Here's your big 2019 Geneva Motor Show roundup
Missed this year’s show? Don’t worry, here is your monster guide to the biggest cars
Move over Venom F5 and Chiron, Koenigsegg’s new Jesko (named after Christian von Koenigsegg’s father) is a 1,578bhp twin-turbo hypercar shooting for 300mph. Given the speedy Swedes are the current production record-holder having averaged 277mph on the road in Nevada in an Agera RS, we don’t doubt them.Advertisement - Page continues below
Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Say hello to the most expensive new car ever built, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire. A £12m one-off hyper GT with Peruvian panpipe exhausts.
Thought EVs were boring? Well, the most powerful road-legal car to ever come out of Italy is electric. And it’s not a Ferrari. Or a Lamborghini. Or a Pagani. See, thanks to a 120 kWh lithium ion battery pack, the Pininfarina Battista produces approximately 1,900bhp. Which is a lot.Advertisement - Page continues below
Aston Martin Vanquish Vision concept
The Aston Martin Vanquish is back! This time as a svelte, lightweight concept supercar designed to give Ferrari and McLaren something to think about. Welcome to Aston Martin’s first mid-engined production supercar with a – deep breath – V6. A version of the same V6 used in the other, limited-edition mid-engined AM-RB 003. Which you can read about next.
Aston Martin RB 003
Yes. Welcome, everyone, to the Baby Valkyrie. Aston’s AM-RB 003, the third mid-engined hypercar to emerge from the company’s tie-up with Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Which means like the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro (the other two, if you hadn’t guessed), it’s a very serious item indeed that borrows heavily from the world of Formula One.
Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain
Not content with unveiling two cars, Aston also pulled its latest luxo Lagonda concept out of the hat. It takes cues from last year’s Lagonda Vision Concept but hikes them up, and its unusually prosaic name suggests it’s not ashamed of possessing some off-road intent. While most will snake slowly through affluent quarters of capital cities, Lagonda is adamant the All-Terrain can do more.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
As a little cherry on top of the Aston Martin cake, it also showed the first fully-functioning Valkyrie at Geneva. Let’s not mess around, here are the new facts: the Aston Martin Valkyrie will develop 1,160bhp and 664lb ft of torque from its naturally aspirated Cosworth V12. We’ve seen the car, we’ve heard the engine, but lordy-lord, those are some big numbers to wrap your head around. For the avoidance of doubt, this thing is going to be fast.Advertisement - Page continues below
VW ID Buggy Concept
60 years ago, Bruce Meyers created the Meyers Manx - an indecently cute VW Beetle-based buggy that came to define the beach culture that conceived it. If you’re under the age of 30, it’s the BF Injection from Grand Theft Auto. Now, VW is bringing the buggy back. And it's electric.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster
The SVJ has been scalped for summer so the naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 can tickle your cochlea with ease. Amazingly, you still get the clever aero-vectoring wings that can stall when you’re going flat out to reduce drag. 800 to be made for £380,000. Blue flames still standard.Advertisement - Page continues below
Lamborghini Centenario Tractori
SVJ not a rare enough Lambo for you? Then you need the Centenario Tractori, a quarter of a million quid uber tractor.
Skoda Vision iV Concept
Unless you’ve been living under a wireless charging pad for the last year, EVs are big business right now. Following in the wake of VW Group siblings Audi and VW, Skoda will be joining the electric party in 2020 with this, the Vision iV. Well, something like this, as it’s still a concept for the time being. What is the Vision iV? A bright yellow four-door crossover coupe that’s been basted with a tick list of 2019’s must-haves: an electric drivetrain, front and rear full-width light bars, vegan interiors, autonomous functionality, plus voice and gesture control.
Mercedes S65 ‘Final Edition’
This, to spell out the bleedingly obvious, is a very expensive, V12-powered, AMG-badged S-Class. And it fulfils the usual AMG S-Class tropes, such as possessing enough power to run a small village and enough torque to pull said village down. Or 630 horsepower and 737 lb ft, if you’re the kind of person who needs numbers instead of absurdist analogies.
Ferrari F8 Tributo
Ferrari's mid-engine V8 platform may have been rebooted more times than Rocky, but the 710bhp, 211mph F8 Tributo should be a proper weapon. F8 vs 720S vs Vanquish is set to be a pretty mighty triple test.
Mercedes AMG GT R Roadster
The car nobody asked for but Instagram's algorithm demanded: the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster. A 577bhp bi-turbo V8 roofless racer with rear-wheel steering and a nine-stage traction control system.
Bentley Continental GT 'Number 9'
You only celebrate your 100th birthday once, so you may as well push the boat out. Bentley very much left it in the dock. Some green paint, vintage leather, stencil on the front grille, and a splinter of wood from an old race car’s seat in the dash create a limited-edition Conti GT to celebrate Bentley's motorsport past.
The New Stratos
At the 2019 Geneva motor show, MAT showcased its New Stratos daubed in loud, retro Alitalia livery. It’s also now available with a manual gearbox.
