The Geneva Motor Show 2017 has finished – for us that is! The general public can enjoy the cars and word premieres until the 19th of March in Palexpo, Geneva. We brought you the most comprehensive coverage of this year’s show with all the latest luxury and performance models reported on over the course of the last few days. With so much information and photographs to take in, we thought a little collection of highlights might be helpful!
There were well over 150 cars launched this year with new releases ranging from BMW’s M4 facelift right up to the official release of completely new cars such as the McLaren 720S and a plethora concept cars. The great thing about the Geneva Motor Show is also the presence of so many tuning companies, small series manufacturers, hypercar companies and innovative automotive technology firms. This truly makes the Geneva Motor Show the most interesting and most anticipated motor show on our annual calendar.
Geneva Motor Show 2017 General Highlights
The Italian-designed supercar announces a new purpose for the Volkswagen Group company as a custom coach-building specialist. The Italdesign Zerouno will be built as a limited edition run of just 5 cars. Based on the same platform as the R8 and Huracan it features a naturally aspirated V10 engine. The striking design earned it a spot as one of our highlights.
Read more about the Italdesign Zerouno.
Arguably the biggest release of the entire show was the McLaren 720S. Shrouded in secrecy until yesterday afternoon, we were actually given two advanced previews so we knew exactly what to expect!
The new Super Series McLaren brings some significant improvements over the outgoing 650S. In fact, it also trumps the hardcore 675LT! One crucial aspect is the conspicuous absence of radiator intakes on the side. McLaren have designed a unique double skin to the dihedral doors which channels air into the radiators. Cooling is actually improved by 15% over the 650S.
One of the versions that came as a surprise was the McLaren 720S MSO “Velocity” which features a special red paintjob that not only has a gradient from dark to lighter red but also exposes clear red carbon fibre underneath.
Read more about the McLaren 720S!
Another key highlight in Switzerland was the Ferrari 812 Superfast. The new Ferrari replaces the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta as the luxury GT of the range.
The Ferrari 812 Superfast gets a new 6.5-litre V12 engine with a staggering 789 hp and 718 Nm of torque. It is capable of a maximum speed in excess of 340 Km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of just 2.9 seconds.
Find out more about the Ferrari 812 Superfast by reading our live article.
Another highlight is the highly anticipated Lamborghini Huracan Performante finally broke cover at the Volkswagen Group Night on Monday. The hardcore Huracan has impressed, although it’s unique carbon fibre applications haven’t convinced everyone.
What is convincing is the performance improvements though. As expected, the Huracan gets rear wheel steering and an all new active aerodynamics named “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva” (ALA). The naturally aspirated V10 is uprated to 640 hp at 8,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm.
Take a look at a full photo set and read all the details about the Lamborghini Huracan Performante in our Geneva Motor Show article.
The Koenigsegg Regera was also on display this week. A very special gathering of Koenigsegg’s ensured that it received plenty of attention. The powertrain entails the very potent Koenigsegg 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 which is good for 1,100 horsepower and 1,250 Nm of torque. The three electric motors, supplied by Rimac, deliver a combined 700 hp and 900 Nm of torque. This brings the combined output to over 1500 hp (1.11 MW) and over 2,000 Nm of torque.
For full details and a set of photos, take a look at our earlier Koenigsegg Regera article.
The Pagani Huayra Roadster is all sold out. Pagani still bought it along to the Geneva Motor Show 2017 for the fans though. The Huayra Roadster has been in development for several years now. Its Geneva debut brings that to an end with a limited production run of just 100 cars planned.
Read more about the Pagani Huayra Roadster in our earlier article.
This might come across as a strange inclusion in the list, however, beyond giving us another glimpse of the new Audi Q8 (expected in 2018), this concept also gives us an idea of what to expect from performance Audi models. You will no doubt have read up on the new V6 Audi RS5. The Q8 uses a similar engine concept, coupled with a hybrid drive system.
