Monday, March 20, 2017

Geneva Motorshow 2017 , Exotica




Welcome to day #2 of Marcus and Agata's Geneva Motorshow 2017 coverage.

Today we'll look back to Exotica that we saw, that was notable.

Including cars that we would buy and enter into our automotive stable if we had the ca$h, the garage space and the time.  Currently however, we feel we only have one of those commodities.






Just past the cloakroom at the entrance to the accessory hall at Geneva Motor Show is a shop selling memorabilia constructed from metal objects welded together.  This is the third year I remember it being there.  Fantastic stuff.



As you walk into the Exhibitor halls you must first pass thru the 'Trade like' accessories hall with oil from Motorex and machinery and tools.



Tata Tamo



Ever since Tata bought UK Jaguar Cars in 2008 it became an International player on the automotive stage.  Hopefully sports cars like the Tamo can make it into production.   Maybe an Indian manufacturer can appreciate the value of a small light and inexpensive sports car.



Brabus

To us, the monster powered 850 HP cars typically based on Mercedes donor cars are just ridiculous, but the more modest Smart Brabus,  although possibly the gateway drug car to your Brabus addiction almost makes sense.




Morgan
Morgan continues to produce its retro contrarian cars and we recall our extended tour of the Morgan factory in 2016 





McLaren

Much time spent at the McLaren stand gawping at the beauty of the 720S.  Recently released, if we had the finances then it would surely be a buy.



And McLaren if you are reading this, you could even considering handing one over.  After all, we are very careful owners, supportive of the Brand, and we'd reduce the average age of your customers which as I watched potential buyers at Geneva seems to be at the Geriatric level :-)


Aston Martin

I did not pay much attention to the Valkeyrie until I watched Harry's most recent video.   So it's going to be a production car for thin compact people.   Hello Aston!  Call us.



Ford GT


Apart from the obvious flaw to an American Supercar: We forgot to install a V8 engine,  this car is I'm afraid unacceptable for a second reason:





In true American tradition this is a Huge, Huge car, with little usable space.   It makes the Nissan GT-R look compact!  4.76 metres long.

Still you can have fun with the configurator  https://www.ford.com/performance/gt/#configurator
And rest assured that with all the hype; all cars are sold until eternity to a mix of speculators, chancers, collectors, and a few actual drivers.



Ford Focus RS

A genuinely great car, with all the things we like Hatchback, 4WD, Dual Clutch and even a low-ish price.  If you can believe that the car won't fall apart soon after ownership and you can stand being pestered by young boys asking 'how fast does it go mister' every time you park in public, this could be a great daily driver.




Pagani



A much smaller stand than in 2016 and unfortunately for us full of cars without roofs.  We no like!  Who would have thought the Zonda would still be around in 2017 but as the pictures show: it is.

Definitely a Supercar worth owning, though I think it's as delicate as a China vase.



Techrules



Extremely impressive stand but with a Turbine and Electric power I was very confused.   I read the press release but what exactly is powering that turbine.   Many unanswered questions!  My advice to Chinese manufacturing would instead be: produce an elegant simple light electric supercar for the masses, like well, your native population. I am pretty sure your Chinese Elites will go for more traditional European branding and not you.





Noble


At one point Marcus shared garage in the UK with  not one but 2 Noble car owners.  I always liked the brand.  But over the years the cars got more powerful and less practical.  Discounting the even more stupid roadster the above hard top is massive yet when I looked in the boot there was an enormous exhaust and engine and no luggage.  Really Noble, really?




David Brown Automotive
The Speedback GT is a remake in spirit and enhancement of a classic Aston Martin design.   The car is indeed beautiful but the exhibitors seems intent on chatting to each other rather than showing potential customers the car!



The price is about 600K GBP if you are interested after reading this





Ruf

Perhaps my favourite Porsche tuner.  If you are a Porsche enthusiast with a little more money to spend then I suggest you call them immediately







They had these great bar stools and table which they would sell me for about 12K Euros.  We are in need of same but this is outside of our budget even our dream budget



What you see is the 2007 CTT and this to Marcus is almost perfection.  Today I would point you towards the 2017 CTR








Radical

For those sensible enough not to take their expensive road car / Supercar onto the track, where disaster often occurs, and you may find your insurance does not cover it, the sensible answer is to buy a Radical.

This year Radical displayed only its Race cars but more conventionally you can buy your own road illegal i.e. track only car.  







Montiverdi


Montiverdi is a famous  (well to me) brand of Swiss manufactured Sports car.  Founder was Peter Montiverdi.  Since the brand died in 1980 or something I was astonished to see a Montiverdi sign in the Geneva Motorshow 2017.

I had a long talk with the exhibitors.  And if you only remember one thing it should be that the collection is moving to  Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne   (please don't confuse this with our home town of Lausanne!)

So remember:  Collection moves to Lucerne.   The old museum in Berne is now closed but not everybody seems to know this. Tut tut.  I think these Geneva exhibits are actually en route post show.

















Gemballa





To Marcus, Gemballa  (not to be confused with Gambela)  is like an upmarket RUF.

The attention to presentation is just superb 
At Geneva they had a Gemballa Avalanche which starts off life as a mere Porsche 911 Turbo






As with any 911 conversion the base practicality of the original car helps the mad upgrade converted car to some degree driveable on real roads and in real town centres.


Summary
A wonderful time viewing the exotics.   The folks at the RUF stand were the most helpful and accommodating.



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