From Geneva: The Ugly and the Beautiful

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!

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Benz SL63 AMG Comes to Geneva…and the U.S.

The Geneva Motor Show, one of the world’s best, opens March 8, and you can be certain this machine, the 2013 SL63 AMG, will draw the crowds. It’s Benz’s hottest, most beautiful roadster for the street (because the SLS is just over the top and ugly to boot).

The new V8 is smaller than that in last year’s car, with higher output—5.5 vs. 6.3 liters; 571 vs 518 hp—and a likely 0-60 time of 4 seconds. (The present car makes it in 4.5 seconds.)

You can’t afford it. Base price of the present car is $140,400 (no price yet on the new one). You can buy two M3s for that and have ample change left over. But of course we’re comparing pineapples and bananas, right? No, we are not quite in Ferrari territory, and Benz cars are lots more reliable and repairable worldwide.

We hear that the first U.S. SL63 AMG will be put up for auction at the 6th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance on February 25th. In April the car will be featured at the New York Auto Show.

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