All the key plays in the global auto industry will be gathering in the Switzerland next week for the annual Geneva Motor Show. The event is a bonanza for luxury and high-performance cars so it’s one we at Motor Authority always look forward to. This year around 200 exhibitors representing 30 countries will be present and as ever there will be exciting cars and concepts to behold. Just some of the illustrious brands presenting new wares include Aston Martin, Bugatti, Ferrari [NYSE:RACE], Lamborghini and McLaren.
Over the next few pages you’ll see our hand-picked list of some of the cars that we know are coming, as well as what we know about them so far. The shows gets underway March 1 and you can bet there will be a few surprises in store. To stay on top of it all you can access the latest information from the show via our dedicated hub and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
Alpine Vision concept: French automaker Renault is reviving its bringing back to life its Alpine performance brand. The first modern Alpine will be a small, mid-engine sports car and next week in Geneva we will be treated with a concept previewing it. The concept looks almost production ready, which means the world debut can’t be far. We don’t have any of the specs but it’s thought that the concept—and the production version it will spawn—will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder mounted behind the cabin and spinning the rear wheels only.
Opel GT concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Opel GT concept: Another small sports car concept debuting in Geneva will be Opel’s GT. Unfortunately this concept isn’t destined for production. Instead, it’s meant to preview new styling themes and the youthful, sporty image Opel hopes to project. Power in this concept comes from a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine used in several Opel production models. The engine is mounted in a front mid-ship position and directs power to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters. Peak output stands at 145 horsepower, which will get the concept to 60 mph in about 8.0 seconds.
Teaser for Subaru XV concept debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Subaru XV concept: One of the concepts being unveiled in Geneva actually previews a car that will end up on sale here in the United States. This XV concept previews the next-generation Crosstrek, which we expect to land in showrooms next year, as a 2018 model. All we have right now is this teaser. It reveals familiar crossover cues such as a raised ride height and underbody protective elements. It also suggests that the new Crosstrek will keep the rugged look and feel of the current model.
Teaser for Volkswagen crossover concept debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Volkswagen T-Cross concept: German auto giant Volkswagen will also show off a crossover concept tipped to be called a T-Cross. The concept previews a new subcompact crossover VW will align with its next-generation Polo hatch and at present it isn’t clear whether we’ll see it in the U.S. From the teasers we can see that the concept will have a very rugged look. VW hasn’t mentioned many details, though the automaker states the concept will have an interior almost completely devoid of switches.
Teaser for Pininfarina concept car debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Pininfarina concept: Pininfarina was recently sold to Mahindra & Mahindra and in Geneva we’ll see the Italian firm present its first concept under the ownership of the Indian conglomerate. A teaser for the concept has been released but reveals little of the actual car. The teaser likely depicts part of the car’s nose as seen from above. Pininfarina has used the Geneva show in the past to unveil striking concepts meant to showcase the design firm’s talents to potential customers, so don’t get your hopes up for a production model from the firm.
Teaser for 10th-generation Honda Civic Hatchback prototype debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Honda Civic Hatchback prototype: Honda’s 10th-generation Civic has already spawned sedan and coupe bodystyles. Soon, we’ll be able to add a hatchback bodystyle to the list. In Geneva, Honda will preview its upcoming Civic hatch with a prototype that closely resembles the production version due out sometime next year. It’s possible the sporty design of the prototype, as indicated in the teaser, reflects the look pegged for the new generation of the Civic Type R.
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Teaser for Bugatti Chiron debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Bugatti Chiron: Bugatti’s new supercar to succeed the Veyron has been confirmed as a Chiron and already previewed by Bugatti’s Vision Gran Turismo concept unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. In Geneva we will be treated with the production model. Bugatti describes the Chiron as the world’s most powerful, most luxurious and fastest production car so you can bet its specs will be insane. We hear the final output will be up around 1,500 metric hp, or about 1,480 regular hp.
Koenigsegg Regera: One of the Chiron’s key rivals will also be on display in Geneva. The car is the Koenigsegg Regera, which will be presented for the first time in production-ready form. That means we should finally have all the tasty specs. The hybrid supercar features an innovative drivetrain devoid of a conventional multi-gear transmission and the last we heard it will also have an output up around 1,500 hp. But the Regera won’t be the only car on Koenigsegg’s stand. The Swedish marque will also unveil its final Agera.
Pagani Huayra BC
Pagani Huayra BC: Pagani is set to unveil a new, more hardcore version of its Huayra supercar in Geneva. The car is called the Huayra BC and it’s to be built in a limited run of just 20 examples. The car honors the late Benny Caiola, a supercar collector and close acquaintance of Pagani founder Horacio Pagani, and it runs an uprated version of the regular Huayra’s twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12. Output now registers at 789 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque, which compared with outputs of the Chiron and Regera above seems almost pedestrian.
2017 Aston Martin DB11 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
2017 Aston Martin DB11: Not all the performance cars in Geneva will have seven-figure price tags attached. One of the more attainable cars—albeit still on the expensive side—will be Aston Martin’s new DB11. The car is the successor to the DB9 and the first model in the British brand’s turnaround plan which calls for a complete renewal of the lineup plus the addition of new models including an SUV. Leaked photos have surfaced and reveal a very impressive design for the car.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso launch at Villa Erba, February 15, 2016
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso: Ferrari’s updated FF, the GTC4 Lusso, is due for a world debut in Geneva but the car has already been shown online. Despite only being a mid-cycle update, the GTC4 Lusso marks several significant changes. The exterior has been tweaked, the interior almost completely revamped and the 6.3-liter V-12 tuned to deliver more power. There have also been some handling updates in the form of a new four-wheel-steering system as well as an updated version of the Slip Side Control feature.
