Geneva Coverage Wraps Up With New VW GTI/GTD, Rolls-Royce Wraith, and Topless FR-S and Corvette
By now, all the new cars debuting at the International Motor Show in Geneva have been revealed, so here is the final batch of noteworthy concept and production vehicles unveiled during the show. The first day of coverage can be found in yesterday’s post.
Scion FT-86 Open Concept
While technically a concept vehicle, everything about the Toyota FT-86 Open Concept suggests a final production model is not far off. Everything about the Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S here in the States) is retained here in the concept, with the obvious subtraction of the roof. Even the vestigial rear seats are kept [Ed. note: upon further inspection, these are actually bucketed storage areas with seat belts for keeping items strapped in]. The leather seats in the concept are beautiful and look supportive enough for serious corner-clipping work.
Photos from ft86club.com
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
A soft top variant of a new Corvette is as inevitable as the tides, and buyers probably won’t have to wait very long after the C7’s introduction to buy one. The vents above the rear tires are gone, but the convertible isn’t as likely to see much track use compared to the coupe anyway. A hardtop would have allowed for a much more pleasing and cohesive shape, but likely would have taken up too much trunk space to satisfy the mandatory “two sets of golf clubs” requirement that most sports cars seem to have.
Volkswagen Golf GTI and GTD
Volkswagen’s seventh generation GTI will begin making its way into dealerships around the world this summer, with a US release sometime soon after. The familiar 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder won’t be the only engine under the hood, however, as a diesel version dubbed the GTD will also be available. Interior trim, transmission choices, and the body kit will all be identical between the two cars; only badging and the lack of double red stripes on the grille will differentiate the two. With 184hp and 280lb-ft of torque, the GTD certainly has has enough power to make it worthy of the almighty GTI name. What isn’t so certain is whether the GTD will make it to the US; Volkswagen is being coy about its plans to bring the GTD across the Atlantic since the GTD’s unveiling, so expect solid news once the fervor has died down.
On a side note, the Golf VII, and by proxy the GTI and GTD, has been awarded the European Car of the Year Award.
The white car pictured below is the GTD, and the red is the GTI.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith will be to the Phantom Coupe what the Ghost is to the Phantom. That is, a smaller, less expensive Rolls but also sportier and lighter compared to its big brother, and based on a heavily modified BMW 7-Series platform. It’s nice to see Rolls-Royce taking an active interest in developing cars for the less advantaged, as the Wraith’s $320,000 price tag vastly undercuts the Phantom Coupe’s $430,000 introductory cost. Some new tech may actually make the Wraith a worthy $70,000 upgrade from the standard Ghost sedan, including an 8-speed ZF automatic that utilizes GPS to determine shift logic; for example, the Wraith may downshift when approaching a corner or hill.
The Wraith will also be the most powerful car Rolls-Royce has ever built. While the Ghost is sportier and more powerful than the more luxe and expensive Phantom (562hp vs. 454hp), the Wraith will receive a twin-turbo V12 with an insane 624hp. So not just a two door makeover, then. The Wraith will begin deliveries by the end of the year, so fill out your order form quickly!
Rolls-Royce Wraith Reveal