MHH International: Four Top Cars From The Geneva Show
A true business express, the new Audi A6 offers a first class journey with a business class ticket. It’s the latest upgrade from the prestige German brand and it integrates many of the refinements and innovations that have been so widely acclaimed in the latest A8 luxury flagship.
Enveloped by a beautifully proportioned, if not terribly exciting, new body, the A6 bears all the hallmarks of the contemporary Audi design language. This impressive vehicle makes considerable headway in virtually every area, from its advanced mild hybrid drivetrains and even sharper yet more comfortable suspension options to its sublime cabin comfort and exceptional new all-digital MMI touch response interface. One for the long distance traveller. It’s available to order from June but prices are yet to be announced.
Splitting from the parent Volvo brand and being built in China at a state-of-the-art facility, the Polestar 1 is an Electric Performance Hybrid 2+2 GT coupé which produces no less than 600 horsepower and 1,000 Nm of torque. That’s right: 1000Nm! Additionally, this sleek, striking car has a 150km of pure electric driving range – the longest of any hybrid car in the world.
The Electric Performance Hybrid powertrain features an internal combustion engine powering the front wheels, while a double electric rear axle drive system powers the rear wheels from a total of 34kWh of battery power. In combination, the Polestar 1 is an electric vehicle with the benefits of an internal combustion engine to supplement the electric drive over long distances when required. That’s the technical side but what really sells this car is that kerb appeal. Available to pre-order now, expect it to cost in excess of £100,000. A star is born and it’s a Polestar.
Ferrari 488 Pista
You know what you’re going to get from the prancing horse. The Ferrari 488 Pista is powered by the most powerful V8 engine in the Maranello marque’s history. It is the iconic Italian brand’s special series sports car with the highest level yet of technological transfer from racing. A racing car for the road; In fact the name means ‘track’ in Italian and was chosen specifically to testify to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports.
The 488 Pista has been meticulously designed to ensure it is more performance-orientated than ever, with huge attention, say the company, lavished upon it thus ensuring that while aerodynamic demands were met, the brand’s signature styling elements and aesthetic canons were respected. The designers have used some innovative elements, such as the aerodynamic S-Duct at the front, as an opportunity to visually shorten the car’s nose, creating that original floating wing effect. The black, omega-shaped edging on the front bumpers and the side references the prominent aerodynamic underbody motif of the earlier 488 GTE.
Most notable on the flanks is the fact that the splitter in the side air intakes of the 488 GTB has been removed. At the front, the aerodynamic profiles that start at the front bumpers run sleekly along the side miniskirts all the way to the side appendages of the rear diffuser. The concept of the front is echoed in the dolphin-tail rear spoiler which appears suspended to provide an impression lightness and efficiency. The rear diffuser has been widened. It’s still a 488 but the point of all this attention to detail is to ensure that when the V8 starts up, the driver is in for a true track style ride. The order book opens this month but expect the price to exceed £200,000 UK. Not recommended for novices or the faint-hearted.
Back down to earth with this second generation mid-size Sports Activity Coupé from BMW. The X-Brand has proved hugely popular form the German company. This new X4 offers cutting-edge design paired with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive technology.
The X4, they say, delivers enhanced driving dynamics thanks to the extensively upgraded and lighter chassis technology. Additionally, two BMW M Performance models are available; the BMW X4 M40i and BMW X4 M40d. Starting from £42,900 in the UK, these cars, for now, are offered only with diesel engines and available to order now.
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