As you know, we don’t usually deviate much from our core mission of covering cars and the car business here at Techshake. But this morning, an really caught my eye, and it’s about a railroad. Don’t worry, we’re not going to go all “” on you, but there’s definitely a connection between this news and the auto industry, so bear with me for a few minutes while I explain.
We’re a bit behind the curve on this one, but at Geneva, Alfa Romeo showed us its 4C sports car. The 4C will soon be the basis for a re-launch of Fiat’s premium sports brand in the United States, and from what we’ve seen so far, it appears that all of the right boxes are checked.
It isn’t every day (or even every year) that a new Rolls-Royce model makes its debut. But yesterday at Geneva, Rolls-Royce showed its new Wraith, which is basically a coupe variant of its “entry-level” Ghost sedan, but with a completely new body and interior. Billed as the most sporting Rolls-Royce production car ever, it packs quite a bit of luxury and performance into its footprint. You can be the judge regarding the car’s looks.
Toyota’s GT86 (aka Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, etc.) was one of the most anticipated cars of 2012. With its lightweight, rear wheel drive chassi, near-perfect balance, and sporty good looks, it heralded the possible return of a long-dormant segment of affordable rear wheel drive sport coupes. Don’t think that Mazda, purveyor of the excellent MX-5 (nee Miata) wasn’t raising an eyebrow when it first heard about the Toyota FT-86 coupe; previously, it practically had a lock on fun-to-drive, efficient two doors (albeit ones with soft tops).
Making its global debut at the 2013 Geneva auto show, Chevrolet’s new Corvette Stingray convertible continues a Corvette tradition of open-top motoring that only lapsed from 1976 to 1985. Though it obviously shares much of its design with its coupe brother, the Stingray convertible’s design actually looks much more like a C6’s than does the coupe, because the shape of the greenhouse is so different in the C7 compared to the C6. Throwing a soft top into the equation leaves less room for creativity in the shape of the roof.