There were new electric concepts and introductions into technology to inspire and intrigue. There were hypercar launches and unveilings by stars such as Bugatti and Koenigsegg. Then you could add the next-generation upgrades to already accepted supercars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini et al, and for those with less than six-figures to lose, the more conventional market marques of Audi, Mercedes, and BMW were also in evidence, with their own head-turning offerings that were a little less likely to break the bank. Well, not by as much.
Geneva is renowned for excess in class and culture. It has an associated lifestyle of lavishness and extravagance, so with the many multi-million price-tag cars on show, it was the perfect venue for this indulgent presentation in the motor industry.
The following are just a few of the superb new models from the Geneva Motor Show 2019.
Newly formed Automobili Pininfarina was showing their first production model at the Geneva car show this year. A hypercar for the wealthy fan, it’s expected to have a starting price of $2.2m, and if you’d like one, you better get in quick. Only 150 are to be made, and already it’s rumoured that half have been sold. This all-electric zero emission model threatens 1,900 horsepower and 0–60mph in less than 2 seconds. It will also reach 80% of a full charge in 40 minutes from a supercharger outlet.
Hispano Suiza Carmen
Styled around the 1938 H6C Dubonnet Xenia, the Carmen is also all electric with over 1,000 horsepower. It offers a top speed of 155mph, 0–60mph in under 3 seconds, 503bhp from both of its motors, and will carry you around 250 miles on a single charge. If you’ve got the $1.7m price tag, then head over to Barcelona in 2020 where 19 of these striking looking cars are to be produced.
Bugatti La Voiture Noire
A modern take on the 1930s Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic, only one model of ‘the black car’ as it’s titled, valued at $18m but with a base price of $12.5m has been made and already sold to the former CEO of the VW Group, Ferdinand Piech.
The Jesko, named after the Koenigsegg founder and CEO, with a 9-speed transmission, 1,280 horsepower, and top speed of 300mph is intended for production in 2021. The superb 2-seater features an array of luxury items for a car generally created around its performance.
Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept
This is the first mid-engine supercar from Aston Martin. It’s simply stunning; built on an aluminium chassis with the same F1 inspired V6 engine as in the AM-RB 003 turbo-hybrid. A production model could be seen early 2020, but given many of the concepts Aston recently debuted haven’t made it to full production, and with many of the specifications and the price being held back so far, we’ll have to wait and see.
The Ginetta Akula, crafted by this old British company based in Leeds, announced that there are going to be 20 of the V8 mid-mounted engine cars built in 2020. The 6-speed transmission and 600 horsepower will achieve a top speed of 200mph from its rear-wheel-drive delivery. The Akula is truly made for the track but will be street legal to drive too. There’s an awful lot of car to turn heads for the $532,000 price.
Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder
Lamborghini continues the Huracan line with a 5.2-litre V10 631bhp model to fire you from 0–60mph in 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 202mph. The traction and stability of this hardtop convertible with its 17-second automatic power deployment, are controlled with rear-wheel steering, an all-wheel-drive system, adaptive dampers, and with multiple drive modes to make the best of its performance wherever you choose to let it loose.
Ferrari F8 Tributo
Set to replace the 488 GTB and 458 Italia models is Ferrari’s new mid-engine V8; sporting updated aerodynamics, fresh headlights, and a set of big round tail lights. The performance is expected to provide a well-over 200mph top speed from its 720 horsepower and a 0–60mph acceleration of 2.9 seconds. Production starts next year