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CNET On Cars: 2013 Geneva Motor Show Roundup

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CNET On Cars: 2013 Geneva Motor Show Roundup

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CNET's Wayne Cunningham and Antuan Goodwin gives us the highlights and some lowlights from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

-I'm Wayne Cunningham. -And I'm Antoine Goodwin. -And we are here at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show standing in front of the new Bentley Flying Spur. It's actually the second generation of this car. Big luxury vehicle, it's got the 6 liter W12 engine, big fast sedan. That's what Bentley does, big fast vehicles. -You know who else does big, fast vehicles as well? Well, maybe not fast but they're trying to-- Rolls Royce. -Oh, yeah. -They actually just debut the Wraith of this show, and the Wraith basically is based on the ghost platform. -They have that nice fast back design. -Yeah, that sort of like coupe-like roofline that everyone's been kind of using since Audi debut the A7 but it's actually 2 doors. They are the sort of coach doors that open backwards 0-6 and 4.4 seconds and something that weighs as much as a small boat. That's kind of impressive. -Okay. But you know what's faster? -What's faster? -The new Ferrari. They just actually unveiled the new limited edition only 499 units are gonna make. And you know what it's called? -La Ferrari. -That's a horrible name. -They may as well have called La Fonda. -Well, La Ferrari is actually a hybrid too. Okay? So it's all sorts of like up fronts to God right now. -Oh, yeah. It's got, I mean as far as these sport cars appears, this thing just blows all the streets away. It's got a digital instrument cluster. -Okay. -it's got a hybrid drive system. -All right. -So actually they attached an electric motor to their big 6.3 liter B12. And they say the 62 miles an hour somewhere under 3 seconds they have no idea. -Okay, that's impressive. I mean, it's kind of exclusive only a couple hundred of made, but I've got a car that's even more exclusive than that. Sway over our shoulder here at Lamborghini's booth. It's the Lamborghini Veneno. They actually only making four of these. -Four? -They're only selling 3 and they're already sold out. -Well, yeah. Forget three, I'm sure there's plenty of you would be like, well, probably not too many people. -Not too many people can afford the $3.9 million price tag for the 750 horsepower vehicle that's based on the Aventador. So it's got a little bit more horsepower. It's got a fully carbon-fibered body and it's being completely re-sculpted. The whole thing is just a mess of wings and vents and diffusers and spoilers. It's one of the most aerodynamic cars that Lamborghini has ever made top speed of 220 miles per hour. -We've been talking about a lot of very expensive cars none that I can afford. So let's go and take a look at the car that I really like that I might be able to afford and that they will be selling in the US. All right, let's look. So here it is the Alfa Romeo 4C. And the other nice concept of this car I was really excited. And this one is actually gonna be coming in the US. -Oh, is it? -Yeah. And so it's really lightweight, they say like 2000 pounds. That's extremely light for today's cars. 1.7 liter direct injection turbo-charge engine. -All right. -240 horsepower. I mean that sounds like fun doesn't it? -All sounding good. And it looks like it's also a mid-engine. So I mean, it's a pretty inexpensive mid-engine the high powered rear wheel drive, a car [unk] I mean, what's not awesome about that? -Yeah. Well, there's a couple of things that are not us [unk] actually. Look at these headlights. -Okay. They looked bad. -They're weird. They kinda looked very insect-like [unk] weird. But I think you're nitpicking like for one thing with some otherwise beautiful cars. They need a lens over them or something. I don't know if I could walk out to this car everyday and say like, yeah, that's good. But, you know, leave it to the after-market or you can, you know, you can maybe look at something a little bit different if you're looking for like pretty inexpensive sports car because the Chevy Corvette convertible was actually just announced at the show. So the same 450 horsepower, 450 pound feet of torque, 7th generation Corvette that we saw in Detroit now has a pretty awesome retractable cloth top. And what's interesting the Chevrolet said, they didn't actually have to like add any sort of like structural rigidity to the vehicle. It was built from the ground up to be a convertible, so it's not any heavier. That's awesome. -So it's that awesome. -It is that awesome. On the other hand, we've got some other convertible conversions here at the show that maybe weren't designed to be convertibles from the ground up. We're talking about the FT 86 Open Concept. -Oh, this is based on the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ 200 GT86 if you wanna go-- -Yeah. Like all of those cars. -Yeah. You know, I love the handling of the FR-S BRZ GT86. I don't really like the looks of that FT 86 Open now. -Yeah, it kinda looks a little incomplete. They actually-- haven't actually shown us what the car looks like with the top up. Doesn't look really bad but I know you're not a fan of 2+2 convertibles. -No, I mean, they looked like tops and whenever you get the-- you know, a roadster convertible is fine but whenever you get, you know, like 4-seats or the convertible top, then you just have a big top of bath tub kinda thing. I mean, you know, Toyota is actually also showing off another car that's really awesome and totally different. It's the car that I wanna drive the most. Just take a look at that. -Okay. -Now that down there is the Toyota iRoad Concept. It's an interesting little car. -Yeah. I don't know if that's really a car. It's only got 3 wheels. -That's kind of a trike, so it's got 2 wheels on the front and they're both powered by 2 kilowatt electric motors. One wheel on the back and it's actually the wheel that does the steering interestingly. And I was watching the Toyota people demonstrated and it actually has this really cool feature called Active Lean. So what happen is when you really cranked the wheel and start getting into a turn, the front wheels give you a little bit of camber so the whole vehicle leans into the turn. It's really awesome and it looks like a lot of fun. It's a one-seater and it's a motorcycle, right? -Two-seater. You get the tandem seating. There's a second seat behind the driver for your junk or your significant other whoever you want to take-- -That's not a car. It's not a car. VW does have a car called the XL1. It's a 261 miles per gallon is what they're saying. -Okay. I'm impressed, go on. -Yeah. So small 2-cylinder diesel engine made it to like an electronic motor but actually made it 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers with this car. It's a plug-in hybrid it goes about 30 miles under electric power by itself and then you can go like it's a lot more depending on how big the tank is. They haven't talked too much about it but if they do say 4.7 seconds to 60 miles an hour which is not fast. -So pretty much what you're telling me if we've gone from super cars that you single digits [unk] times to this Volkswagen it does about half a minute, right? -Yes. -La Ferrari to the La XL1. -Yeah, I think you pretty much covered the entire game of thing. -Well, I'm Wayne Cunningham. -And I'm La Antoine Goodwin and that about the wraps up for this 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Cheers.

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