Highlights Of The Geneva Auto Show

Geneva, Switzerland, is one of those places that feels almost hyper-real. It’s a mix of centuries-old architecture, stunning natural beauty, and a whole lot of money. It’s a city that delights in the perfection of craft, and is a large reason why we associate the Swiss with precision. And for those of us who find joy in four-wheeled transportation, it’s also home to the greatest auto show on Earth.

Now in its 87th year, the Geneva International Motor Show is where many of the world’s most buzz-worthy vehicles make their debut. This year saw the reveal of cars like the new Subaru Crosstrek XV, Honda Civic Type-R, and re-birthed RUF Yellow Bird. And for those who don’t find money to be an object, a large number of hypercars made their debut at this show as well. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Renault Alpine 110

Renault Alpine 110

French car maker Renault made international waves with the unveiling of its new Alpine 110. A fresh take on a beloved sports car, this modern iteration is designed to give a Gallic punch to machines like the Porsche Cayman. The Alpine 110 features a mid-mounted 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine which, thanks to the magic of turbocharging, is rated at 249 horsepower. Lightweight construction helps it run from 0-62 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Smart, aerodynamic design — which includes a flat undertray — help this little Renault carry on to an artificially limited top speed of 155 mph. Pricing for the Renault will start at just over $60,000 USD, but unfortunately, there are currently no plans for a U.S. release.

Mercedes-Benz AMG Concept GT

The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept, a four-door coupe that heralds a further extension of the AMG GT family

The AMG GT Concept expands upon Mercedes-Benz’ AMG GT family, bringing a 4-door performance coupe to a dedicated sports car lineup. It’s an elegant machine that reveals the future of the AMG brand, wrapping a sensuous shape around a cutting-edge hybrid powertrain. Inspired by the systems used in Formula 1 cars, the AMG Concept GT joins an electric drive unit to a handcrafted, bi-turbo V8. Total power output is said to be 805 horsepower, and the sprint from 0-60 will take less than 3 seconds. Active grille shutters, carbon-ceramic brakes, and next-generation lighting are just some of the cool features with which the exterior is equipped; we’ll have to wait a bit to find out what’s going on in the interior, however. Pricing and (hopefully) an eventual release date have yet to be announced.

Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e

Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e

While plenty of car manufactures like to say they have luxury offerings, few can actually lay claim to that space like Bentley. Each car is hand-built and exhibits a level of craftsmanship that is simply unsurpassed. And now the brand is offering its vision for a future electric car. The EXP 12 Speed 6e is a grand touring Bentley for the smartphone age, featuring a sweeping center console carved from a solid piece of glass, steering wheel controls crafted from hand-cut glass, and an interior trimmed in the finest materials available. Its exterior is an evolution of the classic Continental shape, with a vibrant, illuminated “6e” logo shining through the smoked-finish grille. Bentley says its vision for this car is to offer an electric powertrain that utilizes rapid conductive charging and offers the performance one expects from the brand. In plain speak, that means that the mechanicals (er, electrics) for this car don’t yet exist, but it sure is nice to imagine what could be, should this car actually reach production.

McLaren 720s

McLaren 720S

McLaren’s 720S improves upon the already amazing 650S by sticking to the tried-and-true performance formula of dropping weight and adding power. Underneath its stunning new design language is a fiercely powerful machine, with its mid-mounted turbocharged V8 sending a whopping 720 PS (710 hp) to the rear wheels. This hypercar can run from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds and, with double the aerodynamic efficiency of the 650S, can achieve a top speed of 212 mph. The driver-focused cabin promises the comfort and refinement one expects from the marque, and it’s a car we look forward to experiencing soon.

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Built in celebration of the company’s 70th anniversary, the new 812 Superfast is Ferrari’s fastest car yet. Unlike the fast Ferraris that have dominated the modern era, the 812 Superfast takes a more traditional approach with its design. A big, powerful V12 sits up front – under that sculpted long hood – which, through clever engineering, is rated at approximately 790 hp. And that’s all-natural horsepower, with nary a turbo or electric motor assist system to be seen. Though designed as a sports car without compromise, Ferrari promises that the on-road comfort would be worthy of its estimated $320,000 price tag.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Lamborghini Huracan

Though the Huracan isn’t new to the Lamborghini line, the to-be-released Huracan Performante variant sent shockwaves through the halls of Geneva when it officially became the fastest production car around Germany’s famed Nurburgring. Though some may doubt that this charging bull is as fast as the videos claim, Lamborghini maintains that its car really does deliver the goods. But with its lighter weight (down 40 kg), revised suspension, active aerodynamics, and increased power (640 hp from a 5.2-liter V10), there’s no question that this Huracan Performante would be terrifyingly quick no matter what road it drives on. A minimalist, hard-core, racing-inspired interior comes standard, though Lamborghini offers its comfort seats as an option. Final production versions of the Huracan Performante will go out to customers sometime in the summer of 2017. 

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Panamera Sport Turismo

The motoring press has deemed fast wagons cool, and it’s easy to see why. There’s something incredibly appealing about hauling a bunch of stuff in a car that goes really, really fast. And Porsche, apparently capable of looking deep into our psyche, has given us the coolest fast wagon yet: the Panamera Sport Turismo. Mechanically similar to the existing Panamera sports sedan, the Sport Turismo is the most versatile sports car yet. Its long roof increases headroom for rear passengers, and its 18.4 cu. ft. of cargo space helps ensure that all their favorite stuff can come along for the ride, too. Opt for the E-Hybrid Sport Turismo and get green cred along with a 0-60 time of just 4.4 seconds. If you need to get the kids to school faster, the top-of-the-line Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo features a twin-turbo 550-hp V8 and can hit 60 mph in just 3.4-seconds.


Justin Kaehler
Justin Kaehler is a Los Angeles-based writer, photographer, and auto enthusiast who has been sharing his passion for cars for over 15 years.