The 2010 Geneva Auto Show has impressed not only everyday car lovers, but green car fans and exotic car enthusiasts as well.
The vehicle that stole the show was (surprisingly enough) a newly designed Porsche that looks more exotic than it does sports car, the sexy new 918 Spyder.
“Believe it or not, the 918 Spyder concept is a plug-in hybrid car — albeit one that is faster than most dedicated, gas-guzzling super cars…” writes Auto Motion, echoing the sentiment of many workers in the auto industry.
2010 GENEVA AUTO SHOW HAS GREEN CARS FOR EVERYBODY
“EarthTechling.com characterized the 2010 Ceneva Auto Show as a “green car lover nirvana,” with all manner of electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and alternative fuel vehicles appearing on the convention floor in everything from drive-it-away to far-flung-concept condition…” writes blogger David Bois on Tonic.
Exotic cars are going green — quietly.
Even Top Speed reported they, “had no inkling that Porsche would unveil the 918 Spyder. After all, much of the talk leading up to the show centered on the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid with little to no mention of the 918 Spyder anywhere.
GREEN EXOTIC CAR DEBATE STARTED BY CAFE CARS LEGISLATION
Ferrari and Lamborghini are both hard at work on new green lines of cars that will undoubtedly comply with the CAFE cars legislation that President Barack Obama called for in passed legislation back in 2009.
You remember — the requirement that all new cars in the United State be able to comply with 35.5 MPG standards or suffer penalty?
That little bit of legislation that so many car guys went ballistic over claiming there was no way in hell that cars would be able to be produced by or before 2016 that could meet the standard?
Here’s a little tip — the new Porsche will not only meet the requirement but will exceed the standard by nearly 40 MPG.
That’s right — the expectation is the Porsche will be able to drive and handle at competitive sporting speeds while owners get the fiscal benefit of 72 MPH.
Will it eventually make a difference that the new green exotic cars are not noisy?
As Italianizzato Club members Tony Syntax and Will Spencer pointed out to the group the other evening, “The cars not having that traditional sound might discourage us a bot as buyers, but we guarantee that our kids are gonna think we are nuts for expecting a car to be noisy.”
What do YOU think? Do you like the idea of exotic cars going green while they advance automotive engineering technology? Would you buy a green exotic if it could out preform a classic carbon based engine model? Sound off in the comments section below.