The Geneva Motor Show is the first big European show of the year and always delivers some star cars. Most notably manufacturers love it because of its affluent and neutral surrounding. Journalists love it as you can whip around the show quite quickly as it is a fraction of the size of Frankfurt. Here are our choice cars from this year’s show.
Aston Martin DB11
Finally a new Aston Martin to replace the DB9. What a tough act to follow. The DB9 was very well received and luckily for Aston Martin has aged very well. The new DB11 features a twin-turbo V12 putting out 600bhp but will also deliver improved economy thanks to the turbos. Expect 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed over 200mph. Priced at $215,000 it is available to order now.
Undeniably the star of Geneva. The new Bugatti is an absolute monster. So, the figures: $2.7 million, 1,500hp, 8.0 liters and 261mph. Bugatti call it the “world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car,” and rightly so. Only 500 will be built, of which almost 200 are already allocated to serious buyers. Get in quick if you want a slice of modern automotive history.
Never forget about Lamborghini! We expected some form of interesting Hurcan special edition but instead they delivered the stunning looking Centenario celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founder Feruccio Lamborghini’s birth. Just 20 coupes and 20 roadsters will be produced but if you want one of these $2.3 million monsters, you have already missed your chance, they are all sold out. Expect them to soon appear for sale with a significant mark-up.
The new McLaren Sports Series has been a great success story already with the media praising the engaging handling characteristics of the 570S. To broaden the cars appeal McLaren launched the 570GT in Geneva, by redesigning the rear of the car they have been able to offer a side opening hatch with generous luggage space. The car also features dialed back suspension and a quieter exhaust with a higher level of interior. A new luggage cover over the mid-mounted engine gives the 570GT a total of 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space.
Something a bit more within budget and yet surprisingly beautiful in real life, the new Levante SUV from Maserati does share a few design cues from the Porsche Cayenne but with added flair. UK residents will only be offered the diesel variant which will sell well in the rapidly congesting market of the luxury SUV. As with all Maserati cars, the resale is where it gets tricky, but this will probably be the case with most luxury SUV models as new variants are launched.
Purists say this is the car the GT3 RS should have been, mainly because the 911R has a manual gearbox and the styling is less outrageous than the GT3 RS. There is no denying the GT3 RS is a phenomenal car though and likewise the 911R is also excellent. A hard-core lightweight manual 911 with that stunning 493bhp GT3 RS engine in the back. Remarkably the 911R is actually 50kg lighter than the RS which does beg the question, who wants a GT3 RS? But that’s a headache for Porsche. Just 991 cars will be built priced from $195755. There are all probably sold now, but if you have the means buy one, any modern super car with a manual gearbox will only increase in value.
All credits: © Newspress Ltd 2016 apart from McLaren 570GT: © McLaren Automotive 2016
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Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.