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.
Ferrari teases the launch of its Enzo successor in Geneva
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 spy shots
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
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.
McLaren P1 supercar
The British company is coming to Geneva for the first time this year, with this being only its second auto show appearance ever. The first was at the 2012 Paris Auto Show last September where we saw the P1 prototype unveiled.
This time we’re getting the production P1, which, like the Ferrari, will be featuring a hybrid system. McLaren recently confirmed that the system would deliver a peak output of 903 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque.
The unveiling of the P1 will certainly be a significant event, as the car is essentially the spiritual successor to the legendary F1 supercar launched by McLaren more than two decades ago. As you may have guessed, production is limited and pricing is well in excess of one million dollars.
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C: After presenting it as a concept in Geneva just two years ago, Alfa Romeo will be using this year’s Geneva event to present the production 4C sports car, which is destined to hit U.S. showrooms at the end of the year and in the process herald the return of the Italian brand to these shores.
The production 4C, which will arrive as a 2014 model, looks every bit as breathtaking as the original concept, right down to its mid-engine layout and jet fighter-style cockpit.
It also maintains most of the concept’s drool-worthy specs, including the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 13-foot length and full carbon fiber monocoque chassis.
Numbers will be limited, with some suggesting just 2,500 will be built for worldwide consumption, which means pricing could be set higher than the original estimates of around $45k. Around 1,000 are expected for the North American market. The good news is that a 4C convertible is also planned and should arrive next year.
2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
2014 Aston Martin Rapide S: Aston Martin has given its sultry Rapide sedan a performance upgrade, and at the same time tweaked the styling for a little more aggression as well. Rated at 550 horsepower, the V-12-powered Rapide S is 17 percent stronger than the existing Rapide, while its handling and dynamics have also been improved. The interior also receives its own series of tweaks and an optional Duotone perforated red-and-black leather trim is a first for the British brand in the new Rapide S.
2014 Volkswagen GTI (Euro spec)
2013 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale: Set to debut in Geneva this week, the updated Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale goes on sale in Europe this summer and previews some of the changes we may see on our own GranTurismo MC. The car is the road-going version of Maserati’s GranTurismo MC Trofeo race car and now features a 2+2 seating configuration and improved aerodynamics. Peak output has also been bumped up to 460 horsepower.
2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith teaser
Bentley Comfort And Entertainment Specification: Bentley is introducing a new set of equipment packages that take its Mulsanne flagship sedan to even loftier heights in luxury. These new specifications add to the Mulliner Driving Specification already offered, as well as Bentley's essentially limitless customization capabilities for the car.
2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo
2014 Bentley Flying Spur: Bentley is introducing the most significant update to its Continental Flying Spur range since the model’s launch back in 2006. The latest update sees the car drop the “Continental” part of its title, while picking up a crisp new look and a more powerful W-12 engine. Peak output registers at 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to send the big Bentley sedan to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 200 mph.
Head on to the next page for even more Geneva Motor Show debuts, and remember, at any time you’ll be able to access the latest information via this dedicated show page.
Teaser for Spyker B6 sports car concept
Spyker B6: Spyker, the Dutch sports car manufacturer that once owned Saab, will showcase a concept of a new sports car the company is planning. Called the B6, the new sports car will complement the company’s existing C8 Aileron and challenge the likes of the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type and Audi R8.
Apart from a single teaser image, no details about the B6 have been released, though the car is expected to feature a six-cylinder powerplant and retro styling.
CEO of Spyker Victor Muller has previously stated that his company is now ready to start building cars itself (Spyker was previously outsourcing production to British Coachbuilder CPP), so the new B6 could be the first car actually built by Spyker since the company was revived by Muller back in 1999.
Let’s hope things work out for the company and its embattled CEO this time around.
The new concept will feature the automaker’s latest V-12 engine and if built would rival the likes of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Aston Martin Vanquish. The engine, which displaces 6.5 liters, produces 691 horsepower in the Aventador LP 700-4 and could certainly be tuned to deliver more.
Lamborghini has stated in the past that it only develops concepts for vehicles it has the intention of building, though final approval always comes down to its parent company. As we’ve seen from the recent Estoque and Urus concepts, that approval doesn’t always come straight away.
Toyota FT-86 Open Concept
Sbarro Réact E.V. Concept: Few people will have heard of Swiss sports car manufacturer Sbarro, and we bet even fewer will have heard of the company’s industrial design school, Espera Sbarro. In Geneva this week, students from the school will present the Réact E.V. concept car, where E.V. stands for Ecologic Vehicle rather than being shorthand for electric vehicle.
Bertone Jet 2+2 shooting brake concept based on the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide
Citroën C3 Hybrid Air Concept: From the same company that brought us the world’s first diesel-electric hybrid, comes a new concept that does away with the electric component of hybrid cars and replaces it with compressed air instead. Like a conventional hybrid vehicle, the new Hybrid Air concept uses a gasoline engine for cruising on the highway, but for driving at low speeds it uses an air-powered hydraulic motor. For high-load situations, a combination of the two power sources can be dialed up. According to its designers, a small city car like the one previewed by the concept could average a fuel economy of about 117 mpg.
Teaser for Mitsubishi GR-HEV concept
Pininfarina Sergio Concept: Italian design house Pininfarina will unveil a new concept car honoring its late patriarch Sergio Pininfarina, who passed away in July of last year. It’s still too early to gauge any details, apart from the concept’s sultry hue pictured in a teaser image released by the design firm. However, we know that it will be called the Sergio and that it has been designed with exclusivity, innovation and passion in mind.
Hit the next page to see the rest of the cars that the 2013 Geneva Motor Show has to offer, and remember to follow this dedicated show page for all the latest updates.
2014 Audi S3 Sportback
That’s it for now; but remember, at any time you’ll be able to access the latest information from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show via this dedicated show page.