Arguably the most important automotive event in the calendar, the Geneva motor show is back, and this 85th edition of the show promises to be one of the most important in recent memory.
New models such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, McLaren 675LT, Lamborghini Aventador SV and the Honda Civic Type R are all having their full debuts in Geneva and we’re on the show floor to grab all the action. Below, we’ll try to keep you as up to date as possible throughout the two press days with images, hopefully some video and a dash of information on the new cars being featured.
Always a very dynamic stand from the British manufacturer, McLaren’s offerings were all quite impressive – even the year-old 650S Spider – and it’s safe to say that the P1 GTR is one hell of a beast, while the 675LT is quite the animal, too. As a bonus, the guys from Woking brought along the very special McLaren F1 GT Longtail, the influence for the new 675LT.
The presentation was corporate all over, but at least the end product was worth it in seeing the new 488 GTB (even though we sneak-peeked it last night). Although turbocharged (booooo), the 488 is simply stunning and echoes design cues from the 458 Speciale and the LaFerrari.
We could have all envisaged what an Aventador SV would look like, but in the metal, the Super Veloce really has impact and has pretty intimidating visuals as a whole. The Aventador’s V12 has been given 50bhp more at 740bhp with a weight reduction of 50kg to make the meanest and leanest flagship Lambo so far.
We weren’t the biggest fans of the new Audi R8 when the official images appeared last week, but in person, the new flagship sportscar is very handsome indeed. Not only that, but both the LMS and e-tron versions of the new R8 were revealed by Audi, with both being tremendously impressive, especially the former.
Two new cars for the Swedish hypercar marque at Geneva, with the Agera RS and all-new Regera. The former sees enhanced aerodynamics and more track-focused, while the Regera is Koenigsegg’s first ever hybrid that is looking to rival the current trio of hypercar hybrids. A 5.0-litre V8 is the main power source which is then joined by three electric motors to give a total of 1782bhp – 697 of that coming from the electric motors alone.
We’re big fans of the two new Porsche models being unveiled for the first time at Geneva. The Cayman GT4, for a start, is everything we love about extreme sports cars: ridiculous bodykit, a potent by not too powerful engine and a hell of a soundtrack. With the GT3 RS being revealed right next to it, the Cayman GT4 might have had a tough time gaining some attention, but as cool as the RS is, the Cayman is one the for us.
The Crewe-based firm surprised us at the VW press conference on Monday night with the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. Hoping to go after the likes of Ferrari and Aston Martin, the concept didn’t come with many details, but it’s probably best just to oggle it for now, anyway.
While we expected the revealing of the Vulcan track car and hardcore Vantage GT3, what was not expected was an all-electric GT-crossover from the people at Gaydon. The DBX Concept is Aston’s first four-wheel-drive model, as wheel as being completely bereft of a combustion engine; meanwhile, the final version will be a five-door.
Another chance for us to get close to both the Ford GT and Focus RS, with the former looking better overtime we lay eyes on it and the latter becoming more and more likely to be next car candidate for this very writer.
Getting a chance to finally see the new NSX in the metal was very much a fulfilling experience, while the unveiling of the new Civic Type R was also great to see and was given a confirmed 310ps (around 305bhp). Seeing the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30 made us appreciate its aesthetics, with shots from the track not really doing justice for us.
There was a handful of models revealed gradually via Mercedes board members, the most exciting of which was the Mercedes-AMG GT3 which came on stage with all eight cylinders blazing and carrying the Chairman himself, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, to wake us all up. Also making their debuts we’re the GLE 450 AMG Coupe, Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman, the C350e and the Concept V-ision e.