2018 Geneva International Motor Show - Best In Show
So much good stuff, we don’t know where to stop!by Jonathan Lopez, on
The Geneva International Motor Show is unquestionably one of the best auto events of the year, routinely bringing the goods with a history of high-profile, high-dollar, and high-horsepower debuts. The 2018 Geneva Show proved no different - in fact, there was so much good stuff, we struggled to whittle down our Best In Show list to just five entries! However, whittle it down we did, leaving the rest with an honorable mention listed below the winners. Check it out, and don’t forget to post your favorites in the comments!
Continue reading for the best debuts from the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.
Kicking things off on our Best In Show list is the C Two, the latest all-electric super sports machine from Croatian automaker Rimac. Much like its predecessor, the Concept One, the C Two takes the whole battery-powered performance thing to all-new heights, laying down a mind-melting 1,914 horsepower and 1,686 pound-feet of torque thanks to its 120-kWh battery pack and four individual electric motors. Properly motivated, the C Two will slingshot to 60 mph in an astonishing 1.85 seconds, raging on to a top speed of 258 mph. In addition to Earth-twisting speed, the C Two also offers a rather handsome interior, complete with high-end materials, a surprising amount of storage space, and butterfly doors. Look out, internal combustion - it looks like your days are numbered.
Read our full review of the 2018 Rimac C Two.
We last saw the H2 Speed in 2016, with the legendary Italian design house offering it up in concept form in Switzerland. Now its back, and it looks like its ready to roll out onto the starting grid. The styling is amazing, looking as though it draws inspiration from the ground-bound spaceships that go wheel-to-wheel at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, rather than rocking a hybridized turbo gas-burner for the go duties like the endurance racers, this machine gets a novel hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. Output is rated to a healthy 653 horsepower, and thanks to its relatively low 3,130-pound curb weight, the H2 Speed can hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, charging on to a top speed of 186 mph - all while emitting nothing but water vapor out the tailpipe.
Read our full review of the 2018 Pininfarina H2 Speed.
Techrules released its impressive Ren mega-machine just last year, and now there’s a race-ready competition version called the RS out for ogling. Created in a collaborative effort between the Chinese-based automaker Techrules and the creative minds at Italdesign, the new Ren brings the heat with a variety of upgrades that boost it above the speed potential of the street machine in just about every way, including new bodywork that enhances the aero efficiency and cooling, as well as a stripped-down carbon-clad single-seat cockpit. The Ren RS also comes equipped with no less than six electric motors and a diesel micro-turbine, all of which combine to create as much as 1,287 horsepower and 1,725 pound-fee of torque. The 60-mph sprint takes three seconds, while top speed is rated at 205 mph. Helping it harness all that output is a new racing suspension with three-way adjustable coilovers and carbon-ceramic brakes.
Read our full review of the 2018 Techrules Ren RS.
We here at TopSpeed are big fans of the wagon body style, and now, the zoom-zoom brand is giving us another reason to celebrate. Not only does this thing look dead sexy, but it’s got a refreshed interior that simply screams top-shelf. We think the big Europeans makes should be shaking in their over-priced boots right about now. Throw in a solid dose of muscle under the hood, the option for a manual transmission, and Mazda’s characteristically fantastic suspension tuning, and what you’re left with is a true enthusiast dreamboat. Shame it’s not coming to the U.S., though.
Read our full review of the 2018 Mazda6 Wagon.
Subaru was also in on the whole wagon debut thing this year, arriving in Geneva with a sharp-looking new addition to the Viziv concept line. It’s called the Tourer, and like the Vizivs of old, it brings sharp and pointed styling at every angle, with a creased front end, squared hood scoop, and loads of carbon fiber front to back. It looks great, but even more exciting is the prospect that this thing could preview a forthcoming rebirth of the do-it-all WRX wagon body style. We certainly hope so. Of course, we’ll take an Outback STI too. Turbo power, AWD grip, and five doors of space - that’s our recipe for success!
Read our full review of the Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept.
The Wing On The Zenvo TSR-S
This one is a bit weird, but stick with us. We’re giving the final spot on our Best In Show list to the wing on the new Zenvo TSR-S. Not the whole car, mind you, just the wing. Don’t get us wrong - the Zenvo TSR-S is impressive, no doubt about it, with its twin-supercharged V-8, 1,177 horses, 202-mph top speed, and sub-3-second 0-to-60 mph time. However, what we’re really digging is that wild rear wing you see attached to the tail. It’s fully active and adaptable, going vertical in the braking zones to help slow the car down. It’ll also tilt left to right in the corners, creating a centripetal force that adds load to the inside tire, enhancing grip beyond the traditional flat-plane downforce you get with a normal wing. Cool stuff.
Read our full review of the Zenvo TSR-S.
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