Top 10 Cars From The 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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The 2016 Geneva Motor Show is currently open for the public to come take a look at all the crazy cars that have graced the floor at one of the biggest car shows in the world.

Everything from small turbocharged hatchbacks to extremely powerful and turbocharged hypercar were on the show floor in Geneva, as the European giants battled it out for the top honours in Switzerland.

So lets give you a guided tour of 10 of the best cars that really caught our eye in Geneva.

Audi Q2

The Audi Q2 is the smallest Q series Audi till date and probably the only sensible car in this list.

The Q2 has five different engine options available. The smallest is a 1.4-litre TSI engine that pushes out 148bhp.

Up next is a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine that is available in 2 states of tune – 187bhp and 248bhp.

There are 2 diesel engine, the first is a 1.6-litre TDI engine producing115bhp while the other is 2.0-litre TDi pushing out 148bhp.

The Q2 looks a lot like its other siblings but does take a few styling cues from the Audi Crosslane Concept seen at 2012 Paris Motor Show.

Inside the Q2 gets a unique LED ambient lighting system along with a Audi's infotainment which can be specced up to 8.4-inches.

Also available as an option is Audi's brilliant 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display which replaces the instrument binnacle.

Maserati Levante

The Maserati Levante is named after the warm Mediterranean wind which can change from mild to gale force speeds in an instant.

The SUV is the first one ever to wear the Trident badge and comes at a time when Maserati really does need to make a profit.

The Levante gets two engines, one a petrol, the other a diesel, and both are turbocharged 3.0-litre V6s.

The petrol is available in two forms. in the base Levante it pushes out 350hp while in the S variant it pushes out 430hp.

The diesel pushes out just 275hp and is the variant expected to come to India.

The Levante may have the SUV shape but Maserati have given the SUV a real sense of identity in terms of style.

The 2 element headlamps, the imposing grille and the long sculpted bonnet along with roof spoiler give the Levante a rather sporty look. 


Porsche 911 R

What does Porsche do to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of its iconic racing cars. It build another car with the same name ie: the 911 R.

The new 911 R pay homage to the racing 911 R cars from 1967. Powering this homage to road racing is the 4.0-litre engine from the 911 GT3RS.

It pumps out 493bhp at a manic 8,250 rpm and generates 460 Nm at 6,250 rpm and sends the 1370kg 911 R to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and onward to a top speed of 323km/h.

The 911 R looks like the 911 GT3RS without all the fancy aero stuff like the large rear wing. New on the 911 R are the racing stripes. 

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso

The GTC4 Lusso replaces the FF in the Ferrari lineup. Despite the new name its more of a facelift than a brand new car.

Ferrari has fiddled with the 6.3-litre V12 in the new GTC4 Lusso and it now cranks out 681bhp and 697Nm of torque.

Power is sent to all four wheels through a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox and the rear wheels now help with the steering as well.

0 to 100km/h takes just 3.4 seconds and the top speed is 335km/h.

Aston Martin DB11

James Bond has a new company car and its called the Aston Martin DB11.

The new DB11 is a radical step up in terms of both performance and style.

Under the sculpted bonnet resides a brand new 5.2-litre twin turbo V12 which cranks out that produces 600bhp and 700Nm.

Style wise the new DB11 is a lot more aggressive than the DB9 and looks more like DB10 from Spectre especially at the front.

The lights are a lot more aggressively styled and angular while the clamshell bonnet gives the front a clean look.

The taillamps gel well with the rear and the angular diffusor and dual tailpipes give the DB11 a more premium look.

Inside, the DB11 borrows its infotainment system from Mercedes and features a TFT screen behind the steering wheel instead of the usual dials.  

Pininfarina H2 Speed

Mahindra owned Italian automotive design house Pininfarina unveiled the hydrogen powered H2 Speed concept at the show.

The H2 Speed is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that produces 496bhp and with the H2 Speed weighing in at just 1420kg it pushes the car to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds.

Pagani Huayra BC

The Pagani Huayra BC pays homage to Mr. Pagani's friend and first customer Benny Caiola.

Cranking out 789bhp and1000Nm of torque from a 6.0litre twin turbo V12 Mercedes engine  and weighing in at just 1218 kgs the BC is a radical form of the brilliant Huayra.

Only 20 cars will ever built and each of them cost around $2.5-million.


Lamborghini Centenario

Built to celebrate Lamborghini founder Ferrucio Lamborghini's 100th birth anniversary, the Centenario is the maddest Lamborghini of them all.

The 6.5-litre V12 cranks out 759bhp and pushes the car to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds and pushes it to a top speed of 350km/h.

Only 40 cars will ever be made, 20 coupes and 20 convertibles each and all have already been sold.

Koenigsegg Regera

The Regera was shown as a concept at last year's show. The production version was finally shown off at the 2016 show.

Koenigsegg's hybrid produces a total of 1479bhp and 200Nm of torque and has a power to weight ratio of 930bhp/ton.The Regera can hit 100km/h from standstill in 2.8 seconds, 200km/h in 6.6 seconds, 300km/h in 10.9 seconds and 400km/h in 20 seconds. The Regera can go from 150km/h to 250km/h in just 3.9 seconds.

All this is done without the help of a gearbox.


Bugatti Chiron

The star of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show was the Bugatti Chiron.

It cranks out 1479bhp and 1500Nm of torque and can hit 100km/h in under 2.5 seconds. The top speed is limited to 420km/h. 

The Chiron shows just how much Bugatti have improved upon the Veyron and the upcoming top speed run should show us just how much further the Chiron can take the Veyron's top speed record.

If you do want one of the 500 Chirons that will ever be made it will cost you an eye popping $2.6 million.

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Story first published: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 16:11 [IST]
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