8 Noteworthy Cars From the Geneva Motor Show
With the Geneva Motor Show in full swing, automakers from around the globe have their wares on display for the world to enjoy, and observers and analysts are getting a good idea of what can be expected from them down the line.
There have been numerous new introductions since the show started on Sunday, some of which will be coming to the United States and many that will not. And while the Chicago Auto Show in February was centered around practical and utility-based vehicles, Geneva is all about speed.
McLaren, Koenigsegg, and Bugatti have made appearances with new cars, Jeep has a new compact crossover, and Mini has revealed a new Cooper Clubman Concept, which indicates that Minis are not so mini anymore.
Check out what those cars have to offer and more in the following pages. Here are eight cars that are basking in the spotlight in Switzerland.
1. Audi TT
The first and most obvious aspect of Audi’s (VLKAY.PK) TT is that it really hasn’t changed all that drastically. It still retains that signature rounded TT shape, though its grille and headlights clearly take more after Audi’s recent Laserlight concept (though these headlights are the Matrix LED headlight option). Buyers will have a choice of power trains, ranging from the 2.0-liter TDI diesel (so far unconfirmed for the U.S.) to the 310 horsepower and 280 pound-foot 2.0-liter turbo, found in the TTS. Between the two is Audi’s familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit.
2. Bugatti Veyron Rembrandt
With the Veyron Rembrandt edition, Bugatti ends its Legends series of Veyrons with an homage to Rembrandt Bugatti, ”one of the most notable and artistically independent sculptors of the early 20th century” and the son of Ettore Bugatti. The Rembrandt version comes adorned with the rearing elephant that he was known for, cast in bronze and planted in the interior of the vehicle, which stickers for about $3 million. The powertrain remains the same, but the whole car has been devoted to the two-tone paint scheme that translates into the inside as an elegant blend of colored woods and leathers.
3. Mini Clubman Concept
The Mini Clubman started life as a vehicle a step up from the Cooper and a step below the Countryman, but now that it’s 4.4 inches longer and just more than 2 inches wider than the Countryman, the Clubman concept becomes the largest vehicle in Mini’s ballooning stable. It uses a unique five-door format that offers two conventional doors up front, a third suicide door, and the two barn-style doors out back. If you’re enamored with Mini’s styling but you need the cargo room, this may be the car for you: It’s designed to compete with the likes of Fiat’s 500L and a league of quirky European MPVs.
4. Jeep Renegade
Jeep’s (FIATY.PK) Renegade is the answer to the problems that small Jeep owners have been suffering from. It’s meant to cap Jeep’s lineup at the lower end, undercutting both the Patriot and Compass in price and in size, and promises to bear the off-roading prowess of the larger Wrangler and Grand Cherokee without sacrificing its urban manners. The Renegade should also feature Jeep’s My Sky, which allows for near-complete removal of the roof panels to help bring the outside in; the feature will be available with Fiat’s 1.6-liter MultiAir engine or Chrysler’s 2.4-liter Tigershark.
5. Koenigsegg One:1
The Koenigsegg One:1 is ready to set the benchmark for performance, and on paper, it already has in a lot of ways. The name refers to its 1,360 horsepower, which pairs perfectly to its 1,360 kilogram weight, yielding a one horsepower to one kilo ratio, or one-to-one. Top speed is expected to plateau at 280 miles per hour, and many parts of the car were 3-D printed to help save cost and weight. The One:1 also features active aerodynamics, helping the car be the best in any sort of driving, not just a straight line. Only six will be made, and all are spoken for.
6. Lamborghini Huracán
The Lamborghini Huracán is the Italian firm’s replacement for the beloved Gallardo, and it surpasses its predecessor in a number of ways. It uses the same 5.2-liter V10 engine, though tuned to 610 horsepower, which is routed to all four wheels; its styling is refreshed and takes after Lamborghini’s larger and more powerful Aventador. Sixty comes in 3.2 seconds, and the car’s top speed falls at 201 miles per hour. The driver can choose from three modes, depending on the level of aggressiveness that person desires: Strada (street), Sport, and Corsa (race). In short, expect this to be the Lamborghini you’d always hoped it would be.
7. McLaren 650S
The 650S is the third car to join McLaren’s stable, slotted between the MP4-12C and the lunatic P1 hybrid. It has, as you’d expect, 650 or so horsepower, costs around $320,000, and is a nearly perfect blend of styling drawn from both the 12C and P1. It uses the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the 12C, though its styling cues — at least on the front end — are distinctly P1-based. It certainly makes the argument for a Ferrari or the new Huracán all the more difficult.
8. Volvo Concept Estate
Rounding out the trio of Volvo’s (VOLVY.PK) new concepts is the concept Estate, a gorgeous, flowing take on the estate car (known commonly stateside as a “wagon”) that hopefully lends some insight to Volvo’s plans for the future. Volvo’s cars of late are definitely up to par for quality, but overall, its lineup is aging and needs a shot of reinvigoration. The Concept Estate could see its elements influence the next generation of the V60 wagon, the XC70 wagon/crossover, which would be a very good thing.