The 88th Geneva International Motor Show is underway, packed with the usual array of supercars, hypercars, crazy concepts and folk tripping over trailing flight bags. We’ve elbowed our way to the front of each stand to bring you all the important cars from Geneva 2018.
Aston Martin Lagonda Vision Concept
In an era of pre-launch teasers and pre-show reveals, the Aston Martin Lagonda Vision Concept is a genuine surprise. It previews an all-electric future for the Lagonda sub-brand, with production scheduled to start in 2021. By 2023, two Lagonda models will be rolling out of the new plant in St Athan, Wales. The all-wheel drive Lagonda will travel 400 miles between charges and be ready to recharge wirelessly.
Ferrari 488 Pista
With 720hp on tap, the Ferrari 488 Pista is the most powerful production V8 Fezza ever produced. It has been built with the track in mind, hence the name: Pista is Italian for ‘track’. It weighs an impressive 90kg less than the 488 GTB and will hit 62mph in just 2.85 seconds. It looks great, not that you can get anywhere near it here in Geneva.
Ford Mustang Bullitt
Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, this is the first time the Ford Mustang Bullitt has been seen in Europe. It salutes the 1968 movie car with its Highland Green metallic paint, along with a series of mechanical and cosmetic upgrades befitting its role of flagship ’Stang. The tuned 5.0-litre V8 engine packs 475hp and 420lb ft of torque and tops out at 163mph. We expect a smaller number of Mustang Bullitts to arrive in the UK later this year.
Car of the show? The I-Pace is certainly a landmark, not just for Jaguar, but for the electric vehicle segment. It takes the fight to Tesla in a way that Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have failed to do and is remarkably close to the concept of 2016. It’s similar in length to the XE, but offers SUV-like levels of interior space and a range of up to 298 miles. Prices start from £63,495 and first deliveries are expected before the end of the year.
Every time we visit a European motor show, we come away disappointed by the Lancia stand. After all, there’s only so many times you can peddle yet another Ypsilon special edition. This might not be a Lancia – it’s actually a Ferrari F430 underneath – but it pays homage to the legendary Stratos of the 1970s. Three versions will be built, including a rally-inspired model – and Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) has promised to produce 25 examples. You’ll need €500,000 (£490,000) plus an F430 for the privilege.
Range Rover SV Coupe
What’s the betting the Range Rover SV Coupe will be sold out by the end of the Geneva show? We were fortunate enough to attend the pre-launch reveal in Paris and, putting cynicism to one side, we find the idea of the SV Coupe utterly beguiling, even at the £240,000 price tag. The three-door, four-seat SUV is powered by a 565hp supercharged V8 engine and can be equipped with 23-inch rims – the largest ever offered on a Range Rover. Only 999 will be built.
Is it a car or is it a plane? Actually, it’s both, as the PAL-V Liberty is the world’s first commercial flying car. In drive mode, the two-seater car is powered by a 100hp engine, has a top speed just shy of 100mph and can hit 62mph in nine seconds. In flight mode, the Liberty develops 200hp and can climb to an altitude of 3,500m. Total flying time is 4.3 hours or 500km (310 miles). The first model to market will be the €499,000 (plus taxes) Pioneer Edition, of which 90 will be sold worldwide. After that, PAL-V will start deliveries of the cheaper Sport Edition.
Arguably the most attractive car on show in Geneva, the Polestar 1 is a bittersweet pill to swallow. On the one hand, we can marvel at its svelte and minimalist exterior and 600hp hybrid powertrain. On the other hand, Polestar won’t be producing a right-hand-drive version of this Volvo S90-based four-seat GT car. But at least it is coming to the UK.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS
With 520hp on tap, the GT3 RS is the most powerful naturally-aspirated Porsche 911 ever built and is likely to be the last hurrah for the 991 before the 992 arrives in September. The 4.0-litre flat-six engine is mated to a seven-speed PDK double-clutch transmission, delivering 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds. Order your £141,346 GT3 RS now, collect in June, then sell for an inflated figure. Probably.
If there was a prize for the best looking estate car at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Volvo V60 would be in the running. It’s like the V90, but in a more compact and well-proportioned package, sharing its platform with the XC60 and three 90-series cars. Prices will start at £31,810 when the first V90s are delivered in the third quarter of 2018.