When it comes to auto shows, a lot of the cars that get displayed are vehicles that have already been announced ahead of time. It’s exciting to see them in person for the first time, but press photos have already been circulated, and no one is terribly surprised by the vehicle on the stand. They knew it was coming, they knew what it would look like, and there it is.
At every show, however, there are bound to be surprises. This year’s Geneva Motor Show was no different, with quite a number of cars that no one saw coming. Here’s what we at Autos Cheat Sheet felt were the five top surprises from 2015’s Geneva Motor Show earlier this month.
1. Lexus LF-SA
There were a lot of rumors swirling about what the Lexus LF-SA would be, with some people guessing that it would be a CT200h replacement. Instead, Lexus went smaller. A lot smaller. But even though the LF-SA is tiny, it doesn’t mean it’s low to the ground; Lexus built the LF-SA to ride higher than most subcompacts, like a diminutive little crossover SUV. It might be strange and a little weird, but it’s also kind of cool. No matter how you describe it though, it certainly wasn’t expected.
2. Honda Civic Type R
The fact that the Honda Civic Type R would be at the Geneva Motor Show was no surprise. Everybody knew that it was coming. What nobody knew, however, was just how much power it would make. Honda was very open about the fact that it was building the Type R to be the fastest front-wheel drive car to go around the track, but the problem with front-wheel drive cars is that the more power they have, the harder they are to steer. Most people were expecting Honda to limit the Type R to somewhere between 270 and 280 horsepower. When the official number was revealed though, it was much higher than anyone would have guessed, making a whopping 310 horsepower.
3. Aston Martin DBX
In the era of the Tesla P85D and the Porsche 918, the idea of a performance car being either a hybrid or fully electric isn’t exactly revolutionary. As for performance SUVs, Porsche has proven with both the Cayenne and the Macan that they can be incredibly profitable, and seeing other manufacturers follow suit hasn’t been very surprising. What was surprising though is the DBX concept that Aston Martin brought to Geneva this year. In a number of firsts for the brand, the DBX is all-wheel drive, it’s fully electric, and perhaps most surprisingly, it has a lift. No, it’s not a true SUV, but seeing an Aston Martin with more than few inches of ground clearance sure was surprising.
4. Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6
Under Volkswagen ownership, Bentley introduced the modern Continental GT, a two-door grand tourer that quickly became a huge success. Since then, it’s looked like Bentley was only interested in introducing different variations on the Continental GT. Then, out of nowhere, the EXP 10 Speed 6 showed up at Geneva, a gorgeous sports car concept dressed in green. No one would have guessed that Bentley was developing a sports car, but if the production version looks anything like the concept, it’ll be one of the most striking cars on the road.
5. Koenigsegg Regera
When Koenigsegg announced that it would be bringing a car to the show called the Regera, there was a lot of speculation about what it might be. It was assumed to be some sort of hybrid or electric car, and in a sense that was correct. The Regera does use a V8 engine in conjunction with three motors, but because of some incredibly creative engineering, it doesn’t have a gearbox. It can also reach 248 miles per hour in 20 seconds, which, for comparison, is so fast that there isn’t anything on sale to compare it to. Surprise!
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