Geneva International Motor Show ran from the 5th-15th March this year, bringing us 10 days of distraction from the trading charts in the form of brand new super cars, world debuts, exclusive photos of the hottest new wheels and more.
We can’t think of many better ways to spend our trading breaks than catching up on news of the latest motors, so we rounded up all our favourites from the show…
The second-generation version of Audi’s supercar made its world debut at Geneva, showing off a chassis borrowed from Lamborghini’s Huracan, twin-clutch S tronic transmission and a V10 engine.
Add to that brand new tech and design updates, 602bhp, 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 205mph, and the latest supercar offering from Audi looks to be an impressive piece of kit.
The 2017 Audi R8 will be priced at €165,000 and available to buy from the summer.
Ferrari 488 GTB
Also revealed at Geneva was Ferrari’s new supercar, a turbocharged successor to the 458. The 488 GTB takes its name from the cubic capacity of each of its cylinders: 487.75 (but 488 is much catchier). The GTB was added in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the 308 GTB.
Ferrari’s latest supercar boasts 661bhp, 8000rpm, 0-62mph in 3 seconds flat and a top speed of 205mph – and it can lap Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in 1 minute and 23 seconds, a whole 2 seconds faster than its predecessor. Oh, and it looks stunning, too.
The Ferrari 488 GTB price is yet to be confirmed.
Lamborghini Aventador SV
Lambo’s Aventador was already pretty speedy, so when they tag ‘SV’ (which stands for “Super Veloce”, Italian for super fast) on the name, you know their latest offering is going to be hard to catch.
The Aventador SV will have at least 750 horsepower and is being billed as “the world’s most reactive car” – which apparently means it is faster than the speed of thought – as well as “the wildest Lambo ever”.
The Aventador SV will be available for purchase later in the year.
Aston Martin Vulcan
Also revealed at Geneva was the most extreme Aston Martin in the history of Aston Martin – a track-only carbon fibre racing car built for extreme performance.
The Vulcan has over 800 brake horsepower, a monocoque (that’s a single-piece skin designed to help spread any stress or damage to the car from racing across the whole body) and a stripped-down interior to increase speed. Only 24 models of the supercar will be made and the lucky owners will get track training in a V12 Vantage S, One-77 and Vantage GT4 – so it’s kind of like getting four Astons for the price of one.
The Aston Martin Vulcan will be available later this year for £1.5 million plus taxes.
McLaren P1 GTR
This track-dedicated hyper car from the Formula One leaders is the ultimate trader toy – 986bhp, 3.8-litre twin turbo engines and a striking colour scheme reminiscent of McLaren’s iconic F1 GTR Le Mans racing car.
Owners of the 35 limited production models will get F1 driver VIP treatment, with access to McLaren’s inner circle, expert track tuition and the chance to drive at some of the biggest circuits on the race calendar. Move over, Jenson Button…
The McLaren P1 GTR will cost £1.9 million and is only available to owners of McLaren’s 375 P1 road car.
Mercedes AMG GT3
Also offering up a new race car at the Geneva Motor Show were Mercedes, who showed off the AMG GT3 – a bit of a mouthful and even more of an earful: with its 6.2-litre V8 engine, Mercedes say they’ll be ringing in the new motorsport season with the “sonorous sound of the V8”.
We’re expecting big things from Mercedes’ latest racer. Watch this space…
The Merc AMG GT3 will be available to buy later this year.
Porsche Cayman GT4
Also set to hit the race track later this year is Porsche’s latest update on the Cayman model, tipped to be the most powerful in history. It’s a serious bit of kit, making light work of 0-62mph in just 4.4 seconds – a full half a second faster than it’s predecessor, the Cayman GTS.
The GT4 shares the genetic makeup of the 911 GT3, with a 3.8-litre mid engine that produces 380bhp, lower suspension and a fixed rear wing for downforce, but Porsche claim to have given it more of everything: more traction, more capacity, more thrust, more power. More than any Cayman has ever had before.
The Porsche Cayman GT4 will be available later this year and is priced at £64,451.00.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3
Bridging the gap between race and road cars is Aston Martin’s lightweight limited edition Vantage GT3, the sportiest Aston on the market.
Production is limited to just 100 models of the 595bhp supercar, and its new features include weight-saving measures, an aerodynamic overhaul and significant mechanical upgrades. Performance figures have yet to be confirmed but the rumour is that the new Vantage goes from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds – two-tenths of a second faster than its older sister.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 will cost £250,000 and be available in 2015.
Lotus Evora 400
The Evora is what Lotus hope will save them from the brink of bankruptcy and help to accelerate their recent growth – so no pressure, then. It’s lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, thanks to an enhanced supercharger and engine management tweaks that bring the brake horsepower up to exactly 400 – hence the name.
Will it have the desired effect on Lotus sales? Only time will tell…
The Lotus Evora 400 will be available in August 2015. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.