The Geneva Motor Show has kicked off by opening the doors to the public and leaving everyone with a broad grin on their faces. Cars litter the scene at the Palexpo Arena in Switzerland, each sitting on exuberant stands designed to grab your attention. It’s easy to catch yourself staring at a brand new Lamborghini Huracan Performante and realise that the sheer amount of light coming from the stand is enough to make you lose your footing (maybe next year I’ll take sunglasses). Every inch is lit up, and the only splash of colour comes from the incredible vehicles on display, here is a quick run-down of day 1.
Here are a couple highlights from March 9th:
Since I’ve already mentioned the Performante, let’s get our heads around it first. This Huracan has a whopping 5.2-litre engine delivering a mind-bending 640bhp and an earth-shattering 442lb-ft of torque. If you want to get from point A to point B very very quickly, then the Performante would be a good choice; in fact, it smashed the Nurburgring’s production car record with a blistering 6:52.01 lap. With a top speed of 202mph, it’s able to reach 60mph in 2.9 seconds. Blink, and you’ll miss it.
The Porsche stand this year plays host to the 911 GTS, the 911 GT3 and the newly announced Panamera Sports Turismo. The Turismo is closely related to the Panamera sedan and comes with a 330bhp, 3.0-litre V6 engine on the base model while the top end Turismo comes with 550bhp coming from a 4.0-litre V8. The 911s deserve more than a simple overview, so tuned for a more in-depth look at this next-generation line-up.
The 720S was unveiled this week to rapturous applause and replaces the 650S as the brand’s headline act. It hits 124mph in 7.8 seconds and clocks a quarter mile time of 10.3 seconds. Not only does the 720S power McLaren into a new dimension of automotive performance, but the new sports exhaust has been described as ‘out of this world’. Words clearly cannot do this justice, so I suggest you look up the sound and then make you way down to a dealer to see for yourself just how stunning this vehicle is.
The 720S is also the first in a host of second-generation Super Series cars from McLaren will apparently number 15 according to their Track22 business plan. Needless to say, but this is an astonishing start from a manufacturer that manages to consistently place luxurious comfort alongside spectacular performance and jaw-dropping good looks.
Tune in for further updates over the coming month that will cover some more incredible brands showcased at the Geneva Motor Show. We’ll be having a close look at the likes of the Rolls-Royce Ghost Elegance and a host of their diamond-encrusted paintwork options. We’ll see what the Land Rover Velar is like and how it fits into the Land Rover family. We’ll see what Bentley have been up to with the new Continental Supersports, and whether Jaguar has cracked the right balance between incredibly exciting sports car and fully electric future-mobile with the I-Pace concept, which apparently will hit the roads in 2018.
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