Top 5 concept cars seen at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on March 14, 2017

As expected, a number of major carmakers are on full force in unveiling their new concept vehicles at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. Of course, these concepts are just show cars aimed at telling the public that the auto companies are cooking something good and interesting.

Usually, concepts preview upcoming models. Sometimes, they are just design or technology studies. At times, concepts are used to gauge the interest of a public on a certain model.

Whatever carmakers intend for their concepts, these show cars are usually a sight to behold. Here are five concepts that we think are noteworthy of mentioning.

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Unveiled in a Photon Red color at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new Jaguar I-PACE Concept is the brand’s first electric model and is seen to go head-to-head with the Tesla Model X.

Powering the I-PACE are two electric motors placed on each of its axles. Combined output is around 400 hp with max torque of 516 lb.-ft. (700 Nm). This allows the I-PACE Concept to sprint from nil to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4 seconds. The I-PACE Concept could travel as far as 310 miles (500 km) on a single charge.

According to Design Director Ian Callum, the new Jaguar I-PACE Concept provides a glimpse into the five-seat production car that Jaguar expects to launch by next year. Since this would the first EV to come from Jaguar, it also marks the beginning of a new page in the brand’s history.

Infiniti Q60 Project Black S

The Project Black S is a collaborative venture between Infiniti and the RenaultSport Formula One Team, aimed at creating a hybrid performance model derived from the Infiniti Q60. Infiniti described the Project Black S as a radical reinterpretation of the Q60 coupe with a prominent aerodynamic design. It provides a preview of how a hybrid powertrain derived from Formula One could superbly improve the overall performance of a production car from Infiniti.

There were reports that the Project Black S would employ a tuned dual turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering 400 hp (298 kW) of output and 350 lb.-ft. (474.5 Nm) of torque.

This conventional engine will be paired to an electric motor that could deliver at least 100 hp of output, increasing the overall power output to at least 500 hp (373 kW). Infiniti is unveiling of the Project Black S at the Geneva Motor Show to measure the potential interest of the public in high-performance versions of production Infiniti cars.

Audi Q8 Sport Concept

First seen at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show in January, the Audi Q8 Concept signified the start of a new flagship SUV for the German premium carmaker. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Q8 concept is dressed in a sportier manner at the Audi Q8 Sport Concept. Thus, it could be an indication of a new SQ8 or Audi RS Q8.

For the first time in Audi history, the 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine of the Q8 Sport Concept is treated to a mild hybrid setup and an electric powered compressor -- allowing it to deliver 33 hp more than the first concept, or a total of 476 horsepower (350 kilowatts), and 516 lb.-ft. (700 Nm) of torque.

It could sprint from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in only 4.7 seconds, or 0.7 second faster than the Audi Q8 Concept. The Audi Q8 Sport Concept is expected to reach a top speed of 171 mph (275 km/h).

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept hybrid is the German luxury carmaker’s newest GT four-door sports car. It marks Mercedes’ efforts in fusing sedan utility and the curvaceous design of a coupe. According to the company, the AMG GT Concept marks the start of new possibilities to further extend the AMG GT family.

As a hybrid, the GT Concept features a rear-mounted electric motor on top of its 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine, producing a total system output of 805 hp (600 kW). Mercedes claims that the GT Concept could accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph (97 km/h) in less than three seconds.

Artega Scalo Superelletra

The new Artega Scalo Superelletra is the lighter and more powerful version of the Scalo, which marked the rise from ashes of the once defunct German carmaker Artega Automobil.

Borrowing from the design cues from German sports car maker Porsche and Italian firm Ferrari, the Scalo Superelletra is powered by four electric motors – two on the front axle and another two on the back – for a total output of around 1,020 hp (750 kW). These motors are reported to be capable of delivering a total of 1,620 Nm (1,194 lb/-ft.) of instant torque.

These electric motors are energized by a large 120-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that allows the Artega Scalo Superelletra to have a range of 310 miles (500 kilometers). In terms of performance, the Artega Scalo Superelletra could sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.7 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

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