Geneva Motorshow 2017 Highlights
The jewel in the crown of the motor show season is over – Geneva is unlike no other and is a place where car makers seem to hold closest to their hearts. Now it is over for another year, we thought we’d round up some of the highlights. The Geneva Motorshow is always a big deal but this year has seen the reveal of some the most important and exciting cars in ages.
Here are a few of our favourites from this year’s Geneva Motorshow.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
The Huracan Performante has become instantly famous not because it looks simply superb but because it has smashed the infamous lap time at the ‘ring. There is debate as to how legit the time is but if it is to be believed, the Performante is faster around the Nordschleife than the Porsche 918 Hypercar. Regardless, this has to be one of the most desirable supercars of the modern age featuring active aero technology not seen in any road car before.
We were lucky enough to jump into the Huracan 580-2 last year and confirm, this is a car not to be missed!
McLaren’s replacement for the 650S hasn’t exactly been the best kept secret – but finally we are able to see it in all it’s orange glory. It is an all-new car, one of apparently 22 new models currently in the pipeline. It has a new 4.0 V8 that pushes out 711bhp! Yes seven hundred and eleven. This will no doubt make it the fastest McLaren production car after the P1. Two trim levels are available, sport & luxury and expect prices to start from over £200k.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
The new F12 replacement may be a another Ferrari with a silly name but probably one that’s quite apt. Up front is a 789hp 6.5L naturally aspirated V12. Makes the 711bhp McLaren look pretty slow right? It features lots of new tech as well as tech developed in the ultra-rare F12 TDF. Ferrari say that it should be easier to drive on the limit that the older F12 despite having more power. No price yet but probably around £250k plus options.
Aston Martin AMR range
AMR is the new halo devision at Aston Martin. They will be producing the most exciting, fastest and rarest versions of Aston Martin’s in the range. To kick off we have the Vantage AMR which is basically just a Aston Martin Le Mans car that you can actually buy. It is track only and is bound to a visceral experience thanks to a 500hp race engine and an XTRAC sequential gearbox. Next up is the Rapide AMR. A 600hp, 210mph version of the 4-door Rapide. Both cars sport unique bodywork as some of the biggest front grilles in the business. 210 Rapide AMRs will be made and only 7 lucky people will be able to own a Vantage AMR – likely to be one the last Vantages ever.
Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e
The open top version of Bentley’s EXP12 concept has arrived but this car also foreshadows a possible electric future for Bentley. It is purely a concept but shows that Bentley is pondering electric powertrains for the their future cars. More interestingly though, this car shows the styling future for Bentley so expect to see details from this concept in the new Continental GT.
Mercedes AMG GT Concept
Mercedes already make AMG versions of most of their models but AMG as a department now make and develop complete cars. The AMG GT coupe/convertible is a model of their own making. They aim to build on this by developing essentially a four-door version of the GT. This concept is the first glimpse at this car. Expect a powerful V8 and looks almost as impressive as this concept in the next year or so.
Porsche 911 GT3
Finally, Porsche have revealed the second generation 911 GT3. Power is 500hp from a revised version of the 4.0L engine found in the GT3 RS and 911R but this version will rev out to 9000rpm! It’s bound to be screamer of an engine. The last GT3 caused controversy as it was released for the first time without a manual gearbox option. Purists will be pleased to hear that the manual is back. Could this become the best drivers car on sale? It’s possible.
Honda Civic Type R
The new Civic Type R was shown in concept form last year. Now the production version is here and nothing seems to have changed. The looks are divisive thanks to wide arches, big wings and a few too many vents and grilles. Power is up slightly from its predecessor and refinement is set to be improved too. Prices start from around £32k.
The Arteon replaces the much unloved Passat CC. It is VW’s more upmarket model and will sit clearly above the Passat range. It features swoopier styling and previews a new design direction for Volkswagen. It will go up against the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 later this year starting from around £30k.
This is the new 450bhp Audi RS5. The orginal RS5 used a 4.2-litre V8 with 444bhp but the new model achieves 6bhp more from a 2.9-litre V6, with a pair of turbochargers. More importantly peak torque of 442lb ft, is up 125 on the old model’s 317. This will make this new RS5 feel quicker everywhere. It boasts some impressive figures; 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and a 174mph top speed. Nice.
Have you ever sat in a Porsche Cayman and wished it was a little more French? Well the Alpine (that’s al-peen not al-pine) A110 could be the car for you. Although a new sub-brand from Renault, Alpine is actually an old name in the motor industry. This new A110 harks back to the original A110 that was well known for its success in Rallying. This new car is mid-engined, very light and should cost around £50k. They may be onto a winner.