The annual Geneva Motor Show, long known for its elegance and rich heritage, is the place to be for aficionados of exquisitely designed and handsomely-built automobiles. This year is no exception, with a handful of standouts that clamor for attention. Take a look at these eight compelling cars at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 – A century after the birth of Ferruccio Lamborghini, the company celebrates with the introduction of the Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This supercar boasts 770 horsepower in a V12 engine and can do 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, topping out at a speed of 217 mph. The entire body is carbon fiber, including carbon fiber body parts and trims, carbon fiber sport seats, even inner door panels made of carbon fiber and Alcantera. Production will be limited to 20 coupes and 20 open-top roadsters.
Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Concept – At this point, it’s only a concept. But it’s an exciting one at that. German automaker Volkswagen took the opportunity of the Geneva Motor Show to preview the T-Cross Breeze concept. This is a convertible sport utility that’s somewhat like a downsized VW Tiguan. The company says it plans to add three SUVs to its lineup, augmenting the existing Tiguan and Touareg. Along with unique exterior design elements, the interior of the T-Cross sports a modern look. Showcasing the human-machine interface, the concept features VW’s Active Info Display, a new generation digital dashboard. Power comes from a 1.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
2017 Aston Martin DB11 – As the company’s first DB model in 13 years, the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 wowed showgoers in Geneva. Fans of James Bond know the DB is the superspy’s favorite car. In this latest DB iteration, however, everything is new: design, engine, interior, gearbox and platform. Putting out 600 horsepower from its 5.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine, the car goes from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. Top speed is 200+ mph, says the British car company.
2017 Bugatti Chiron – The long-awaited successor to the Veyron, the 2017 Bugatti Chiron supercar bowed in Geneva with a claim as the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious super sports car in the market today. The facts would seem to back this claim: 1,480 horsepower from a newly developed eight-liter W16 quad turbocharged engine; an all-wheel drive system sending power to the wheels via seven-speed dual-clutch transmission; 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, hitting 186 mph in 13.6 seconds. Bugatti says the Chiron will reach a top speed on public roads of 260 mph, although it has the capacity to attain 311 mph. An aggressive, yet elegant exterior design coupled with a completely luxurious interior look and feel mark the Chiron. Only 500 will be built. With a starting purchase price of $2.6 million, the company says more than one-third of the orders have already been received. Shipping begins this fall.
2017 Maserati Levante – The first SUV from Maserati, the 2017 Levante made its debut appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Levante will compete against theand Cayenne, the Jaguar F-PACE and the . In the U.S., the Levante will be available with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine that makes either 345 or 424 horsepower (base and Levante S, respectively), Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 mph is 5.9 seconds in the base Levante (with a top speed of 156 mph) and 5.1 seconds in Levante S (with a top speed of 164 mph). The luxury SUV is set to launch in 2017. Pricing is expected to start at about $72,000.
Honda Civic Hatchback Concept – For the time being, it’s just a concept. But the Honda Civic hatchback unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show is likely to wind up looking quite similar in the 2017 production version. Power comes from 1.5-liter turbo and 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated gasoline engines in the existing Civic lineup. Honda says high-performance Si models will be coming, so the prototype shown off in Geneva may be a good indication what that model will look like.
Mitsubishi eX Concept Electric Crossover – Making its European debut after first being unveiled in Tokyo, the Mitsubishi eX Concept Electric Crossover created quite a stir. The chartreuse-green color is enough to attract attention, as is the SUV’s design. The compact SUV is packed with advanced technology, much of which is a precursor to autonomous driving: lane-keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, automated reverse parking, a tiredness monitor, automated valet system, and automated driving at higher speeds – changing lanes and avoiding obstacles entirely. The battery pack of the eX is good for 250 miles and powers two electric motors, one for each axle. Thus, the eX is an all-wheel drive vehicle. Sensors automatically detect changing road conditions, such as mud, sand or smooth road, and change the settings to suit the new conditions – automatically, of course.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport – Adding a little more excitement to an already exciting Geneva event is the debut of the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. With its lightweight architecture and track-honed aerodynamics, the 2017 Grand Sport offers an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability – and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package. Grand Sport coupe and convertible models go on sale this summer in the U.S.