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Claiming the record for the most navy suits and blue shirts ever contained in an airport hangar, the 2019 Geneva Motor Show is also home to some of this year’s newest models, most eye-catching concepts and the most interesting designs. Billed as a groundbreaking motor show for electric and hybrid cars, here are some of the highlights.
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An unexpected star at this year’s show may well be this all-electric hypercar from legendary Italian design studio turned automaker Pininfarina. Its numbers alone are enough to make you want to lie down: 1,900bhp, a top speed of 258mph and acceleration to 60mph in under 2 seconds. And all wrapped up in an unapologetically curved, Italian design that manages to balance classic and conceptual. Only 150 will be made at $2.6 million. What a way to start an automotive business.
If the incredible Valkyrie is Aston’s most extreme hypercar, this 003 is its little sister. A car that you’re more likely to be able to take apart in the shops without needing PTSD counseling. Both were designed alongside the Red Bull Racing f1 team and share the same shrink-wrapped design philosophy. Expect a £1million prize if you want to become one of 500 future owners.
Volvo’s electric performance brand continues to do all the right things, following its Polestar 1 performance coupe with this more practical and affordable all-electric hatchback (or fastback), but keeping those lean, mean looks. The 2 has a vegan interior, will have a range of 300 miles and cost under £40,000.
Bugatti The Black Car
Good news – finally a car maker has gone and made a car that looks a bit like Knight Rider. Admittedly, this unique Bugatti is a bit more luxurious and this week wins the title of the most expensive car ever sold – for £9.5million, topping the £7million price of the Rolls-Royce Sweptail on measure.
Tesla Model S shooting brake
Coachbuilder Remetzcar and London designer Niels van Roij produced this stunning conversion to order from a hunting brake collector. Unfortunately not currently available in the wider market, it’s a reminder that domains can be beautiful.
Honda’s urban all-electric concept is becoming a reality and seems to have overcome the difficult challenge of being cute without being irritating. It will enter production at the end of the year, bringing an original design and neat features for urban driving. Some say it’s the automotive equivalent of the iPhone. We can’t wait to see it on the road.
Lagonda All-Terrain Concept
Up there with the most eye-catching concepts shown this year, Aston Martin’s Lagonda sub-brand has announced that this all-electric SUV could go into production as early as 2022 and will be built in Wales alongside the new DBX.
Akula is Russian for shark and this car is just as aggressive as your average Great White. Built and designed in Britain, Ginetta has been around since 1958 although somewhat under the radar. This 6.0-liter V8-powered brute might just help keep its head above water.
The stunning Speedtail makes its first public appearance in Geneva and it doesn’t disappoint, sitting somewhere between installation art and hyper-GT. It comes with many superlatives, including McLaren’s most aerodynamically efficient and fastest car the Woking brand has ever made. Inside, it also offers a three-seat pyramid design with the single driver up front. He promises to be crazy in the best possible way.
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