Swiss bankers: Geneva show cars that have rocketed in value

Geneva show week is almost over. This year, floodlit motor show stands were replaced by video streams due to the threat of coronavirus. New supercars have debuted from McLaren, Koenigsegg, Pagani, Aston Martin and more. But which cars of past Geneva shows past have stood their buyers in best stead? Here are the 10 greatest Geneva climbers.

Aston Martin One-77 – up 25 percent

This list comes courtesy of JBR Capital, which has compared the price of the cars now with when they were new (not accounting for inflation), then calculated the percentage increase in value. In ascending order, we start with the Aston Martin One-77. While an Aston Martin hypercar seems to be revealed every other month these days, the One-77 was the first. With a 7.3-litre V12, carbon fibre tub and 215mph+ top speed, you could be forgiven for imagining an Italian mid-engined supercar. But it’s a traditional front-engined, long-bonneted grand touring Aston, albeit taken to the extreme.

Aston Martin One-77 – £1,500,000

When it debuted in 2009, one of the 77 One-77s produced would have cost you £1.2million. Given how limited it is, it sounds like a surefire way to make serious money. The increase is more modest than you’d imagine, though: it’s up 25 percent to £1,500,000.

Ford GT – up 77 percent

The newest debut on this list, Ford was critical of buyers of its Le Mans class-winner who tried to sell for a profit. There was even talk of legal action against the so-called ‘flippers’.

Ford GT – £800,000

We can’t blame these owners, though. The 650hp GT cost from £450,000 at launch. Cars that went to market when availability was scarce approached seven figures. Their average value now, five years on, is £800,000 – up 77 percent. A tidy profit and a good investment for those who want to move their GT on.

Porsche Carrera GT – up 96 percent

The Carrera GT is considered to be one of the greatest Porsche road cars of all time. With a high-revving 600hp V10 hooked up to a manual transmission, in a carbon cradle with a carbon tub, it’s a hero of analogue evangelists. It was part of a star-studded era for hypercars, joining the Pagani Zonda, Koenigsegg CC, Ferrari Enzo, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Maserati MC12 and Bugatti Veyron. They dominated Monaco car parks and the bedroom walls of 10-year-olds alike.

Porsche Carrera GT – £650,000

In spite of the critical acclaim, the Carrera GT was criticised for its cost when new in 2003, at a then-shocking £330,000. If those first buyers kept their cars, they could well have doubled their money. CGTs now go for £650,000 or more, and could soon break seven figures.

Alfa Romeo SZ – up 100 percent

Now for something more Italian and more affordable. The Alfa Romeo SZ was controversial at first, but today is almost universally loved. Now more than 30 years old, the Sport Zagato has doubled its money.

Alfa Romeo SZ – £70,000 or more

In the early 1990s, £35,000 was a lot of money to spend on something so odd. But an SZ can now go for more than £70,000, having increased in value by 100 percent.

Maserati MC12 – up 300 percent

Maserati’s incredible hypercar reclothed Ferrari Enzo underpinnings and swapped the prancing horse for a trident. It was Maserati’s shot at Le Mans GT racing glory. To homologate the racer, a limited run of 50 road cars was made.

Maserati MC12 – £2,000,000 or more

If the Carrera GT was shocking with its £330,000 price in 2003, the MC12 was unbelievable in 2004. Each car cost £500,000, and you couldn’t even have your own custom specification. But this exotic gem, 20 times rarer than the Porsche, has now increased in value by 300 percent, with prices starting at £2,000,000.

Ferrari F50 – up 328 percent

Like the Porsche, the Ferrari F50 is another analogue hero. With an F1-derived V12, carbon chassis and open-gated manual gearbox, it’s a near-irresistible recipe. Unfortunately, it suffered in the shadow of its predecessor: the legendary F40.

Ferrari F50 – £1,500,000

How wrong we were at the time, though, and what a win for those that bought in. Yes, £350,000 was a lot of money in 1995. But F50s now sell for upwards of £1,500,000.

Ferrari Dino 246 GTS – up 2,172 percent

We’re now looking at cars that have leapt up in value by thousands of percentage points. The first is the Ferrari 246 Dino GTS. This represented the genesis of the so-called ‘affordable’ Ferrari. It remains one of Maranello’s most iconic machines.

Ferrari Dino 246 GTS – £250,000 or more

Named after Enzo Ferrari’s son Dino, who passed away at a very young age, the Dino became a near-instant pin-up. While a GTS would’ve set you back £11,000 in 1972, you’ll be lucky to find one for less than £250,000 today. That’s a jump of more than 2,000 percent, not considering inflation.

Range Rover – up 5,135 percent

The Range Rover has to be one of the most iconic debuts in Geneva show history. Indeed, this year, it’s 50 years since the Range Rover’s 1970 Geneva reveal. What the modern Range Rover certainly isn’t known for is earning its owners money. Quite the opposite, in fact. The original, however…

Range Rover – £80,000

This Range Rover has rocketed in value. Contrast the £1,528 it cost when new to the price of a classic Range Rover in restored condition today: around £80,000. That’s a jump of more than 5,000 percent. If a current Range Rover does that, in 2070 it’ll be worth more than £8 million.

Lamborghini Miura P400 – up 6,566 percent

The Lamborghini Miura is considered by many to be the original supercar. Gandini’s masterpiece debuted at Geneva in 1966, and set the precedent for more than 50 years of V12 flagships for the raging bull. It’s also one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Little surprise, then, that it’s gone up quite spectacularly in value over the decades.

Lamborghini Miura P400 – £1,000,000 or more

By ‘spectacularly’, we mean it’s up over 6,000 percent on its 1966 list price of £15,000. You’ll be spending seven figures for the privilege of a Miura in your garage.

Porsche 356/2 – up 26,566 percent

Porsche is often at the heart of speculation when it comes to making money with cars. The 911, nevermind being an iconic sports car, has also become a staple of auction houses. But there would be no 911 without the 356: Porsche’s first model. The 356/2 variant debuted in 1949 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Porsche 356/2 – from £800,000

Back then, a 356/2 would have set you back £3,000. Today, if you spot one at auction, you’d better have at least £800,000 burning a hole in your pocket. That is a 26,566 percent value jump. Cripes.

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could reach at least 330mph

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could go over 330mph

Perhaps the biggest ever Geneva Motor Show for Koenigsegg was dominated by both the debut of the Gemera, and the fact that its presentation had to be online, due to the show being cancelled over coronavirus fears.

