Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Superstars of Geneva

Page_301The Geneva Motor Show is a huge deal in automotive circles, usually featuring the best of upcoming models and droolworthy concepts meant to keep car geeks sated until the actual release dates. It’s the start of the auto show circuit, and 2013 looks to be a great year.
Lamborghini came out swinging with the hilariously divisive Veneno, a rolling, fire breathing mass of scoops, slashes, and spoilers that will cost an estimated 4 million dollars. Based on the Aventador, The Veneno’s grunt comes from a 740-hp version of the Aventador’s 6.5-liter V-12, with a 7-speed automated manual transmission getting the power to the ground for a top speed of 220 mph and 0-60 mph in less than three seconds. Truth be told, we don’t really like it; it looks like a Gillette razor with wheels.
Much more to our tastes is the utterly gorgeous La Ferrari (literally, THE Ferrari), a successor of the top dog (horse?) Ferrari models like the F40, F50 and Enzo. La Ferrari’s specs alone push it into hypercar territory: Peak output is 950 horsepower and 660 + pound-feet of torque, which will ensure the car reaches 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds, 186 mph in 15 seconds and a top speed above 217 mph. It looks amazing, is epic on paper, and it’s from Maranello. What else would you need?
Rounding off the hypercar trio is the McLaren P1, which we talked about a couple of weeks ago. Revealed to the worldwide press before the show itself, people already knew what to expect, but even then, the response was amazement at seeing the thing in the flesh. Design, specs and appeal wise, the P1 does seem to be a successor to the McLaren F1, which many herald to be the greatest supercar ever made. Will the P1 match up to its predecessor’s immense popularity? We have to wait and see, but the P1 has a looong way to go before the F1 can be surpassed.
Other than that, the smaller fish like the Alfa Romeo 4C (8C-like rear end with Lotus Elise-like front, mid-engine, should have brilliant performance figures), Corvette Stingray (copycat design, but amazing performance figures, possibly the fastest ever Vette?) and the beeaaautiful Pininfarina Sergio (coachworks build to celebrate the founder of Pininfarina).
If you aren’t even interested in cars, a show of such  epic proportions is bound to get you frothing at the mouth.