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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Big guns build up head of steam as they roll out 'exotica' ahead of Geneva show

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

WITH the Geneva Show only around the corner, we have been given some glimpses of exotic - and not so exotic - models before the curtain rises.

Audi is teasing us with a first official preview of its new R8.

The heavily redesigned interior is likely to have Audi's new all-digital dash - the one we have raved about on the TT.

LED headlights will be standard, but you can order laser lights as an option.

The R8 will borrow technology from the Lamborghini Huracan, including the rear firewall and carbon-fibre moulded central tunnel.

Most components will be aluminium.

Current V8 and V10 engines will provide the power.

And Bentley is to roll out a high-performance, two-seater sports GT concept at the show.

The front-engined powerhouse would, if made (as seems likely), take on Aston Martin and Ferrari in the high-octane race for buyers.

It is expected that the concept will be powered by a version of the Audi-based 500bhp, 4-litre twin-turbo V8 which Bentley recently put in other models.

Elsewhere, Range Rover has previewed a revised Evoque with a dramatic new headlamp setup.

It will have full LED adaptive headlamps.

Yet another Geneva debutant, its changes include a new engine line-up as well as added safety and comfort elements.

Meanwhile Citroen's facelifted DS5 is expected to go on sale in June after it makes its Geneva debut.

This update will be the first in Europe with sole DS badging.

The flagship model gets new technology, styling and new diesels.

On a less exotic, but decidedly quirky note, Citroen will also reveal its new Berlingo Multispace but is previewing it with a concept called the Mountain Vibe Concept.

Pink seems to be a signature colour - the shade even extends to the fog-lamp surrounds.

Irish Independent

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