The 5 most ridiculous cars at the Geneva Motor Show
Koenigsegg, Lamborgini and Porsche all made a good attempt at stealing Bugatti's headlines.Neil Churchill March 8, 2016
This year’s Geneva Motor Show was a good one; fewer concepts, more actual cars.
Rounding up all the unveilings isn’t easy, and as such, there’s some big names that didn’t make the cut but certainly deserve an honourable mention. Ferrari’s GTC4Lusso being one. McLaren’s 570GT another. Expect EDGAR to test drive both of those in the near future.
Bentley showed off its ridiculously large Mulsanne Grand Limousine – over 21 feet in length. In fact, it looks so ridiculous we had to show you a picture of it.
The Maserati Levante was also on show, as the wave of luxury SUVs rolls on. But it was the following five cars that really stole the show.
We all knew it was coming and yet it still felt like it had been sprung on us out of nowhere. We’ve already covered the Chiron in detail, and its performance specs read like sheer fantasy. Only a year ago we thought that the Veyron would be untouchable, but now we realise we have a whole new W16-powered era ahead of us. Set to be the most record-breaking car for the next decade, oh, hang on a minute…
Over the last few years Koenigsegg has been to Bugatti what we imagine a small, rather annoying fly is to an elephant. But to give the Swedish carmaker its credit, its kept up with the Bugatti powerhouse and with its new Regera, looks set to continue annoying the VW muscle.
Using a 5-litre V8 with an additional 4.5-kWh battery pack, the lightweight ‘megacar’ matches the Chiron for horsepower: 1,500, and it will hit 100km/h in 2.8 seconds.
We thought we had moved on from the days of Bugatti and Koenigsegg competing for Guinness World Records; it appears not, and we couldn't be happier.
If any manufacturer can rock up and steal a motor show, it’s Lamborghini. Marking 100 years since the birth of its founder, Ferrucio Lamborghini, Centenario packs a V12 engine that produces 770 horsepower, with what looks like design inspiration from the Sesto Elemento.
Priced at $1.9 million, don’t expect to see many of these on the streets.
Few manufacturers are as good at taking an already brilliant performance car, stripping it bare, fine tuning the instruments and finishing with an even better product, than Porsche. And the 911R is probably the finest example of that process that Porsche has ever made.
No air con and no back seats. Instead you get the 4-litre engine from the GT3 RS, and a lot of carbon fibre. The result: a $185,000 car that goes from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds, and absolutely destroys corners.
Aston Martin DB11
This car falls under the ridiculous because it is ridiculous that so much is being pinned on it. For a prestigious automotive brand such as Aston Martin to be in so much trouble that the DB11 is being heralded as its most important car ever, is a sad reflection on the company’s recent history.
But, that being said, the DB11 is certainly a classy coupe and one that may well steal some sales from its Ferrari and McLaren rivals. 0-100km/h takes 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of over 320km/h.