The International Geneva Motor Show is one of the largest auto shows in the world and is the best place to go to see new cars being unveiled for the world to see. Inside there is a smörgåsbord of production cars, tuner cars, coach builders, aftermarket parts and everything in-between. Here are my top ten picks from the show in no particular order.
The Mclaren P1 GTR
Want one? Even if you have the $3.8 million to buy one, they are only available to those who have already purchased the "normal" P1. The purchase price does get you a bit more than the car itself, with driving events and driver training included.The P1 GTR is a track-only version with 986hp weighs 50kg less than the road-going model. Formula 1 technology is utilized in form of an ERS "push to pass" system and a rear wing with DRS technology have been incorporated into the car. The car has been widened and downforce has been improved by the new aero-package. Suffice to say, 35 extremely rich auto-enthusiasts are sure to be satisfied with their purchase.
The McLaren 675LT
If you aren't fortunate enough to already have a P1 in your garage and $3.8 million of spare change under your couch cushion, don't despair. The McLaren 675LT is expected to cost just under $350,000 US. Inspired by the McLaren F1 GTR of the 90's, the 675LT is a 666hp super car created for, I assume, the devil himself. These power figures are good for a 0-100 km/h time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 330 km/h. The top speed may be 3km/h slower than the current 650s, but with a alleged 40% increase in downforce I think I could deal with the trade-off.
The Ferrari 488 GTB
Replacing the 458 Italia produced since 2009 is the 488 GTB. Powered by an all new 3.9L twin-turbo V8, this signifies the start of a new era for Ferrari. Gone is the old naturally aspirated V8, and though that may be worrying for some, I welcome it with open arms. The shift to turbo-charged motors has been inevitable with stricter emissions rules internationally and I trust Ferrari's choice with this motor. There are even rumours that it sounds similar to an F40, my personal favourite Ferrari. Regardless, the new motor drives the rear wheels with a healthy 661hp through a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and should be good for a 0-100 km/h time of 3 seconds flat.
The Aston Martin Vulcan
The Vulcan is another low production, track-only car with only 24 being produced. With a carbon tub, pushrod suspension and an FIA approved cage the Vulcan is the perfect track weapon. To put it's size into perspective, the car is a less than 1.2 meters tall. A 7.0L V12 producing over 800hp propels the 1,350kg toy forwards to what I expect will be absurd speeds. Don't worry though, there are enormous Brembo brakes measuring 380mm front and 360mm rear to bring you to a stop. Performance aside, take a look at those futuristic tail lights.
The Ford Focus RS
Though the price hasn't been released, the Ford Focus RS is most definitely the most affordable car on this list. That doesn't mean it can't offer performance. A turbo-four will produce "at least" 316hp which will be sent to all four wheels utilizing a torque vectoring AWD system. The AWD system will have different settings including one labeled "Drift" that sends 70% of the power to the rear wheels. The Ford Focus RS is set to compete against cars such as the Subaru WRX STI and the Volkswagen Golf R. With Mitsubishi ceasing production on the Lancer Evolution, the Ford Focus RS is an important addition to the segment.
The Ford GT
Ford was also showing off their new supercar, the Ford GT. The new Ford GT features a 600hp V6 turbo with beautiful design sculpted to be as aerodynamic as possible. Ford claims the GT will have one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any supercar thanks to the use of lots of carbon-fiber. Though the design of the car is a lot more modern than the previous, retro-inspired model, it is still unmistakably a Ford GT. Even though the V8 is gone, I can't wait to hear what the new V6 sounds like. Though many details are still missing, it will likely hit 100km/h in around 3.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 320km/h.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce. The Superveloce manages to produce 750hp that is sent to all four wheels, signified by the 750-4 in the name. Lamborghini claims a top speed of over 350km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds. The SV version of the Aventador promises greater thrills for the hardcore enthusiast than the "normal" Aventador with a paltry 700hp and more kilos. It also helps that it looks the part with a large carbon-fiber wing and more aggressive bodywork.
The Koenigsegg Regera
The Koenigsegg Regera is by far the most insane car that was unveiled. The car produces 1500 useable horsepower from an 1100hp twin-turbo V8 and three electric motors totalling 700hp. I know you've done the math and are wondering how 1100 plus 700 equals 1500 instead of 1800. Well, one of the three electric motors is used as a helper motor to bridge the torque gap between the other two electric motors and the V8. Sound confusing? It gets worse. The Regera is direct-drive with no transmission, sending all of the power to the rear wheels. I have no idea how it works, but Koenigsegg have figured out how to blend these four motors together using engineering wizardry to produce insane performance figures: 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds (limited by traction), 0-402km/h in 20 seconds, a top speed of 410km/h and perhaps most impressively, 150-250km/h in 3.2 seconds. Wow.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The 911 GT3 RS has returned with another 4.0L, naturally aspirated flat-six and an enormous fixed wing bolted on the back. It makes 500hp and looks glorious. There may be no manual option but Porsche's PDK transmission allows the car to reach 100km/h 3.2 seconds and a blisteringly fast Nürburgring time of 7 minutes and 20 seconds. The car has been designed with a large amount of downforce, grippy tires and powerful brakes. Though not all specifications have been released, it's sure to become another favourite with enthusiasts.
The Porsche Cayman GT4
The first Cayman GT car packs a punch with 385hp driving the rear wheels through a manual transmission. Those who are disappointed that the 911 GT3 can only be had with a dual-clutch gearbox, this is your car. Porsche has focused on the feel of the car and it has the performance to back it up. If you already read my article here, you know how much I like this car. Even though there are many cars with more power, this may be the best driver's car for under $100,000.
Let me know which cars are your favourite from the International Geneva Motor Show. There were many other great cars and I had a difficult time choosing just ten.