Lamborghini Huracán PerformanteEnlarge Photo
Lamborghini Huracán Performante. You haven't been to Geneva if you haven't seen a new Ferrari or Lamborghini. This year, Lamborghini showed off its most impressive performer yet. That is, if you go by the numbers. The Lamborghini Huracán Performante put up a new record time for a production car at the Nürburgring, posting a 6:52.01 run over the 12.8-mile course. What makes this car so special? A little extra power and a lot of active aerodynamics. The 5.2-liter V-10 is amped up to 631 horsepower, and that's enough to vault the car from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva system, however, allows the car's aerodynamic elements to vary between high downforce and low drag, and that translates to big speeds on a racetrack. The big rear wing offers 750 percent of the downforce of a standard Huracán, yet the active aero allows a top speed of 202 mph. Usually, downforce kills top speed. The Huracán Performante goes on sale this summer with a pricetag of $274,390.
Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept, 2017 Geneva auto showEnlarge Photo
Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e. Think of the EXP 12 Speed 6e as serving three missions. First, it is a design precursor to the upcoming Continental GT convertible. Second, it imagines how an electric Bentley sports car may work. And third, like the EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept shown here two years ago, it leaves room for a smaller two-seat sports car in the Bentley lineup. No matter what it is, we like it. The car's low stance and crisp, dramatic lines give it a sporty appeal, though the front-end is a bit too bug-eyed for our tastes. Extend those lines a little farther like they would be on a 2+2 Continental and you'd get a touch more elegance. Leave them as they are, and it would make a great sports car, a la the Aston Martin Vantage. As for the electric concept, there is no plug here; Bentley envisions inductive charging. Why not dream big?
2017 Ruf CTR, 2017 Geneva auto showEnlarge Photo
Ruf CTR. Ruf is known for tuning Porsches. Now the German firm is building a car that looks like a Porsche, a 1987 Porsche to be exact. The Ruf CTR (Group C, Turbo, Ruf) is actually a call back to the CTR Yellowbird that Ruf began building from stock 911s 30 years ago. This one, however, is thoroughly modern. It features a carbon fiber tub (and body) and a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-6 that Ruf has wrenched to churn out 700 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque. All that get-go flows through a 6-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels and is partially managed by a limited-slip differential. Ruf quotes a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed in the ballpark of 225 mph. Double wishbone suspension locates the tires front and rear, and carbon ceramic brakes provide the stopping power. Production is set to start in early 2018, and only 30 cars will be built.
2017 Honda Civic Type R, 2017 Geneva auto showEnlarge Photo
2017 Honda Civic Type R. Geneva may be a European show, but the Japanese can make a splash, too. After showing a prototype last year, we get the production car this year. It's finally coming to the U.S., and it's powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder cranking out 306 horses and sending them exclusively to the front wheels. The lone transmission is a 6-speed manual with rev-matching capability. How will it keep from roasting those front tires and veering off into torque steer? For starters, the 245/30R20 Continental ContiSportContact 6 tires should have something to say about it. Unique spring, damper, and bushing settings along with a Dual-Axis front suspension geometry with aluminum lower control arms and steering knuckles will also control the pull of 306 horses through the front axle. The Type R will only be offered on a stiffened version of the hatchback body style, and it's set to arrive late this spring.