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All the biggest cars from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show
It was a belter. Relive the incredible debuts with our handy roundup
Bentley went electric with the drop-top EXP 12 Speed 6e
By now, you’ve seen cars employ electricity for economy, for low emissions and to boost performance to otherworldly figures. But what about using electricity to achieve peak luxury?
Enter Bentley, who wants to do just that – create an electric GT car, ushering in a new breed of electric touring. We’re in.
Porsche perfected the GT3... again
And all of a sudden, the best Porsche could very well be a GT3. With a 4.0-litre flat six that revs to 9000rpm, a six-speed manual gearbox and a top speed nudging 320kph, it’s perhaps the purest interpretation of the classic Carrera ethos – giant-killing speed and everyday useability.
In case you can’t tell, we’re fans. And we’ve a fair few reasons why you should be, too.
The new AMG GT Coupe... isn’t
Not to say that the result isn’t swoopy or aggressive – far from it – but the eagle-eyed among you will notice that the AMG GT Concept has four doors and looks quite a bit like it could be the next CLS.
But it does have a hatch back, an exceptionally clean design, and an affiliation – however loose – with the lovely AMG GT. Interested?
F1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi built a V8-powered track car with Pininfarina
And, as team-ups go, this is right up there with the holy trinity of coriander, lime and chilli. Or, y’know, something motoring related.
Each Fittipaldi EF7 weighs just 1000kg, has a 592bhp, naturally aspirated V8 and is firmly for track days only – it’s entirely illegal for both road and race use.
Aston Martin wants you to race its cars
Well, kind of. If you’ve the cash, and the desire to make your Aston Martin GT car decidedly more focused, the new AMR sub-brand (think along the lines of Mercedes and AMG) will bring the British racing team’s nous to your next Aston road car.
And don’t think that this wonderful idea only encompasses the hard-edged Coupes, either. Yes – and we bristle with excitement at the very concept – you can get the AMR treatment on a Rapide.
The new Type R is a front-drive, five door hatch with much styling
Ever wondered what would happen if you had an unlimited account at Halfords? Well, wonder no more – there’s not a single piece of the upcoming Civic Type R that hasn’t been tarted up, trimmed or taken to the nth degree.
But has Honda hit the mark with the wilfully aggressive slits, strakes and scoops that adorn its new creation? We’ll leave that one up to you.
Renault hinted at the future of electric hyper hatches
And we are, as the kids say, so on board. Kids are still saying that, right?
It’s based on the Zoe, a tiny electric city car, but it has all the right ingredients – it weighs just 1400kg, despite two electric motors, 456bhp and 640Nm.
And, thanks to that combination, you can go from zero to 210 kilometres an hour in less than ten seconds. In uncertain times like these, it’s good to know the future of hot hatches is assured.
McLaren knocked it out of the park
Remember all those opinions flying around the internet about how resolutely dull the original MP4-12C was?
Regardless of where you landed on that, McLaren seems to have taken the whole thing to heart, and has hit back with the 720S. And would you just look at it?
The ‘superhero mask’ front end is actually functional, by the way. It’s still a McLaren, after all. But it’s no longer ‘form follows function’ – it’s more ‘fury follows function’, and that’s an ethos we can get behind.
The RS5 is a victim of downsizing
Yes, it’s true; the big V8 has been consigned to yesteryear. It’s replaced by a 2.9-litre, twin-turbo V6, which seems to be the performance engine of choice these days – just ask Alfa Romeo.
But fear not, O ye power-hungry TopGearians, because there’s more power and more torque than ever before.
Aston outdid itself
No, really. If there’s one thing that could overshadow the launch of AMR road cars, it’s the Valkyrie. Developed in tandem with F1 engineers, with a Cosworth-developed, 6.5-litre V12, it makes a very serious case for becoming the new ne plus ultra of modern hypercars.
Now, supergroups have been disappointing before – we’re looking at you, Velvet Revolver – so let’s hold off judgement until we see the final result. That said, we’re actually giddy with excitement, but doing our best to rein it in.