While we touched upon the record-seeking Jesko Absolut hypercar in our cover-all piece, speculation is starting to build around what exactly Koenigsegg’s definitive top-speed machine will be capable of.

We say ‘definitive’ because it will be the last Koenigsegg geared towards top speed. This is a big thing for the Swedish marque; for the last 25 years, its bread-and-butter has been VMAX potential, chasing the McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron.

But the pursuit is evolving, from an engineering challenge to a question of safety for Koenigsegg

CEO Christian von Koenigsegg spoke in his Geneva presentation of the dangers of the Nevada run the Agera RS made in 2017, reaching a 284mph maximum and a two-way average of 276mph.

Following on, he said that while the Absolut will be Koenigsegg’s fastest car yet, it will also be the company’s fastest ever car, period. Koenigsegg follows Bugatti in exiting the top-speed race, with the latter announcing its intentions following the reveal of the 300mph+ Chiron Super Sport.

‘Potential to drive faster than 329mph’

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could go over 330mph

No doubt, the decision to bow out of the race won’t have been taken lightly, and the company built on engineering and speed will want to take its leave with a bang. 

So what exactly is the Jesko Absolut capable of? Well, in a recent interview with Dina Pengar, Christian said of the Jesko Absolut, that “it’s the Koenigsegg we do that will be the fastest ever. It has the potential to drive faster than 530kph (329mph)”. 

Rumour had it before the Geneva show that the version of the Jesko geared for top speed would look to set a record of 310mph (a nice even 500kph). According to Christian himself, then, that initial estimate was rather conservative.

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut: the spec

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could go over 330mph

Power: 1,600hp, twin-turbo V8

Drag: 0.278 Cd

Downforce: 150kg, down from 1,400kg

Both achieved with: 5,000 hours of CFD refinement

Dimensions: 85mm longer than ‘Track’ Jesko

Gearbox: Nine-speed multi-clutch ‘light-speed transmission’

“We were blown away in testing”

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could go over 330mph

Adding to the speculation, in a video with YouTuber Shmee150 Christian claimed that “with this kind of power, with 1,600hp, with this gear ratio and that drag, anyone with a little bit of math skill can check out the rpm limits, and all these factors, to see how potentially fast it can go. We were blown away [in simulator testing]”.

“To prove it a reality, we need to find a road, some friendly policemen that shuts it down, and good weather. We all know how difficult that is. But if we do, this thing is going to prove itself as the fastest Koenigsegg ever.

“We actually don’t have any plans whatsoever to try to drive faster,” he continued, joking that “no one should even do this, in a way. This is the last hurrah”.

Doing the maths

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could go over 330mph

So, with the challenge (and the method) explained by Christian, forum members of the ‘Koenigsegg 4 Life’ Facebook group set to doing the ‘math’. Here’s what forum member Clint Domine calculated:

“I calculated that at theoretical top speed…

So V = cube root( 2*power/pCdA)

Where we know [the] following:

Power= 1193120 watts

Cd = 0.278

p = 1.225 kg/m3 (air density)

A = 1.88 m2 (frontal area)

So V = 155m/s or 558kph (346mph)

Now, this doesn’t account for tyre rolling resistance but still, this figure is quite crazy!”

Quite crazy indeed. So Koenigsegg himself said it could “drive faster” than 329mph, and the above calculation, save for the rolling resistance variable, results in 346mph.

Remember that the fastest car in the world just six months ago topped 284mph. Maybe it is time to hang up the top speed overalls, before this gets out of hand…

How Koenigsegg reclaimed the Geneva Show from coronavirus

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

‘The show must go on’. So read the messages on all of Koenigsegg’s social media feeds. It was a response to the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show after the spread of coronavirus proved too great a risk.

With a stand more than three times the size the company usually gets, a potential future record-breaker, plus an all-new car designed to save the internal combustion engine, Koenigsegg decided to steal Geneva back. It’s the last brand standing.

CEO Christian Von Koenigsegg presented the cars on-stand via a live-stream, at an uncharacteristically quiet and crowd-free Palexpo, where the Geneva show was originally to be held. Not letting the lack of flashing cameras or clamouring journalists trouble him, Koenigsegg’s presentation is a masterclass of traditional motor show glamour, pageantry and, truthfully, a little bit of cringe. 

Gemera: the world’s first ‘Mega GT’

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

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We’ll get to the Jesko Absolut in a moment. A 300mph+ capable ‘megacar’ it may be, but the Gemera was the main event. ‘Gemera’ is a contraction of two Swedish words, meaning to ‘give more’.

It’s a four-seat, two-door car that Koenigsegg calls ‘the world’s first Mega GT’. It’s something all-new for the marque, and perhaps for the automobile in general.

The ‘Tiny Friendly Giant’ engine

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

That’s because the so-called ‘Tiny Friendly Giant’ (TFG) engine features Koenigsegg’s free-valve technology, in production for the first time. The engine is a three-cylinder, 2.0-litre unit with two turbochargers. Diminutive though that sounds, it delivers more than 600hp, with a redline of 8,500rpm. 

The big news, though, is that free-valve tech. With computer control – instead of a solid camshaft – the engine fuel efficiency and emissions improve by up to 20 percent versus a normal 2.0 turbo petrol engine. Independent control of the valves allows faster warm-up and a more efficient idle, too.

Koenigsegg says that it wants to ‘end fossil fuel dependency in combustion engines’. To do that, the Gemera can also run on renewable fuels, including E100, methanol and ‘sun fuel’, and be functionally particulate and emissions-free.

Indeed, Koenigsegg claims that with its state-of-the-art particulate filters and renewable fuel, the car could clean London’s air as it drives around. The synthetic fuel point is one that Koenigsegg really wants to push, as a solution to dirty fossil fuels.

Why is it called the Tiny Friendly Giant? Koenigsegg spoke of how it has a “deep guttural grunt” thanks to the comparatively large capacity for just three cylinders, plus its special Akrapovic exhaust. He called it “a little monster of an engine”. 

Gemera is a 1,700hp AWD hybrid 

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

It doesn’t matter how clever an engine is, though. In Koenigsegg-land, 600hp is small potatoes. Fear not, the Gemera benefits from the assistance of three electric motors and four-wheel drive. Two 500hp motors at the rear work with a 400hp crank motor and the TFG. Total functional output is 1,700hp and 2,581lb ft. While the motors at the back allow for full torque vectoring, there’s also clutch-controlled torque vectoring at the front. 

