It’s time to get your little hearts racing again with this week’s top five motoring stories. With Geneva Motor Show ramping up, major makers are rolling out their finest show cars ahead of its official debut. McLaren will be showing off their latest baby supercar in GT trim, Pagani have fine tuned their wild Huayra for even more speed, Renault have given their iconic Alpine name the Vision GT treatment and a brand new electric supercar not called Tesla is on the horizon.
#1 McLaren 570GT
McLaren have always said that they wanted to create a range of supercars suitable for every type of customer. The British car maker is finally looking to bridge this gap between the racing extremes and everyday drivability in the 570GT. The same powerful 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 which produces 562hp in the McLaren portfolio remains at the heart of the car however it’s the interior where things get a bit fancy. Luxuries such as a glass roof, ample luggage space and exemplary creature comforts make this one of the most drivable McLaren vehicles ever made. Don’t believe us? Watch the video below.
#2 Pagani Huayra BC
Upgrades, they call them. Not that the standard Huayra even needed them, but that’s how supercars roll we suppose. The Pagani Huayra BC raises the performance bar, squeezing 789hp from the big 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12. Power is sent through a new seven speed automatic which slashes shift times in half and weighs less than other conventional transmissions. The car itself is also 136kg lighter than the standard version, implementing more exotic materials like carbon, a titanium exhaust, lighter Brembo calipers, forged wheels and revised aero. In other words, an even wilder beast than before.
#3 Renault Alpine Vision GT
The Alpine moniker is a sacred one within the French car maker’s heritage. The iconic model was responsible for reviving the brand’s image back in the 1980s. Today it receives the Vision GT treatment in prototype/concept form. The Renault Alpine is a lightweight coupe boasting a mid-mounted turbo four which should get the car from 0-100km/h in 4.5s. On the design front, the car receives gaping air intakes, rounded headlights and wings. You can expect to see a much tamer version of the car when it officially goes into production later this year.
#4 Rimac Concept One
You may not have heard of Rimac and that’s because it was five years ago that the Croatian car maker brought its early Concept One car to Frankfurt. Come Geneva 2016, the company will be ready to show off their production electric supercar. The Tesla fighter features an all carbon skin to keep weight down but it’s under it where all the magic happens. Details of the engine haven’t been revealed yet but we do know it’ll have AWD with torque vectoring. And modest figures like these: 2.6 seconds to 0-100 km/h, 6.2s to 200km/h and 14.2 to 300km/h. How’s that for a marketing brochure.
#5 Mercedes AMG GT ‘Black Bison’
Wald International is an aftermarket company which specialises in high end cosmetics for many European car makers. Their latest project involves none other than the Mercedes AMG GT. Because life’s too short to stay stock. The aggressive visual upgrade of the ‘Black Bison’ includes orange accents which run across the new front bumper with integrated spoiler and canards. Out back the car receives air outlets behind the wheels along with a trunk spoiler and side skirts. Customers can choose the kit in either full carbon or fibre glass.