Its that time of the year again. The revolving stands are back, the promises of major world debuts have been made and the exhibition halls near the shores of that famous lake on the Franco-Swiss border are full to the brim with some of the worlds most amazing road cars: it can only be the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
In true Geneva fashion, the motoring world has been presented with some truly incredible cars. So many, in fact, that its been incredibly difficult to narrow down the stars of the show!
Nevertheless, weve persisted and whittled the selection down to what, we reckon at least, Geneva 2013 will be most fondly remembered for. And we start the list off with what is undoubtedly the most outlandish car there!
Lamborghini will most likely say the Veneno was fabricated to celebrate the firms 50th anniversary this year, but we wouldnt bet against the real reason behind its existence was to steal the limelight from McLaren and Ferrari with both revealing their own hybrid hypercars at Geneva, Lambo had to come up with something to compete in some way or another.
As far as knee-jerk reactions go, though, the Veneno is about as flamboyant as they get! It may be based on Aventador architecture, but you simply wouldnt guess it from the outrageous bodywork. Opinions will differ on its aesthetic composure, but theres no denying it would make one epic bedroom wall poster or wallpaper backdrop on your computer monitor.
In true Lambo limited-edition tradition, such lunacy comes in at an equally bonkers price the Veneno costs 2.6 million before taxes, and the three customer cars have already been sold to their respective wealthy owners.
Thankfully, Lamborghinis keeping the development Veneno at the factorys museum in SantAgata Bolognese. So, if you needed any more of a reason to arrange a trip or holiday to northern Italy...
As far as car names go, LaFerrari is certainly one of the oddest youll hear roll off the tongue of the Geneva show goers. Whilst we understand its been christened that because LaFerrari is THE Ferrari, but surely something catchier would have sufficed?
At least the stats more than make up for the questionable choice in halo car branding combined, the 6.3 V12 and electric motors produce a Veyron-esque 963hp.
Factor in the low weight Ferrari claims a dry curb mass of just 1,255kg and incredibly sophisticated active aerodynamics, and its no surprise the LaFerrari is five seconds a lap faster around the 1.9 mile Fiorano test track than the Enzo.
Or that it can hit 62mph in under three seconds, easily scream past the 217mph barrier and take less than seven minutes to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife on standard road tyres.
The new McLaren will need to be a seriously impressive piece of kit if its going to stand a chance against the LaFerrari!
Thankfully, the McLaren P1 does look like it will comfortably be more than a match for the LaFerrari. Whilst the Fezza might outgun it in an old-school Top Trumps battle, the P1 still has a few aces up its sleeves.
For instance, whilst the P1s 916hp and 217mph top speed are down on what the Ferrari can pull out of the bag, they still arent exactly shabby statistics, are they?
Whats more, the P1 not only knocks the LaFerrari clean out of the water with claimed downforce figures a race car-rivalling 600kg of the stuff! as well as cornering forces of up to 2g. And with P1 production being limited to 375, the Macca will be more exclusive (and presumably more collectible and desirable in the long run) than the 499 unit-strong Ferrari.
If youve got 866,000 burning a hole in your wallet and you simply need to have one in your garage, then we advise you put your name down for one now McLarens been accepting orders for the car since the P1 Concept debuted at last years Paris Motor Show, and rumour has it nearly all have been allocated for.
Oh, and if you do end up nabbing yourself a P1, would you very kindly let us here at carwow have a closer look at it?
Porsche 911 GT3
Lamborghini isnt the only car company thats celebrating a 50th anniversary 2013 also marks 50 years of the Porsche 911. As a result, launching the all-new GT3 seems at the Geneva Motor Show is a pretty nice way to mark the occasion.
Whilst the driving purists out there will be eternally raging about the only gearbox option being the seven-speed PDK automatic, only the most ardent of anti-Porsche fans wouldnt be excited by the new GT3. The new 3.8 flat-six motor generates 475bhp and redlines at a staggering 9,000rpm, whilst other features such as standard-fit rear-wheel steering help the new GT3 to lap the Ring almost as quickly as the much-loved 911 GT3 RS 4.0.