The gearbox is Koenigsegg’s gearless direct drive unit that features in the Regera. Think of it as a really clever combination of a CVT and torque converter ‘box. Rear-wheel steering also helps the Gemera be “steady as a freight train on the autobahn,” while being agile in corners. 

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

Why not go full electric? Well, pure electric silence is a big jump from the blood-curdling noise Koenigsegg customers are used to. And that would be a bit too simple, and a bit crude, for Christian. With a target weight of less than 1,900kg, it’s 30 percent lighter than an equivalent EV. All while being functionally as clean and efficient as one.

Koenigsegg said in the stream that “electric cars are great, but there aren’t enough charging stations, and you can’t produce enough adequate cells, quickly enough, for worldwide implementation”. The Gemera is a “parallel track”, offering the best of both worlds.

A practical four-seater GT

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

Speaking of the best of both worlds, fully fuelled and charged up, it’ll go for 621 miles. “The only reason you should have to stop, is for your own personal needs,” Koenigsegg joked in the stream. Is there something unremarkable about the Gemera? Well, its electric-only range isn’t game-changing: just 31 miles.

Koenigsegg rather boldly claims that the Gemera has more space inside than any GT car seen before. There’s no need to move the seats when getting in, with the car able to carry four adults in comfort. The driver and front passenger will also find a large Tesla Model 3-style tablet in the middle, and screens working with cameras in the place of traditional mirrors.

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

Yes, to allow four people easy entry, the doors are enormous. They open as Koenigsegg doors do, but sensors can detect if they’re about to hit your garage roof or wall, at which point they stop.

What about practicality? Koenigsegg presented the car, with both its rear boot and its ‘frunk’ open, carrying four suitcases in total. Luggage enough for driver and passengers, then.

Jesko Absolut: Koenigsegg’s fastest ever car

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

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We almost forgot about the Regera and Jesko. The former is being built, with one car completed every week. The 80-off hypercar will complete its production run soon. Before it bows out, the Regera will also take another crack at its own 0-400kmh-0 record. 

Sandwiched in the middle is the Jesko Absolut. While the Jesko debuted last year, bewinged and ready for track work, the Absolut has the Bugatti Chiron 300+ in its sights. This is a top speed monster, pared back and lengthened, gunning for 500kph (311mph). With 1,600hp and a drag coefficient of 0.278, we believe it’ll do it. 

Interestingly, like Bugatti, Koenigsegg also claimed that it would be the marque’s fastest ever car, and remain so. ‘Absolut’ refers to that status. Koenigsegg will be hanging up its top speed overalls thereafter. 

What was, quite literally, Koenigsegg’s Geneva show has presented a new era for the Swedish marque. The company made famous by speed will now focus its energies on changing the car as a whole.

Spot the difference: new vs. old Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo 992 v 991

Every time a new 911 is launched, Porsche garners both praise and criticism for its evolutionary approach to design. Now, in the 40th year of the 911 Turbo, the latest ‘992’ 911 has a full-fat flagship. The new 911 Turbo has been revealed.

We compare new versus old, 992 Turbo versus 991 Turbo, to see how Porsche has changed the fastest 911. And we explain why this might be the defining variant of the 992.

Porsche 911 Turbo 992 v 991

The light bar

As we mentioned in our comparison between the 991 and 992 Carrera  models, the most obvious change can be found at the back, with the new full-width LED light bar.

When we first saw the Carrera sporting this new feature, we had an inkling the Turbo might turn out to be the most desirable 992. And the new hero wears this very ‘Turbo’ trope predictably well.

The exhausts

While these only just appeared on the 992 Carrera, the Turbo has featured high-mounted exhausts, recessed into the bumper, since the 997 generation. The 992 Turbo continues that, staying true to form with cuboidal pipes as an option. 

Porsche 911 Turbo 992 v 991

The hips

Another indication that the 992 was made to be ‘Turbo’, was the fact that no ‘narrow body’ configuration was offered, not even for the entry-level Carrera. In reality, that’s cost-cutting on Porsche’s part, but we couldn’t help but think of the imminent 992 Turbo. 

Specifically, the 992 Turbo is 10mm wider at the rear wheels. The familiar haunch vents carry over from the 991 Turbo, GT3 RS and GT2 RS variants, although they now feed air to the re-positioned air intakes. They share cooling duties with vents above the engine.

Porsche 911 Turbo 992 v 991

The spoiler

It wouldn’t be a Porsche 911 Turbo without a bit of a wing, although not too much. While the stubby retractable items we’ve seen over the last 20 years aren’t exactly whale tails, the new car stays true to its immediate lineage.

That said, there is a larger surface area, which, together with the rest of the 992 Turbo’s active aero, delivers a 15 percent increase in downforce over the 991.

Porsche 911 Turbo 992 v 991

Vents and creases

Last seen on the 993, retro bonnet creases are a callback to the air-cooled era. As for the ventilation, the new Turbo doesn’t stray as far from its Carrera stablemate, as all 991 variants did. Active vents in the nose work with the wing for increased downforce. 

Could the conservative changes to the Carrera’s look be a problem for those who buy a Turbo? Probably not. You know what you’re looking at as soon as you see the vents in the hips, not to mention the fact that the 992 Turbo is 42mm wider at the front than even the 991 version. 

Porsche 911 Turbo 992 v 991

Pushing the wheels out on the standard 992 gave a very classic hourglass look from above. The Turbo only exaggerates that. The 992’s front end is overall more upmarket and cleaner than before, so it’s no bad thing that the Turbo has massaged the existing look, rather than brought an all-new design. It’s function over flamboyance.

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The performance

We didn’t cover performance with the 992 Carrera, and admittedly it has nothing to do with the looks. But the long-standing reputation of the 911 Turbo as a supercar slayer warrants it. Especially given the new car’s very generous bump in punch. In full Turbo S spec, the new 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six delivers a massive 650hp. That’s a 70hp increase over the 991. 

It achieves that with bigger turbos, which should flow more freely thanks to their symmetrical layout, plus compressor and turbine wheels that rotate in opposite directions. In combination with the eight-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox and four-wheel-drive, the Turbo S rockets to 62mph in 2.7 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker than the 991), on the way to a 205mph top speed. Both are figures that match the newly-revealed McLaren 765LT.

The biggest leap on from the 991 generation is the 0-120mph time. It’ll complete the sprint in 8.9 seconds – a full second quicker.

