Geneva Auto Show Preview: What to Expect From Aston Martin, Lotus, Mercedes, and Ferrari
The Geneva Motor Show starts Monday.
It’ll be anything but routine. This year we can expect some serious sports cars to hit the market.
For instance: Bugatti will show the last of its 450 Veyrons. It’s called “La Finale.” (A name nearly as creative as Ferrari’s million-dollar “La Ferrari.”) The 1,200-horsepower Grand Sport Vitesse is the 16-cylinder sporty version of the two convertible Bugatti models, as if the other Veyron weren’t sporty enough. It’ll be the last of its kind that Bugatti ever makes.
Elsewhere, Mercedes-Benz will show its three-row Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, a $1 million armored limousine that you can expect to see ferrying around heads of state after it goes on sale this summer.
Lamborghini will show off the Superveloce, a hyper version of its Aventador. The company hasn’t released much information related to it other than to say it’ll carry significant upgrades to the stunning $395,000, 720-hp Aventador.
And Ferrari will show the 488 GTB (I hear it’s already taking orders) as it struggles to regain sales momentum and executive morale after the departure of its longtime head (and a disappointing Formula One season).
Even the extremely obscure automakers will show something this year. Swedish brand Koenigsegg has confirmed plans to unveil a new RS version of its Agera and a totally new “megacar” called the Regera. Danish brand Zenvo will show its new futuristic, $952,000 ST1 supercar. And Lotus, while not as obscure as the others but quite a low-volume producer, will debut an Evora 400. Lotus says the newest iteration of its Evora line will hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds—and push its flagship model even further toward handling brilliance.
High-Class, Low-Volume Winners
Rolls-Royce will have some more hints about its just-announced SUV, the all-terrain vehicle that will have a 12-cylinder engine and cost more than anything else it currently makes. It’ll also show off its multimillion-dollar bespoke wonder, the Phantom Serenity. Bentley, on the other hand, has said it won’t divulge anything new about its planned-for-2016 Bentayga SUV. We’ll have to satisfy ourselves with looking at some small updates it’ll show on the 2016 Continental GT.
Fellow Brit Aston Martin will show the V12 Vulcan, an 800-hp destroyer that will cost more than $2 million and be extremely rare—only 24 will be made. And McLaren will grace the world with the debut of the 675LT. (That’s the track-ready 666-hp coupe it’ll sell to select buyers.) McLaren is also hinting at another sports car we can expect to see in early April. It’s certainly something to look forward to.
Notably, from Germany, Audi will debut the 2016 R8, which will get 610-hp on a V10 engine and a lightweight aluminum and carbon-fiber frame. Better yet, it will also offer an electric-powered production E-Tron version of the new R8. That one will have the equivalent of 456-hp and 679 foot-pounds of torque.
The Best of the Rest
Most of the mass luxury brands this year have said they’ll skip showing anything crazy or production-ready in Geneva, in favor of saving some tricks for the New York Auto Show in April. But we do know that Cadillac will show the European version of its new V-Series cars, and Infiniti will debut the QX30 concept.
Land Rover will give us a refreshed Evoque and some “Special Operations Unit” souped-up variants of existing models, like the Range Rover SVR. Those are the ones we can expect to see in the upcoming James Bond film.
And in a bid to extend sales volume (there’s no denying that Audi in particular is closing in), BMW will show some 1 Series updates and a large van-like monstrosity that is supposed to appeal to practically minded families and adventure seekers. It won’t be sold in the U.S. Not that we’ll miss it.
Want to see more? We’ll have videos and photos coming in real time from the show floor next week. Stay tuned.