The Mobile World Congress, arguably the world's biggest tech event, was canceled last month due to fears over the COVID-19 coronavirus. This month, arguably the world's biggest car show, the Geneva Motor Show has been canceled for the same reason.
Thankfully, that hasn't stopped the big car companies from unveiling their new vehicles, with many of the planned unveilings taking place digitally this week. Here are 13 of the most significant online car "demos."
1. Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA/GTAm
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm are the newest version of the sedan and were unveiled online after the Geneva Motor Show was canceled.
The car's curb weight has been reduced to 220 pounds and its 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 now has 540 hp.
The GTAm has a wing at the back and also a rear-seat delete at the back, making it ready for the racecourse. Only 500 GTA's will be made, so be ready to pick one up at lightning speed.
2. Aston Martin DBX Q
Instead of introducing a whole new DBX, Aston Martin unveiled a variation on the model with luxurious add-ons. As Aston Martin put it in their press release, the new model sees the "Aston Martin DBX meet the dark art of customization."
Two options, Collection and Commission each provide unique colors, trims, and other options that aren't available without the Q customization.
3. Aston Martin V12 Speedster
Aston Martin's V12 Speedster is a sight to behold. The car's striking bodywork has two separate seating sections, highlighting the Speedster tradition of only having two seats with a permanently open roof.
Based on the Aston Martin Vantage, and inspired by fighter jets, the impressive car has a 5.2-liter V12 that produces 700 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque, and can reach up to 186 mph.
As Aston Martin explains in their press release, pricing starts at £765,000, and deliveries are expected for Q1 2021. Only 88 of the cars will be manufactured.
4. Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
Bentley's Mulliner Bacalar will cost upward of $1 million. It is only the second two-seat car the company has made since 1930. Despite the car's price tag and it's luxurious exterior, however, there is an eye on practicality and sustainability.
The materials for the Bacalar's trim finishers were selected due to their low impact on the environment and the car is even being built in a carbon-neutral factory. It will, however, be Bentley's most expensive car to date — and that's really saying something. Only 12 of the 650 hp vehicles will be manufactured.
5. BAC Mono
The new model of the BAC Mono has a 2.3-liter turbocharged I4 engine that gives it 332 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The lightweight race car can reach 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds.
The BAC Mono will go on sale in the UK this year for approximately $211,000. The new model is even lighter than the previous, at the same time as being faster, while a dry-sump system improves the car's center of gravity.
6. Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport
The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport will cost an eye-watering $3.3 million. For that price, you get a four-turbo W16 engine with an altered transmission that produces 1,500 hp.
The Pur Sport is also lighter than the standard Bugatti, and has incredibly responsive handling, making it a force to be reckoned with when it comes to hypercars. Only 60 examples of the vehicle will be built.
7. Hyundai 'Prophecy' concept
Hyundai just unveiled its new 'Prophecy' concept, a joystick-controlled car inspired by the company's 'Sensuous Sportiness' design philosophy.
The concept vehicle is made from eco-friendly materials, doesn't have a steering wheel, and has, as an architecture defined "by pristine surfaces, pure volume, and harmony of aesthetics and functionality," according to Hyundai's press release.
It's a shame the Geneva Motor Show was canceled, as this would have drawn quite the crowd. For now, we'll have to make do with the impressive images shared online.
8. Citroen AMI
Citroen's AMI is so small that it is technically classified as a quadricycle, meaning drivers as young as 14 can get behind the wheel. The company is tapping into the urban mobility market with a car that can be paid for with a subscription and doesn't need a driving license.
Its price is also the exact opposite of some of the hypercars in this list — a lease would cost the equivalent of $22 a month, and it can also be rented at approximately $1 per minute.
9. BMW i4 concept
BMW's i4 electric concept car's battery has a range of 270 miles and the motor reaches up to 530 hp. BMW says the i4 concept can do 0-60 in approximately 4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 124 mph.
The concept is a bold future, electric vision for one of the best-known names in the business. Though it's still only unveiled in concept form, at least we now have a better idea of what BMW's long-anticipated electric vehicle will look like.
10. Mercedes-Benz E-Class update
Mercedes-Benz was going to show off its update of the entire E-Class at this year's Geneva Motor Show. As the company puts it, the cars are part of a comprehensive and extensive update that is focused on having a more dynamic design and a sporty aura.
The changes include a new face for the W213-generation of E-Class, as well as new interior trimmings, and new technology for the 2021 model year. A touched-up Mercedes-AMG E 53 was also going to be showed off as well as a new E-Class All-Terrain.
11. Volkswagen Golf GTI
The eighth-generation GTI has a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine that reaches 245 hp with a torque of 273 lb-ft.
While the classic GTI isn't going fully electric this year, we're getting halfway there with an updated GTE gasoline-electric hybrid model that will be released for the European market.
12. Pininfarina Battista Anniversario
The extremely limited-edition Pininfarina Battista Anniversario EV hypercar is hand-assembled and has a hand-painted exterior. The car takes three weeks to paint and will, therefore, have a very limited run of five examples.
Aside from the car's exclusive finish, its powertrain is the same as the standard Battista EV hypercar. It comes with a 120-kWh battery pack that provides a range of approximately 280 miles and an output of 1,900 hp and 1,696 lb-ft of torque.
13. Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche's new car is the most powerful 911 Turbo in the company's history. The new Turbo has 640 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque from a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six.
The car is estimated to run from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. The car's body is wider to accommodate its extra power and its tires are bigger in order to help it maintain grip. The added performance does come at a price though — $200,000 to be precise.