Porsche 911 Turbo 992 v 991

The price

Ah, the price. Gone are the days when the Turbo was the only 911 to tickle the £100,000 price point. While the 991 Turbo debuted in 2014 at around £130,000, the new Turbo S starts from £155,970 for the coupe, and £165,127 for the cabriolet.

That said, when you consider it could show most of the inventory at a McLaren dealer a clean pair of heels, it sounds like a bit of a bargain.

New 2020 BAC Mono revealed: the ‘selfish supercar’ evolves

2020 BAC Mono

BAC has updated its Mono supercar for 2020. And while it looks similar, BAC has gone through its road-legal single-seater with a fine-tooth comb. The result promises to be even more focused and exciting.

The Mono was always a very single-minded machine, and the refreshed car sticks to that philosophy, improving on it where possible. Progress here means a little more power, no added weight, less frontal area and reduced visual mass.

If the first Mono already looked lean, this one appears primed for track-day action. The figures suggest as much. It will reach 170mph, hitting 60mph in 2.7 seconds along the way.

2020 BAC Mono: honing the concept

2020 BAC Mono

Weight drops by 10kg to just 570kg. This, in spite of more going on under the skin to make it meet European regulations. How does the Mono stop red tape from weighing it down? Innovation. 

New wheels save 1.22kg of unsprung mass each, and are 35 percent lighter than those on the outgoing Mono. AP Racing brake calipers are carried over from the special edition Mono R, while carbon-ceramic discs save 2.55kg of weight per corner.

The new car also uses graphene-enhanced carbon fibre, a breakthrough made via BAC’s research and development projects. It represents a structural, mechanical, thermal and mass improvement versus ‘normal’ carbon for every piece of the car.

Additive manufacturing is also used extensively used on the Mono, with more than 40 components being 3D-printed.

2020 BAC Mono

The weight has been shifted around in the car, too. A new dry-sump oil system gets the engine’s mass lower down, as does a lowered fuel tank. Even the battery has been placed under the driver, to achieve what BAC describes as ‘near-perfect’ weight distribution.

The car features two-way adjustable Ohlins dampers to handle what little weight the Mono does still have in corners. Grip comes courtesy of special Pirelli Trofeo R tyres, a standard fitment to all Monos. For reference, these were an optional extra on the McLaren P1.

Mono gets boost

2020 BAC Mono

So with what little excess weight the original Mono had removed, and the rest repositioned, the next upgrade was more power. While 340hp sounds like a hot hatch number, it’s plenty in a car a third of the weight of a Ford Focus RS. It’s also more than 30hp healthier than the outgoing model, with an EU6D emissions-compliant 2.3-litre turbocharged engine. 

Yes, for the first time, the Mono comes with a turbocharger. The new engine was developed by Mountune, including its dry-sump system.

Design: the Mono evolves

2020 BAC Mono

The Mono, much like the Ariel Atom, is very specific in its design brief. The way it looks is largely dictated by function, and what body panels it doesn’t need, rather than what can be restyled. Still, the new car enjoys a mild update.

In terms of dimensions, there is a change. It’s now 25mm longer and 20mm lower. Body surfaces have been completely redesigned, achieving ‘a more organic, lighter aesthetic’. 

The ‘shark nose’ reduces frontal area and improves aerodynamics, plus it has new LED lighting. As does the rear, which is now narrower, while the larger spoiler extends over the wheelarches. These are more aerodynamically efficient and the side pods are wider, joining the spoiler from their introduction on the Mono R.

2020 BAC Mono

The idea of passing as much air through a car, rather than over it, is a popular aerodynamic ethos at the moment. The Ford GT, Honda NSX, various McLarens and Aston Martin Valkyrie all follow in the footsteps of the Mono in this respect. 

The final number is the least appealing. That’s the price. If you’re sure you don’t want that Porsche 911 Turbo or McLaren 570S, the new Mono starts from £165,950. If you’re not UK-based, BAC also points out that the new Mono is fully road-legal across continental Europe and around the world.

2020 BAC Mono – the key figures

Top Speed: 170mph

0-60mph: 2.7 seconds

Power: 332bhp

Torque: 400Nm+

Weight: 570kg

Power-to-Weight ratio: 582bhp per tonne

Price: From £165,950

2020 BAC Mono

“When it came to designing the new-generation BAC Mono, we didn’t just want to set a precedent for the evolution of Mono – we wanted to set a totally new bar for supercar design,” said Ian Briggs, design director at BAC.

“The flowing, functional shape that’s full of undeniable Mono DNA is lighter-looking, more simplistic and cleaner than ever before, with a reduced frontal area and thinner surfaces throughout. Making the second Mono was always going to be a challenge – much like the ever-anticipated second album of an artist – but we’re confident the stunning look, innovation and driving experience of the new BAC Mono will more than meet the demands and expectations.”

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Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

540hp Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA turns the QV up to 11

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 2020 Geneva

Alfa Romeo has revealed the thrilling new Giulia GTA online in place of a physical unveil at the now-cancelled 2020 Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the popular Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) super saloon, it turns this Italian super exec up to eleven, with more horsepower, less weight, and a track-oriented focus that’s spoiling for a punch-up with the Jaguar Project 8

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

A faster version of the already ballistic Giulia has long been rumoured. So what does the GTA bring to the table?

In Alfa lore, GTA means exclusivity, racing provenance, and reduced weight. It also means jaw-dropping muscular Italian looks.

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The standard car wasn’t exactly timid, but a healthy smothering of arch extensions and carbon aero addenda have upped the snarl. 

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 2020 Geneva

Those arch extensions have pushed the new 20-inch centre-lock wheels out by 50mm, while re-engineered suspension keeps it rigid in the corners.

Wider would ordinarily mean heavier, but the Giulia GTA uses carbon fibre extensively, for the arches, driveshaft, bonnet, roof and front bumper. The ‘A’ in ‘GTA’ does stand for Allegerita, or ‘lightened’, after all. 

It’s not all talk and diet, either. The GTA comes with added muscle, up to 540hp, from its revised Ferrari-derived 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine.

Acoustics also come improved courtesy of a bespoke Akrapovic exhaust system, exiting through the centre of the giant new rear diffuser.

Giulia GTAm – look out, Jaguar Project 8

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 2020 Geneva

While we all thought Jaguar was slightly mad in lopping out the rear seats and adding a big wing to its small executive saloon, Alfa was clearly impressed.

