Last year Geneva was on spot thanks to the plentitude of awesome custom cars. This year we’ll get to see a huge collection of new models, debuts. Over the last couple of years the “Switzerland Car Market” has turned into one of the biggest auto shows out there with strong line-ups, exciting announcements and a fun atmosphere. You’ve got the Detroit show and the Chicago show here in the United States, the Tokyo Show in, well, Japan, and the Geneva Motor Show in Europe. Obviously, those are not the only noteworthy automobile events in the world, but they’re most definitely one of the best. As for the “national character”, I gotta say that all the American and Japanese manufacturers take a breather and watch the show from afar, letting the European talent to shine in Switzerland, giving it that elegant and aristocratic touch, with all the green hybrids, compact cars, twin-turbo V12 beasts and supercars making their debuts with pride and joy. So, I bet you already guessed that we’ll be talking about the best cars from the Geneva Motor Show 2016 in this article.
Unapologetically Beautiful Cars With Hefty Price-Tags
Now, I could tell you about the latest middle-class sedans, crossover SUVs and EVs, but I’m not gonna do that, because, let’s face it: they’re not that fun. So, today we’ll discuss the meat and potatoes of every decent show in the world – the luxury cars and the super cars. By the way, this is the 86th Geneva Show, and even though it’s not as testosterone-packed as the Detroit show or as big as the Chicago show, the number of drop-dead gorgeous vehicles is hitting that swagga meter like crazy, because if there’s one thing that the European folks do better than us, the Americans, that’s building unapologetically beautiful cars. Most of you guys might not be familiar with the majority of models in the following list, but that OK, because – truth be told – not a lot of people do (not even the Europeans). Geneva has always been the place where all the dream cars gather around for a mighty show. Pretty much none of them are practical, fuel-efficient or – God forbid – affordable, but that’s the beauty of it. Alright, let’s get comfy (or cozy, the choice is yours) and take a look at the best cars from the Geneva Motor Show 2016. I’ve got it all covered for y’all, just sit back and enjoy the show.
#1 – The Bentley Mulsanne
Bentley is all about scoring big, and the legendary Mulsanne line-up now consists of 3 different models, with each specializing in different tasks and appealing to a wide range of potential customers. That’s right, UK’s own is quite serious about world domination, and the Geneva Show stand made it all clear – they’re here to stay. So, you’ve got the traditional Mulsanne plus the Speed and Extended Wheelbase editions. Translation: regular, speedster and extra roomy. It’s actually quite a strong kick from Bentley, as I personally know some folks who loved the original but could really use a bit more performance to enjoy this luxurious champ to the fullest. I’m sure the more spacious Extended Mulsanne will be in large demand as well (by the way, it’s a real-world luxury limousine, so, keep that in mind). The company itself calls this model line the ultimate offer from the world’s best engineers and designers, and it’s hard to argue with that. So, Bentley did certainly grab my attention and that makes it one of the best cars from the Geneva Motor Show 2016.
#2 – The Maserati Levante
What can I say about the Levante? Well, for starters, it’s the first-ever SUV from Maserati! The price-tag is predicted to be around 70K, but it’s well worth it. However, the competition in the luxury SUV segment is now stiffer than ever, as the big-time exotic manufacturers, including Bentley (the Bentayga), Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce are also working in that department. Furthermore, Jaguar got the F-Pace, and Porsche is rolling hard with the Cayenne. With the Levante you’ll get a choice between 3 engines – 1 diesel and 2 petrols. The entry-level 3.0-lit unit is good for 345BHP and can go from zero to 62 miles per hour in 6 seconds sharp, with a top speed of 156MPH. The ultimate petrol engine (also a 3.0-lit) is capable of 424BHP and jumps that 0-to-62MPH in 5.2 seconds, while max speed is at 164MPH. All the Levante models will come with an 8-speed automatic transmission 4WD (four-wheel drive) and air suspension. On the inside you’ll get the luxury treatment, with an 8.4-inch interface, climate control, cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels and more. So, as you can see, Maserati is ready to rumble this year and rolls its first SUV with quite the package.
