Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Saab and Toyota Thrill in Geneva

March 2nd, 2011

Saab PhoeniX concept

No matter how snowy or cold the winter gets, I know I can always count on the Geneva Motor Show to provide some relief from the doldrums of the dark season.

If pictures of the latest in sports-car concepts and hot production vehicles don’t get your mind looking toward spring, you might want to check your pulse.

While the show hasn’t seen a showstopper like last year’s Porsche 918 Spyder, this year’s crop of goodness includes the latest Toyota FT-86, a U.S.-bound Alfa Romeo 4C, the Lamborghini Aventador, and an all-new look for Saab.

Toyota FT-86 II Concept

Toyota FT-86 II

I truly cannot wait for this little coupe to hit dealerships. While I hope it lands at Toyota dealers as opposed to Scion ones, it still promises to be a fun RWD sports car with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C

If Alfa is coming back to the States, this car should be first off the boat. It’s got all the exotic flair of a Ferrari but in a smaller, less-expensive package. At 157.5 inches and less than 1,800 pounds, the 200-hp midengine 4C should see 0-60 times in the 4-second range.

Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini Aventador LP700

Really, what’s not to like about this newest Lamborghini? The bold angular design is pure, 700-hp V12 automotive evil. Just looking at it makes me want to do very bad things!

Saab PhoeniX Concept

Saab PhoeniX concept, side

This design is all the proof I need that Saab will be far better off now that it’s out from under GM’s suffocating wing and getting some proper nourishment from Spyker, which literally gave this car wings. Autoweek says,

The PhoeniX has a 0.25 coefficient of drag and uses winglets mounted on the sides to help manage airflow.

And it is just as radical under the skin. The PhoeniX uses a parallel hybrid setup, with an electrically driven rear axle and a 200-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter engine.

The Geneva show always manages to thrill, and it sure looks like a lot of great cars are on their way to the States. I think if the Alfa Romeo 4C is priced around $50K, it’ll blow the doors down here. Do you agree?

-tgriffith

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