So the GTAm is the Italian Project 8, with the rear seats junked in exchange for a roll bar, racing fronts and six-point harnesses to go with. 

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

Out back, there’s a nice chunky wing to go with the diffuser on the GTAm, again taking the fight right to the Project 8. The windows are framed with Lexan polycarbonate to get the weight down even more, for a total weight of (around) 1,520kg for the GTAm.

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 2020 Geneva

While it’s down on power compared with the big Jag – there’s no increase compared with the 540hp ‘normal’ GTA – it’s also very much lighter, by over 200kg.

62mph arrives in just 3.6 seconds thanks to the launch control system, though we wonder if it’ll match the QV’s top end of 191mph with all that new aero. We expect that the GTAm might gun for the Jag’s dubious four-door Nurburgring record very soon.

GTA – the ultimate in exclusivity

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 2020 Geneva

GTA is the Alfa Romeo equivalent of GTO for Ferrari. It’s an integral part of the brand’s legend and as such, the new car will be very exclusive.

Just 500 will be made, numbered and certified. Each car will come with a personal experience package, including a special Bell helmet in a GTA livery, full race suit loves and shoes, and a Goodwool car cover.

If they so desire, customers can get involved in a driving course with the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.

Get your orders in quick if you want a slice. With just 500 to be made, it’s more exclusive than the V8-powered 8C supercar of 2007.

As for price, no pound figure has been mentioned yet. But, given the modifications and limited numbers, expect the price to rival the six-figure Project 8, too…

Crowds at the Geneva Motor Show

Official: 2020 Geneva Motor Show CANCELLED due to coronavirus

Geneva Motor Show

Organisers of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show have announced the cancellation of the show, blaming ‘force majeure’. 

The Swiss government has banned events with gatherings of more than 1,000 people, with immediate effect.

The ban is effective until “at least 15 March”, effectively making hosting the annual Geneva Motor Show impossible. 

Organisers have also clarified that it is a true cancellation, rather than a postponement. “The show cannot be postponed,” they said during an emergency press conference. “It’s too big. In September, October? It’s not feasible.” 

In a statement, Geneva Motor Show officials insisted they “regret this decision, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors’ top priority”. 

Refunds of tickets for show visitors will now take place in the coming days. 

Earlier decision reversed

Earlier this week, the organisers of the show had confirmed that the show would go ahead as planned, between the 5th and 15th of March 2020.

A review followed concerns over the spread of coronavirus, as the first case has been confirmed in Switzerland. 

This followed the official Geneva 2020 press conference last week, held as construction of the stands was almost complete.

A week ago, say officials, there was “nothing to suggest that such a measure [cancellation] was necessary.

“The situation changed with the appearance of the first confirmed coronavirus diseases in Switzerland and the injunction of the Federal Council on 28 February. 

“The event is cancelled due to this decision.”

For context, the International Exhibition of Inventions, also planned for the Palexpo facility in Geneva, has already been cancelled. It was due to take place on March 25. 

No-shows at Geneva 2020

Crowds at the Geneva Motor Show

Many brands had already cancelled their show attendance.

Chinese mobility company Aiways said it would not be debuting its U6ion electric crossover concept at the show as previously planned. The model will be revealed to the media at Geneva ‘via alternative means’. 

CEOs from Ferrari and Brembo will not attend, although the marques themselves should be present. Brembo CEO Daniele Schillaci has elected to stay away, given the escalating severity of the disease in Italy. “We believe that protecting people’s health is a priority in the current fast-changing environment,” a spokesman said. So far, there have been 374 confirmed cases in Italy.

Ferrari’s CEO Louis Camilleri is said to not be going due to the fact that Ferrari isn’t expected to have any debuts at the show, and therefore his presence isn’t warranted. Its three chiefs of marketing, design and technology will, however, be going.

Harman, an automotive technology supplier, has pulled out of exhibiting in response to the disease, to protect the safety and wellbeing of its employees.

Some attendees and exhibitors could simply be deterred from attending because of the furore around the virus. The risk of quarantine and being detained is very real, alongside the risk of contracting the disease.  

Geneva and Coronavirus: health advice issued

Geneva Motor Show crowds

While the show is to go ahead, some strict advice has been given out to those planning to attend. Those who have showed symptoms within 14 days of the date they plan to go have been asked to stay at home. 

Show managing director Olivier Rihs has confirmed that the decision to close the show could be taken at any point up to, and during, its opening. 

“The advice from the authorities here in Geneva is that the show can continue – and they are the only ones who can say yes or no to the show going ahead,” he said.

‘Caught on the horns of a dilemma’

Commenting on the ongoing situation, automotive editor at GlobalData, David Leggett, said that “The organisers of the Geneva International Motor Show are caught on the horns of a dilemma. Issuing health advice for exhibitors and attendees is undoubtedly the responsible thing to do, but it draws attention to the rising level of risk as the crisis spreads in Europe.

“The public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak has hit home this week with whole towns quarantined in northern Italy and the first case confirmed in Switzerland.

“This public health crisis is fast-moving and the authorities in Switzerland could yet decide that the risks are too great in allowing such a large show, with many international exhibitors and attendees, to take place.”

Geneva Motor Show 2020 preview

Geneva 2020 preview

The 90th Geneva International Motor Show gets underway next month, kicking off with the media days on 3 and 4 March 2020. We’ll be braving the wheeled flight bags and sacrificing our shoe leather to bring you all the big reveals and the latest concepts. In the meantime, here are some of the cars we’re expecting to see in Switzerland.

Ferrari Roma

Geneva 2020 preview

Although it was unveiled to the press in November, the Ferrari Roma will make its public debut at the Geneva show. The ‘2+’ coupe boasts a 3.9-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine producing 620hp, which is enough for it to hit 62mph in just 3.4 seconds, plus a top speed just shy of 200mph. The seats in the back are fine for children – if your children happen to be a pair of tufted capuchins. In truth, they’re designed to fold down to create more space, allowing you to enjoy the ‘carefree lifestyle of 1950s and 60s Rome’. Sounds idyllic.

Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

Geneva 2020 preview

If the Ferrari Roma has a little too much roof, the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster might be the V8 toy you’re looking for. It weighs just 60kg more than the coupe, which means it’ll hit 62mph in 3.8 seconds – 0.2 seconds slower than the ‘standard’ Vantage. Crucially, the Z-fold roof can be lowered in 6.7 seconds or raised in 6.8 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. The Vantage Roadster costs £126,950, with deliveries beginning in the spring.

