Geneva Motor Show news round-up – part 1

Dozens of new cars have been launched at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Only Motors brings you the highlights.

The Honda Civic Type R looks wild, has 306bhp, does 0-62 in 5.7 seconds, tops out at 167mph, laps the Nurburgring in 7 minutes 50 seconds and costs just £29,995.

The McLaren P1 GTR has finally arrived to tear up race tracks and terrify its extremely rich drivers.

While working on that, McLaren found time to turn the 650S into the 675LT, finding more power, refining the aero and sharpening up the handling. Only 500 will be built.

Aston Martin is playing McLaren at its own game, launching the 800bhp, track-only Vulcan hypercar. The price? The same £1.8 million the P1 GTR costs.

If you can’t stretch to that but still want an Aston that will blow the doors off pretty anything at a track, there’s the harder, faster Vantage GT3.

It might have trouble fending off the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS, though. 500bhp from a 4.0-litre flat-six engine is very good, though not everyone will be happy you can’t have a manual gearbox.

Aston Martin really has been busy in the run up to Geneva – the DBX concept points to a crossover GT that will go on sale sometime in the near future.

Lamborghini has unleashed the angriest of raging bulls, the Aventador LP750-4 SV, with 750 horsepower, a 0-62 time under 3 seconds and a mahoosive spoiler.

Not to be outdone, Koenigsegg will build just 10 examples of the Agera RS, calling it the ultimate track day car. Well, it does have 1100bhp and race car levels of downforce.

While the Agera RS is bonkers, the hybrid-powered Regera is absolutely insane. It has 1,800 horsepower and gets from 0-250mph in the under 20 seconds, for Pete’s sake!

PSA Group has relaunched the posh Citroen DS models as a separate brand – the facelifted DS 5 is its first car.

Bugatti has unveiled the very last Veyron to be built, fittingly called La Finale. There will be a replacement, reportedly with an even more powerful version of the quad-turbo W16 engine.

Bentley is gauging reaction to a planned two-seater sports car with the EXP 10 Speed 6. The production car would sit alongside the Continental GT, as a rival to Astons and Ferraris.

The Renaultsport Clio 220 Trophy has another 20bhp and more focussed handling, but still no manual gearbox.

The Nissan Sway concept will influence the next Micra supermini.

To the delight of taxi drivers everywhere, the new Skoda Superb is more spacious than ever. It looks great, too, and prices start from £18,000.

Ferrari’s seminal, naturally-aspirted V8 engine is no more, as the 458 Italia is replaced by the 488 GTB. With two turbos and 652bhp, the new car is significantly more powerful, but will it play such beautiful music?

If looks anything like the Sportspace concept, Kia’s big Optima estate will look really good.

Mercedes has made the Maybach S-Class even more massive and opulent with the Pullman.

Infiniti’s Mercedes GLA-rivalling crossover won’t be too far removed from the QX30 concept.

Not everyone likes the look of the new Audi R8, but it’ll still be brilliant. There’s a massively powerful all-electric ‘e-tron’ version, as well.

The plug-in diesel hybrid Audi Q7 e-tron packs 368bhp and somehow returns a combined 166mpg.

The brand new Volkswagen Touran has got bigger and more practical, but not any more interesting.

Ssangyong have finally made a good-looking car in the Nissan Juke-rivalling Tivoli.

The Volkswagen Sports Coupe Concept suggests the next-generation CC four-door coupe will go more upmarket.

And camouflage paint couldn’t do anything at all to hide Mansory’s Sahara Edition Mercedes G-Wagen. It ain’t subtle, is it?

What do you think?

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