These are the most extreme and most capable cars to grace this year's Swiss show.
The undisputed stars of this year's Geneva Motor show were of the supercar variety, headed of course by the two 900+hp beasts that emerged from the gates of Maranello and Woking. Ferrari loves its new car so much it named it twice, while McLaren boss Ron Dennis is adamant his new supercar is the fastest in the world. The most expensive car on display was a limited-edition Raging Bull, while propping up the rear was a 900hp refreshed GTA Spano and a one-off Koenigsegg. Read on to see how they stack up.
New Prancing Horses aren’t born every day, especially those of the hypercar variety. Silly name aside, Ferrari’s new LaFerrari is a spectacular, technologically advanced machine with bulges, vents and lines all in the right places. It combines a 6.3-liter V12 with a pair of electric motors mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that together generate 950 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque. 0-62 mph comes in at less than three seconds, 0-124 mph in under seven and it tops out at 217 mph. Styling, carried out entirely in-house instead of farmed out to Pininfarina, is of course of the most extreme variety.
The second most anticipated Geneva hypercar debut was the McLaren P1. With its form-follows-function styling, advanced powertrain that produces 903 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 and an electric assist that completely eliminates turbo drag, the P1 is a proper successor to the McLaren F1. Like the new Ferrari, 0-62 mph is quoted at less than 3 seconds, 0-124 mph in under 7 and top speed electronically limited to 217 mph. McLaren chief Ron Dennis is confident it will lap the Nordschleife in under seven minutes and will soon be regarded as the fastest car in the world.
Named after the strongest, fastest and most aggressive fighting bull ever, the Veneno is Lamborghini's most extreme machine to date, built to celebrate its 50thanniversary. The ultra-exclusive Aventador-based supercar packs a 750-horsepower version of Lambo's latest 6.5-liter V12, taking it from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds on to a top speed of 221 mph. To give the Veneno the hard-core performance of a racing prototype, Lamborghini kept the weight to a minimum by crafting the monocoque and body from its proprietary carbon-reinforced polymers. Priced at $4 million, only three will made in each of the Italian flag’s red, white and green.
Limited to just 99 units, the heart of the refreshed Spano is an 8.4-liter supercharged V10 rated at 900 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of electronically-limited torque, channeled through a 7-speed sequential gearbox. Thanks to a monocoque made of titanium honeycomb, carbon fiber and Kevlar, the trim Spanish supercar tips the scales at just 1,350 kg. And when married to all that power, Spania says its supercar can sprint from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds and tops out at over 218 mph.
Koenigsegg may not have introduced a new model at the Geneva Motor Show, but it did bring along its one-hundredth car – a one-off Agera S dubbed the Hundra. Packing a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 1,040 horsepower - as well as its full carbon-fiber bodywork, varnished to leave the weave exposed, and awesome carbon-fiber wheels - the one-off Agera is distinguished by the use of artisan hand-laid and swirled 24-carat gold leaf on the exposed gel-coated carbon body. The precious metal also features on the exhaust, rear deck struts and coil springs. In case you were tempted, an anonymous buyer has already paid $1.6 million for the Hundra.