Porsche 911 Turbo

Geneva 2020 preview

At the time of writing, there are images of the new Porsche 911 Turbo S circulating on social media. Whether or not this means Porsche will release official photos and details of the car ahead of Geneva remains to be seen. In the meantime, we know that the Turbo and Turbo S will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six engine, with the S developing in the region of 620hp. Cabriolet versions of the pair will arrive at a later date.

Fiat 500e

Geneva 2020 preview

Meanwhile, back in the real world, an electric version of the Fiat 500 is likely to be very popular. Predictably, the 500e will look similar to the standard 500, which will continue to be offered alongside the EV. We know that it will feature a completely new cabin, but little is known about the architecture. It will need to match the range of the Mini Electric and Honda e, so we’d expect something in the region of 150 miles.

Renault Morphoz

Geneva 2020 preview

Not to be confused with the plasticine character created by Aardman Animations, the Renault Morphoz is described as a ‘modular vehicle’ that previews a new family of electric vehicles. Renault says it ‘adapts to the personal needs, desires and uses of each user’. A new electric car is required to replace the ageing Renault Zoe.

Audi A3

Geneva 2020 preview

As Audi’s most popular model in Europe, there’s a lot of pressure on the new A3. It shares a platform with the recently launched eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf, with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions likely to be offered in the UK. The lightly camouflaged prototypes suggest Audi has taken an evolutionary approach to the styling, but you can expect an improved cabin, more tech and future S3 and RS3 models.

Seat Leon

Geneva 2020 preview

Has the new Seat Leon upstaged its German cousin? We reckon it looks sharper than the Volkswagen Golf, with a design that’s more cohesive, if a tad derivative. The three-door Leon has been consigned to the history books, but it’s Seat’s first fully connected vehicle, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on board, and vehicle data monitoring via an app. Plug-in and mild hybrid versions will be available, while a performance version will be launched under the Cupra banner.

Skoda Enyaq

Geneva 2020 preview

The Enyaq is the first all-electric Skoda – and the first of 10 electrified vehicles to be launched by the Czech brand. Aside from the fact that the Enyaq is an SUV – and that its name is derived from the Irish name ‘Enya’ – we don’t know a great deal about the Enyaq. The platform sharing Volkswagen ID.3 offers a range of between 242 and 342 miles, so we’d expect something similar here.

Alpine A110

Geneva 2020 preview

Alpine will unveil two limited edition versions of the A110 sports car, along with the SportsX styling exercise. Taking its inspiration from the Alpine A110 Monte Carlo Rally car of 1973, the SportsX features a 80mm wider body and ground clearance raised by 60mm. Unfortunately, we’re not expecting the limited editions to be based on this ‘coupe SUV’.

Toyota Yaris GR and small SUV

Geneva 2020 preview

The new Toyota GR Yaris is a custom-built hot hatch that will be built in low numbers to help deliver WRC competition success. Not to be confused with a special edition, the GR Yaris is the real deal. It has been created by Toyota Gazoo Racing and WRC team Tommi Makinen Racing, with first deliveries expected in the second half of 2020. Toyota will also unveil a new small hybrid SUV, while giving European debuts to the new RAV4 plug-in hybrid, Yaris and Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car.

Czinger 21C

Geneva 2020 preview

Czinger will build just 80 units of its ‘groundbreaking’ 21C hypercar, with road and track variants being readied for Geneva. Both are powered by a 2.88-litre flat crank V8 with a pair of turbos. It develops 1,250hp at 10,500rpm to deliver some eyebrow-raising performance figures. In ‘standard’ guise, the 21C will hit 62mph in 1.9 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 432km/h (268mph). We’re itching to see the 3D-printed hypercar up close.

Dacia electric city car

Geneva 2020 preview

Dacia is entering the EV market with an electric show car. Little is known about the Dacia EV, aside from the fact that the company is promising to deliver ‘the most accessible 100 percent electric city car on the market’. This could mean a sub-£25,000 EV with a range of up to 150 miles – a kind of budget alternative to the Honda e and Mini Electric. This could be an interesting one, so we’ll be on the Dacia stand at 8am for the first glimpse of the budget EV.

Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS

Geneva 2020 preview

Porsche will give European debuts to the new 2020 GTS versions of the 718 Cayman and Boxster. The big news is the return of the flat-six engine, which is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox. The 4.0-litre unit produces an impressive 400hp and 310lb ft of torque, with performance figures that are only marginally slower than the GT4. Prices start from £64,000 for the 718 Cayman, or £66,000 for the 718 Boxster. Orders can be placed now.

Honda Civic Type R

Geneva 2020 preview

Honda has given the Civic Type R a mid-life refresh, and introduced a pair of special variants. While the regular Type R receives a mild makeover, the Limited Edition is the most extreme version to date. Just 100 of these track-focused Type Rs will be available, with upgrades including BBS alloy wheels, Michelin Cup 2 tyres and modified dampers. Meanwhile, the Sport Line is a more mellow affair, with Honda removing the rear wing and adding soft-sidewall Michelin tyres and more sound deadening.

Kia Sorento

Geneva 2020 preview

The fourth-generation Kia Sorento sits on a new platform and, for the first time, will be offered with a hybrid powertrain. Kia has paired a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 44.2kW electric motor and a 1.49kWh battery pack. A plug-in hybrid version will follow later. Alternatively, UK buyers can opt for a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 202hp. All UK variants will be seven-seaters.

Lexus UX 300e

Geneva 2020 preview

The first all-electric Lexus will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The UX 300e features a 54.3kWh battery beneath the cabin floor to deliver a WLTP range of 186 miles. Recharging to 80 percent is available in 50 minutes when using a DC charger, or a full charge will take seven hours using a domestic socket. Lexus says the UX 300e will go on sale in the UK in January 2021, with prices announced nearer the time.

BAC Mono One

Geneva 2020 preview

BAC is using the Geneva Motor Show to say goodbye to the Mono. Just three examples of the Mono One will be available worldwide, before production stops to make way for a new car in 2021. The three editions are made up out of BAC’s corporate colours of white, black and red, with each one featuring a Bjork-robot-inspired logo on the wing and headrest. Which is something we never thought we’d write.

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar

Geneva 2020 preview

The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar ‘will only be enjoyed by a very few’. This is Bentley-speak for expensive and limited edition. The company says the Mulliner Bacalar represents ‘the future of coachbuilding’, so we’re intrigued to see what it is. It’s likely to borrow heavily from the EXP 100 GT concept of last year – with all units snapped up before the car is unveiled next month.

