From Geneva: The Ugly and the Beautiful
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 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.
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.
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?