Citroen Ami One
Citroen’s Ami One is about mobility, but for cities and in the face of today’s constraints of traffic and pollution. It’s electric, as most concepts seem to be these days, but not in any way autonomous. A human drives it, because that’s cheaper. Cutting cost is in its very essence.
Tesla Model S Shooting Brake
We know what you’re going to say, Internet, so don’t try it. You immediately wanted to shout about how, because the Tesla Model S has four doors, this can’t be called a shooting-brake.
Well, the times they are a-changing. A coupe-like roofline does not make a traditional estate car, and London-based company Niels van Roij Design calls their creation a shooting brake – so we will too.
Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered
While performance SUVs may currently be ‘the thing’, the sports saloon isn’t dead yet. In fact, this Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered suggests it’s very much being futureproofed.
Piëch Mark Zero
Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson, Ferdinand Piëch, was a colossus of the car industry for some six decades. He oversaw the transformation of the VW Group empire from a disorganised mess to a market-dominating, money-spinning behemoth, and in doing so had a hand in the development of some pretty special cars.
Now his son, Anton Piëch, has co-founded his own car company with an industrial designer called Rea Stark Rajcic, and this is its first car.
This is the new Peugeot 208, and the big news is it’s gone electric. Or at least the e-208 version has.
Fully electric, too; a 100kW (134bhp) motor teams up with a 50kWh battery to deliver over 200 miles of real world range, not to mention an 8.5sec 0-62mph time, making it quicker than any of the petrol or diesel options currently available.
Hispano Suiza Carmen
Hispano Suiza revealed 2019’s must-have: an electric sports car. It’s made of carbon fibre, and will be engineered by QEV Technologies, the team behind Mahindra’s Formula E racer. We'll let you make your own mind up on the looks.
VW T-Roc R
The VW Group doesn’t tend to keep a profit-swelling idea exclusive. Take the brainwave of small-ish, quick SUVs, kickstarted with the likes of the Audi RS Q3. Within a matter of months we’ve had the not-a-Seat Cupra Ateca, Audi SQ2, the Skoda Kodiaq vRS, and now there’s this – a VW hot hatch that’s very much not a Golf R. Because it’s a T-Roc R. Grrr…
The T-Roc is a Golf-sized crossover than basically replaces the old Scirocco coupe, and much as we lament its crossover sameyness, it’s been a cash-cow for Volkswagen. Over 200,000 have been sold since it hit showrooms in November 2017. What’s German for ker-ching?
Honda E Prototype
Honda, we salute you. Despite a crushing weight of expectation, you’ve managed to turn the coolest concept car of the last few years – the 2017 Urban EV – into an almost-production model that retains a flavour of the concept’s retro-future fusion, and its blend of pared-back simplicity with cutting-edge tech. In other words, we still want one.
First order of business, the name’s changed, from the far catchier Honda Urban EV to Honda E Prototype. Odds on it’ll be called the Honda E when production starts in late 2019. Yep, Honda says this ‘prototype’ is 98 per cent finished and you’ll be able to buy one by the end of the year. No word on price, but this won’t be a low-cost car, much like Apple doesn’t make low-cost phones, so expect to pay somewhere between £25k and £30k.
Say hello to Ginetta’s new £400k LMP car for the road. It’s got a dry-sumped, 600bhp nat asp V8 mounted up front, but so far behind the front axle its weight is rear-biased. The pedestrian safety test will surely look like a horrible accident with a Play-Doh spaghetti maker.
You probably know a bit about Polestar by now – the racing team that became Volvo’s tuning arm, that became a standalone electric performance brand in 2017. You might even have gazed longingly at the company’s first car, the Polestar 1, a 600bhp plug-in hybrid coupe costing €155,000 and limited to 1,500 units. But frankly the 1 is just eye candy - in Polestar’s masterplan, the 2 is the one that matters.
This is Polestar’s Tesla Model 3 rival, and it’s not shying away from the fact either, name-checking the Model 3 in the fourth line of its press release. And why wouldn’t you? Tesla is close to selling 500,000 a year of its first, truly mass-market EV because it offers a range of over 300 miles, it’s fast, it appeals to tech lovers and it’s relatively affordable. Polestar has been taking notes.
Say hello to Seat’s first proper EV. Named for a neighbourhood in Barcelona, the el-Born Concept previews an electric family hatchback that’s set to go on sale in 2020.
Based on the same VW Group ‘MEB’ electric car platform as the Volkswagen I.D, which will go on sale later this year, the el-Born has a 62kWh battery that can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent in just 47 minutes using a 100kW DC charging station. It gives as much as 260-miles of range, while the 201bhp motor allows for 0-62mph in around 7.5 seconds. Slower, less-rangey versions might also be in the pipeline.
This is a speedster-style Smart called the ‘Forease+’. It’s based on the normal ForTwo Cabriolet EV, but the tiny body has been conceptified with fancy lights and big wheels, the windscreen frame chopped and swept back and the folding roof removed altogether.
