The Geneva Motor Show is the one of the most important events in the automotive calendar with the world’s biggest car manufacturers descending on the Swiss city to parade their future models and latest innovations.
Thursday March 9th marks the opening of the mammoth industry show, preceded by two press preview days. These are the cars we know are going to be in attendance…
McLaren Super Series
The numbers confirmed for McLaren’s second generation Super Series suggest the supercar will be something special.
The company claims that the car will be able to reach 124mph in 7.8 seconds then brake to a standstill in just 4.6 seconds with a stopping distance of 117 metres – about the same as the legendary McLaren P1 and six metres less than the 650S.
We recently covered the first car from Renault’s resurrected Alpine sub-brand in quite some depth (more details here), so we won’t bore you with all that again.
All you need to know for now is that the mid-engine two-seater A110 is likely to prove a worthy rival to the Porsche 718 Cayman, with around 250bhp from a 1.8-litre mid-mounted four-cylinder turbo petrol engine getting it to 62mph in 4.5 seconds.
Range Rover Velar
Another car we’ve spoke about recently is the Velar, which will slot between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport when it goes on sale this July from just under £45,000.
With a silhouette not too dissimilar to a stretched-out Evoque, the Velar will be the most aerodynamic Land Rover ever and will debut a new dual touchscreen. Read all about it here.
Aston Martin Vanquish S
Aston will have a few tasty debuts at Geneva. Headlining its line-up will be the acclaimed new Vanquish S [pictured] – the most powerful and dynamic iteration of Aston Martin’s Super GT – but it will also have the stunning AM-RB 001 – Aston’s collaboration with Red Bull Racing.
Is that name a sly dig at Toyota’s underwhelming GT86? Possibly, but this hypercar is in a different league with a power output in excess of 1,000bhp, a 2.5 seconds 0-62mph sprint and 217mph top speed. The China-based Techrules reckons its Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) powertrain can provide up to 93 miles of pure electric motoring too.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Proving their knack for ridiculous and overly literal car names, Ferrari’s 812 Superfast will be the brand’s fastest ever car with a 2.9-second 0-62mph sprint time and 211mph-plus top speed when it arrives this spring. All you need to know about the 812 Superfast is right here.
Pagani Huayra Roadster
Don’t mistake this drop-top Huayra for a straightforward roof-chopping exercise; the roadster version weighs 70kg less than its coupe counterpart and is significantly faster with an extra 32bhp to play with – now 754bhp. There’s lots more info in this article.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Four seats, four doors, a classic fabric peel-back roof and the usual luxury, comfort and agility you’d expect from a Merc means the convertible E-Class is sure to be special. Geneva will be the first time the public will see it in the flesh.
Other Mercs expected to be present will be the C 43 Cabriolet and GT C Roadster Edition 50 – both being the work of the brand’s performance-focused AMG division.
Bentley Bentayga Mulliner
As if your average Bentley isn’t high-end enough, this flagship Bentayga is set to become the ultimate luxury statement.
Available from this spring, it includes a Mulliner bottle cooler, unique 22-inch wheel design, new veneer concept and a bespoke Mulliner interior colour split with contrast embroidery.
With a six-litre W12 engine producing 600bhp for a four-second 0-62mph sprint, the Bentayga is already the world’s fastest SUV.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
We wondered how long Mitsubishi would be able to stand by and watch its Nissan compatriot dominate the family SUV market with the mega-selling Qashqai.
‘For not much longer’ is the answer to that, it seems, because 2018 will see the introduction of the Eclipse Cross.
No hybrid option has been confirmed yet, which feels silly considering the vast appeal of the Outlander PHEV – Britain’s most popular plug-in vehicle. Instead, it will be offered with either a 1.5-litre petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel engine.
However, images released so far suggest its sharp looks should chime well with British buyers.