2013 Geneva Motor Show Wrap-Up
Well, that was a lot of fun, but extremely overwhelming. Of course, we’re talking about the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the massive number of cars that is contained. We saw sports cars, supercars, hypercars, concepts and so so much more over the course of just a few days. Sure, the show is technically still going on, but we have seen everything it has to offer.
As we do with every auto show, we are going to pick apart the cars that were unveiled and let you know what we think was the best and worst of the show. Additionally, we are going to let you know what we were hoping to see at the show but did not. At the same time, you can let us know in the comments what you though stole the show and what stunk up the joint in the “comments” section.
Click past the jump to read our wrap up of the Geneva motor Show
Top-5 Best Geneva Cars
Sans the completely silly name, the LaFerrari is nothing short of a bad motha… well, you get the point: it’s awesome! Its design is a little odd, sure, but we find it oddly sexy and it still fits the bill as a Ferrari. Add in a 6,262 cc V-12 engine that cranks out 800 horsepower and a pair of electric motors that add 163 horsepower into the mix, and you have a sexy machine that also punches out nearly 1,000 horsepower. This 963-horsepower Ferrari is capable of hitting 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph.
Yeah, we pretty much knew exactly what it would look like before its debut, but it was still well worth the wait to see the P1. This hypercar, much like the LaFerrari, uses a gasoline engine and electric motor to pump out nearly 1,000 horsepower, making it a top pick on our list. Add in the fact that it’s expected to crush the Nürburgring and Top Gear track records, and you have a car deserving of its placement.
Toyota FT 86 Open Top Concept
There’s nothing particularly fast or sexy about the FT 86 Open Top. The only reason it makes it into the top-5 is because we have been waiting forever for Toyota to admit that a convertible variant of its GT 86 would hit the market. Unfortunately, this is still just a concept, so there is no certainty that it will be released, but we’re dang sure this will soon be a reality, as will a Scion FR-S convertible and a Subaru BRZ convertible.
Spyker B6 Venator Concept
We looooooove Spyker and their lack of examples lately has left us craving more. Sure, their attempted power grab with GM was a failed experiment, but it didn’t tarnish this famed moniker any in our eyes. To finally get a good look at the concept that Spyker tastefully teased – something that needs to happen more in the auto world – was a breath of fresh air. With a V-6 engine that pumps out 375 horsepower, and a body that leaves us begging for more, the B6 Venator Concept definitely gave us exactly what we’ve been asking for from Spyker.
Kia Provo Concept
Sure it’s a Kia and it likely isn’t too fast, but there is just something about that Provo Concept that really makes us sit up and take notice. The body is simply stunning with its sharp lines, sloping roof and slippery look, and its hybrid drivetrain is intriguing. Pretty much the only thing we didn’t like was the interior, as it was really awkward and a little over done. Then again, that’s the essence of a concept car. We also recently learned that the Provo may become a reality, making it even more interesting of a concept. Hopefully, Kia keeps the exterior as close to the concept as possible.
Bottom-5 Geneva Cars
Yes, the Veneno is a fantastic supercar. It looks awesome, it is damn fast and it is downright awesome. Unfortunately, there are still some glaring issues with it. First of all, that $3.9 million price tag is completely ridiculous. $1 million, okay. $2 million, maybe. But nearly $4 million is really a crazy amount that screams of Lamborghini just hiking up the price. Additionally, the look of the Veneno is stunning, but it really does not look like a Lambo, making it a tough one to swallow.
Range Rover Mystere by Hamann
Look, we love the Range Rover and all of its iterations – Sport and Evoque – but there is a fine line between enhancing a vehicle’s look and developing a horrid eyesore. Well, Hamann managed to pull off the latter with its over-the-top Mystere kit for the popular Range Rover. Its monstrous front skirt and Pep Boys-looking rims are bad enough, but its hot-pink wrap is blindingly ugly. We had to stare at the sun to burn the image out of our brains.
Rolls Royce Wraith
Rolls Royce cars are often on the top of every multi-millionaire’s list and that is mostly because of the sheer luxury they provide and not its looks. Rolls Royce , like Bentley, has a bad habit of making all of their cars look too much alike with only small body changes to distinguish them. And the Rolls Royce Wraith is no exception, as from the front it looks almost the same as any other RR. The back end is a different story, as is it like no other Rolls. Unfortunately, the tease-fest that RR laid out for the Wraith really made us expect more of it.
Pagani’s New Sound System
We are all for new technology. In fact, we are kind of tech nerds, but there is a point when it is just overdone. Pagani piqued our interest with its series of teases of something big and new for the Geneva Motor Show, and we were thinking that it may be a new supercar. Well, Pagani duped us, as it released an all-new stereo system. Yeah, a freaking stereo system really needed all of that teasing. Look, the system is awesome – 1,200 watt and carbon-fiber construction – but the teasing was just unnecessary.
KTM X-Bow GT
We’ve been waiting a while for the updated KTM X-Bow with windows and doors, and we feared that KTM may just slap on a cheap windshield and call it a day. Unfortunately, our fears were realized when the X-Bow GT debuted at Geneva and it is just that: a cheap-o windshield slapped onto the car to keep the wind from ripping your toupee off. Wooo… Ugh… Still a cool car, but now it just looks goofy.
Wish You Were Here: Models That We Wish Were at Geneva
Porsche 918 Spyder
Three years ago, the 918 Spyder concept was unveiled in Geneva and we have yet to see it make an official debut at an auto show. The perfect opportunity would have been the 2013 Geneva show, but it never happened. According to reports, we are thinking that the LA Auto Show may be where it makes its first official showing.
We’ve been waiting forever for the 4-Series to debut. We’ve seen spy shots and made plenty of renderings, but we just want to see the thing in real life. We know that it will debut sometime in 2013, but what show is still unknown.
The i8 has been in testing for what seems like an eternity, but we remain excited to see its production form. We assume that the production model will be very similar to the concept, but spy shots recently showed us that the taillights have been changed. Geneva would have been a great spot to unveiled the i8, but that didn’t happen. We’ll just have to wait and see.