find out when the new Type R goes on sale in Europe in the coming months.

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    New Porsche 911 GT3 RS revealed

    2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

    New ultra hard core Porsche 911 GT3 RS revealed with PDK gearbox and 4.0-litre flat six at the Geneva Motor show. 

    Porsche has revealed its new hardcore track-focused 911 at this year’s Geneva motor show. As with the standard GT3, the RS is PDK-only meaning there will be no manual gearbox option.

    However, unlike the standard GT3, the new model is powered by a new 4.0-litre flat six engine based on the standard 3.8-litre unit. It develops a substantial 496hp, matching the old limited-edition 997.2 GT3 RS 4.0 from 2012.

    2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

    2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

    The track-tuned model is quicker than the standard GT3, capable of hitting 62mph in 3.3 seconds compared to the standard car’s 3.5 second time. While 0-124mph takes a shade over 10 seconds – it’s supercar fast.

    The RS also adopts the wider Turbo body shell instead of the Carrera 4 shell used by the GT3, meaning it has a significantly fatter stance. Despite the wider body, the RS is actually around 10kg lighter than the 1430kg GT3.

    Visually, the RS is obviously a more serious beast than the ‘ordinary’ GT3. It sits lower, and on wider wheels and tyres while an aggressive aerodynamic package gives it a race car-like appearance. At the front there’s a larger splitter and cooling ducts over the front wheel arches to reduce front axle lift at high speed. At the rear – you’ll have no doubt noticed – is a massive rear wing that looks like it has been plucked from the track-only 911 GT3 racer. The roof has also been modified to incorporate a ‘double-bubble’ to reduce weight and improve the aero efficiency of that rear wing.

    Because the RS uses a Turbo shell, it also gets a pair of air intakes ahead of the rear wheel arches – presumably necessary to stop the engine catching fire like another certain GT3 model…

    2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

    2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

    Inside, the RS gets the same lightweight carbon-backed seats as the 918 Spyder Weisach Pack, and a new steering wheel which it shares with the Cayman GT4, also shown at Geneva.

    Porsche claims the new GT3 RS can lap the Nurburgring in around 7 minutes 20 seconds, or about 15 seconds quicker than the standard car.

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