Every year, the Geneva International Motor show becomes a stage for manufacturers to showcase their most impressive and lust-worthy vehicles. This year, I was happy to see lots of attention given to a pure driving experience, though insane exotics were of course accounted for as well. If you want to see what the best cars were last year, you can check them out here. Onto this year's best cars...
The Bugatti Chiron
Billed to be the successor of the extravagant Bugatti Veyron, the Chiron has a lot to live up to. Luckily, it comes with more power, more speed and more weight for even more money. Expected to cost over 2.6 million USD, the Chiron's 1,478 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque will propel you and 4,400 lbs of automobile to a limited top speed of 420 km/h if you can manage to keep your foot down. The new motor is an 8.0 litre, quad-turbo, W16 monster which should allow you to consume continents as you are coddled in the soft hides of many cows. Just like the Veyron, the Chiron combines luxury and comfort with earth-spinning performance.
The Lamborghini Centenario
To commemorate the late Ferrucio Lamborghini's 100th birthday, Lamborghini has created this ultra-exclusive supercar. The Centenario utilizes an upgraded version of Lamborghini's V12 boasting 770 hp and a higher 8,600 rpm redline. In typical Lamborghini fashion, the design of the car is aggressive and low with fins and air intakes shaping the car. The glossy carbon fibre with yellow accents looks spectacular and it seems as if Lamborghini's customers agree as all 20 coupes and 20 roadsters have already been sold for 1.9 million USD. The Centenario will reach 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and eventually a top speed of over 350 km/h.
The Aston Martin DB11
Aston Martin's new 2+2 GT goes forced induction as a brand new, 5.2 litre, twin-turbo V12 is shoehorned under the hood. Producing 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque at a low 1,500 rpm the new power plant should have no trouble motivating the DB11 down your favourite road or the city streets of economic centres. As always the new Aston Martin oozes style with a new floating C-pillar design and muscular arches. The interior looks improved as well and it looks like they finally created a new steering wheel. I'm excited to see one of these on the streets as soon as they start to reach dealerships.
The Abarth 124 Spider
I have to admit I wasn't completely sold on the Fiat 124 Spider as I found the Mazda Miata a much more attractive design considering they share the same chassis. Now that Abarth has gotten a hold of it, the package is quite enticing. 170 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque, a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes and Bilstein dampers create a capable, driver-focused machine. Since it shares the chassis with the Mazda Miata, you know it will handle well and the turbocharged four delivers the power the Miata always deserved. I'm excited to see what potential these have with a little bit of tuning and perhaps a tad more boost.
The Corvette Grand Sport
The Corvette Z06 has already proved itself an absolute weapon thanks to its wonderful chassis capability and ability, brakes and power. The one issue with the Z06 is that the supercharged V8 has a tendency to overheat after extended hard driving. This is an unfortunate downfall for a car that clearly belongs at the track. Thankfully, the Corvette Grand Sport has come along, sharing the chassis and braking performance with the Z06 and the standard car's 460 hp V8. Though the Z06 may have 650 hp, the Grand Sport has plenty of power to put down quick lap times and Chevrolet claims it's faster than that old ZR1 at GM's proving grounds. Hopefully this Corvette will reliably put up with the track abuse it's begging for.
The Porsche 911R
My personal favourite car at Geneva is the exceptional Porsche 911R. Porsche is touting it as their most emotional, pure driver's car. It's their lightest current 911 at just over 3,000 lbs, with the 493 hp flat six out of a GT3 RS controlled by a manual transmission. Just thinking about slamming through the gears on a backroad sends shivers down my spine. This car is proof that Porsche listens to their customers as the lack of a manual transmission optioned GT3 RS was a disappointment to many, causing the prices of the previous 997 GT3 RS 4.0 to skyrocket. In order to keep the weight down, Porsche utilizes copious amounts of carbon fibre, a magnesium roof and a lack of air conditioning or a stereo system—unless you configure the car otherwise. The car will only come in white or silver with the option of red stripes, green stripes or no stripes. Unfortunately, if you're reading this it's too late as all 991 examples have allegedly been sold already.