Every auto show has its own personality. Much of that has to do with geography. For obvious reasons, the Big 3 U.S. automakers use the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to debut its new production models and concept cars. Owing to its location in neutral Switzerland, the Geneva International Motor Show lacks any hometown bias. As such, it has become a place where the top car manufacturers from around the world feel comfortable revealing jaw-dropping cars. Over the years, Geneva has also become a showcase for the latest supercar innovations. The high-end cars with mind-blowing specs that turn heads and snap necks if you’re lucky enough to ride in one are a big reason why gearheads flock to Switzerland each March.
This year was no exception. From a ridiculously luxurious Bentley limo to the mind-bogglingly fast Bugatti Chiron to a Lamborghini designed to commemorate the founder’s birthday, here are the 8 most drool-worthy cars from the Geneva auto show.
8. PAGANI HUAYRA BC
Paganis are not for everyone and it isn’t just because cars like the Huyara BC cost $2 million plus. The Pagani Huayra BC is like a freakish bodybuilder of a supercar, flexing its muscles for everyone to see. But at the end of the day those muscles are pretty damn impressive — and hard not to look at. The Huayra BC is the most powerful road car Pagani has ever built and it’s also incredibly light, which means the power-to-weight ratio is enough to rip the hair out of your head. In keeping with the over-the-top nature, not only do the doors open gullwing style, but so do the body panels in the front and rear.
7. ASTON MARTIN DB11
This is as close to a James Bond car as you’re going to get. Aston Martin reserved the DB10 for 007 himself, but the new DB11 takes a lot of inspiration from that ride. The body is long and drawn out, so that from the side (it’s good side) it resembles an arrow being recoiled. The DB11 has a V12 and produces 600 horsepower, 60 more than its predecessor, the DB9. Those specs help it go from 0-62 in 3.9 seconds, more than enough time to escape from the Bond villain in your life.
6. JAGUAR F-TYPE SVR
For whatever reason, Jaguars don’t seem to get as much love as some of the other luxury cars. But what Jag has done with the F-type in recent years is nothing short of remarkable. In Geneva, the company unveiled an even faster version, the F-type SVR, that has 516 lb-ft of torque to help it blast off from any stop light and tops out at a screaming 200 mph. Anyone who has seen the F-type R in person knows how beautifully loud that car sounds. Well, the SVR has an even more menacing roar.
5. BENTLEY MULSANNE MULLINER LIMOUSINE
As great as driver-focused models like the Bentley Continental are, a Bentley is arguably best experienced in the back seat as a chauffeur drives you around. With its new Mulsanne limo customized by Bentley’s in-house Mulliner shop, the automaker has created the ideal car for asking for a jar of Grey Poupon. A full meter longer than the already spacious Mulsanne, the limousine has room for face to face seating in the backseat. And the tint is adjustable on the retractable glass divider so you can determine just how much you want Jeeves to be able to see in the rearview. Of course, there’s quilted leather everywhere and a champagne cooler because who would dream of traveling any other way?
4. OPEL GT CONCEPT
It may not have the eye-popping numbers of the other supercars, but the Opel GT Concept is the kind of car you might actually be able to afford one day…if Opel makes it a reality. Even though it’s inspired by an Opel sports car from 1968, the design of the GT Concept is truly unique. There are no traditional side windows. Instead the side glass morphs seamlessly into the doors. Then there’s those red front tires that give the car an even more distinctive stance. The GT Concept is like nothing we’ve ever seen before and that’s a good thing.
3. BUGATII CHIRON
When you hear the numbers for the Bugatti Chiron, you’d think they were made up. They sound like the specs on a superhero’s car. But rest assured, they’re real and they’re amazing. Succeeding the Veyron is no easy task, but the Bugatti Chiron pulls it off. It has four (yes, four) turbochargers that help it create 1,500 (yes, 1,500) horsepower, the most of any production car ever. Bugatti says the car can do 261 miles per hour, which would make it even faster than the record-holding Veyron. Not that any of the 500 lucky Chiron owners will ever max it out, but it’s nice to know you can when you’re spending $2.6 million on a car.
2. CHEVROLET CORVETTE GRAND SPORT
There was a time when haters would blast the Corvette as a mid-life crisis on wheels. But recent iterations of the Vette prove that Chevy can keep up with the Germans and Italians when it comes to making awesome supercars. The 2017 Grand Sport is a beast of a roadster designed for the track that brings many of the features from the top-of-the-line Corvette Z06 at a price closer to the entry-level Corvette Stingray.
1. LAMBORGHINI CENTENARIO
When you’re creating a car to celebrate what would be the 100th birthday of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, it had better be special. That’s just what the Lamborghini Centenario is. Only 40 will be produced and they are already sold out, even though they start at $1.75 million. The lines on this thing are so severe, you could probably cut yourself on it if you leaned on it the wrong way. The Centenario has a full monocoque carbon fiber body and that mean-looking rear wing for extra downforce. The 770-horsepower supercar goes 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of more than 217 miles per hour. Ferruccio would be proud.
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