Read more about the Audi Q8 Sport Concept in our earlier article.
Another tantalising glimpse of a lighter, strictly 2-seater Bentley model came in the form of the EXP12 Speed 6e Concept. It uses high-speed inductive charging and provides a range sufficient for grand touring requirements. The car of today has a 310 mile range but there is talk by Bentley of acheiving something greater. We also found out that electric power will make its way into the Bentayga for 2018.
Read more about the Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e Concept in our earlier article.
The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is one of those insane production cars you see every once in a while. The Landaulet is the first off-roader from the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand. It follows on from the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 and the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet. Limited to 99 units, it gets a V12 engine, portal axles, electric fabric top and exclusive equipment.
Read more about the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet in our earlier article.
As a testament to the future plans of Mercedes-AMG the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept show car packs a V8 petrol engine and high performance electric motor. The hybrid powertrain is intelligently networked with a modular battery concept comprising of very powerful yet light batteries. The result is a combined output of roughly 800 horsepower (600 kW), good for a 0-100 km/h sprint in under three seconds.
Read more about the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S
The S in SCG003S stands for ‘Stradale’ whereas the ‘C’ denotes ‘Competizione’. The SCG003S is apparently the fastest cornering road-legal car in the world.It generates in excess of 700 kg of downforce at 250 km/h, carrying 2g through the corners. The top speed will be in excess of 350 kph, with 0-100kph covered in less than three seconds.
Read more about the Glickenhaus SCG003S!
It had been expected for some time. The Porsche 911 GT3 991.2 gains some pretty trick features including rear wheel steering and a brand new 4.0 litre straight six power plant. Plus, the front bumper air inlets now go the opposite way to the first generation…
Read all about the Porsche 911 GT3 991.2 in our earlier article.
The Range Rover Velar is in here as we were genuinely surprised by the technical innovation and design of the ‘white space’ Range Rover. Was it strictly necessary? We’ll leave that to you to decide, what we love about it is those flush door handles and the new dashboard. Plus the fact that it is a Range Rover!
Read more about the Range Rover Velar here.
The RUF CTR is back, this time with a completely in house design and engineering. It is the modern yellowbird with a retro bodywork and a modern chassis and powerplant.
Read more about the RUF CTR here.
Geneva Motor Show 2017 Tuning Highlights
Gemballa are also back. The relaunch of the German tuning company is long overdue, as is a brand new Avalanche! The 3.8 litre flat 6 has received a thorough makeover. It now manages a monumental 820 hp and 950 Nm. It has sledgehammer performance to match the knockout looks.
For more details and live photos of the Gemballa Avalanche, click through.
We love the unique touch that ABT apply to the machines they touch. This ABT Audi R8 V10 is a perfect example. The tuner managed to squeeze out an extra 20 hp bringing the total output to 630 hp. The extra 20 hp are courtesy of a custom stainless steel exhaust system and optimizing the air flow.
For more details and photos of the ABT Audi R8 V10, click through to our earlier article.
The FAB Design SLR Desire 20th Anniversary brings back a legendary tuning package for FAB Design. The FAB Design SLR Desire 20th Anniversary is completely carbon fibre and appears much like you would expect it to do so in comic book format!
Read more about the FAB Design SLR Desire 20th Anniversary in our earlier article.
Liberty Walk need no further introduction. The unique style they bring to the super car scene has now exploded onto the worldwide stage. Their stand at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 is a culmination of those worldwide ambitions.
Read more about the Liberty Walk McLaren 650S here.
Mansory’s Siracusa 4XX returns this year in spider form. The carbon fibre bodywork emulates the design of the Ferrari FXXK. It might be one of those designs you either love or you hate, but you do have to admire how ostentatious it is!
Read more about the Mansory Siracusa 4XX Spider here.
For a complete overview of all premieres and our entire coverage of the Geneva Motor Show 2017 visit our Geneva 2017 news channel.