Mercedes has been at its electric EQ range again. First it was the Generation EQ concept which became the EQC SUV. Then it was the Concept EQA, which will be going into production next year. Right now, it’s the turn of the Concept EQV, the first MPV that is a BEV (battery electric vehicle). Revealed at Geneva, it’s already been booked to take the Merc execs back to the airport afterwards (not really). Don’t be fooled for a moment by the word ‘concept’; it’ll be put into production. And soon… Mercedes has promised to have one ready for the Frankfurt car show in September.
Here’s the Nissan IMQ, folks. Let’s break down that name. IM stands for Intelligent Mobility – the umbrella title Nissan gives its future-thinking self-driving and electric propulsion ideas.
And the Q? Well, which wildly popular car in the Nissan line-up starts its letter-jumble name with a Q? Yep. This isn’t The New Qashqai, but it gives a glimpse of the ideas that’ll appear in one. And, potentially, the next Juke, X-Trail, and beyond.
Morgan Plus Six
Meet the Plus Six, an almost entirely brand-new Morgan. Which looks – perhaps reassuringly – just like an old Morgan. Believe it or not, a mere four components have been carried across from previous models, and they’re the round metallic stoppers for the centrally hinged bonnet. Everything else has been replaced or completely redesigned.
Audi Q4 e-tron concept
Things are moving quickly over at Audi. Its first fully-electric production car, the e-tron, was only shown in camouflage for the first time at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but sales are now well underway and deliveries should begin this month.
And if you were in any doubt about Audi’s seriousness in adopting electric power, this year’s Geneva concept will become the company’s fifth electric model when it goes on sale by the end of 2020. It’s been a busy year in Ingolstadt.
So, the Q4 e-tron concept then. As you can see above it’s a compact four-door SUV that’ll arrive after the e-tron, e-tron Sportback, Q2L e-tron for China and the e-tron GT coupe have all gone on sale. Audi says it’ll take a position “in the upper third of the compact class”. Riiight.
Fiat has chosen to celebrate its 120th birthday at Geneva with a concept car called – wait for it – the 120. Well, it’s the Centoventi, but that’s the same thing in Italian. This is Fiat setting out its stall for future urban mass mobility.
Possibly the world’s most discrete 200mph+ car has had a bit of a facelift, and as a consequence become much less discrete. That’s not gone well.
Changes to the Alpina B7 mirror those made to the car on which it’s based – the BMW 7 Series. That means cleverer tech, a plusher interior and a new radiator grille roughly the size of two small Eastern European nations. But more than anything, this facelift serves to remind us that a 205mph luxury limo is indeed a thing that exists.
The future of pizza delivery
Good to see the autonomous pizza dispenser from Black Mirror made an appearance at the show.
Toyota Supra GT4 Concept
We give two thumbs up to this Gazoo Racing GT4 concept. Now they just need to find a 2JZ to throw in it.
Alfa Romeo Tonale
You can tell when a motor-show concept is just a thinly disguised future production car. It’ll have windscreen wipers. The Alfa Romeo Tonale doesn’t. And yet… “This concept gives a good indication of the production model,” says the boss of Alfa Romeo in Europe, Roberta Zerbi. “Not just the proportions, but the details, including the telephone dial wheels and the triple headlamps. Also the dashboard lines.”
So, it’s going to be made. When, TG enquires. “At the end of 2020,” says Zerbi. So that’s pretty specific then.
This is the new Renault Clio! It’s, erm, well, it’s pretty similar to the old Clio, really.
Nothing wrong with that, says Renault, because the last Clio was the best-selling car in its hotly-fought sector in all of Europe. The likes of the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo aren’t as popular, believe it or not – and its sales went up as the car got older.
McLaren 720S GT3
The McLaren 720S GT3. A track-only racing supercar. The old 650S GT3 has been soldiering on in competition while McLaren readied its current Super Series contender for motorsport duty, but today we’ve got our first look at the racing version, and a price for its services. It’s yours for £440,000 and it’ll be going trophy-hunting in 2019.
Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign
This gorgeous, outlandish, stunning 720bhp Nissan is not - we repeat, NOT - the next-gen GT-R. But we really, really wish it was. Perhaps it gives some clues about what Nissan’s plotting to replace the R35-gen Godzilla with…
This fabulous creation is in fact the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. It’s a collaboration between the Japanese carmaker and the Italian coachbuilder, aiming to add some Italian flair and elegance to the brutal GT-R recipe, and celebrate two birthdays. Yes, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the GT-R name in Nissan history, and 50 years of Italdesign. This is much better than a cake with candles.
Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer
Say hello to the Engelbert Humperdinck. Sorry, Engelberg Tourer, a crossover that could preview Mitsubishi’s new Outlander. The name isn’t as silly as it sounds, as it’s taken from a Swiss ski resort famous for its unmarked, backcountry terrain – where this four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid wants to roam.