Bugatti Chiron - Regardless of what anyone else brings to the table, for most people son-of-Veyron is the ultimate supercar. Quad-turbo 8.0 W16 engine makes 1479bhp and 1180lb/ft. 4WD means 0-62mph in 'less than' 25s and 0-186mph in 'less than' 13.6s. Limited to 261mph in production spec, but 270mph targeted for road car record attempt. All-new carbonfibre monocoque as rigid as that in an LMP1 racer, ultra-sophisticated aero and cooling, carbon silicon carbide brakes, more interior space and tweeters with a diamond membrane. Not surprisingly, it costs £1.9m.
We have a suspicion that this year’s Geneva Motor Show saw more new supercars unveiled than any other in the event’s history.
While Bugatti, Koenigsegg – and indeed Arash – battled over the title ‘world’s most powerful production car’, a new trend emerged: mega-power electric supercars. There seemed to be dozens of them, mostly concepts but they may well inform what the next generation of bedroom wall poster stars are like.
Here, Only Motors present the best and worst supercars on display at Geneva. We’ll leave you to make up your own mind which camp each one belongs in.
Apollo N – The car formerly known as Gumpert Apollo is updated with more luxurious interior and twin-turbo 4.2 V8 making 691bhp and 649lb/ft, good for 0-62mph in 3s and 223mph top speed. Still epically ugly, though.
Apollo Arrow – According to Apollo, the Arrow looks like a shark. Maybe if that shark had sprouted many aero appendages. That aero is extremely aggressive, a result of Apollo attempting to create a true road-going race car. The firm says it complies with all FIA standard, but the spec doesn’t look especially compatible with any current series: it’s twin-turbo 4.0 V8 produces 963bhp and 737lb/ft connected to a 7-spd gearbox, 0-62mph takes 2.9s and top speed is 223mph.
Arash AF10 Hybrid – Suffolk-built AF10 has a supercharged 6.2 V8 tuned to 900bhp and four 295bhp electric motors. That’s a total of 2080bhp. RWD only, so 0-62mph traction limited to 2.8s, top speed is anyone’s guess. Carbonfibre chassis with aluminium subframes; available in ‘Racer’ spec with rollcage and fire extinguisher. Only penny numbers will be built at £1.1m a pop.
Aston Martin DB11 – All-new DB9 replacement features twin-turbo 5.2 V8 delivering 600bhp and 516lb/ft. 0-62mph in 3.9s, top speed of 200mph. Bonded aluminium structure and some clever aero, including an ‘Aeroblade’ virtual spoiler, a jet of air vented out of the bootlid that creates the same effect as a spoiler. Oh-so pretty, but we’re not sure orange is its colour.
Bugatti Chiron – Regardless of what anyone else brings to the table, for most people son-of-Veyron is the ultimate supercar. Quad-turbo 8.0 W16 engine makes 1479bhp and 1180lb/ft. 4WD means 0-62mph in ‘less than’ 25s and 0-186mph in ‘less than’ 13.6s. Limited to 261mph in production spec, but 270mph targeted for road car record attempt. All-new carbonfibre monocoque as rigid as that in an LMP1 racer, ultra-sophisticated aero and cooling, carbon silicon carbide brakes, more interior space and tweeters with a diamond membrane. Not surprisingly, it costs £1.9m.
DS E-Tense – All-electric concept from PSA Group’s new premium brand featuring a carbonfibre monocoque chassis, 402bhp, 224-mile range and suitably wild styling inside and out. 0-62mph in 4.5s, top speed of 155mph. Possibly a sign of things to come.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso – The 4-seat, 4WD FF has become GTC4 Lusso after its mid-life facelift. Smoother, more aerodynamic styling is backed up extra power (now 680bhp and 514lb/ft) and a new 4-wheel-steering system. Interior features a new infotainment system with 10.25in screen and Apple CarPlay.
Italdesign GTZero – Dramatic shooting brake concept from the Italian stylists, featuring a 483bhp eletric drivetrain. Claimed range of 310 miles, with 155mph top speed. 4WD, 4-wheel-steering, OLED infotainment display and 22in front/23in rear wheels.
Koenigsegg Regera – The Swedish marque stakes it claim to the title of ‘world’s most powerful production car’ with the Regera. Powered by a twin-turbo 5.0 V8 backed up by 3 electric motors, making a total of 1500bhp and 1475lb/ft. 0-62mph in 2.8s, 0-186mph to 10.9s and 0-249mph in 20s. All without a gearbox. Top speed? Who knows. Very clever aero and all opening panels work off the key fob
Lamborghini Centenario – To celebrate founder Feruccio’s centenary, Lambo will build 40 of these Aventador SV-based, carbonfibre-bodied monsters. Power upped to 760bhp and weight down to 1520kg. 0-62mph in 2.8s and top speed ‘over 217mph’. Bonkers aero produces more downforce and aids cooling, and the chassis is upgraded with 4-wheel-steering. Already sold out at £1.4m each.
Pagani Huayra BC – Named after Pagani’s most valued customer, the Huayra BC makes the pretty mental standard car look positively meek. Race car-grade aero meets heavily updated running gear and brand-new sequential gearbox. Fanatical attention to detail brings 132kg weight reduction (down to 1200kg). It’s even made from a new type of lighter, stiffer carbonfibre. All 20 have been sold for 2.3m euros each.
Pininfarina H2 Speed – As the name suggests, this concept by the Italian styling house is powered by hydrogen, using a powertrain developed by specialists GreenGT. It produces 503bhp, enough for 0-62mph in 3.4s and a 186mph top speed. And, of course, the only emission is water vapour. The highly aerodynamic styling lends it the look of a futuristic Le Mans racer.
Radical RXC Turbo 500R – Essentially a racer wearing a very thin road car disguise, the Radical features a Ford-based twin-turbo V6 making 600bhp, or optionally 700bhp. Full carbonfibre bodywork results in a 1-tonne kerbweight. No word on how fast it is, but Radical may well be aiming for a Nurburgring lap record. The price is enormous: £167.5k before tax.
Rimac Concept-S – Mega-power electric hypercars are clearly all the rage at Geneva and the Rimac is a typical example. Motors in each wheel produce combined 1365bhp and 1327lb/ft. Rear wheels driven a 2-spd dual-clutch ‘box, fronts by single-speed unit. Result is claimed 0-62mph in 2.5s and 0-124mph in 5.6s.
Spyker C8 Preliator – Spyker is back with a brand-new car. Aluminium chassis with Lotus-tuned suspension houses supercharged 4.2 V8 producing 518bhp. 0-62mph in 3.7s, top speed of 201mph. Standard manual ‘box has gorgeous exposed linkage, and the interior is an essay in beautifully crafted leather and aluminium with deeply toggle switches and dials lit in turquoise. Worth every penny of the £300k asking price.
Techrules Turbine EV – Chinese would-be carmaker Technrules’ concept features a high-power battery pack with a micro-turbine on-board generator. The powertrain produces 1030bhp, enough for 0-62mph in 2.5s and 218mph flat-out. Unbelievably, a range of 1200 miles in claimed along with plug-in fuel consumption of 1569mpg.
Zenvo TSR – The Danish minnow is back with new versions of its TS. The road-going TS1 uses a turbo’d and s’charged 6.8 V8 producing 1104bhp and 1050lb/ft and is apparently easier to live with than the old ST1. This, though, is the track-ready TSR. Exact details are sketchy, but this is clearly Zenvo’s attempt to take on the Aston Vulcan, Ferrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR.