From Geneva: The Ugly and the Beautiful

March 7th, 2012

Bentley EXP 9 F concept

One would think that by the time a car debuted at the king of all auto shows, it would be a work of art. There’s just no excuse for putting a half-thought-out vehicle on the world stage at the Geneva Motor Show.

I might cut some slack to low-volume unknown automakers showcasing their wares, but automakers that set the tone for world-class luxury and performance have no excuse for mediocrity. Yet Bentley, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz all showed up with vehicles straight out of the ugly bucket, while Ferrari, Jaguar and Lamborghini re-wrote the book on beauty.

Keep reading for pictures of each!

The Ugly

The long-awaited Bentley SUV, called the EXP 9 F, is shown on top of this story. Was it designed by a 7th grader with a penchant for Photoshop? I showed my 10-year-old son, and his first reaction was, “It’s ugly in the front. Why are the fog lights the same size as the headlights?”

I don’t know, son. I don’t know.

Land Rover Evoque Convertible

Our man jgoods has already covered the abomination that is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertible. It doesn’t look any better on the stand.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

The beauty of the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG is on the inside, where a twin-turbo 530-hp 5.5-liter V8 lurks. On the outside it just gets uglier with each new generation.

The Beautiful

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Jaguar put on a clinic on how to design a wagon. The fierce lines of the XF lost nothing in the translation to family hauler.

While it still reminds me of a Mazda concept, the Ferrari F12 and the promise of its 740-hp V12 has successfully seduced me.

Lamborghini has gone and built the most beautiful bull ever paraded through Geneva, or any other auto show floor for that matter. Behold the Aventador J.

I think the Bentley should be taken off the stage immediately. Do you?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    March 7th, 2012 at 17:20 | #1

    Hey, there are plenty of rich people with bad taste. They need a car to drive too, and shouldn’t have to settle for an Accura or Volvo.

  2. Jim Redd
    March 7th, 2012 at 14:58 | #2

    I can’t believe that Bentley! Remember when the Aston Martin SUV went on stage, then disappeared a day later, never to be heard from again? Bentley needs to make that happen.

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