The Most Breathtaking Cars at the Geneva Motor Show

The most powerful Ferrari, a $500,000 Mercedes SUV and the first-ever electric Bentley are all on display.

The world’s biggest car brands are converging at the Geneva Motor Show this week to show off their best efforts of the year. Thousands will attend Europe’s first major motor show of the year—and its most important. Electric technology, autonomous driving, and pure horsepower were the dominant themes. Here are the highlights. Photographs by Luke MacGregor and Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Lamborghini Huracan Performante
Lamborghini Huracan Performante

The Huracán Performante comes with more power, better Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, a re-engineered suspension, and upgraded traction control over its predecessors. It has 640 horsepower on a naturally aspirated V10 engine and a more stabilized, lightening-fast, seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. It also just smashed Porsche's old record at the famous Nurburgring track in Germany.

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Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari unveiled the speediest production car in its history. The Italian manufacturer is pushing the limit of how many autos it can sell without losing its allure. The 812 Superfast has a 12-cylinder, 800-horsepower engine that accelerates to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour in as little as 2.9 seconds, making it Ferrari’s most powerful production model ever. Priced at ‎€292,000 ($308,000) in Italy, the new flagship is already sold out for 2017.

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Pagani Huayra Roadster
Pagani Huayra Roadster

Pagani unveils its latest million-dollar, hand-built supercar, the Huayra Roadster. The machine is faster than its forebear even though it has the same guts of its predecessor: a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 engine and a seven-speed, single-clutch paddleshift gearbox. It has the lighter weight and increased power of 764 hp vs. 722 bhp for a zero-60 mph sprint time in fewer than 3 seconds. This is a fraction faster than the 3.0-second coupe and among the very fastest cars in the world today.

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Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept
Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept

With this concept car, Bentley is exploring the possibility of a true all-electric vehicle for production. It’s a separate endeavor from the recently promised plug-in hybrid Bentayga SUV, due in 2018.

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Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet
Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet

This will be the world’s most expensive SUV with a price of $500,000. It’s Daimler AG’s latest extension of the top-of-the-line Maybach marque that it resurrected to take advantage of surging demand for higher-end models. Limited to a run of 99, the SUV will have a V12 engine and a landaulet style, with a front row that’s covered and a retractable fabric roof in the back.

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Volkswagen Sedric
Volkswagen Sedric

The Sedric — derived from “self-driving car,” has sensors galore. Drivers — passengers? — would be able to speak commands to tell the car where to go, where to stop, and other instructions.

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Volkswagen Arteon
Volkswagen Arteon

Volkswagen’s new four-door fastback will replace the flopped $78,000 Phaeton luxury sedan as its namesake brand’s flagship model. The Arteon, featuring options for front-wheel and all-wheel drive, will be available first in Europe, with deliveries in Germany starting in June. The price hasn’t been announced. The car targets buyers wanting the comfortable, upscale ride of models like Mercedes-Benz’s €54,800 CLS coupe at a lower cost. 

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Lexus LS 500h
Lexus LS 500h

Lexus’s newest hybrid sedan is aimed squarely at Mercedes-Benz and Tesla. The LS 500h is an electric- and gasoline-fueled version of Lexus’s flagship sedan, with a V6 gasoline engine paired with two electric motors, a small lithium-ion battery, and the equivalent of 354 horsepower on a multi-stage hybrid transmission that acts like a 10-speed gearbox. It will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds.

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Renault Alpine
Renault Alpine

Renault is hoping to shed its utilitarian mass-market image by taking on Porsche with a new low-slung, high-end sports car. The limited-edition Alpine 110 two-seater with a four-cylinder turbo engine is a revival of a once-popular model shuttered 20 years ago. Priced at €58,500, it’ll be the French carmaker’s most expensive passenger auto and can hit 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour in 4.5 seconds — about as quickly as a Porsche 911 Carrera.

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Ford Fiesta ST
Ford Fiesta ST

Ford brought back the vintage Fiesta with a modern version. The next generation range, which goes on sale in Spring, includes the Fiesta Vignale, Titanium and Zetec as well as the ST. The range starts at £12,715 ($15,500).

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Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60

Volvo unveiled a revamped version of its best-selling XC60 that’ll compete with Audi’s Q5 and Mercedes-Benz’s GLC in a crowded marketplace for compact sport utility vehicles. Going on sale this year, the vehicle takes its design cues from Volvo’s successful top-of-the-line XC90 SUV and features the same safety systems, such as driving assistance to prevent head-on collisions. It can also steer and brake by itself up to a speed of 130 kilometers (80 miles) an hour on highways.

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McLaren 720S
McLaren 720S

British automaker McLaren’s 720S is a supercar even more extreme than its predecessor, the 650S Coupé. McLaren’s latest mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive two-seater is lighter and faster than the 650S, with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine and a weight of 2,828 pounds. Company executives say it can hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach 124 mph in 7.8 seconds. Top speed is 212 mph. List price in the U.S. will approach $290,000, about 5% more than previous models.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA
Mercedes-Benz GLA

This is the European debut of the new GLA line, with an extended range of engines, specific visual highlighting and updated equipment lines. For instance, the previously optional bi-xenon headlamps were replaced by LED headlamps. Customers have a choice between three chassis variants. 

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Peugeot Instinct Concept
Peugeot Instinct Concept

This plug-in hybrid concept is a more pared-down version of the i-Cockpit that Peugeot first announced in 2010. Its large, five-spoke wheels, colorful lighting, taillights and promised 300 horsepower are strong steps for the French automaker.

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Mercedes-AMG GT
Mercedes-AMG GT

This four-door concept version of the coupe has a sports hybrid system that puts a V8 gasoline engine and an electric motor. Mercedes says the car will have a “convincing electrical range” and a total power equivalent of 900 horsepower.

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Citroën DS7 Crossback
Citroën DS7 Crossback

The Crossback has room for five adults, roughly the same as an Audi Q5; other competitors include the Lexus NX, Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque and BMW X1. The DS7 is due out in the U.K. by January 2018. Expect prices to start around £28,000.

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Lamborghini Huracan RWD Spyder
Lamborghini Huracan RWD Spyder

This is the rear-wheel-drive version of the popular Huracan V10 sportscar from the Italian brand. The car includes Pirelli PZero tires shown here and exclusively developed for the rear-wheel drive Huracán, which sit on 19” Kari rims. Specially contoured steel brakes and aluminum brake disc pots help with weight reduction and improved cooling on this latest Huracan to hit the market. 

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