The 2016 Geneva International Motor Show has finally come to a close. Now that the dust has settled, here are our picks of the top five most interesting cars revealed at the Palexpo exhibition center in Switzerland this year.
Starting with #5. The 2017 Maserati Levante
You may be asking yourself, why did a Maserati SUV make the top five list? Well, the Levante marks the first SUV for the Italian automaker. Perhaps more importantly, Italy’s latest sports SUV will be coming to the US! The Levante, which shares its architecture with the Quattroporte and Ghibli, will feature a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Official horsepower numbers have not been released for the US market, however, the same engine in the Quattroporte S makes 404 HP.
The European market has two gasoline power plants to choose from: A base model with 350 HP/ 370 lb-ft of torque, or the S model with 430 HP/430 lb-ft of torque. Also available to those across the pond is a V6 Turbodiesel. Maserati has said that a hybrid powertrain is in the works, plus there have been rumors of a V8 to come soon.
Since the Levante is an SUV, Maserati has fitted the car with its “Q4” AWD system as standard equipment on every car. Maserati reports a 0-100 kmh (0-62 mph) time of 6 seconds flat for the lower output motor, and a brisk 5.2 seconds on the S model (again these numbers could be different for the US market). With its looks, the Levante keeps close to Maserati’s current style, featuring a large grille with Maserati’s trident displayed prominently.
Next up at #4 is the 2017 Aston Martin DB11
The Aston Martin DB11 marks the next car in the vaunted DB line. The Grand Tourer from England features a new 5.2 liter twin-turbocharged V12. This motor produces 600 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Because of the DB11’s new engine, the car should hit 100 kmh in just 3.9 seconds. With improvements in aerodynamic capabilities and an all new bonded aluminum structure, the DB11 is Aston Martin’s most technically sophisticated car yet.
To find out everything else you ever wanted to know about the new DB11, check out our video below:
Taking the #3 spot on this list is the 2017 Koenigsegg Regera
The small Swedish automaker came out big at Geneva, at least in terms of power. The Regera features a rather unique hybrid drivetrain, matching a 1,100 horsepower 5.0 Liter twin-turbo V8 to a 700 pony electric motor via Koenigsegg’s unique new hydraulic coupling technology. Due to the differences in power output curves between the electric motor and gas motor, the combined power output comes out to a total of 1,500 horsepower and over 1,475 lb-ft of torque going only to the rear wheels. Because the Regera has so much power, the Regera hybrid can reach 250 mph in just 20 seconds.
For more information about the Regera, and a more in-depth explanation of Koenigsegg’s hydraulic coupling system, watch our interview with Christian Edward Von Koenigsegg.
Coming in at #2 is the Lamborghini Centenario
The Centenario is the next car in Lamborghini’s series of one-off designs such as the Sesto Elemento and the Reventón. Lamborghini plans to make just 20 roadsters and 20 coupes, all of which have already been sold at the price of 1.75 million euros. This car features a naturally aspirated V12 that produces 770 horsepower making this the most powerful V12 built by Lamborghini. Because the car weighs only 1,520 kg (3,350 lbs), the Centenario is able to reach 100 kmh in just 2.8 seconds with 300 kmh taking only 23.5 seconds according to the manufacturer. Perhaps most striking is the all-carbon fiber body work and the somewhat-retro rear end, which gives a nice peek at the massive rear tires.
Taking the #1 spot on this list is none other than the Bugatti Chiron
Really what other car could take the number one spot? The Bugatti Chiron is the world’s most powerful, and fastest hypercar. The new French hypercar has an 8.0 Liter W16 quad-turbo motor that produces 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. The Chiron is limited to a top speed of 261 MPH and will do 0-100 kmh in just 2.5 seconds according to Bugatti. If you are thinking of rolling down to your local Bugatti dealer, you may want to think again because the Chiron will see a production run of only 400 cars and cost $2.6 million before taxes. However, with those 400 cars, Bugatti has placed itself back atop the hypercar food chain, for now.
To find out even more about the Bugatti Chiron, and to see an interview with head designer Achim Anscheidt check out our video below.