A supercar with a hybrid or electric powertrain isn’t a new thing in automotive industry. We’ve seen Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Lamborghini Asterion Concept last year. Those cool cars provide lower pollution (not really much, I guess) without forgetting its power and driving experience. And this year, the trend continues. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show there are more automakers which introduces its latest hybrid-supercar.
Aston Martin shocked the crowd of Geneva Motor Show introducing a new concept car, called DBX. It’s not a typical supercar from British company. It’s a coupe with electric powertrain and all-wheel-drive system. Something that’s almost we never expect from them. “This is, clearly, not a production-ready sports GT car, but it is a piece of fresh, bold thinking about what Aston Martin GT customers around the world could request of us in the future,” said CEO of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer. “We will, in due course, be entering a car into the new DBX space and I am very much looking forward to seeing how this concept is received not only here today, but also by our legion of existing loyal customers and by those potential customers around the world who have, to this point, yet to consider one of our cars,” he added.
The high-riding coupe comes with drive-by-wire electric steering, carbon ceramics brake, a KERS energy recovery system, and cameras in place of actual mirrors. For me, the DBX could be a preview of all-wheel-drive system in next Lagonda SUV or a GT with pure electric powertrain in the future. So, is there anyone who would buy an Aston Martin with EV machine and soundless?
Finally, Audi shows the R8 e-Tron off. And it has made debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It packs with combined output 462 hp and 920 Nm of torque. Audi said that the coupe can reach 100 km/h from zero in 3.9 seconds. Meanwhile its top speed is limited to 250 km/h and its range is 450 km. The company promises that charging time is less than 2 hours.
Audi’s designers have done a little change to R8 e-Tron. Up front, there’s no honeycomb grille anymore. The designers have replaced it with standard grille. Under the headlights there are fog lamps and we can see the redesigned wheels which makes the e-Tron looked more futuristic. At the rear, Audi removes the pipes and adds ‘e-Tron’ lettering to differ from regular R8. 2016 Audi R8 e-Tron will be available this year upon customer request.
The Swedish company, Koenigsegg, introduced its latest concept named Regera. Under the hood, the automaker immerses Agera’s engine, V8 twin-turbo 5.0 liter produces 1,100 hp. Meanwhile, electric motors has 700 hp output. According to Koenigsegg, if the engine and electric motors work together, the power output can reach 1,520 hp and over 2,000 Nm of torque! Its performance is so fantastic. It can reach 250 km/h from 150 km/h in 3.2 seconds! And it can reach 400 km/h under 20 seconds! Insane.
Koenigsegg Regera comes with some interesting features. You can open doors, engine cover, and luggage compartment with a remote or controlled from your smartphone. Another good stuff is Battery Drain Mode (BDM). The feature will allow the battery completely drained upon arrival at charging station. The car with signature Dihedral Synchro Helix doors will be produced only up to 80 units.
NanoFlowcell introduced Quant F Concept at 2015 Geneva Motor Show. According to company, it’s almost ready to produce. The 5.25 meters long coupe can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds! And you can reach 300 km/h in electric mode. You can drive the car up to 800 km range. It means its range is twice more than 2016 Audi R8 e-Tron.
Text: Andhika Pradityo
Photos: Geneva Motor Show & Carscoops