Alpine returned with a bang
If you have a patched tweed jacket (or access to a classic rally game), you’ll likely remember the original Renault Alpine A110. Even in the pantheon of desirable Renaults, the A110 sits on a special plinth, due to its rally history, technical accomplishments and raw desirability.
So, the new A110 had it all to do when it debuted in Geneva. And did it succeed? Yes. Incredibly so. We’re just not sure about the price…
The new, mid-sized Rangey will make Land Rover many millions
Forget the fact that it’s only slightly smaller than the Range Rover Sport. Forget the fact that it’s very much like the Jaguar F-Pace underneath. And forget the fact that it’ll only look as gorgeous as it does if you spend quite a substantial sum on options.
This is Range Rover heading further into the luxury stratosphere, still building on the market it basically invented in 1969 with the original Velar concepts.
Porsche’s new Panamera is now an uber-wagon
No, not the embattled ridesharing company – back when ‘uber’ was synonymous with ‘the best and most imperious of something’ not ‘Your driver’s name is David’.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand – Porsche may have just built one of the most desirable wagons of all time. And considering they started out with a Panamera, that’s no small feat. Just don’t go trying to move house with one…
VW’s naming department is really, really literal
We cocked a Roger Moore-esque eyebrow when we heard that VW’s new SUV would be called the Allspace. Because it’s like a Tiguan, but with more space. All of the space!
We then gave up entirely when we got to the Arteon. Was it pronounced Ar-tay-on? Ar-tee-on? Then we discovered the root of the name. It’s literally art + eon, combining to make Arteon. Go home, VW naming department, you’re drunk.
Volvo shrunk an XC90 and will make millions from it
This is the new XC60, and if you think you’ve spotted the design before, you may be on to something.
Yes, it’s a dead-ringer for its big brother, but you’d have to admit that it’s no bad thing.
So, there’s Swedish levels of safety and Swedish design quirks. What more do you need?
Hyundai’s still pushing for a hydrogen future
Look, we know that there is a finite supply of petrol, diesel and natural gas. There is also a limited supply of lithium for batteries.
Neither of these facts bode well for our long-term future mobility. Luckily, Hyundai hasn’t let go of its dream to use hydrogen (otherwise known as the most abundant, and simplest, element in the universe) to power its cars.
And, eventually, we’ll all come around to the fuel-cell-powering-an-electric-engine idea but, until then, Hyundai has to tempt us with future-mobiles like this.
Speaking of future-mobiles...
Well, someone over at VW has been watching Minority Report and Total Recall on repeat.
Actually, looking over the ‘Sedric’ (gotta fire that naming team), does anyone else see Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker’s Guide? Just us?
In any case, this is VW’s crack at the self-driving car. And how, er, futuristic!
Audi’s top-tier Q-mobile has arrived
For too long, the X6 hasn’t had enough competition. That, we assume is the thinking behind the Q8, a clipped and coupe-ish luxury SUV from Audi.
And to make sure it rules the luxo-SUV-cum-coupe market, it’s going to be fast. Very, very fast.
Kahn brought out its drop-top Vengeance...
And everyone was too polite to make a Star Trek joke. Okay, yes, it’s technically the wrath, not the vengeance, of Khan, but let’s move on to the actual Kahn Vengeance, shall we?
It’s a DB9 Volante underneath, covered in bespoke bodywork and with a price tag that’ll have you screaming harder than James T Kirk.
Pagani may have stolen the show
In the midst of the immense display of the insanely desirable – and simply insane – is a car that’s perhaps a bit of both: the Huayra Roadster.
It says a lot that, in a show as jam-packed as Geneva 2017, this was still perhaps the most transfixing, show-stopping part.
Take your time to pore over it. We certainly did…
Ferrari went back to its roots...
No, not as a racing team – we’re talking about the insanely desirable, front-engined GT cars of the 1960s and 1970s.
The combination of a naturally aspirated V12, two seats and a prancing horse is the perfect touring mobile.
And the name? It’s historic. Really.
Words: Craig Jamieson