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Five Best Bare-Naked Technology Displays From Geneva 2014

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/6/2014 Frank Markus

Your humble Motor Trend technical director is drawn to vehicle cutaways and engine displays like butter to a lobster. Often a cutaway is worth many thousand of words of explanation when trying to determine how something works. Here are my five favorites from this year’s visit to the Palexpo:

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron chassis and drivetrain. There it is for all to see -- 1.4-liter TFSI engine, 96-cell, 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery and electric motor. Fully clothed, the 204-hp/258-lb-ft powertrain will reportedly do 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds with a 137-mph top speed.

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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge engine. You just have to love those almost Ferrari-rouge airboxes atop this killer 3.8-liter 560-hp 443-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6 screamer. Too bad the display didn’t include the 7-speed twin-clutch transmission and 50/50-split all-wheel-drive system as well.


Morgan Plus 2 cutaway. The denizens of Malvern Links England are still kickin’ it old school, as is proudly displayed in this cutaway revealing ash wood framing for the cockpit and plenty of flat aluminum sheets framing the engine compartment. The four-wheel disc brakes are almost a pleasant surprise.


Five Best Bare-Naked Technology Displays From Geneva 2014

Koenigsegg twin-turbo V-8. Now there’s a well-dressed engine. Just check out all that carbon fiber forming the intake and valve covers. The engine wasn’t labeled, so we’re unsure whether it’s the Agera S’ 1030-hp version from the car sitting behind it, or the One:1’s 1340-hp version.


McLaren 650S chassis and drivetrain. Resplendent in bare carbon fiber and aluminum, this magnificent piece of artwork could no doubt command roughly the price of a finished car at the right auction house. Or make it a runner, for the ultimate go-kart!

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