Geneva, Switzerland is the perfect place to have an international auto show. The city itself is defined by high-end luxury, and it sits at the cross roads of the European continent. Brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Bentley, et al, are permanent fixtures at the Geneva Motor Show. If they have something to show off, Geneva is the place they do it.
What you end up seeing after an entire day on the show floor is only a fraction of what the event has on offer. But we had boots on the ground in Geneva getting eyes on the best new metal in the world.
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Mercedes AMG GT3
Riding the wave of on-track success from the SLS AMG GT, AMG has introduced its 2016 replacement. It gets the same gorgeous looks from the AMG GT and then some, but it won’t get a racing version of the road going car’s 4.0-liter twin turbo. No, it’ll get a reworked version of the old SLS AMG GT’s ultra-successful 6.2-liter V8 in 550+ horsepower flavor.
Porsche Cayman GT4
The Cayman is finally getting the love it deserves from Porsche, and if you’re a fan of driving at all, you’ll love it too. The GT4 gets the 385 horsepower 3.8-liter engine from the 911 Carrera S, and because it’s a mid-engine layout, the balance is near perfect. Significant weight loss, three pedals and a stick (yes, a manual in a modern Porsche) is just icing on the cake.
Aston Martin DBX concept
Aston Martin pulled a fast one and caught everyone off guard with their SUV/crossover concept. No teasers were released and no renderings were leaked before the show; the DBX was a good old-fashion surprise to everyone, and it doesn’t look half bad either. It’s also a very telling statement on the future of AM’s design language.
2016 Audi R8
The first Audi R8 quickly gained a devout following when it was first released. The styling, handing and power made it a clear departure from the typical Audi breed. Major styling changes were made in the newly unveiled, refreshed version, which flaunts Audi’s new design direction. 3D renderings are one thing, but seeing it in the metal, the new R8 is just as stunning as the last one.
Bugatti Veyron Finale Edition
The last of the Veyrons has been sold. Number 450 of the production line celebrates the final unit and is fittingly named “La Finale”. Unsurprisingly, the final 267 mph, 1,183 horsepower car was sold to a customer in the Middle East. Bugatti has done a lot of special-edition Veyrons in the past, but unless they drag the model out for a few more years, this is the end of the line.
Ford Focus RS
Regrettably, Ford’s RS line has eluded American shores for far too long. But in the wake of Ford uniting as one global company, the States are finally getting the Focus RS. Good timing, too, because Ford have given the Focus RS rally-inspired all-wheel-drive to tame its 315+ horses. Ken Block helped develop the car; that’s one more reason to like the guy.
Ferrari 488 GTB
The new 488 GTB is the turbo-charged replacement for the fantastic 458 Italia. Although there’s no doubt the performance figures will go up, the design is, um… busy. There are a lot of elements taken from iconic Ferraris of the past, like the F-50-esque nose, and something still seems off. But at the end of the day, owning a bad-looking Ferrari is, like bad pizza or bad sex, still worth a second thought.
Honda Civic Type-R
These days, Honda isn’t the first name in high performance. But they used to be, and they’re doing their best to make you remember. Almost simultaneously with their return to Formula 1 (partnering with McLaren once again) and the (very) slow release of the NSX, they’ve released the Civic Type-R. Europe has been getting it for years, but US buyers can look forward to 306 horsepower and plenty of aero wings and flicks.
Aston Martin Vulcan
Aston Martin has done track-orientated cars before, but nothing like the Vulcan. If you have a spare $2.8 million lying around, you get a 800 horsepower 7.0-liter V12 (developed by Aston Martin Racing) wrapped in a beautiful carbon fiber sculpture and a glimpse at the future design language of Aston Martin. As a bonus you’ll have a car with a better power-to-weight ratio than a World Endurance Championship GTE car.
Koenigsegg have made a hybrid with luxury in mind, meaning more comfort and more quietness and a range of 18 miles on batteries alone. If that all sounds dull, then how does a 1100 horsepower twin turbo V8 coupled with 700 horsepower’s worth of batteries sit with you? Company founder Christian Koenigsegg says the 0-60 of 2.7 seconds is as fast as they can go (because traction).