The Geneva Motor Show is one of the world’s most coveted dates on the international motoring calendar. With big name makers like Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and many more vying to showcase their most exciting and innovative machines, it was only natural we hand-picked ten of the finest you need to know about.
The 675LT is McLaren’s latest road-legal performance car to roll out of the Woking factory. It sees a substantial boost in power and cutdown in weight to establish its trackside credentials. The ‘LT’ moniker stands for Long Tail – a nod to McLaren’s British GT Championship contending F1 GTR racer of 1997.
Body-wise the 675LT receives the same aerodynamic treatment with an elongated rear airbrake that sits at a whopping 50% larger than the 650S model it’s based off. 666hp is derived from the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 and further bolstered by exotic go-fast bits like a full titanium exhaust which you can listen to in the launch video below.
Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept
One of the biggest suprises to come out of the show was Bentley’s jaw-dropping concept that pushes the brand’s future design language to exciting new places. Finished in British Racing Green, the low-slung vehicle merges classic Bentley lines like the long hood, short deck combo in one aesthetically balanced package. Even the way the doors open are a sight to behold, that is until you reach the exquisite interior where you’re greeted with tan quilted Poltrona Frau leather on the seats and doors. Engine specs are non-existent for now.
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The RS badge from Porsche carries with it a revered reputation for relentless performance without compromise. The 2016 variant of this famed race car for the road is no different, as you can probably tell by the massive rear quarter air ducts and fixed wing. What’s it packing you ask?
Just Porsche’s largest displacement and most powerful naturally aspirated motor in the 911 lineage. That’s about 500hp and 460Nm of torque from the 4.0-litre flat-six all mated to a newly developed version of Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch gearbox to get you from 0 – 100km/h in 3.1 seconds.
2016 Audi R8
The second generation of Audi’s hero car has arrived with much fan-fare. The unmistakably German designed, mid-engined sports car now breathes with a new heart in the form of a 5.2-litre V10 that sees 540hp and 540Nm of torque driving all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro system. Aesthetically the car is more angular and the lines a lot cleaner than its predecessor. A ‘V10 Plus’ model will also be on offer for those craving zee more power.
Lamborghini Aventador SV
Showing your age doesn’t mean things need to slow down. This is especially true for Lamborghini’s maturing Aventador which now comes in the LP 750-4 Superveloce guise. In case you were wondering, ‘Superveloce’ roughly translates to ‘stupidly fast’ in Italian and to prove this point, the mad scientists from Sant’Agata have managed to squeeze 740hp and 690Nm of torque out of the Aventador’s already highly-strung 6.5-litre V12. Watch the video below to see what damage it’s capable of.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale
The final, they call it. That’s what ten years in production happens and when it does comes time to call it quits, you go out with a bang. In the French carmaker’s own language, this means a 1,183hp bang. It doesn’t come cheap either sitting at around $2.6 million. Though what you do get is an upgraded quad-turbo charged W-16 (that’s 16 cylinders) that will get you to 100km/h in 2.5s before maxing out at 408km/h.
Mercedes Benz G500 4×4 Squared
If you’re after a luxury truck that doesn’t look like a truck, we present to you the Mercedes G500 4×4². The G500 gets a newer version of the AMG motor used in the G63 4×4. Under the hood is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that pumps out 422hp and 610Nm of torque. If you’re mulling over the fact that this is not a real off roader, you’d be wrong too. The car is capable of entering water depths up to 39-inches and can traverse inclines of 53 degrees. Gnarly.
Joining the hybrid supercar movement is Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg. Their latest Regera marries the traditional 5.0 litre twin turbo V8 from the Agera to a new plug-in hybrid system consisting of electric motors that generate 700hp alone. Do the maths and you get a combined +1,500hp rating. In a 1,600kg car. Which can hit 400km/h. Insane. There will only be 80 examples made.
2015 Morgan Aero 8
Morgan is one of the only car companies in the world that still use wood in their construction. The 2015 Aero 8 for Geneva sees an update to the existing model with revised aerodynamics, suspension, LSD and torsional rigidity. Exterior-wise the car receives a new convertible option allowing the driver to enjoy the 4.8-litre BMW V8 noise in nostalgic class and elegance.
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Special Edition
The Vantage has served the British marquee well over the years in road-guise form but in 2015 they’ve done something special with it. The company has taken the decade old platform and injected some serious mojo to get it prepped for GT3 race track duties and the results are beautifully intimidating to say the least. Sticking its nose up towards all that hybrid nonsense is also something Aston Martin have vied for, stuffing the car with its long serving 6.0-litre V12 tuned to output 592hp. Check out what this carbon fibred beast can do in the video below.