The best luxury cars from the Geneva Motor Show 2018
by Zoe Dickens
The Geneva Motor Show – the industry’s premier event for showcasing new models, product developments and innovations – took place in Switzerland in March. As usual, it brought with it a slew of high-tech track cars and cutting-edge concepts but what about the new models you can actually buy? Scroll down to meet the most exciting new cars that could soon be yours.
Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder
The open-top evolution of the coupe unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, the new Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder will be the only car to be seen in on the Croisette this summer. Equipped with the same 5.2 litre V10 as its hard top sister, the Performante Spyder can reach 62mph in 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 201mph. Aggressively sporty with sleek exterior lines, it will go on sale later this year with prices starting at £238,000.
Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo
As has come to be expected of any modern car show, the Geneva Motor Show was full of new hybrid and all-electric models and concepts vying for a slice of this increasingly lucrative market. Following on from the first Mission E (set to hit showrooms next year), the Mission E Cross Turismo aims to combine the sportiness of a touring car with the practicality and eco benefits of an electric SUV. Powered by two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it boasts a combined 590bhp and can recharge to 80% in less than 15 minutes. First production models aren’t expected until 2021 but if you’re considering making the change to electric in the next few years this is one to seriously consider.
David Brown Speedback Silverstone Edition
All this talk of electrification left you hankering for the good old days of motoring? Step forward David Brown. The British car marque specialises in low volume models that combine the vintage Sixties style with modern performance resulting in classic-style cars with serious oomph. Its latest model, the Speedback Silverstone Edition, is a limited edition version of its Speedback flagship and hides a 5.0-litre V8 with 601bhp under the hood. Created to celebrate David Brown’s new HQ in Silverstone, the interior features circuit maps stitched into the seats and is available as a limited edition of ten. Yours for £744,000.
If you’re yet to come across Croatian marque Rimac then it's time to get in the know as its new C_Two made big waves at the Geneva Motor Show thanks to a seriously impressive set of numbers - 0-62mph in 1.96 seconds, a top speed of 258mph and 1,887bhp to name just a few. It might come as a surprise, then, to discover this speed demon is all-electric. As well as four powerful electric motors, the C_Two hypercar is Level 4 autonomy-ready (i.e. self-driving) thanks to its eight cameras, six radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, lane assist and auto-braking as well as offering facial recognition in the stead of a standard key. Rimac even says the car can read your moods and will play soft, soothing music should road rage begin to creep in. Price on application.
Range Rover SV Coupe
One of the biggest talking points at the Geneva Motor show was Range Rover’s attempt to recapture the luxury SUV market – Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Lamborghini are all serious competitors now – with the new limited edition two-door Range Rover SV Coupe. With a starting price of £240,000 it’s the most expensive Range Rover ever but, thanks to a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that promises a top speed of 165mph, it’s also the fastest ever. Based on the SV Autobiography, interior offerings have been stepped up with fine leathers, woods and metals as standard while custom options abound. First deliveries are expected in late 2018.
Ferrari 488 Pista
Looking for a car to match your regatta-ready sailing yacht? Ferrari’s new 488 Pista is a road-legal supercar that performs just as well on the track as it does on the open road. The latest in a line that includes the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale, the 488 Pista is the first to be turbocharged with a 3.6-litre twin-turbo V8. Weight saving is key to its success with a drop in 90kg from the original 488 plus a power boost to 711bhp resulting in a top speed of more than 211mph. Although prices for the 488 Pista are yet to be confirmed, they are expected to be significantly more than the classic 488 which starts at £182,800.