THE sound of heavy metal thunder has been echoing around the halls this past week as supercars and exotica have taken centre stage at the Geneva Motor Show.
While eyeball-flattening performance and futuristic design from makers like Koenigsegg, Zenvo and Lamborghini have grabbed the imagination of the visiting hordes, the carreviewuk team has whistled up its own wish-list from the motoring extravaganza.
Here’s our top five:
British Grand Prix and Le Mans winner Johnny Herbert was the man at the mic as Ford unveiled this 600bhp stunner that will cost a cool £300,000 when it arrives next year.
Who would have thought it – a Ford for more than the price of a Ferrari. Better believe it because the GT is a gem, and one of 12 performance cars Ford is planning over the next five years.
Aston Martin Vulcan.
Aston’s top dog Andy Palmer has challenged his team to “re-evaluate and expand the high luxury GT sector” in the years ahead.
Described as signalling a key change in the brand’s thinking, Palmer said: “The Geneva show this year marks the first public signs of a revolution at Aston Martin – a revolution we’re calling Second Century.”
Here’s to the next 100 years then – and as we wait for the stunning DBX concept to reach production form, take a glimpse at Aston’s track-only 7.0-litre V12 Vulcan.
3. McLaren 675 LT.
Fancy something seriously hardcore then take a peek at the new supermac, seen as a rival to the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
The 675LT will be the most track-focused, yet road legal, model in the McLaren Super Series, with a power to weight ratio that eclipses established rivals.
With a massive 666bhp on tap it can blast from 0-62 in 2.9 seconds and hit 205mph.
Ferrari 488 GTB.
This replacement for the 488 Italia boasts a 3,902cc turbocharged V8 powerplant producing 660bhp of wallop for a 0-62 acceleration time of 3.0 seconds, 0-124 in 8.3 seconds and a potential top speed of 208mph. Doesn’t look too shabby either.
Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6.
To round things off, a thoroughly British interpretation of a high performance two seater sports car, described as a vision for Bentley’s future and a possible model line alongside the Continental GT.
And five that we’ll (if we’re lucky) be able to afford.
Due this autumn in both two and four-wheel drive versions and a big brother for Renault’s Captur crossover model. Nissan Qashqai buyers are the likely target.
And talking of Nissan, the Sway may still be a concept but it sure as likely will spearhead the Japanese brand’s plan to shake up the compact hatchback scene – and hopefully have the same sort of impact as success stories like the Juke and Qashqai.
Debbie Harry famously sang about 20-20 vision, so Picture This – SEAT’s view of its first compact SUV.
The plan is to apply the proven Leon Formula, which probably means a few Parallel Lines but hopefully no Plastic Letters.
Korean automaker SsangYong feels its new Tivoli compact SUV will herald a new beginning for the company worldwide.
Taking its name from the Italian town near Rome with a reputation for style, the Tivoli created a real buzz at Geneva. It hits UK streets in May with 1.6 litre petrol or diesel engines and either two or four-wheel drive.
MINI John Cooper Works.
The latest fire-breathing John Cooper Works model boasts a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower turbo technology developing 231bhp.
That makes it the most powerful engine ever to be installed in one of the brand’s serial production models, with 0-62mph acceleration in 6.1 seconds if you opt for six-speed Steptronic transmission.