Hyundai Prophecy

Geneva 2020 preview

From the atmospheric teaser image, the Hyundai Prophecy looks remarkably like a Porsche 911. The reality is likely to be very different, but Hyundai has certainly got our attention. The press release uses many words but gives little away – you can tell it’s motor show season – but the electric concept is said to define the direction of future Hyundai designs. Still want that Magentis?

Volkswagen Golf GTD

Geneva 2020 preview

Volkswagen says the Golf GTD boasts ‘the most powerful and, thanks to twin dosing, cleanest turbo diesel injection (TDI) engine ever to be installed in a Golf’. The 2.0-litre diesel is likely to produce around 200hp, while mild hybrid tech should boost the fuel economy. The engine starts via a pulsing button in the completely digitised cockpit.

Hispano Suiza Carmen

Geneva 2020 preview

Inspired by the Dubonnet Xenia of 1938, the Hispano Suiza Carmen features a fully electric 1,019hp (750kW) powertrain and a bespoke carbon-fibre monocoque chassis. It weighs just 1,690kg, which helps it to hit 62mph in under three seconds and to reach a top speed limited to 155mph. It costs €1.5m (£1.25m) plus taxes, and only 19 will be built from late 2019 until 2021.

Apex AP-0

Geneva 2020 preview

Designed and built in the UK, the Apex AP-0 is an “‘xpertly crafted EV sports car’. It weighs just 1,200kg, with Apex claiming it offers ‘rapid acceleration, superior agility, outstanding handling and exceptional cornering ability’. The British manufacturer also claims that the AP-0 features tech that makes it more aware of the world around it…

Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift

Geneva 2020 preview

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift has been caught testing and, judging by its appearance, it’s ready for Geneva. The styling will fall into line with the rest of the range, while the E-Class will also get the latest MBUX infotainment software. You can also expect new mild and plug-in hybrid powertrains, plus an improved cabin and enhanced driver assistance systems. There are no official images, so here’s the outgoing E-Class looking like it’s on the front cover of a power ballad CD.

BMW 330e Touring

Geneva 2020 preview

A new BMW 330e Touring plug-in hybrid will join the 3 Series range in the summer, with both the saloon and estate offered with a choice of all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Like the 330e saloon, the Touring estate pairs a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to deliver a claimed 176mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 39g/km. It also offers up to 34 miles of electric range.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Geneva 2020 preview

The pre-show teaser image for the Volkswagen Golf GTI is… illuminating. It features both the red stripe on the radiator grille and an optional LED crossbar integrated in the daytime running lights. It’s also the first Golf GTI to feature a completely digitised dashboard, which seems a world away from the original Mk1. Volkswagen says the power delivery of the GTI engine will ‘exceed expectations’. No pressure.

Skoda Octavia vRS iV

Geneva 2020 preview

Like before, the new Skoda Octavia vRS will be available as a practical hatchback and an even more practical estate. The big change is the plug-in hybrid powertrain, which develops a total system output of 245hp. Skoda hasn’t supplied any efficiency figures, but we’d expect you to be able to achieve a short commute on electric power. For now, the company is promising ‘superior fuel economy and low CO2 emissions’.

Automobili Pininfarina Battista

Geneva 2020 preview

Automobili Pininfarina is marking the 90th anniversary of the famous design house with a special unveiling in Geneva. The company says the Battista development mules have ‘achieved 80 percent of their performance capability without issue’, with the first deliveries expected later this year. Pininfarina is calling the 1,900hp Battista ‘the world’s first fully electric luxury hypercar’.

Renault Twingo ZE

Geneva 2020 preview

Renault will present a 100 percent electrified stand during press days, with eight cars on display. One of these will be the new all-electric Renault Twingo. But before you get too excited, it’s not coming to the UK. The Twingo was developed from the ground up with electrification in mind and is expected to offer around 70 miles of range.

Hyundai i30

Geneva 2020 preview

The facelifted Hyundai i30 will feature a redesigned bumper, new LED headlights and V-shaped daytime running lights. That much is clear from the teaser image, but further changes include new rear bumper, rear lights and alloy wheel designs. Hyundai will also unveil an N Line version of the i30 estate. This is fine, but we’d really like to see a full-fat i30 N wagon…

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible

Geneva 2020 preview

Bentley says it’s ‘raising the bar for luxury open-top Grand Touring’ with the launch of the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible. The car boasts ‘Diamond-in-Diamond’ interior quilting which adorns all four seats, the door casings, rear quarters and the tonneau cover. It takes almost 400,000 stitches, with each diamond containing exactly 712 individual stitches. Further treats include 22-inch polished wheels with self-levelling badges, mood lighting, illuminated tread plates and LED welcome lights. As for the price, if you have to ask…

Aiways U6ion

Geneva 2020 preview

Shanghai-based Aiways will unveil an all-electric crossover concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Not much is known about the U6ion, but it’s based on the same platform as the U5 electric car. Chief designer Dongfei Luo said: “The U6ion sketches present a crossover coupe with a harmonious and exciting body shape, aimed at attracting young car users looking for a zero-emission SUV that offers style, practicality and electric performance.”

Hyundai i20

Geneva 2020 preview

The new Hyundai i20 is lower, wider and longer than its predecessor. It’s also four percent lighter than the outgoing model, which, when combined with new mild hybrid technology, should make the 2020 i20 more efficient. Available connectivity equipment includes a 10.25-inch digital cluster, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and wireless charging.

Aiways U5

Geneva 2020 preview

The European version of the Aiways U5 electric SUV will make its debut in Geneva. More details will be revealed at the show, but the company says the U5 “will offer a unique means of owning a new electric vehicle that will provide users with an original customer experience”. Aiways is offering 10-minute test drives at the show.

DS Automobiles

Geneva 2020 preview

A Citroen SM will be on display on the DS Automobiles stand – 50 years to the day since it first appeared. We understand DS will also unveil a ‘sophisticated and technically advanced’ new car, but we can’t look beyond the SM. That’s the danger of taking a heritage car to a motor show – it tends to hug the limelight. Come back in March for our round-up of the best reveals and the coolest concepts at the Geneva Motor Show.

