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2012 Geneva Motor Show Coverage Preview Page 2

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta: Ferrari will present its long-awaited successor to the 599 GTB Fiorano, the all-new F12 Berlinetta, the fastest and most powerful road car the automaker has ever built. Its engine alone is a masterpiece, delivering unprecedented performance and revs for a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder. Peak output is 729 horsepower (740 in metric figures) and 508 pound-feet of torque, enough to rocket it from 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and see it reach a top speed in excess of 211 mph.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Convertible: The latest addition to the Volkswagen lineup packs in all the performance of the GTI hatchback, and adds the pleasures of open-top driving for four, thanks to a convertible body and an electrically powered fabric roof that can be folded away in just 9.5 seconds, even while traveling at speeds of up to 18 mph. Unfortunately, with Volkswagen choosing not to offer the latest Golf Convertible in the U.S., it’s highly unlikely that a limited run of Golf GTI Convertibles would be. European sales start in the second half of the year.

Roding Roadster

Roding Roadster

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Roding Roadster: One of the strange-yet-exciting vehicles set to debut at next week's event is the Roadster from Germany's Roding. The car features a removable roof, hence the Roadster name, and is essentially a two seat mid-engine sports car with a carbon fiber chassis and a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine sourced from BMW. Peak output is 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, which combined with a curb weight of less than 2,100 pounds should ensure rapid acceleration.

Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG: With less weight, more power, and an advanced multi-clutch transmission onboard, there’s a lot to love about the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG. It also doesn’t hurt that the car is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and reaching a top speed (electronically limited) to 186 mph. The exterior would be the only quibble we have so far as it appears too similar to the standard SL. The changes include a new bodykit, AMG-specific LED daytime running lights, a custom sports exhaust system and an integrated rear diffuser.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: Almost certain to be the most expensive car on show in Geneva will be the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse from Bugatti. Pegged as the fastest convertible on the planet, the stunning supercar is the result of combining the record-breaking Veyron Super Sport with the more lifestyle-oriented Veyron Grand Sport. The ultimate open-top Bug brings with it the full 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque of the Veyron Super Sport’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine, though we don't expect it to match its 268-mph world record speed.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage: Aston Martin has prepared a subtle facelift for its V8 Vantage, though the updates are the most comprehensive changes made to the car since 2008. The car’s powertrain still consists of a 4.7-liter V-8 but peak output has been lifted to 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque. You’ll be quick to note that those numbers are lifted from last year’s Vantage S. Further enhancements center on the V8 Vantage’s chassis, which also gets a few items from the Vantage S.

Hit the next page to see some of the green cars that will be on display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and remember to follow our dedicated show page for all the latest updates.

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