On the auto show circuit, the annual event in the Swiss city of Geneva isn’t exactly known for being a place where mainstream automakers present their wares, and a quick perusal of this year’s list of debuts, which includes more than 130 world firsts, shows exactly why.
The Geneva Motor Show tends to be neutral territory for supercar manufacturers and the ultra-luxury brands to present their latest and greatest, and this year’s show is set to be one of the biggest in the event’s 108-year history.
In less than a fortnight we will be treated to new flagship supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren, in addition to new special editions and concepts from the likes of Pagani, Koenigsegg and Spyker.
But it’s not just about performance, as ultra-luxury is also right at home on the floors of Geneva’s Palexpo Arena. Rolls-Royce will have an all-new model on its stands, while Bentley will be showing its new Flying Spur, and Europe’s most illustrious design houses will all present new concepts.
The show is also where the winner of the European Car of the Year awards is announced, along with the finalists for the equally-prestigious World and Performance Car of the Year awards. And on top of this, roughly 10 percent of the 900 vehicles being exhibited will be ‘green’ powered and a series of conferences regarding the future of automotive transportation will be presented by a panel of experts.
With all of this, it’s little wonder that the Geneva Motor Show ranks as one of the world’s five most important auto shows.
So, before more than three quarters of a million visitors hit the show floor from the March 5 opening day, here is an exclusive preview from Motor Authority. And remember, at any time you’ll be able to access the latest information from the show via this dedicated show page
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Ferrari 'F150' Enzo replacement
Ferrari teases the launch of its Enzo successor in GenevaEnlarge Photo
: Despite the propensity for leaks in the Internet age, Ferrari has done an impressive job of keeping details on its F150 a secret. In fact, we still don’t know what the car will be called as “F150” is simply a code name for the new flagship. What we do know is that it will feature Ferrari’s first hybrid system
, which pairs a traditional V-12 engine with an electric drive system. Purists may hate the thought of Ferrari’s new supercar being a hybrid, but the model promises to be the fastest and most powerful production car ever launched by the automaker.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible:
In and amongst all of the mega-dollar supercars and luxurious land yachts will be America’s own Chevrolet Corvette. The bowtie brand has confirmed that both the 2014 Corvette Stingray
that stunned audiences at the recent Detroit Auto Show, as well as its new convertible variant, will be on display in Geneva. The first photos have already been revealed, though we bet its unveiling in Geneva will still be a show stopper. Like the coupe, the Corvette Stingray Convertible will pack a 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 good for at least 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.2014 Porsche 911 GT3
: Easily one of our most eagerly-awaited cars of the year, the new Type-991 Porsche 911 GT3 will make its world debut at the Geneva show this week. The new car will be improved in almost every way over the outgoing 997 model, which is already considered one of the best performance cars money can buy. What will those improvements entail? We’re expecting more power, lighter weight and the addition of Porsche’s brilliant PDK dual-clutch transmission
Lamborghini’s Fastest Car Ever
: Though it hasn’t been confirmed by the automaker, we’re expecting Lamborghini to unveil its fastest car ever in Geneva. The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, so understandably it won’t want the year to go out without a bang. The new model is likely to be a special edition based on the current Aventador LP 700-4, possibly a new generation of Lamborghini’s legendary SuperVeloce models. To be Lamborghini's fastest model, the new car will need to accelerate to 60 in less than 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 217 mph.Koenigsegg Agera S Hundra
: Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg is heading to Geneva with a brand new supercar in tow. But the new car isn’t just another run-of-the-mill Koenigsegg, but the company’s 100th car ever built. The new car has been duly titled the Hundra, which is Swedish for “hundred,” and it has been built as an exclusive one-off for an anonymous car collector.
KTM X-Bow GT
: The KTM X-Bow is an unflinchingly stripped-down track car that coincidentally happens to be street legal. The latest iteration of the X-Bow, the GT, makes that street aspect of its use a bit more tolerable--but only a bit. No solid details on the X-Bow GT have been released just yet--only a picture and a confirmation of its scheduled debut in Geneva--so stay tuned for an update.
There’s much, much more over the next couple of pages, and remember, at any time you’ll be able to access the latest information via this dedicated show page