The Swiss bikini team won’t be the only ones with a plethora of drooling onlookers, because while last year’s Geneva Motor Show bonanza featured an aftermarket onslaught of custom cars, this year is shaping up to be the year of interesting vehicle debuts.
The Geneva Motor Show is an event where both American muscle and Japanese engineering take a backseat in order for European ingenuity to take the stage, and everything from environmentally friendly compact cars to twin-turbo V-12 evildoers will be in attendance this year. 2016 marks the 86th year the Geneva Motor Show has been held, and while it may not be as madcap as the Detroit show, nor as expansive as Chicago’s, the level of international craftsmanship is on the verge of orgasmic.
Many of you may not be familiar with the majority of the cars on today’s cheat sheet, and that’s alright, because quite frankly most people in Europe won’t ever get a chance to see them anyways. Geneva is a show for the extreme and unobtainable, a glitzy playground littered with vehicles that have zero practicality to them outside of blistering performance.
Having said that, we have included a handful of affordable, completely utilitarian options, just to prove that it isn’t all exotics and extreme machines either. Here are ten Geneva debuts we think will absolutely steal the show this year.
1. Bentley Mulsanne
You should probably put down your glass of sherry and break out your monocle, because Bentley’s most elite model range now comprises of three variants and they all specialize in different things. By offering the Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed, and Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, the opulent automaker now has regular, zippy, and extra roomy options to choose from. The model line that the automaker commonly refers to as the “ultimate statement of Bentley’s craftsmanship and automotive artistry” is gearing up for Geneva in a big way this year, and we can’t wait to see Bentley’s display.
2. Maserati Levante
3. McLaren 650S GT3
4. Renault Alpine
We may not be able to get them here in America, but we can still dream, right? French automaker Renault aims to compete with upper crust luxury sports car makers like Porsche, Audi, and BMW in 2017 with the Alpine Vision seen here. Powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine and featuring a race-car inspired interior that sports carbon fiber seats, an F1-style steering wheel, and a slew of toggle switches, the little monster utilizes its low curb weight to hit 60 in less than 4.5 seconds.
5. Jaguar F-Type SVR
6. Aston Martin DB11
7. Arash AF10
8. Ferrari GTC4Lusso
9. Volvo V90
10. Opel GT
Our final entry today is little but an over-sized Hot Wheels toy, as company spokesmen told Automotive News that the GT seen here is “purely a concept study to show off innovations that may one day be found in an Opel production car.” Even though a production version would have one hell of an uphill battle ahead of it, seeing Opel celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original model with a limited run would be fantastic to see come to fruition. Regardless of what does or doesn’t happen, it will still be interesting to see what all is encapsulated in this wild little concept this year at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.