2019 Geneva International Motor Show - Best In Show
The Swiss-bound stunners at their very bestby Jonathan Lopez, on
The 2019 Geneva International Motor Show is now officially tucked away into the history books, but we’re still reeling from all the action that went down at the Palexpo convention center this year. And can you blame us? Per tradition, this annual four-wheel extravaganza brought out the vest finest the industry could muster, with the beautiful, the quick, and the fascinating all showing in full force. Click on to read our picks for Best In Show at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Anyone even remotely familiar with Italian sports cars has heard the name “Pininfarina” before. Founded in Turin back in 1930, Pininfarina has been the driving force behind some of the most beautiful automotive designs the world has even seen, including the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, the Alfa Romeo Spider, and the Ferrari Dino 206. Now, Pininfarina is taking an extremely bold step into the world of EVs with the fastest road-legal car to ever come out of Italy. It’s called the Battista, and it’s TopSpeed writer Mihai Fira’s pick for Best In Show.
“Now, I know some people complained about the Battista’s styling, saying it’s just a redesign of one of Pininfarina’s last gigs while it was still friends with Ferrari,” Fira explains. “But I think you can forget about having genuinely new things when it comes to the design of a midship supercar. One way or another, each has to share some cues here or there.
What's important with the Battista is that it simply looks good. From the hammerhead shark nose to those elegant LED strings attached to the dual active wings in the rear, the Battista looks fast and exotic without overdoing it like so many other modern supercars.
“And I haven’t even reached the really juicy part: that Rimac-developed drivetrain with a big 120-kWh battery pack that all but annihilates range anxiety as long as you’re gentle with the, well, not-so-loud pedal,” Fira continues. “If you plan on not being gentle at all, the Battista has 1,900 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque sent to each of the four wheels equally. What you get is a 0-to-60 mph time under 2 seconds and a top speed of 250 mph, and that makes it the fastest car to ever come out of Italy. And what this means is that: A) Ferrari has to get to work on that LaFerrari successor, and B) Italians prove they still know how to turn out a supercar that can stun the whole world.”
Read our full review on the 2020 Pininfarina PF0 Battista.
At just three-and-a-half years old, Piëch Automotive is a relatively new player in the industry, but the name isn’t new at all. The eponymous company is the work of founder Toni Piëch, son of former Volkswagen head Ferdinand Piëch, and the great-grandson of Ferdinand Porsche.
That’s quite a lineage, and it would appear as though Piëch Automotive’s first offering is all the better for it. It’s called the Mark Zero, and it’s a handsome EV sports machine with the spirit of an old-school grand tourer. The Mark Zero looks the part thanks to a long hood line, cab-back proportions, and wide fender flares, all of which combine to conjure thoughts of mainstream sports cars like the Aston Martin Vanquish, Maserati GranTurismo, and Ferrari 812 Superfast.
Even better, the Mark Zero has the go to match the hot looks thanks to a trio of all-electric motors, each of which dole out 201 horsepower on their own. Properly motivated, the Mark Zero can hit 60 mph 3.2 seconds.
So it looks good and it’s quick - check and check.
But the best part is what Piëch Automotive is promising at the plug, namely an 80-percent charge (a little under 250 miles) in just five minutes.
That’s a mighty claim, but if it’s true, it’ll make the Mark Zero the quickest-charging passenger EV in the world.
Indeed, 250 miles in just five minutes would place this EV at the same level as a traditional ICE-powered car when it comes to convenience, and that’s a game-changer in and of itself. Pair that with the Mark Zero’s head-turning aesthetic and neck-snapping performance, and well, you get a Best In Show debut.
Read our full review on the 2019 Piëch Mark Zero.
While it should come as no surprise that Geneva was besieged with supercars this year, the ever-popular SUV/crossover body style was in full effect as well. That includes this new all-electric concept from none other than Aston Martin, which finds a spot on this list thanks to a vote from TopSpeed writer Siddhant Dhimaan.
“I think Aston-Martin has pulled off a stunner here,” Dhimaan argues. “Yes, it’s still a concept and the production version is still few years away, but this hyper-luxury beast looks like a ’practical’ SUV from the future.
The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is equipped with some awe-inspiring features, like the swiveling front seats that can turn 180 degrees, the half-suicide, half-gullwing doors, and the unconventional air vents and speaker housings, to name just a few.
