The Geneva Motor Show has typically been the place where a majority of the most important and exciting cars have been revealed to the public and the press, and this year is no exception. Whether its the latest offerings of the Italian supercar manufacturers or practical premium hatchbacks, theres always something special on everyones stands.
So much metal has been revealed this year that its impossible to cover them all. However, the ones that are listed here are, we reckon, the concept and production cars that matter the most.
Lamborghini Aventador J
A relatively unexpected arrival, given that it was only leaked a few days ago, the one-off Aventador J is the remedy to all who reckon the normal Aventador is a bit soft. Theres no roof or windscreen, and theres a whole smattering of carbon fibre body panels, yet you still get the same pushrod suspension and 690bhp V12 as the hard top. Lambo has also smothered the Aventador
Js interior with their own patented material that they call Carboskin.
Whats more amazing perhaps is that this bonkers machine is fully road legal, and has been bought by one of Lamborghinis most loyal customers for over two million Euros! Chances are the Aventador Roadster that it previews will costs substantially less money
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Possibly the star of the show, the Ferrari F12 is one of the firms most advanced and important cars. Not only is it the replacement of the very successful 599, but its also the most powerful road car that Ferrari has ever made, courtesy of a 730bhp 6.3 V12.
Its also quite a clever bit of kit under the skin the magnetic suspension and braking systems are all reworks of already very complicated and advanced technology, and the curvaceous body is more aerodynamically efficient yet provides more downforce than the skin of the 599.
Prices havent been revealed just yet (its expected to cost about 250,000), but the order books are now open, so, if you can afford such a car, sign up for one quickly before the waiting list extends to this time next year!
has been teasing the idea of a flagship performance car for some time now, and the new (and weirdly named) Emerg-e concept car is potentially one thatll find its way into production sometime soon. Not only does it look rather nice, but it also promises to be the a driver focused performance car.
Much like the Fisker Karma and Chevrolet Volt, the Emerg-e is an electric car thats backed up by an internal combustion engine the system that lies under the Infinitis curvaceous two-seater skin is a 400bhp electric motor thats mated to a 1.2 petrol motor, which provides the car with a claimed 300 mile range once the batteries have been used up.
Whats most interesting is that its all tech that can be put into production, which certainly hints that the Emerg-e might be produced in at least limited numbers. Infiniti are going to be running prototypes for the time being, but if it proves viable, expect to see a road legal version in the next few years.
Bentley EXP 9 F
About as inconspicuous as its name is catchy, Bentleys luxury SUV concept has been met with a mixed reception by the shows attendants some like its logical step in the premium 4x4 business that has proved successful for Porsche and Land Rover, whilst some appear to believe its a car that W.O Bentley would be ashamed of.
However, it is still quite an interesting concept nonetheless the looks do seem to split opinion, but theres no denying that the interior quality is certainly what youd expect from a Bentley. There are also some really quirky touches the knobs and switches in the cabin are all supersized so you can use them whilst wearing driving gloves, the split tailgate of the leather lined boot can be used as a bench, and the top boot lid even comes with an electrically extendable awning!
Its also highly likely that the styling and dimensions will be altered for future concepts and the inevitable production version, so chances are it wont be quite as questionable to look at in its current state!
Jaguar XF Sportbrake
The XF range has been crying out for an estate for years now, and finally it now has one in the form of the Sportbrake. Jaguar claims that it has all the positive hallmarks that feature in the saloon, but comes with the added practicality of a much larger boot.
Up to the B-Pillar, its exactly the same as the normal XF saloon
everything beyond that has been engineered to not only provide more space, but also retain rigidity. Jaguar states that the boot is a usefully large 530 litres with the rear seats up, which makes it competitive with similarly priced and sized rivals. It also looks quite stylish for an estate car too!
XF Sportbrake models are expected to command a slight premium over the saloon variant, and will only be available with the 2.2 and 3.0 diesel engines when its put on sale later this year. Were quite looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for the new Jag estate!
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
The other show stopper on the JLR stand, the Evoque Convertible is pretty much just that a convertible version of the new and very popular baby Rangie. Its a concept for now but, like the various Defender concepts, its been revealed to judge the publics reaction to it.
Chopping off the roof does mean that it does, ironically perhaps, look a bit bulky towards the rear, and the folding roof does seem to encroach on the available boot space. However, it still looks quite desirable, and is certainly quite ideal as a car for posers!
Being a concept, there arent any prices available for it, though it would most likely be a fair bit higher than the standard car. However, given its fairly positive reception and the huge success that the normal Evoque
has been, and you could argue that it would be a foolish move not to put the convertible version into production.
Peugeot 208 GTi
The Peugeot 205 GTi is held close to the hearts of many car enthusiasts, so its no surprise that the French firm is regularly citing the iconic hot hatch when referring to its spiritual successor, the Peugeot 208 GTi.
Even in the face of opposition from the Fiesta ST and compatriot Renaultsport Clio
, the Pug certainly has a fair bit to justify being compared to one of the all-time great French performance cars not only are there loads of visual references to the 80s original, but it also quite impressive on paper. There are the usual suspension and brake upgrades, but the same 200hp 1.6 turbo motor from the Peugeot RCZ is nestled under the bonnet. It also has a six-speed manual, which is refreshing for those who prefer a pure driving experience.
Peugeot officials arent stating any price or performance statistics, as its being billed as a concept for now. However, the finished product is expected to arrive in showrooms pretty much as its shown here, along with a fairly affordable price tag. Also, given the concepts hype and the rate at which Peugeots have been improving over recent years, well be shocked if it ends up being a sinker!
Theres been quite a lot of focus towards fast and expensive performance cars this year, so lets turn our attention to something a bit more practical and affordable the new Volvo V40, which is also incidentally the Swedish companys first ever Golf-sized hatchback.
It may have been overshadowed by the new Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class, but the Volvo is still a car thats worthy of your attention. Not only is it quite stylish inside and out, but the V40 also boasts some of the most advanced safety kit on a premium family hatch for instance, theres an airbag under the bonnet which, in theory, helps prevent injury to pedestrians!
When the car is launched in August later on this year, therell be a range of engines to choose from, varying from super frugal diesels to a top-of-the-line turbocharged petrol motor. Prices havent been announced just yet, but will be revealed closer to the cars launch, and are expected to, like the rest of the Volvo range
, undercut some of its more premium rivals by a healthy margin.
So there you have it the star cars of the 2012 Geneva Show according to carwow! As mentioned earlier, theres so much on display this year that we simply couldnt devote enough space for them all!
Do you think we missed out some of the more important cars on display? What are your personal highlights at Geneva this year? Let us know in the comments box below.