Thursday 8th March 2018. The day this years 88th Geneva International Motor Show kicks off! The biggest car show in the world certainly lived up to the name again this year. If you attended then we are bloody jealous as we were unable to make it however if you are unfamiliar with the event, the show is the best place to go and see European and world first looks with 180 exhibitors attending this years.
In this post we won’t be looking at everything at the show as we could go on writing for weeks about what’s been unveiled. Instead we will look at the eye catchers from the show.
Yes you’ve read that right!
Although a lot about this car is unknown we do know a little bit, which is enough to be excited about.
What we do know is the supra will be available in 2019, meaning it would have had a 16 year absence. It will have a 3 litre turbocharged straight 6 that will boast an impressive 330bhp. Weighing 1500kg, this thing should shift! It’s going to be rear wheel drive and will have plenty carbon fibre on it!
This will set you back approximately £50,000.
Jaguar i Pace
I think we are all coming to accept that the future is made of hybrids and electrics (however there will be people that refuse point blank to accept this!). Due to this, jaguar will be releasing their first fully electric car, the i Pace.
The i Pace will have around a 300 mile range and Jaguar so not much different to a lot of petrol cars however there is the thing of charging rather than just filling up. It supposedly has a 50:50 weight distribution over the front and rear axles. The car will have an impressive 395 bhp and since it is fully electric there will be instant torque so expect this to shift despite being a larger vehicle.
The I Pace will set you back around £58,00.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe
Now this is certainly one of our favourites from this years show! Despite just being a concept car currently, it looks ready for production.
With the new 8 series due to be released, BMW revealed a 4 door fast back style car in the M8 Gran Coupe. Sitting at over 5 meters long, it is a BIG car. Due to this being a concept car, there are no numbers we can really get in to but it is very likely to be challenging with the likes of the Mercedes S class.
As shown below this is a beautiful car and we are excited to see what comes into production.
Range Rover SV Coupe
Another interesting reveal, a 3 door Range Rover?
In a limited run, Range Rover will be releasing a 3 door model under the name ‘SV Coupe’. Only 999 are to be made so a very limited model.
The car will boast 557 bhp coming from a super charged V8. The price? Well one of these will set you back a huge £240,000. In our opinion, the only reason you’d buy one of these is as an investment as the price is bound to appreciate or if you have plenty of money due to the other options available in the Range Rover range. However there is no denying this is a gorgeous car.
Mercedes AMG GT4
Mercedes unveiled the AMG GT4. Built on Mercedes large platform, the 4 door is quite a sight. This has just strengthened Mercedes portfolio of good looking cars, something they really are good at. The model will be available in 6 cylinder option or there’s two V8 options.
The model is designed by the AMG team and is not just an AMG upgrade to a current Mercedes meaning this should be a full on performance car. No pricing has been released however you can expect the release to be early 2019.
This is certainly a talking point from this years GIMS.
This fully electric car can show off some impressive numbers, here’s a rundown. 1,914 bhp. 0-60mph in just 1.85 seconds. A top speed of 258 mph and to top all that off, an impressive 400 mile range. However unlike the Tesla equivalents, these are not production cars and because of this are likely to cost a 7 figure sum.
There are some clever touches they have added. For example, the wheels have an aerodynamic design which “channels cool air to the carbon-ceramic braking system and ensures smooth air flow down the flanks of the car.” Smart.
Now the big guns…
Time for the introduction of a new McLaren and a new Aston Martin. Both track cars, both fast, both brilliant examples of brilliant engineering. Here is the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro and the McLaren Sena GTR.
The Aston Martin is a track only alternative to the Valkyrie which is almost ready for release. Weighing 2,205lbs (1000kg) Aston Martin have made some changes to achieve this. Polycarbonate windscreen and windows, racing seats, ultra light carbon fibre bodywork and a new exhaust system amongst these changes along with “luxuries” like air conditioning being taken out.
The hybrid 6.5 litre V12 will produce more power than the road car, although Aston Martin have not released much about the car itself. Expect it to surpass the road cars 1-to-1 power to weight ratio. They have estimated the top speed will be 225mph and it can supposedly produce at least its own weight in down force, something normally only seen in F1 cars.
If you were after one, then you are too late. Only 25 were scheduled to be produced but all have already sold out.
Now time for the McLaren.
McLaren have said the car should put down the fastest lap of a circuit for a car outside of F1. All the technical details for the car are being released later this year but here is what we already know.
Similar to the Aston Martin this will be a track only alternative to the Sena that was released last year. The release is planned when the standard Senna has run its course, expect some time in 2019.
The car will sport a 4.0 litre twin toro charged V8 running 814 bhp (up from 789 on the Sena) and it will produce 100kg of downforce. The transmission is due to be upgraded to a sport style transmission .
There will be more of these produced than the Valkyrie but still only a mere 75.
There was many cars that we feel could of had a mention however we wanted to narrow it down to our favourites. If you want more cars from the show we recommend you have a look at the following:
- Buggati Chiron Sport
- Porsche GT3 RS 911
- Ferrari 488 Pista
- Porsche mission e
- Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder
- Volvo V60
- Aston Martin Lagonda
- Morgan Aero GT
- Morgan Plus 8 50th anniversary
- Zanvo TSR-S
- Bentley Bentanyga hybrid
- Lexus UX
*None of the photos used are our own. All credit and rights are given to the rightful owners*