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR: Jaguar’s F-Type is getting a new performance range-topper built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations. The car is called the F-Type SVR and features an output of 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with all-wheel drive as standard which means it should be able to make the most of all that power. The F-Type SVR arrives in showrooms this summer, as a 2017 model. The coupe will start at $126,945 and the convertible at $129,795.
Arash AF10: British supercar marque Arash is set to have its first major auto show appearance next week. It will be bringing two cars to Geneva, one of them a hybrid supercar with a claimed output exceeding 2,000 hp. The supercar is an updated version of Arash’s AF10 that we first saw last decade. It now has a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 and four electric motors for a combined output of 2,080 hp! The second car Arash will present will be an updated version of the firm’s more recent AF8. It’s called the AF8 Cassini and it has some much nicer bodywork than the original.
Lamborghini Design Patent
Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4: Lamborghini is planning a special edition supercar to celebrate this year's 100th anniversary of the birth of company founder Ferrucio Lamborghini. The car will be built in a limited run, just like the previous Sesto Elemento and Veneno special editions, and we may have already seen it in the form of some leaked patent drawings. The car will be based on the Aventador platform and is expected to be called a Centenario LP 770-4. This suggests it will come with 759 hp (770 metric hp) and an all-wheel-drive system.
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2017 Maserati Levante
2017 Maserati Levante: Maserati’s Levante has been years in the making, with the first concept previewing an SUV wearing the trident badge appearing as far back as 2003. We’re now just days from seeing the debut. The Levante uses the rear-wheel-drive architecture from the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, though it will be closer in length to the mid-size Ghibli. As for engines, expect the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and 3.8-liter V-8 gasoline units found in the Ghibli and Quattroporte to make their way into the Levante. Also transferring over will be an eight-speed automatic and Q4 all-wheel-drive system.
2017 Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase
2017 Bentley Mulsanne: Bentley’s flagship sedan, the Mulsanne, has just undergone a mid-cycle update. As part of the update, the Mulsanne has spawned a stretched version aptly named the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase. There have also been some styling tweaks, more luxuries added to the list of personalization options and more tech added to the cabin. No changes have been made under the hood, though. Standard models run a turbocharged 6.8-liter V-8 good for 505 hp while the Mulsanne Speed gets a 530-hp version of the same engine.
2018 Lexus LC 500h
2018 Lexus LC 500h: Lexus will unveil a hybrid version of its stunning LC coupe in Geneva. The car features a new hybrid system that drops the Lexus Hybrid Drive moniker of Lexus’ previous technology in favor of the new name Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System. The new system has been designed specifically for performance vehicles and has both an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT) plus a conventional, multi-gear transmission. Peak output of the system is 354 hp, which Lexus says enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in under 5.0 seconds.
Kahn Design WB12 Vengeance teaser
Kahn Design WB12 Vengeance: Known for its modified Land Rovers and other prestige models, Kahn Design recently transitioned to the world of coachbuilt cars with its new range of Flying Huntsman models based on Land Rover Defender underpinnings. In Geneva, the British firm will show off something for performance fans: a new grand tourer called the WB12 Vengeance. It’s a fully bespoke car based on the bones of the Aston Marin DB9. Aston Martin provides rolling chassis straight from the factory and Kahn Design crafts a completely new body and interior. Of course, a V-12 lump remains under the hood.
Teaser for Spyker C8 Preliator debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Spyker C8 Preliator: Another bespoke car debuting in Geneva will be a new version of Spyker’s C8. The new version is called the Preliator and is thought to feature vehicle electrification. Recall, Spyker has said in the recent past that it plans to utilize some of the “exciting new sustainable technology” being developed by Volta Volare.
2017 Volvo V90
2017 Volvo V90: Set to join the XC90 SUV at the top of the Volvo heap later this year are two new models, an S90 sedan and a V90 wagon. The S90 has already been launched and in Geneva next week we’ll see the V90. The V90 is essentially an S90 wagon under a different name. It's based on the SPA platform common to the XC90 and should feature a similar powertrain lineup. The V90 replaces the aging V70 in Volvo’s lineup. Though it’s yet to be confirmed, we're likely to also see a V90 Cross Country soft-roader at some point.
2017 BMW M760i xDrive V12 Excellence
2017 BMW M760i xDrive V12 Excellence: BMW’s new 7-Series is getting a V-12 option. The engine, a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 good for 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, will be offered in an M760i that will come in two flavors: performance and luxury. The luxury flavor is this M760i xDrive V12 Excellence. This one is for conservative buyers that desire the performance of the V-12 super sedan in a discrete package. For the more overt types, there is a regular M760i xDrive. Also debuting in Geneva will be a BMW Alpina B7 xDrive. This one packs a V-8 but also has 600 hp on tap.
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet: Mercedes-Benz’s latest C-Class is a major leap in performance, dynamics and styling over the outgoing generation so it’s not surprising that execs are planning to add more models to the range. One of these is a new convertible that Mercedes will show for the first time in Geneva. The car, which will be called a C-Class Cabriolet, will closely resemble the latest C-Class Coupe but instead of sporting a fixed roof will come with an automated folding soft-top. Also in Geneva will be a new performance offering from Mercedes-AMG dubbed the C43 Coupe.
Hit the next page to see what else will be on display at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and remember to follow our dedicated hub for all the latest updates.
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That’s it for now but at any time you’ll be able to access the latest information from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show via our dedicated hub.