Geneva Motor Show 2013: From Supercars to Latest Concepts [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 10:40pm EDT

At the Geneva motor show 2013, the world’s most exciting new cars were unveiled, including the latest Ferrari supercar and a Volkswagen capable of more than 300mpg.

  • McLaren P1. Photo: AutoWeekUSA/FlickrMcLaren P1. Photo: AutoWeekUSA/Flickr
  • Pininfarina Sergio. Photo: AutoWeeek USA/FlickrPininfarina Sergio. Photo: AutoWeeek USA/Flickr
  • Chevrolet Stingray. Photo: Chevrolet Europe/FlickrChevrolet Stingray. Photo: Chevrolet Europe/Flickr
  • Alfa Romeo 4C. Photo: Alfa Romeo/FlickrAlfa Romeo 4C. Photo: Alfa Romeo/Flickr
  • Toyota i-Road. Photo: Toyota UK/FlickrToyota i-Road. Photo: Toyota UK/Flickr
  • Toyota RAV4. Photo: Toyota UK/FlickrToyota RAV4. Photo: Toyota UK/Flickr
  • Toyota FT-86 concept. Photo: Toyota UK/FlickrToyota FT-86 concept. Photo: Toyota UK/Flickr
  • Lancia Delta S by MOMODESIGN. Photo: Lancia Experience/FlickrLancia Delta S by MOMODESIGN. Photo: Lancia Experience/Flickr
  • Citroen Technospace Concept. Photo: Citroen/FlickrCitroen Technospace Concept. Photo: Citroen/Flickr
  • Citroen DS5 Hybrid 4. Photo: Citroen/FlickrCitroen DS5 Hybrid 4. Photo: Citroen/Flickr
  • Kia Provo Hybrid Crossover. Photo: Kia Motors Worldwide/FlickrKia Provo Hybrid Crossover. Photo: Kia Motors Worldwide/Flickr

The International Geneva Motor Show is an annual auto show held in March in the Swiss city of Geneva. It takes place at the Geneva Palexpo, a convention center located next to the Geneva Cointrin International Airport.

The Geneva Motor Show was first held in 1905 and since all major models of automobiles is being demonstrated there. Prototypes, new equipment, technical breakthroughs, international partnerships, as well as political and social debates, have been announced at the exhibition.

It became an arena for battles of the main automobile automakers. The Geneva Motor Show 2013, which is being held between 7 March and 17 March, witnessed a bevy of beautiful models from car manufacturers across the world, including Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren and Rolls Royce to name a few.

Despite car sales figures contracting by 8.2 percent in Europe last year, the big car manufacturers didn’t miss a chance to flaunt their muscles by showcasing the latest roll-outs from their stables at the Geneva Motor Show 2013.

Ferrari has revealed its new supercar at the 2013 Geneva motor show, and it’s called LaFerrari. Their 950bhp 6.2l V12 La Ferrari would cost around £1m.

LaFerrari can accelerate from 0-62mph in less than 3sec, from 0-124mph in less than 7sec and from 0-186mph in less than 15sec. Top speed is in excess of 217mph and production is limited to just 499 models.

Lamborghini unveiled its street-legal supercar – the Lamborghini Veneno, which is made to mark the luxury carmaker’s 50th anniversary.

For now Veneno is the Italian manufacturer’s fastest ever model. The car can go from zero to 62mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 220mph.

The model will be priced at £2.6m plus taxes per model, of which only three will available in the market. There is bad news for people who want to get a hand on one of the three cars: all three have been pre-sold.

The McLaren P1 makes its debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show. It will accelerate from 0-62mph in less than three seconds, and from 0-124mph in less than seven seconds. Top speed is limited to 217mph.

The P1 has a hybrid powertrain; the petrol engine is a 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged mid-mounted unit that develops 727bhp. A 176bhp electric motor is directly mounted to the petrol engine, to give a combined output of 903bhp.

Although, with just 47bhp from its 803cc turbodiesel, a 100mph top speed and 0-62mph in 12.7 seconds, Volkswagen’s XL1 appears puny compared with LaFerrari or the McLaren’s P1.

This diminutive silver machine is, however, every inch a supercar, from its hi-tech construction, to its 300mpg-plus fuel economy, writes the Telegraph.

Rolls Royce, too, didn’t shy away from the glamour, unveiling the Rolls Royce Wraith. The car, which will launch at the end of the year, will have a V12 engine and faster acceleration.

The European price for the latest edition is estimated to be around £225,000 and this is tipped to be the show-stealer of the Geneva Motor Show 2013.

Ferrari isn’t the only company with a mid-engined Italian machine at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Alfa Romeo finally unveiled the 2013 4C, complete with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mounted mid-ship, that yields around 232 horsepower.

Engineers have worked to keep the two-door’s weight to a minimum by using plenty of aluminum and carbon fiber. With a carbon fiber chassis the 4C offers up a power-to-weight ratio of one horsepower for every 8.8 pounds.

Bentley revealed its new £140,900, 200mph Flying Spur at the Geneva motor show. Under the bonnet is a development of the 6.0-litre W12 engine used in last year’s Continental GT Speed, but tuned for torque and quieter performance.

Power stands at 616bhp and there’s 590lb ft of torque, all helping to make this the fastest Bentley four-saloon ever, with a 200mph top speed and 0-60mph in 4.3sec.

Porsche has a long and storied history of taking its range-topping 911 sports car racing, with an enviable record of achievements in tow.

The latest machine with which the automaker will take to the track can be seen above: the fifth-generation 2014 911 GT3.

With 475 horsepower strumming through the 3.8-liter six-cylinder boxer engine, this is the pinnacle of naturally aspirated performance from Porsche.

It can go from 0 to 60 in just 3.3 seconds, hit a top speed of 195 miles per hour and has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven and a half minutes.

The Mercedes Benz A 45 AMG edition is not only a new era in Affalterbach’s attention on smaller cars, it is probably also the most subtle transformation we can think of in the line-up.

The 2.0-liter turbo spitting 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet will grumble through a sport exhaust at idle, and bellow through the same on it’s way to a 0-60 time of less than 4.5 seconds.

And if you need something that looks a little harder – and you want those quad pipes – then the A45 AMG Edition 1 is the treasure you seek.

Here at the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin is showing off the new Rapide S, which adds minor styling tweaks and a bit more oomph to the rakish four-door package.

The big sedan’s V12 gets a power injection to the tune of 80 horsepower and 14 pound-feet of torque, bringing the totals up to 550 and 457, respectively.

This means the Rapide S can hit 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds compared to the outgoing car’s 5.1, on its way to a top speed of 190 mph. Woosh, reports Auto Blog.

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