As the Geneva motor show rolls into town this week, we thought it might be fun to see how five of the show’s star cars from five years ago are faring on the used car market now that time and familiarity have played their part.
If I were to ask a hundred people what car they’d most like to see return as a new model, I bet at least half would mention one of the Toyota sports cars from the 1980s and 90s.
Being in Geneva right now would be a lot like being at the birth of the universe and witnessing the unveiling of the first stars.
It’d be completely exhilarating, awe-inspiring, and something you couldn’t wait to tell the people back home.
The Geneva Motor Show always has surprises. It’s the place automakers like to shock the industry and show the world what they are best at creating. This year had some expected surprises, if there is such a thing, but at least a couple of debuts left us wondering how soon they could reach production. Bentley and Aston Martin especially stole the show, but Lamborghini and Koenigsegg delivered cars unlike anything the world has ever seen.
It started out being referred to as the next Enzo. Then the next Ferrari supercar took the moniker F150, which drew obvious questions about originality in the company’s naming choices.
Well, prepare yourself for a new level of Ferrari naming weirdness: the Ferrari LaFerrari.
Like all names, I’m sure soon enough we won’t be able to imagine the hypercar having any other name. For now, though, it just doesn’t seem sinister enough to suit the fastest, most advanced Ferrari ever built.
Then again, as car names gravitate toward the alpha-numeric, it’s kind of nice to see actual words used. Or, in Kia’s case, made-up words, but still words nonetheless.
Ford, Volkswagen and Subaru each build hatchback cars designed for performance. Each offering has a unique set of abilities and drawbacks, yet each will leave a driver smiling after a high-speed flog through twisty roads.
Even in the hot hatch segment, though, there are good cars, and there are great cars.
Typically the most sought-after performance hatchbacks don’t arrive in the U.S. Instead they spend their days happily taunting us from the shores of Europe. Could things change with the introduction of the Audi S3 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG? Well, as long as there’s hasn’t been a firm “no,” we will hold on to hope.
The Geneva Motor Show, which gets underway one month from today, already promises plenty of exciting debuts. From new convertibles to new entries from existing automakers, this should be a show to remember!
What I love about the Geneva show is that anything is possible. It’s a place to dream of what could be and question what is. It’s a place to challenge pre-conceived notions, introduce new ideas and boldly declare oneself as an imposing new competitor.
Of course, some of the attempts fall flat, while others could potentially change the course of an industry.
Here’s a quick peek into just a little of what will come to Geneva this year.
Since 1905, Geneva has come to be the world’s most important auto show. We can’t show you all of them, but here are some of the more notable sports cars displayed. We find them alternately weird and wonderful. Some you’ve already heard about; some not.
You did hear this morning about the good, the bad and the ugly from our own tgriffith. He also wrote earlier about the Infiniti Emerg-E concept (above), which is not only stunning but breaks new engineering ground. Enough with the latest Ferraris, Porsches and Aventadors!
Infiniti has created something light, fast and electric with an assist from Lotus. Details are here, but basically power derives from a 3-cylinder range-extender engine (47 hp) plus over 400 hp from electric motors driving the rear wheels. Top speed is limited to 130 mph, which is certainly sufficient, and 0-60 mph comes in 4 seconds. Now if they would only change the goofy name.
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!
Bentley currently offers two models to anyone wealthy enough to afford to keep the gas tank full. The Mulsanne, which carries an EPA rating of 11 miles per gallon in the city, and the Continental, which gets an even lower rating of 8.
So when Bentley teases a hybrid, you’ll excuse me for some obnoxious snorting laughter. What would it hope to achieve, 13 mpg?
A hybrid Bentley makes about as much sense as ordering a Diet Coke along with your deep-fried McRib sandwich. You’re not saving any calories.
It gets even weirder when said hybrid Bentley is an SUV.
Images of the world’s two newest supercars began to circulate through the Internet this weekend, one being the 2013 Ferrari F620 GT and the other taking the form of an Infiniti Emerg-E concept.
The F620 GT will replace the glorious V12 front-engined, RWD 599 GTB. Questions have surrounded the car. Would it continue to use a V12 or succumb to modern trends and use fewer cylinders along with some form of forced induction? Would it be RWD or incorporate the FF’s innovative AWD system? Would it take styling cues from the controversial FF or be more fluid like the 458 Italia?
Many of those questions have been answered, but I’m left wondering if Infiniti built the better Ferrari.