Porsche officials also state the electric power steering system has been tweaked to provide as much feedback through the rim as the aforementioned RS 4.0. Which, given that cars rack was the benchmark for steering feedback, is certainly something drivers who love that rubber-meets-the-road sensation will be happy to hear about.
The big selling point, though, is that the 911 GT3 range kicks off from 100,000. Yes, its not exactly cheap, but when you factor in that most other lightweight rivals to the 911 are often considerably more expensive, it does make the GT3 look a bit of a bargain
Alfa Romeo 4C
At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo stunned the motoring world with the 4C GTA Concept. Fast forward two years, and had Lamborghini, Ferrari and McLaren not been at the forefront of the medias attention the 4C production car would have almost certainly have followed in the footsteps of its design study sibling.
Especially as, give or take a few details (such as the slightly controversial front light cluster design), the 4C has remained incredibly faithful to the concept car. The chassis is still formed out of carbon fibre, the claimed curb weight is still less than 1,000kg, its still got a 240bhp 1.75 turbocharged petrol engineand its still utterly, utterly gorgeous!
At time of writing Alfa Romeo hasnt revealed any official UK pricing figures, so were yet to know exactly how much the 4C will retail for when it arrives on our shores. However, the 4C Launch Edition will go on sale on the continent for approx. 60,000 Euros or so, which puts it in the 50,000 ballpark at current exchange rates.
The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed thats in the thick-end of Porsche Cayman territory, which if our buzzscore is anything to go by is quite possibly the greatest car on sale today. Its a risky gamble, taking on a car as accomplished as the Cayman, but we suspect the 4C will still be able to put up a fight against the Porsche
If the idea of a Rolls-Royce performance car seems sacrilegious to you, then look away now: the famed luxury car maker has only gone and created what some would describe as the oxymoron of the motoring world, the Wraith.
If the Rolls-Royce Wraith looks familiar to you, thats not a coincidence essentially, the its a shorter, fastback version of the Ghost coupe. However, unlike the Ghost, gets a host of unique features, such as an automatic gearbox that uses GPS to analyse the road and topography ahead to choose the appropriate gear.
Which, if you ask us, is pretty nifty.
You also get considerably more power from the 6.6 twin-turbo V12 power is up from 563bhp to 624bhp (making the Wraith the most powerful Rolls to date), which brings the 0-62mph time down from 4.8 to 4.4 seconds, though the top speed remains pegged at 155mph.
No official prices have been announced, but expect the Wraith to cost in excess of 200,000. It certainly wont be the cheapest way into 600hp+ ownership a Bentley Continental GT Speed will cost at least 50K less but, when youre in the market for a Rolls-Royce, does it really care what the price tag is?
The stars of Geneva 2013 have all been quite performance-orientated this year the slowest car mentioned so far can still crack the 0-62mph sprint in under five seconds. So, to bring everything back down to earth, heres something thats noticeably less brisk, yet just as amazing: the production-ready Volkswagen XL1.
What makes it stand out isnt the top speed, as its restricted to just 99mph. Nor is the practicality that impressive, given the XL1 is strictly a two-seater. The new VWs party piece is how efficient it is.
A combination of a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, an incredibly aerodynamic bodyshell, super-skinny economy tyres and thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibre an incredibly low curb weight of 795kg means the XL1 can return a staggering 314mpg.
If that sounds too good to be true, that is in part because it is, unless your daily commute happens to be on the smoothest road in the world. However, VW officials have stated a still amazing 140mpg shouldnt be impossible to achieve in the real world.
The only are of doubt, though, regards the pricing and production run, as Volkswagen hasnt mentioned anything about how much it will cost, nor have any unit numbers been set in stone.
If the Volkswagen XL1 is a glimpse at what eco-friendly motoring is going to look like in the next ten or twenty years time, thoughwere really looking forward to it!
So, thats out pick of the finest at this years Geneva Motor Show. But whats your take on our selection, and are there any show stoppers that you think we missed out a deserved spot on our list? Do let us know in the comments section below!