Supercar insanity at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Here are our top 5 choices.
The Geneva Motor Show is often the venue of choice for supercar reveals. We never thought this year could best last year’s showing, but we were definitely wrong. It seems like every other car that broke cover at the show was some sort of 1000-plus horsepower supercar ready to tear up the track and the competition. With so many supercars at the show, it was hard to nail down our five favorites. But we managed. Here they are:
Never heard of Arash? Say hello to the Arash AF10 hybrid
If you did not know about the Arash before this year’s Geneva Motor Show, do not fret. This is a boutique automaker that has been on and off the radar for the last few years. However, at this year’s show, Arash has brought a true headline grabber. The AF10 is a hybrid hypercar aiming for the big leagues. Power comes from both a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine and four electric motors. The engine itself makes 900 horsepower while the electric motors add 1,180 for a total output of 2,080 horsepower. Arash claims the hyper car will hit a top speed of 201 miles per hour and sprint to 50 mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds.
The $2.5M US Bugatti Chiron – potentially the fastest car ever to enter production
This was what many were waiting for at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. We knew it was coming for awhile now and when the drape was pulled off the bright blue Bugatti our hearts instantly melted. Returning is the Bugatti’s quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16 engine but in the Chiron it makes 1,480 hp and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. Sixty mph comes in 2.5 seconds. Top Speed is limited, yes limited, to 261 mph. At speed, 60,000 liters of air per minute passes through the engine. The styling still looks like the Veyron it replaces, but the Chiron carries with it a sleeker, sexier look. We dig it. The $2.5 million not so much.
The New Pagani Huayra BC
Named for Horacio Pagani’s best friend and mentor, Benny Caiola, the Huayra BC packs a Mercedes-AMG-sourced twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12. Horsepower is north of 750 with official numbers not confirmed. Torque is said to be more than 738 lb-ft. The BC gets some added aerodynamic bits like a front splitter, rear diffuser and massive wing and weighs almost 300 pounds lighter than a standard Huayra—if there is such a thing. Actually, while the Huayra BC looks like a tricked out Huayra, only the roof is shared between the two. The Huayra BC is another hypercar contender if what appears to be the ever crowded market.
Concept to reality (and 3,000 changes later) the Koenigsegg Regera is here
When the Koenigsegg Regera broke cover at last year’s Geneva Show, it broke the Internet. Then, it was in concept form. Now, more than 3,000 changes have been applied to the production version. Power comes from a massively powerful V-8 engine that works in tandem with three electric motors. The Regera can hit 400 km/h in just 20 seconds. Only 80 will be sold, with several customers already submitting their pre-orders. If you want your hands on one, you better act fast.
Lamborghini Centenario says happy 100th bday
Built to celebrate its founders 100th birthday, the Lamborghini Centenario is a tribute to everything the Italian automaker has accomplished since its inception. Like most Lamborghinis, especially ones of a special flavor, the Centenario has wicked styling with yellow fins front and back accentuating the carbon look. Power is pumped to all four wheels from the car’s monstrous 770-hp V-12. This is even more exclusive than the Regera. Only forty will be built in total—20 coupes and 20 roadsters.
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And there you have it. This is our list of the five best supercars from the Geneva Motor Show. This show was massive, so narrowing down the list to just five was hard. There were several we could have put on the list. Which reveal do you think we should have added?