The five most important cars of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show
The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is now in full swing with a fleet of new vehicles being shown for the first time by manufacturers. The 2017 show is one of the best for a number of years in terms of desirable super-metal. Here are the really important cars (and the ones that you are likely to see in our showroom soon).
The second generation of the Super Series and most definitely revolution rather than evolution. A new twin-turbocharged 4.0 litre engine, 710 BHP, and a dry weight of 1283 KG mean 0-124 mph in 7.8 seconds. Bold new styling and as usual many new McLaren innovations. UK deliveries start in May with prices from £208,000
Our verdict – we didn’t see this coming. The 720S is beginning to push into hypercar territory.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
Lamborghini have been teasing us with the Lamborghini Huracan Performante for months and it recently set a record 6:52:01 lap time at the ‘Ring – a production car record.
In a nutshell this is the Huracan “Superleggera” – hardcore, 40 KG lighter than the standard coupé and with a further 30 BHP ( 630/ 602 BHP) it also boasts new active aerodynamics which can produce 750% more downforce than the standard car.
Our verdict – Lamborghini are taking the performance fight to Ferrari with this car + active aero – who would have thought it.
Porsche 911 GT3
The next generation of Porsche 911 (991) GT3 will have the normally aspirated 4.0 engine and manual transmission developed for the 911R. PDK will be standard with manual as a no-cost option. Possibly the worst kept secret in the Porsche world for some time the new manual GT3 it will be scarce – UK list price will start from £111,000 – and waiting lists are full. Quite how Porsche manages to create such an awesome 500 bhp machine for the price is a very well kept secret.
Our verdict – the best car on the market today for the money.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
The normally aspirated front-engined V12 Ferrari lives on in the form of the new 812 Superfast – the successor to the mighty F12. Now boasting 800 BHP from the 6.5 litre engine, the 812 is the fastest and most powerful Ferrari ever built (if you exclude the LaFerrari as Ferrari wish us to do). Comes with a seven year warranty and 12,500 mile service intervals.
Our verdict – the looks won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but the performance….
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Previously know as the AM-RB 001, Aston’s new V12 hypercar follows the fire-breathing Vulcan by taking its name from the gods. Shown in public for the first time at Geneva, the Valkyrie is a radical concept. A mid-engined two seater with a V12 engine, the seating position comes straight from F1. Aston Martin will be building road and track specific versions.
Aston Martin also introduced their new AMR performance brand at the show
Our verdict – Completely bonkers, just as a hypercar should be.
If you want a more in-depth tour of the show then might we suggest this video by the incomparable Harry Metcalfe?
Image credits: McLaren Automotive / Automobili Lamborghini/ Porsche AG/ Norbert Aepli / Aston Martin
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