Star Cars from Geneva
Geneva is without doubt the world’s most glamorous motor show and this year, the tradition of glamour, sex appeal, power and speed continues with a glorious selection of new sports, super and hypercars from an interesting selection of manufacturers. From well-known luxury brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini and Mercedes-Benz to niche/specialist brands such as MAT with the stunning Stratos, Puritalia with the Berlinetta, and Ginetta with the Akula manufacturers have pulled out all the stops this year. Of particular interest is the much-anticipated Pininfarina Battista as well as the resurgence of one of the earliest luxury automotive brands, Hispano Suiza.
Here’s what we’d like to see on the lawns of Blenheim Palace this year:
Aston Martin AM-RB 003
The British marque has confirmed that the AM-RB 003 – previously known as Project 003 – will benefit from the close involvement of Red Bull Advanced Technologies in its design and engineering, continuing one of the brightest and most exciting engineering partnerships in the automotive world.
Bentley Bentayga Speed
The fastest SUV ever made! As with other Bentleys that carry the ‘Speed’ moniker, the new Bentayga gets a big power upgrade with 626 bhp and 664 lb-ft of torque which is enough to propel it to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds and on to 190 mph. It’s a Bentley so it’s the personification of luxury.
Bentley Continental GT Number 9
Bentley’s Centenary model, only 100 of the GT Number 9’s will be built. Each one will have a glass-encapsulated wooden insert from the seat of Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin’s Le Mans race car, and 18-karat gold-plated organ stops. It’s a very special car for a very special occasion.
Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Evocative by name, evocative by nature, La Voiture Noire, or the ‘Black Car’ is a one-off creation designed to show the collusion between immense power and unrivalled luxury in a grand tourer. With a price tag of £9.5 million, everything about the car is grand!
Ferrari F8 Tributo
Ferrari presents the stunning new F8 Tributo. With a monstrous 710 bhp V8 engine located just behind the driver, it will reach 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
GFG Style ‘Kangaroo’
From Fabrizio Giugiaro and the team at GFG Style, a new “hyper SUV.” A cross between an SUV and a supercar, power comes from two electric motors, both rated at 241 bhp. Rear-wheel steering helps the car handle better, and a 90-kilowatt-hour battery pack is said to give the car a driving range of more than 280 miles on a single charge.
British manufacturer Ginetta presents its first true supercar. With a 6-litre V8 generating 600 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque, this new car is a genuine 200 mph machine.
Hispano Suiza Carmen
Hispano Suiza can trace its routes all the way back to 1898 and a certain Spanish artillery captain, Emilio de la Cuadra. A very chequered history followed, but along the way, it produced some of the most luxurious cars of the 20s and 30s. Fast forward to 2019 and the resurrection of the marque with its very own electric supercar, ‘Carmen’. With a carbon-fibre chassis and a promised 1,006 bhp, it will catapult you to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds – all for £1.3 million.
Koenigsegg has unveiled an all-new megacar – the Koenigsegg Jesko – at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Jesko inherits the mantle left by the Agera RS as the leading track-focused, road-legal car for those looking for the ultimate in vehicle performance.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster
Following the successful European launch of the Aventador SVJ Coupé at last year’s Salon Privé, Lamborghini lifts the lid on its range-topping model. Despite being 50kg heavier than its Coupé counterpart, the Roadster’s mammoth 795 bhp is still enough to propel it to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 217 mph.
MAT (Manifattura Automobili Torino) Stratos
Launched to the world last year at Geneva, MAT’s stunning Stratos is presented this year with a new manual gearbox. Based around the running gear of an F430 or Ferrari 430 Scuderia, just 25 examples will be produced ensuring it remains super-rare.
Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster
What better way is there to experience the mighty AMG V8 than with the roof off? Luckily, Mercedes-AMG agree and have removed the lid from their glorious GT R Coupé allowing every one of the 577 horses generated from 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 to be enjoyed in true open-air style.
Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina now has its own production car, and it’s the £1.5 million Battista EV. Producing a staggering 1,900 bhp and 1,696 lb-ft of torque from a 120-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, Pininfarina says the Battista can accelerate to 62 mph in less than 2 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 217 mph.
From specialist Italian manufacturer Puritalia comes the new Berlinetta. With its V8 hybrid powertrain generating 965 bhp and full carbon fiber bodywork, only 150 will be made; a very exclusive machine.