10 Cars We’re Looking Forward to at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Source: YouTube/auto news

The Swiss bikini team won’t be the only ones with a plethora of drooling onlookers, because while last year’s Geneva Motor Show bonanza featured an aftermarket onslaught of custom cars, this year is shaping up to be the year of interesting vehicle debuts.

The Geneva Motor Show is an event where both American muscle and Japanese engineering take a backseat in order for European ingenuity to take the stage, and everything from environmentally friendly compact cars to twin-turbo V-12 evildoers will be in attendance this year. 2016 marks the 86th year the Geneva Motor Show has been held, and while it may not be as madcap as the Detroit show, nor as expansive as Chicago’s, the level of international craftsmanship is on the verge of orgasmic.

Many of you may not be familiar with the majority of the cars on today’s cheat sheet, and that’s alright, because quite frankly most people in Europe won’t ever get a chance to see them anyways. Geneva is a show for the extreme and unobtainable, a glitzy playground littered with vehicles that have zero practicality to them outside of blistering performance.

Having said that, we have included a handful of affordable, completely utilitarian options, just to prove that it isn’t all exotics and extreme machines either. Here are ten Geneva debuts we think will absolutely steal the show this year.

1. Bentley Mulsanne

Source: Bentley

Source: Bentley

You should probably put down your glass of sherry and break out your monocle, because Bentley’s most elite model range now comprises of three variants and they all specialize in different things. By offering the Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed, and Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, the opulent automaker now has regular, zippy, and extra roomy options to choose from. The model line that the automaker commonly refers to as the “ultimate statement of Bentley’s craftsmanship and automotive artistry” is gearing up for Geneva in a big way this year, and we can’t wait to see Bentley’s display.

2. Maserati Levante

Source: Maserati

Source: Maserati

Looking to lure the Bentley Bentayga, Jaguar F-Pace, Range Rover, and Porsche Cayenne buyers with something new and exciting, Maserati has been busy teasing everyone with renderings of its Levante SUV. While pricing, powertrain offerings, and technical specifications on the Levante remain obfuscated, Maserati has revealed that it will feature things like electronic suspension, controlled damping, air springs, all-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

3. McLaren 650S GT3

Source: McLaren

Source: McLaren

The latest incarnation of track-focused animosity to come out of McLaren GT, has basically been built to battle in GT3 championships around the globe. Taking the success it saw with the 12C GT3 over the past three seasons and amplifying it, McLaren has built the 650S GT3 seen here, which it claims “offers optimized aerodynamics and enhanced levels of refinement to produce even greater levels of driver engagement.” Expect this one to be a real winner in Geneva this year.

4. Renault Alpine

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We may not be able to get them here in America, but we can still dream, right? French automaker Renault aims to compete with upper crust luxury sports car makers like Porsche, Audi, and BMW in 2017 with the Alpine Vision seen here. Powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine and featuring a race-car inspired interior that sports carbon fiber seats, an F1-style steering wheel, and a slew of toggle switches, the little monster utilizes its low curb weight to hit 60 in less than 4.5 seconds.

5. Jaguar F-Type SVR

Source: Jaguar

Source: Jaguar

Featuring a fiery, supercharged V8 that offers almost 600 horsepower and a redesigned suspension setup that is now primarily aluminum in nature, the already aggressive F-Type gets a shot in the arm from Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO team. With its reveal at the Geneva Motor Show just around the bend, and deliveries slated for this summer, we can’t wait to get our hands on one.

6. Aston Martin DB11

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Aston Martin has been utilizing its VH (Vertical/Horizontal) platform since 2001, and it’s all about to come to an end as the Brits prepare for the unveiling of an all-new architecture. Teasing with images of an engine that is badged with lettering that states “V-12 Twin-Turbo,” the company that brought us James Bond’s bonkers DB10 is on the move.

7. Arash AF10

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Source: YouTube/auto news

I could write an entire book about Arash, because for being one of Britain’s smallest boutique automakers, it sure has stirred up a lot of interest in recent years. Reportedly stocking around 2,080 horsepower, the AF10 seen here will likely be a star at the Geneva Motor Show this year, especially if this hypercar does end up accelerating to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds like Arash suggests. The AF10 holsters a mid-engine, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that makes 900 horsepower and over 1,600 foot-pounds of torque. A quartet of electric motors power all four wheels, adding an additional 1,180 horsepower to the equation, and if manually shifting through six gears isn’t your thing, note that this car offers five gearboxes. In theory.

8. Ferrari GTC4Lusso

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Source: Ferrari

The GTC4Lusso seen here is the four-seat hatchback that will be replacing the outgoing FF as the “family-friendly Ferrari,” and it reportedly packs a 6.2-liter V12 that returns 680 horsepower. Hitting 60 around 3.4 seconds, it supposedly has a top speed of 207 miles per hour, and will feature both all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering in order to keep you in control.

9. Volvo V90

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Source: Facebook/Volvo

Designed to make station wagons desirable once more in America, Volvo has resurrected a key player for a debut in Geneva. On paper it looks to be anything but boring; for years Volvo has played with sedans, crossovers, and SUVs, all of which were quite good. But the lineup felt incomplete without its station wagon staple, so the Swedish automaker went back to the drawing board. Built upon Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture, the V90 is set to arrive in 2017 and will offer a plug-in hybrid system that generates around 400 horsepower, further disproving the old notion that wagons and hybrids are lame.

10. Opel GT

Source: Opel

Source: Opel

Our final entry today is little but an over-sized Hot Wheels toy, as company spokesmen told Automotive News that the GT seen here is “purely a concept study to show off innovations that may one day be found in an Opel production car.” Even though a production version would have one hell of an uphill battle ahead of it, seeing Opel celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original model with a limited run would be fantastic to see come to fruition. Regardless of what does or doesn’t happen, it will still be interesting to see what all is encapsulated in this wild little concept this year at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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