Warsaw Motor Show 2018 videoreviews: part two
Maserati Ghibli (& others), Audi TT, Aston Martin Superleggera
So, I was there on November 16, 2018. At the Warsaw Motor Show which is believed to be one of the biggest car events in the Central Europe. At least, this is what organizers claim true. Four halls covering 100K square meters with more than 1000 exhibits and an in-door track! The organizers also claim that the 2018 show edition will beat the 2017 edition in attendance; this means that more than 160K people are supposed to show up.
Richard Hammond also attended the event. The celebrity guest!
Pictures and video taken from the Warsaw Motor Show FB page
Now, let me introduce you to some of the cars I personally found very interesting. Hope they’ll also be worth your time and attention.
WARNING: all videos are total improvisation!
Maserati 2018 line
There was a number of Maserati cars exhibited at the show: Levante, Ghibli, Quattroporte VI and Levante S. However, one of the major reasons I approached the Maserati stand was to drop a word with hostesses. Italians, you know, they keep on crossing standards in beauty everywhere. Dolce vita!
Picture taken from the Maserati Chodzeń FB page
But let’s not get too distracted.
The feature which unites the majority of contemporary Maserati cars is their engine. Designed and manufactured by the Ferrari, it is the magnificent 3.0L F160 twin-turbocharged V6. This engine can be factory-tuned from 345 to 424 hp with 0-100 kmh acceleration ranging from 5.5 to 4.7 seconds (data for the Quattroporte VI). Not to speak of the sound. Bellissimo!
My favourite Maserati masterpiece exhibited at the Warsaw Motor Show was the Ghibli. Not only because it seems to be slickest, but because it looks the most Italian. Designed by the fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna, it’s 17,3 cm shorter than the Quattroporte and gives you the visual feeling of exuberant passion.
However, if I opted for something from the Maserati 2018 line, that would be the two-door GranTurismo coupé. The Ghibli looks passionate, but the GrandTourismo wants to lay you down. Immediatamente!
As for the Maserati SUVs, they are definitely cool. But, well… In my humble opinion, the Italian-made SUVs (regardless of the maker) look like rhinos in Venetian silk. Surely, they are cute, stylish, and unique, but... they are rhinos.
Audi TT S-Line Quattro
Picture taken from croatia-times.com
As you can recall from The Grand Tour S02 E04, Jeremy Clarkson enjoyed driving the Audi TT RS. He enjoyed that, amongst other, because the car allowed him to beat Richard Hammond (who drove Ariel Nomad) and win affection of the beautiful Croatian finish line (Ms. Silvija Jurin). Today I can perfectly understand why Richard stood no chances.
Agree, the TT I got into was not the RS, but the S-Line Quattro. Agree, the difference between the two is significant (RS is powered by the 5-cylinder 2,5L engine stabling 400 horses while the S-Line is “limited” to 4-cylinder 2L engine with the 292 horses). However, you can not escape the “ready-to-go” feeling which the TT gifts you with. The “condensed” space, the “repressive” seats, the red indicators all over the place. The hidden athletic POWERRRRR as just you touch the wheel! You simply feel it!
For the 2019 line, they think of making the five-door TT. Well, this may not go well. The pedigree may be lost as the TT risks devolving into a super-punchy A3 sedan. Won’t work for me.
If you’d like to buy the TT one day, give a look at one of my earlier articles.
How to buy a car, drive it, sell it & make a profit. Econometrics explains.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Now, in the video above I told that the TT was the most expensive car I had a chance to get in. I was wrong. Bloody Norah, how wrong I was!
The 2019 DBS Superleggera seems to be the epitome of the Aston Martin engineering. The Top Gear reviewers call it the “ultimate Aston Martin”. The Drive magazine calls it the “Hooligan with excellent manners”. For me personally, the Aston Martin is a British statement of power and brutality. Because harnessing the V12 engine and its 715 hp is brutally hard. But it also becomes brutally unfair if you fail harnessing them.
The car is permeated by carbon fibre, red stitching and grippy feeling of adventurism. The car introduces you to the British splendour and speaks in the East Midlands dialect. The car is traditional in essence, modern in details, and ruthless in character. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is great! Would I buy one?
Because I would be afraid to drive her brutal majesty.
This is it for today. Hope you enjoyed the reviews. For more, click here:
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And the final-final bit. For those, who are still with me. Richard Hammond bonus video!
Video taken from the Warsaw Motor Show FB page