Geneva Motor Show: our picks
Top Gear’s expert panel pick their three favourite cars from the biggest motor show… in the world
Posted: 11 Mar 2013
Ollie Marriage, Motoring Editor (Follow Ollie on Twitter)
Blown away as I was by the LaFerrari and Mac P1 (the latter much better in live view than I expected), neither was the prettiest car at Geneva. For me, that honour fell to the Pininfarina Sergio (above).
What a gorgeous, extravagant piece of design and a fitting way to celebrate the life of the great man, who passed away last summer. I'm sure you want to know numbers and the like and that's easy enough - underneath it's a Ferrari 458, but the ditching of any form of weather protection means it weighs 150kg less, so Pininfarina claims 0-60mph in 3.4secs and a max of 199mph. And yes, if you ask nicely, Pininfarina will build you one.
Moving on. Biggest surprise? Well, the moment I turned a corner and found Noble was a pleasant one. I just didn't expect them to be there, but they've been spending a lot of time, effort and money recently getting the M600 fully homologated for Europe. This has involved a vast, vast number of alterations, including the rounding-off of the edges of the boot badge, lest anyone fall and cut themselves. Somehow. The damn thing's recessed. But fair play to them, the car's dynamite and deserves a wider audience.
Finally, not a car as such, but a moment. The moment, specifically, that AMG used the words ‘Vorsprung Durch Technik' in its global press conference. ‘Don't read too much into that' said AMG boss Ola Kallenius when I interviewed him later. Yeah, right. What possible outcome did you foresee in using that phrase in conjunction with the announcement that you'll be building more 4wd models (CLS 63 AMG 4Matic will be along shortly) as you push to grow sales to 30,000 per year? Watch out Audi, AMG is coming for you.