The Best Cars From The Geneva Motor Show 2016 – #3, McLaren 650S GT3
The brand-new GT3 from the world-famous McLaren is built for that number one spot in world-wide championships from the get-go. The team behind the 12C GT3 worked a lot on the new model in order to improve on the already-impressive performance and aerodynamics. Under the hood you’ll get the same 3.8-lit V8 that’s good for 500HP and is mated to a 6-speed sequential transmission. And that’s about it for the new McLaren, folks! I mean, it’s actually pretty hard to write about a car like this, because, in all fairness, you can’t get even the half of it unless you see it perform on a race-track, preferably alongside with the best of the best. Still, it was one of the best cars from the Geneva Motor Show 2016 simply because it takes you one glimpse to appreciate the impressive design and the background it has with the 12C. If you’re a fan of race-cars, the brand-new 650S GT3 will be your dream car. On the other hand, if you, like me, are more of a sports car kind of guy, then you’ll forget about it sooner than you think. I know it sounds a bit strange, but mark my words.
#4 – The Renault Alpine
The French manufacturer, Renault, has been on the market for as long as I can remember, even though they’re not available here in the United States. Who cares, right, when you’ve got the awesome Alpine that’s the company’s flagship in the segment of luxury sports cars! This one is about to make Audi, BMW and Porsche sweat a lot, trust me on that. It’s got low curb weight, a Formula One-inspired steering wheel and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that takes this cute little fella from standstill to 60 miles per hour in quick 4.5 seconds. On the inside you’ll get a royal treatment with all the latest technological features along with carbon fiber seats. How about that? I know the German giants won’t be happy to hand Renault the keys to the city, but the upcoming Alpine might just make them. Competition is a fierce thing, and it will take the French a while to make their way into the elite, but if they managed to get the public’s attention they could skyrocket – both in sales and in standings.
The Best Cars From The Geneva Motor Show 2016 – #5, The Volvo V90
The Swedes are preparing for an American invasion, ladies and gentlemen, and they even brought the forgotten station wagon back as their key element of the attack. First of all, that long-as-f**k design makes it stand out and grab your attention (it looks pretty great, really). Second, it’s quite the performance stud: the Volvo V90 comes packed with a T8 powertrain that combines a twin-turbocharged 2.0-lit engine with an electric motor, and together they put out 410HP. On the inside the car boasts a quiet, comfortable, flexible cabin/interior, with an up-to-date attitude that, along with the mighty powertrain, makes it one of the best offers on the market of luxurious-yet-practical daily vehicles. Furthermore, the V90 comes with dual-zone (automatic) climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels and AWD. The starting price-tag is around 38-39K, which is quite affordable, especially given the fact that it’s perfect for a family transport. They say it’s hitting the market later this year, so, buckle up! Thumbs up, Volvo, for rolling with one of the best cars from the Geneva Motor Show 2016.
#6 – The Jaguar F-Type SVR
Jaggy-jag rolled in at the Geneva Show with the brand-new F-Type SVR, a drop-dead gorgeous car, by any standards. First of all, let me tell ya’ll that it’s officially coming and will be available this summer with a starting price of 122K. The car will be powered by a 5.0-lit V8 that’s putting out 567BHP and 516 pound-feet of torque. It’s 4WD and comes paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. As for acceleration, the brand-new Brit jumps from nil to 60MPH in 3.5 seconds, while the top speed is around 200MPH. The construction platform is the same as with the F-Type R, but you’ll get a different front-end along with a carbon-fibre active rear wing. The new SVR is the first car from the SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) that will hit series production and features all the latest engineering, performance and design tricks from the crew. Oh, and yes – there will also be a convertible, so, that makes the upcoming Jaguar F-Type SVR one of the best cars from the Geneva Motor Show 2016.
#7 – The Arash AF10
Another epic release from a UK-based manufacturer. Now, this is the real deal and comes with a 6.2-lit V8 that works in conjunction with 4 electric motors, and together they are good for – drum roll, please – 2080HP! And that’s about as much as you and I need to start counting the days in the calendar. The V8 is good for 900HP, while each of the “electricians” is capable of 295HP. The Arash AF10 is RWD and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in unbelievable 2.8 seconds. The chassis is carbon-made, with aluminum front/rear sub frames. By the way, if you’re a bit low on money right now, you can go with the entry-level 550HP-strong edition that can be yours for 390K. The 2000+ model will cost you a lot more – around 1.23 million US dollars. And that concludes my Geneva 2016 favorites!
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