Polestar Precept

Polestar Precept Geneva 2020

Polestar is growing up, and distancing itself from parent company Volvo, with the sleek Precept concept. It’s designed as an indication of where the fledgling electric marque will go in the near future. If that means a new model the same size and with similar styling to this, perhaps Porsche and Tesla should be worried. We reckon the Precept, with its recycled fishing net carpets and reclaimed plastic bottle seats, could be the coolest concept of Geneva 2020. 

Czinger 21C revealed: next-level hypercar revs to 11,000rpm

Czinger 21C hypercar revealed in full

After weeks of teasing, Czinger has revealed the full specificaion of its 21C hypercar, due to debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.

A feast of new images allow us to fully drink in the details of this new 3D-printed exotic. Here we go…

Czinger 21C: the engine

Czinger 21C hypercar revealed in full

One of the biggest mysteries around this new hypercar was exactly what powers it. In teaser videos, it didn’t sound like your average turbocharged small-block V8, or an exotic Italian V12. It had the tone of a racing car, and indeed, the spec sheet reads like something from motorsport.

It’s a 2.88-litre twin-turbocharged flat-crank V8 revs to a dizzying 11,000 rpm. It produces 1,250 hp, which means the 1,250 kg 21C has a power to weight ratio of one horsepower per kilogram.

It’s not just the V8 creating that power, though. Augmenting it are two high-output electric motors, one for each front wheel, with full torque-vectoring capability. Powering those are very high-tech lithium-titanate batteries.

Putting the engine’s oomph to the rear wheels is a seven-speed automated manual transmission. Those familiar with old Ferrari F1 gearboxes and the original Aston Martin Vanquish may quiver in fear at the thought of that.

Fear not, it is a new proprietary design by Czinger, so we expect it’ll whip-crack shifts like the very best dual-clutchers.

Czinger 21C: performance figures

Czinger 21C hypercar revealed in full

So what does it all add up to? Well, some seriously impressive figures. Czinger claims the 21C will get to 62mph in 1.9 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 8.1 seconds. Have that, Dom Toretto. 

It’ll also do 0-186-0mph in 15 seconds, and 0-248-0 mph in 29 seconds. Top-end, it’ll be stomping (some) Bugattis at 268mph. Dizzying stuff. That jutting bodywork creates downforce of up to 250 kg at 155 mph, although that’s just for the standard car…

With what Czinger calls ‘Lightweight track configuration’, it can produce more than three times that: 790 kg at 155 mph. Top speed is reduced, however, to a lowly 236 mph.

Joking aside, that’s impressive for a high-downforce car. That’s because both benefit from the two seats being in-line in the middle of the car, allowing for a slim glasshouse and improved aerodynamics. 

Czinger 21C: the design

Czinger 21C hypercar revealed in full

What do you make of the looks? As we’ve said before regarding the teaser shots, it resembles a Grand Theft Auto reimagining and amalgamation of multiple supercars. On the flip side, it does have its own unique silhouette thanks to that seating layout.

Czinger says the design originates from the concept of functional art. ‘Line logic’ is how the cuts and lines in the car all connect, to serve a function. It certainly, as Czinger says, ‘looks like nothing else on the planet’. For us, Minority Report meets McLaren P1 about sums it up.

As for how that cockpit looks and feels? We’ll have to find out at the Geneva Motor Show, where Czinger will be taking orders for the limited run of 80 cars. Speaking of, one number we don’t know yet is price. Needless to say, it won’t be cheap…

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Czinger 21C on highway

New Czinger 21C is a hybrid hypercar for the Netflix generation

Czinger 21C on highway

The Stranger Things vibe is too overt for it to be a coincidence. Watch the 60-second teaser video for the Czinger 21C and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into Hawkins, Indiana.

Not that there’s anything remotely retro about the 21C. As the name suggests, this is a hypercar for the 21st century. It’s also built in Los Angeles, which is around 2,000 miles from the Scarcourt Mall. As for its premiere, the Czinger will be fully revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

For the benefit of any doubt, Czinger is pronounced with a silent ‘c’, so it’s the first supercar to sound like a chicken burger at KFC. It’s also named after the founder and CEO Kevin Czinger, the co-founder of Coda Automotive. More on the CEO in a moment. What do we know about the car?

In truth, not a lot. The company has released a selection of images and an atmospheric video, but specs and details are as thin on the ground as a healthy snack at Scoops Ahoy.

Czinger 21C hybrid engine

It represents a ‘paradigm shift in the way vehicles are designed, developed, engineered and manufactured’, says the short press release. It’s a reference to the 3D printing techniques showcased by Divergent 3D, the company Kevin Czinger founded three years ago.

Previously, Czinger has said the manufacturing process for every mainstream car “is fundamentally broken”. In an interview with Road & Track, Czinger said: “In a car company, they’re in all of their silos. They’re not trying to work with people outside or develop new commercial equipment. They’re looking at what technologies fit into and improve their existing production capability.

”We’re looking to combine computing power, science, and additive manufacturing into one system.”

To this end, Czinger enlisted the help of senior execs from Apple, Boeing, Google, Koenigsegg and SpaceX, while Dave O’Connell, formerly of Mitsubishi, was brought in to work on the design.

Czinger 21C: ‘Super-cool car’

Czinger 21C rear

You might recall the Divergent Blade – a 700hp, 3D-printed supercar that was given the Jay Leno treatment in 2017. It represents Czinger’s “fantasy of what a super-cool car would look like”, one in which the driver sits in the middle position, with a passenger sat behind. A kind of 3D-printed two-person bobsled on four wheels, if you like.

Czinger also references the Lola T70, and the influence of the Can-Am racer is clear to see. The CEO was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and he built hotrods with his brothers.

The Divergent Blade lineage in the Czinger 21C is obvious, but even from the video, it’s clear that the company has moved on. The images hint of a car that’s more production-ready, with styling that’s part-Lola, part-McLaren and part-Batmobile.

A low weight is guaranteed. The Blade tipped the scales at just 630kg, which gave it a power-to-weight ratio of 1,142.8hp per tonne. It used a 2.4-litre engine from the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. The company has confirmed the use of a hybrid powertrain developed in-house for the 21C, but while the output is unclear, the video suggests a redline of 10,000rpm.

There’s swathes of carbon-fibre, a full length LED light strip at the rear, a rear-view camera, a large rear wing, a central exhaust, stacked LED headlights and a central driving position.

More information will almost certainly be released ahead of the Czinger 21C’s global debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Will the full details be leaked or revealed ahead of 3 March? Stranger things have happened…