The industry’s newest and shiniest
The Geneva Motor Show is the best motor show. And if you didn’t hear, the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which wrapped up this past weekend, was a little crazy. Numerous pre-show leaks and a churning rumor-mill only served to stoke the excitement for the myriad concept reveals and new supercars.
The news coming out of this year’s show could be assembled into a multi-volume encyclopedia, so we’ve chiseled all that down to some of the more noteworthy reveals. Take a look:
Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e
This roadster may have the name of a fax machine, but it doesn’t look like one. The EXP 12 Speed 6e (the ‘e’ means electric, and is the only part of the name that makes sense to me) is Bentley’s first fully-electric concept, and just look at it. They’ve swapped the engine for an electric motor that should allow it to go about as far as a Chevy Bolt, but with infinitely more style. The interior is typical copper-accented Bentley opulence, but they’ve cut the top off the steering wheel for some reason. No matter — this concept is not yet confirmed for production so there are likely some changes to come.
Lamborghini Huracán Performante
Six minutes and 52 seconds. That’s how long it took the Huracán Performante to lap the Nurburgring, which is a record. It is very orange, has many ultralight carbon pieces, and carries Lambo’s most powerful 5.2L V10 ever produced. But the real secret is the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, or active aerodynamics to you and me. There are flaps and wings that constantly adjust to optimize the Performante’s shape, and under full braking, Lamborghini says the rear wing produces 750% more vertical downforce than the regular version. The first customer deliveries will begin this summer.
This robot shark from the future is actually McLaren’s newest and slipperiest supercar. Every part of the 720S is new, and McLaren says it is twice as aerodynamically efficient as the 650S it replaces. There are inlets and slits shaped by science and the rear wing is more active than ever. This is the kind of car that looks fast standing still. There are many things we could say about the 720S, but right now we just prefer to stare.
AMG GT Coupe
Ok, so it’s not really a coupe, but boy does it look good. This concept, billed by some as AMG’s answer to the Panamera, is equipped with AMG’s turbocharged 4.0L V8 and an electric motor. AMG likes to make purposeful concepts that are close to production versions, so the GT Coupe, which will hit production in 2018, is a good indicator that AMG is moving towards hybrid powertrains. The “EQ Power+” badge on the side is likely to pop up on future concepts, for better or worse.
Honda Civic Type R
The production 2017 Civic Type R is coming to the US. Rejoice! Honda has “toned down” this Type R for broader appeal, but it still looks nuts. Behind the manic, bulging face, a direct-injected, turbocharged 4.0L inline-four makes 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Ample scoops and carbon go-faster bits on the exterior will definitely differentiate this Civic from your sister’s.
The 2017 RUF CTR may look like a 911, but it was not built by Porsche. This is an all-new handcrafted car built with a RUF-designed carbon monocoque chassis and what must be a lot of clever engineering. RUF unveiled this model at Geneva to honor the 30th anniversary of the legendary original 1987 RUF CTR Yellowbird. All 30 units are spoken for, but RUF plans to develop future models on the same frame.
Porsche 911 GT3
Purists, assemble! The 2018 911 GT3 will have a naturally aspirated 4.0L flat-six boasting 500 hp, 339 lb-ft of torque, and a 9000 rpm redline. Also, an optional six-speed manual transmission, so Porsche is listening to you frustrated gear-rowing enthusiasts. Everything about this GT3 points to it being absolutely excellent, which is nothing less than we’d expect from Porsche. With the standard PDK, the GT3 achieves 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and tops out at 197 mph. It hits US dealers this fall and starts at $145,000.
The Arteon is replacing the CC as VW’s flagship fastback sedan. Does the shape look good? Does it look familiar? It should — there’s an Audi A7 underneath, and we aren’t complaining about it. The Arteon sits above the Passat in the VW lineup and will offer a range of turbocharged six-cylinder engines, half of which are diesel and won’t come to America. US specs and pricing will be announced closer to 2018 when the Arteon will go on sale.
Volvo XC 60
The Volvo XC60 is what you’d get if an elephant sat on an XC90. Shorter, more squat, but still looking good. With the XC60’s styling, Volvo did what Volvo does best and that’s stay the course. Rather than being dull or conservative, however, the XC60 looks fantastic and should sell in huge numbers for Volvo. Expect competency and quality with this one.
Qashqai means “a horse with a white forehead” in Qashqai (it’s also a language). We’re not quite sure what that has to do with the facelifted 2017 Qashqai, but that’s what it means. Sold as the Rogue in the US, the Qashqai will move you and potentially a few other persons from one place to another.
Mercedes-Benz Maybach G650 Landaulet
Watch this trailer. Soak in the glory and luxurious frivolity of the Mercedes Maybach G650 Landaulet. What is it? An ultra-luxury, off-road, convertible, 4×4 G-Wagen, with Maybach trimmings and portal axles. A 6.0L V12 producing 621 hp and 723 lb-ft chariots this monster about with excessive authority. It comes with silver champagne flutes. The power cloth top slides down to expose the “first-class rear seats”, which can be fully reclined and feature adjustable air-cushioning, multi-mode massagers and thermal cupholders. The retractable glass partition can be adjusted between transparent and opaque, in case you wanted some privacy from the chauffeur during your open-air safari. They will build 99, most of which will probably end up in Dubai. No price yet, but just assume it’s more than you can afford. We’re glad to see some manufacturers still know how to have fun.
Ferarri 812 Superfast
Ferrari needs to stop using Google Translate to name its cars. If you ever drive one of these, however, you’ll forget about the name super fast (hey-o!). Beneath its menacing haunches, a 789 hp 6.5L V12 propels the 812 Superfast to 60 mph in under three seconds, as it should. Think of it as an even madder version of the F12 Berlinetta. This is the first Ferrari made with electric power steering, so there’s that also.
Pagani Huayra Roadster
It has been six years since Pagani unveiled the Huayra, and now the wraps have come off the roadster version. Yum. Thanks to a reworked chassis and lighter suspension, the roadster actually comes in at 176 pounds lighter than the fixed-roof version. The upgraded Mercedes-AMG biturbo V12 engine now produces 753 hp, up from “only” 720 in the coupe. It costs $2.4 million. All 100 units have been taken.