For the gimmick-lovers, there’s an open-air housing for the key, wherein the key floats between the two front seats via electromagnetism.
“Although the company hasn’t released the technical specs yet, it’s aiming for a range of 400 miles per charge. What’s not to love about this electric SUV? Yes, Aston Martin failed to launch its previous concept car (the Vision Concept) under the Lagonda sub-brand, but the British automaker promised that this one will surely see the light of the day,” Dhimaan contends.
And considering most high-end sports car-makers are moving to the SUV segment, we think there’s a very good chance that prediction will come true. Fingers crossed.
Read our full review on the 2019 Aston Martin Lagonda All-Terrain Concept.
"I know this is a somewhat awkward choice given the massive number of supercars and luxury vehicles displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, but there are a few reasons I’m going against the tide," says TopSpeed writer Ciprian Florea. "I admit that I’m a fan of Morgan and its strategy to marry vintage-style bodies to modern underpinnings, but this choice is more than just personal ambition. In a market where automakers struggle (and often fail) to escape from design cliches, Morgan stands out as an authentic coachbuilder that manages to survive without building million-dollar, exclusive cars.
"The British firm made a big step forward with the Plus Six.
While it may look identical to the Plus 8 on the outside and very similar inside the cabin, it's a brand-new car underneath.
Morgan’s first all-new platform in more than a decade, the Plus Six is just as modern as any other car out there. It rides on an aluminum-bonded platform that’s twice as rigid than its predecessor, despite tipping the scales at only 220 pounds. This also keeps the car’s curb weight down to an impressive 2,370 pounds. This figure puts the Plus Six in a very exclusive league of sports cars wearing McLaren, Lotus, and Caterham badges.
"Another cool fact is that Morgan makes better use of BMW’s twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The Brits ditched the old V-8 for this smaller and lighter unit that’s already available in cars like the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra. It’s just as powerful, but it motivates a much lighter car. Specifically, the Plus Six is a whopping 1,000 pounds lighter than both the Z4 and the Supra. That’s a big blow, even though Morgan’s vintage-looking bodies aren’t as popular.
"So while it might not win the popularity prize, I think that the Plus Six deserves a place on this list. It’s a unique car in a very rigid market and an authentic sports car that not only stands out by design, but it’s also quicker than many famous vehicles out there. How can you still want a Supra?"
Read more about the 2019 Morgan Plus Six.
"I guess it falls on my shoulders to stand up for the Bugatti La Voiture Noire," says TopSpeed writer Kirby Garlitos. "Before I do, I will skirt around the price — $18.5 million — Bugatti is charging for this one-off. Even I can’t justify that. But let’s put that aside for a second and focus on what the La Voiture Noire represents, and not necessarily on what it brings to the table. See, the La Voiture Noire is the personification of Bugatti grandeur. It’s the four-wheeled embodiment of the automaker’s ability to venture into the most extreme aspects of this business.
The La Voiture Noire isn’t so much of a car as it is a statement. That’s what it really is. It’s a statement of grandeur.
"It’s a statement of opulence. It’s a statement of excess. Beyond the sheets, equipment, power and performance numbers, and that God forsaken price tag, the La Voiture Noire is a statement of Bugatti excellence. You might not like the way it looks, but you have to admit, Bugatti’s the only automaker in the world that can remove the skin off of a Chiron, replace it with a new face, and ask $18.5 million for it. How do you top that? You can’t."
Read our full review on the 2019 Bugatti La Voiture Noire.
"Yes, yes, I have ignored all the cool concepts, all the fancy new boutique supercars, interesting new EVs, and the Koenigsegg Jesko just to aim the spotlight at a small, French city car. But this is no ordinary small French city car because it’s the brilliant new Peugeot 208, a ground-up new model set to take the European supermini segment by storm," argues TopSpeed writer Andrei Nedelea.
It rides on a new platform that makes it lighter than the model before it (which in turn was lighter than its predecessor), so it should prove highly efficient and fun to drive.
"We could discuss the way it looks for hours, because there is a lot to talk about there, however, probably the most important point for me is that it’s also coming as the all-electric e-208 (that can travel up to 340 km or 211 miles on one charge). I’m sold on the all-new 208 and especially the EV version. Could it be the perfect second car?"
Read our full review on the 2019 Peugeot 208