It's a third time I went to Geneva and it's always been worth the effort. Waking up early in the morning, flying and jumping straight into action, just moments after landing in Switzerland. It's good to be one of the very first people too see everything before it gets busy. This time I decided to visit the show for two days, not one, so I knew I didn't have to rush and I can take my time. Two days is more than enough to see everything four times, believe me.
A lot of new cars, a lot of old (refreshed) models, but it's a shame Lotus didn't come to show something new, like Evora Roadster, maybe? I'm sure they had their reasons. Before I left, I planned to to have a closer look at a few cars like Honda Civic Type-R, Gemballa Avalanche, Infiniti Project Black S, Lamborghini Huracan Performante, BMW ACL2s and Mansory collection. Fortunately I had a chance to see much more and I'm going to show you all of the above and more on my photos (in order of appearance).
I started my trip from Hall 1. Cadillac is not a brand for me, I'm probably not their target audience. I would need to grow up to find cars like these appealing enough to buy one. That doesn't mean there was nothing to look at. I really liked ATS and CTS with "V". The highlight of Cadillac's collection was Cadillac Escala Concept - huge thing on wheels with living room inside. I skipped most SUVs and 4x4 as I was never interested in cars like these (hence no photos of Escalade).
Chevy showed a few Camaros and Corvettes, including Grand Sport model. Track concept of Camaro had a lovely colour and looked really mean (the green one, if you haven't noticed). I wasn't that excited with the "regular" version, especially when I jumped in and found out there was no headroom. I would expect this from a typical Japanese car (I had same problem in R34 Skyline), but not from a large, American muscle... but maybe in this case it was caused by an extra sunroof? I would love to take one of these on road & track and see how they drive!
There were two things I couldn't wait to see at Geneva and one of them was Lamborghini! They always had only a few cars displayed, a lot of space, perfect light and usually bright coloured bodies. This year we could see Huracan Performante, Huracan Spider and Aventador S in yellow. I've always been drawn to yellow and orange cars, so this year it was one of my favourite spots. I was never sure about Huracan but I think I just found beauty in these supercars. Automotive industry should go and learn from Lambo how to present cars during shows!
It was a world premiere of the new GT3, which looks to me like any other 911, but it has a big wing. I'm probably not the best person to comment on those cars, but I do like Targa flavour and I think it's the best looking car from 911 series. No roof and big glass at the back gives an impression of lightness and I love it. Overall, the most interesting were Porsches presented by tuners like Gemballa or TechArt. Plus, it was really busy around their displays, so I guess Internet is now full of new Porsche photos anyway.
I love how their cars look and their interior is nothing less but awesome, especially in S/RS/R series. Attention to details, great materials, great finish... even little "tt" in rear lights. I've tried a few Audis myself in the past, but I always ended up with something else. I guess I just don't need 300BHP and really, those poor horses would be just wasting their time under the hood of my car. My recent favourite from Audi is the S3 Saloon which looks so much better than the hatchback model. ps. Here I sneaked in a photo of a R8 from ABT!
Massive and powerful with very interesting styling. I love the details but the final form does not appeal to me that much. Ohh well, I can't like absolutely everything, right?
There is something special about cars from Pininfarina. They know how to bring emotion to a car and except a few exceptions (like Hyundai Matrix), they know what they do. One of the most beautiful cars in the world is coming from their studio. World would be boring without their icons such as 288 GTO and F50.
Bugatti Chiron is a work of art, hard to call it 'a car' any more. Exceeding all expectations especially those performance related. An army of people spent their time designing every single bit of it which looks fantastic. The truth is the car has to beat all records which in this case brings a side effect in the form of a shape of its exterior. The front-end is beautiful, fluid lines and aggressive lights meet simple, straight and not that exciting back of the car. Previous Bugatti had to sacrifice some of its look for top-speed reasons, I'm sure with 50% more power it could only get worse. Where are the times when 300BPH were enough for a supercar?
They always reminded me of Pagani in some way. They both started to be visible in the world of super- and hipercars around the same time. Both coming up with more ridiculous and crazy ferrari-challenging machines. Pagani is definitely Italian and you can see it just by looking inside, but Swedish design is what really gets my attention. Agera RS 'Gryphon' looks amazing in flesh and 24-carat gold works really well with a carbon body. Rare car has just become even rarer.
Ford came with their "new" Ford GT 66 Heritage Edition, which is almost a year old now. New Fiesta with new interior (finally!) looks much better, but I'm wondering if it's still fun to drive. I hope they didn't change a lot around the engine or suspension and if they did, it's only to be better.
New Civic Type-R is one of the reasons why I have decided to visit Geneva this year. I'm a long time fan of Honda cars and I really wanted to see new FK8 in flesh. It looks better than current FK2 model but I'm not sure about the back. Honda really should invest some time to do some ergonomics and interior design. It looks nice in black & red, but there is simply too many buttons shouting for attention and material quality really needs some improving. Most important question is - how does it drive? I would like it to be just a faster, newer version of Japanese Type-R FD2. I'm sure one day I will have my chance to give it a go and tell you how it compares.