Every year, I look forward to attending the Geneva Motor Show, and this year was no exception. It is possibly the only place in Europe where I consistently see the best of the best in the motor industry on display in all their grandeur. For those that love luxury cars and sleek, innovative design, there really is no other place to be this time of year in Europe. Now that other cities are offering less than stellar shows, Geneva has overtaken cities like Detroit and Los Angeles in presenting great cars, concepts, and hints at the future of the automotive industry.
The cars on display this year at the Geneva Motor Show shocked and awed. Some of the vehicles that stood out for me included the new McLaren, a Volkswagen release, and also a Porsche GT3 that featured manual transmission. When it seems like everyone is attempting to decrease emissions footprints, it looks like the show in Geneva is casting a broader and more optimistic net that resonated with fans of luxury cars.
Here are a few of the models that really caught my eye:
This model not only goes to the extreme, but pushes the boundaries even further. Featuring a twin-turbocharged engine that is a 4.0-liter V8, the McLaren 720S is a 2-seater is faster and lighter than previous models, able to go from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds and weighs less than 3000 pounds. With a top speed of 212 mph, the price tag may be extreme at $290,000, but for car enthusiasts, it is well worth the money.
Standing an impressive 46 feet tall, this is a vehicle that casts a shadow over competitors, boasting more than enough impressive features to ensure it stands out from the pack. From the executives seats to retractable cloth roof to everything in between, the Maybach Landaulet is not for average mortals and is definitely for those that want to have tongues wagging once they drive up. Priced at $500,000, most cannot afford it anyway!
This is a car that has been designed to be seen and heard and you will be hard pressed to ignore this car whether it is moving or in standby mode. The Ruf CTR is a bold yellow on the presentation floor and boasts a twin-turbo engine at 4.0 liters, 700-horsepower and weighs a sleek 2,640 pounds. If you love to go fast and be noticed, look no further because this is absolutely the car for you!
Mercedes AMG GT
As a concept car, the Mercedes AMG GT is simply amazing, making this sedan an interesting entry on the presentation floor, but more than living up to the hype. With a 4.0-liter V8 engine, this sports hybrid boasts an impressive electrical range that is equivalent to 900 horsepower, meaning you can go faster than ever before. I think that other companies will have to step up their game very quickly if they want to compete with this car in the immediate future!