When you’ve got global premieres from Lamborghini, Bentley, McLaren and Mercedes-AMG, it’s easy to miss what else Geneva had to offer at the annual motor show last week. In the previous issue wheels looked at production car debuts, but this time we have time and space to check out Geneva’s smaller stands scattered across the seven halls of Palexpo.
Besides a souped-up M2, Hamann also brought along their take on Range Rover’s new Evoque Convertible, which as you can see is strictly for pathological egoists.
One of the most extreme tuned cars in Switzerland last week was by Gemballa, naturally, based on a twin-turbo 911 and making 820 horsepower — it also took the prize for Geneva’s biggest rear wing. Probably.
David Brown (no relation to Aston’s former owner) showed off an updated Speedback GT in Geneva, though still based on an old Jaguar XK.
One of the most extravagant designs in Geneva was a newcomer called the Black Cuillin (after a Scottish mountain) powered by no less than a 6.0-litre V12 and harking back to Thirties’ Delahayes and coachbuilt specials.
No sooner has BMW launched the new G30 generation 5 Series than tuner Alpina (apologies, it’s actually a recognised manufacturer in Germany) has already put a twist on it with a twin-turbo ‘M5’ of its own.
German tuner AC Schnitzer brought out a pair of wild BMWs (Bimmers being its specialty…), including an i8 hybrid and a beefy M2.
Volkswagen has got us all giddy with the prospect of a 21st-century boutique supercar coachwork specialist with its repurposing of Wolfsburg’s recent purchase, ItalDesign. The ItalDesign Zerouno concept announced in Geneva is based on a Lambo and will actually be built limited to just five examples.
Swedish brand Koenigsegg took this opportunity in Switzerland to show off the first production-spec Regeras — the Regera hypercar uses a twin-turbo V8 and hybrid power (with Rimac drivetrain tech) to generate a system total of 1,500 horsepower and 399kph top speed.
Pagani didn’t have anything new to bring to Geneva this year, but it had obviously forgotten that it’d booked a stand, so the Italian boutique carmaker just decided to bring along a Zonda S Roadster made 15 years ago. Still, any excuse to check out a 7.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 is a good one.
One of the neatest surprises of the Swiss show this year was former Brazilian F1 world champ Emerson Fittipaldi’s partnership with Pininfarina that resulted in the pretty clean-looking EF7 concept.
When a bunch of design students and clever people of Italy got together to dream up a people’s car of the future, they came up with the Scilla concept, which has Pininfarina touches to boot. This vision of a 2030 automobile features an electric motor in each wheel.
For the 2018 model year, Croatian electric hypercar brand Rimac updated its Concept_One model to increase power from 800kW to 900kW, which is 1,224 horsepower. With a weight of 1,900kg ready to go and instant torque, this thing will do 0-100kph in 2.5 seconds and even more impressively, 0-200kph in six seconds flat. For comparison, the McLaren 720S, also launched in Geneva, does 0-200kph in 7.8 seconds…
Mad-genius designer Franco Sbarro supervised this student-design of a steam-punk sort of Thirties-inspired roadster, named after a desert (Mojave, in the US) and powered by, of all things, a 4.0-litre Jaguar V8 engine mated to a BMW-sourced five-speed transmission.
Super-duper rich guy and big petrolhead James Glickenhaus has already raced his Ferrari-based creations at the Nürburgring, but now he’s finally showed us his SCG003S road-car version, the final S standing for Stradale, which is Italian for street. Keep in mind this thing is just barely street legal though, delivering 800 horsepower to the wheels courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8.
The Chinese newcomer’s hybrid hypercar is worth 1,300 horsepower and goes eyeing Bugattis and Koenigseggs.
Another one that was kept well under wraps heading up to the show was Tata’s Racemo sports concept, which the Indian manufacturer claims will go into production as a 2018 model pretty much as it stood at the show.
Occasional Dutch sportscar maker Spyker (it’s not occasionally Dutch — we mean it made cars, then didn’t, then did, then didn’t, now it does again) revealed a new C8 Predator Spyder, which will reach the road powered by a Koenigsegg-sourced V8.
The tiny British outfit Sin Cars premiered a bright canary yellow R1 550 supercar, so no idea how we missed it the first time. A 7.0-litre V8 lends the car its name tag since it produces 550 horsepower, and this old-timer even includes an old-fashioned six-speed manual transmission.
Segula Technologies is some kind of Stark-esque company that dabbles in augmented reality and things too complex for us to understand, but in Geneva it showed up and actually presented a thing on four wheels, so we paid attention… And we still don’t get the Hagora Pulse concept car, although it has a lot to do with autonomy and gesture control and AI.
German tuner Techart normally outlandishly outfits Porsches and turbocharges them to the extremes, but in Geneva this year Techart surprised us all with a classy take on Porsche’s old 928, the famously controversial water-cooled V8 front-engined GT that so perfectly epitomised the Eighties’ yuppie. Techart’s take on the classic 928 S4 includes loads of tiny detail changes, highlighted by the gloss black 18in wheels and swathes of black leather everywhere.
Famed Italian design house Touring Superleggera lent its expertise to newcomer sportscar brand Artega, to produce this rather beautiful Scalo Superelletra that features an electric motor on each axle for zero-emissions motoring — the range is reportedly good for nearly 500km and it’ll do 0-100kph in a quoted 2.7 seconds.
To celebrate its 10th birthday Danish hypercar maker Zenvo obviously went mad on a night out and brought over a TS1 GT in baby blue, powered by a 1,150 horsepower 5.8-litre twin-supercharged V8. It’ll do 0-100kph in less than three seconds and needs to be electronically limited to 375kph. We thought the Danes were nice people?