Category - 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

Geneva 2012: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

This is the all-new 12-cylinder Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which debuts at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show next week.  This is the most powerful road going car that Ferrari has ever built, and is powered by a 6.3-liter V12 engine which produces 740-horsepower and 509 ft-lb of torque.  The mid-front engine layout of the F12 Berlinetta delivers power to the rear wheels by way of an extremely close ratio double clutch gearbox.

The F12 Berlinetta,which replaces the 599 in the Ferrari lineup, has been engineered to not only be more efficient but also more dynamic.  Ferrari engineers have designed an all-new spaceframe chassis that gives the F12 Berlinetta a lower center of gravity, a 20 percent increase in structural rigidity while shedding 70kg over the outgoing 599.  Ferrari says the fuel consumption has also been reduced by 30%, with CO2 emissions of just 350 g/km.

Using computational fluid dynamics to design the F12 Berlinetta, Ferrari has managed to boost downforce by an incredible 76 percent over the 599 while keeping the coefficient of drag at just 0.299.  Ferrari has managed this by using what they call the Aero Bridge which uses the hood to generate downforce by channeling air away from the upper part of the car and over the directing it to the flanks over the rear wheels.  Ferrari has also given the F12 Berlinetta Active Brake Cooling which opens guide vanes to the brake cooling ducts only at high operating temperatures to further reduce drag.

The result of all this engineering and efficiency is pretty damn impressive.  Ferrari says that the F12 Berlinetta will do 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 8.5 seconds.  Ferrari also says that the F12 Berlinetta laps their Fiorano test circuit a full 1 minute and 23 seconds faster than any other Ferrari road car.

We’ve got a full Ferrari F12 Berlinetta gallery and Ferrari press release after the jump to read about the other techno wizardry Ferrari have employed.

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Geneva 2012: Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Jaguar has released the first images of the upcoming XF Sportbrake which is set to début at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.  The XF Sportbrake (or wagon as us Yankees call it) is new from the B-pillar rearward, and gains 5mm in length but less than 70kg in weight over the XF sedan.  Rear seat passengers will benefit from an additional 48mm of headroom over the XF sedan as well.  The XF Sportbrake will be available in Europe in either a 2.2-liter four cylinder or a 3.0-liter six cylinder engine which deliver power to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Jaguar says the XF Sportbrake will go on sale in the third quarter of 2012 but we are willing to bet we’ll never see it on this side of the Atlantic.  Damn shame too because the XF Sportbrake is one of the most attractive wagons we’ve seen to date, and the thought of an XFR Sportbrake makes us drool even more.

We’ve got a full Jaguar XF Sportbrake image gallery and the Jaguar press release after the jump.

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Geneva 2012: Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Apparently the folks at Land Rover thought the Nissan CrossCabriolet was such a good idea that they’d give themselves a go at chopping the top on an SUV with the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept.  While this is certainly less offensive than the CrossCabriolet (partially because the Evoque is infinitely better looking than the Murano in the first place), we can’t say that the idea of a convertible SUV appeals to any of our driving senses.  Not only have you lost the utility, but there was very little sport in the first place with soft-roaders like the Evoque.

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept makes its début at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Full Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept press release after the jump

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Geneva 2012: BMW Concept M135i

It’s no secret around here that I’m a long time Audi owner. I’ve been a fan of the S and RS cars as long as they’ve been making them and generally speaking I haven’t looked at the other German brands (with the exception of Porsche) with lustful eyes. There are of course a couple of exceptions, and two of those are the hot hatchbacks BMW has produced over the years that wore the letter ///M on them.

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Geneva 2012: 2013 Audi RS4 Avant Revealed

Here it is, the new Audi RS4 which makes its official début at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show in March.  This is the third generation RS4, and like the first generation RS4, is only available in Avant form factor.  The new RS4 uses the same high-revving 4.2-liter V8 engine that powers the RS5 Coupe and produces 450-horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque.  Audi claims that the RS4 Avant can get from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.  There isn’t much to report by way of new tech that isn’t already found in the updated RS5, but the updated front fascia of the RS4 shows the design direction of RS cars for the near future.  Also new are the 19-inch, ten-spoke forged aluminum wheels which ride on 265/30 rubber.

Now, it’s time for my two cents on the new RS4 as a current generation S4 owner.  This car could have been and should have been equipped with the new 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine or a higher output 3.0T engine.  The 4.2 engine has never been a gem in anything but the R8 and with the exception of the sound, doesn’t offer anything compelling to the driving experience.  You can say this is conjecture since we haven’t driven the new RS4, but this is basically the same engine used in Audi’s lineup for the last several years and has had less than stellar results in most comparison tests of the RS5 vs. the world.   Yes, much of that is attributed to the RS5’s steering feel, but the performance numbers also were lackluster when compared to the competition.  While the steering is probably fixed with the new RS4, the car really deserves a forced induction engine to go with the wonderful B8 chassis.  On the bright side, the new RS4 looks fantastic and probably sounds fantastic.  We won’t be seeing this in North America in Avant form but hopefully this paves the way to a sedan version in the next couple of years.

Click through for a full 2013 Audi RS4 Avant photo gallery

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