This year’s Geneva Motor Show wasn’t just one of the best in the show’s history; it was easily one of the most exciting car shows in recent memory. New cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, McLaren and many more headlined a glittering roster of debuts. Concept cars were in abundance and sprinkled among the aforementioned heavy-hitters. A few car companies unveiled new models online in the buildup to the show, which, admittedly, drained some of the awe from their silken-cover reveals on the first day. These were the 15 best cars of the show, sorted for your convenience.
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept
As AMG’s 50th anniversary present to itself, the AMG GT Concept shows off more than just new design language. The show car is a statement from AMG that it intends to add hybrid power to its performance range for — well, more power — as well as efficiency and MPGs (just positive side effects, really).
RUF CTR 2017
Porsche 911s of the ’80s are known to be something of a handful. RUF kept the Regan-era dimensions of the original 1987 CTR, but added a very modern 700 horsepower engine, exuding a devil-may-care attitude that’s sadly lacking from the larger auto industry.
The RS5 is aimed squarely at the BMW M4: 450 horsepower, 445 lb-ft of torque and AWD. We’re getting our hands on one later this month. April can’t come soon enough.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
The pictures Porsche initially sent out of the Sport Turismo don’t do it justice at all. It’s a seriously handsome car, not to mention an incredibly practical one.
Porsche 911 GT3
The new 911 GT3 proves Porsche listens to its fans — hence, an optional six-speed manual (the same unit from the 911 R). There’s a long list of improvements over the last-gen GT3, topped by the refined 4.0-liter flat-six engine.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
The Performante tips the scales at a scant 3,045 pounds and put 640 horsepower through a seven-speed transmission and AWD system. But what really makes this new Huracan special is Lamborghini’s all-new active aerodynamics system, which helped get the Performante around the Nürburgring in a record-breaking 6:52:01.
EF7 Vision Gran Turismo
From the mind of F1 and Indy 500 Champion Emerson Fittipaldi (and the pens of Pininfarina) comes this wild creation. As far as race cars go, the EF7 is very pretty — and very yellow.
The Arteon is one of the best-looking cars to come from VW in a long time. The design language is mature, well thought out, and, dare I say, stately. But the interior may be a bit on the bland side. Still, VW is definitely punching above its weight with the Arteon.
Honda Civic Type R
The Civic Type R is utterly insane and over the top from every angle. Usually this approach is a tad gauche, but on the Type R it just…works. It’s also coming Stateside, which is a huge plus.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari design, as of late, has been a little off. The F12 was too busy and something isn’t quite right with the 488, but the 812 Superfast gives the impression Ferrari is heading back in the right direction. Overall it has a smoother, less complicated design than the F12, but those intake vents next to the headlights are a trend the car would be better off without.
It feels wrong to call this a crossover. That moniker has such a bad connotation, and the XC60 is far too pretty to be dragged through the mud at all.
McLaren really ratcheted things up for the 720S. The entire car looks fluid, sharp and worthy of the performance it no doubt is capable of, though the gaping holes where the headlights go are serious blemishes on what is an otherwise truly stunning car.
Range Rover Velar
This car in particular has a lot of us excited. It looks like it will be the Goldilocks model in the Range Rover line: just right as in terms of size and shape.
Infiniti Project Black S
Infiniti is starting to get some gusto — and it’s about time. Infinity really needed to put more energy behind the Q60; on multiple levels, that’s exactly what the company did with the Project Black S. Should the Project Black S make it to production, it will be the first road car to utilize hybrid energy recovery systems for more power.
Fingers crossed the Alpine A110 comes to America. If it does, it will likely be sold out on arrival at most Nissan or Infiniti dealerships.