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Geneva model onslaught


The Geneva Motor Show has seen the unveiling of some incredible vehicles. Let’s take a look at some of these machines.

We reported on the Volkswagen T-Roc last week, but it deserves another mention.It slots in between the Tiguan and Taigun, power comes from a 135kW/380Nm turbo-diesel engine which is connected to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and features Volkswagen 4Motion all-wheel-drive.

The new Renault Twingo has been designed with the original model (releasedoverseas in 1992), as well as the iconic Renault 5 in mind. The rake of theTwingo’s rear screen and shoulders are inspired by the rear-engined Renault 5 Turbo. It has a five-door set-up for added practicality and is going with the same theme that many manufacturers have chosen in terms of the customisation options, which on the Twingo include differing door-mirror colours, side mouldings and decals.

The most important part of the new models is the engine and, to be more specific, where it has been placed. With the aim of making a more capacious cabin and improving the turning circle while providing a smaller road footprint, engineers have mounted the new Twingo’s engine in the rear. The small car will be made in collaboration with Daimler, who has shared development costs with Renault as this layout will also be used for the next-generation two- and four-seat Smart cars.

Luxury car maker Bentley has revealed the performance version of its flagship grand tourer, the Continental GT Speed. It will set new performance records for the brand. It uses a6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine with 467kW and 820Nm torque and a top speed of 331km/h, making it the fastest production Bentley ever.

The styling has received attention too: the Speed features a sharp front splitter, side skirts, a rear diffuser, dark tint finish to the 21” wheel design, headlamps and tail lamps along with the obligatory red brake calipers.

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