From the most powerful Ferrari ever, the LaFerrari electric hybrid, to the elegant Rolls Royce Wraith, we showcase the best of the supercars that made their debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2013.
The car industry was said to be shocked by the unexpected aggressive styling of the Veneno (comparisons to the Batmobile do not seem unjust), which was created to celebrated the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini. With only three being produced worldwide, the Veneno is targeted at serious petrol heads who will appreciate its 6.5 litre 750 horse-power V12 engine that can achieve 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 355 km/h.
Aston Martin Bertone Rapide
A one-off shooting brake (a car traditionally used to carry shooting parties and their equipment around aristrocratic estate), this vehicle was designed by Aston Martin, renowned Italian automotive designers Bertone and the private individual who commissioned it. Based on the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide, the interior modifications include rear seats that collapse flush with the trunk to create vast space for Purdey guns and Savile Row shooting attire.
Using technology developed for Formula One racing, the just-revealed LaFerrari combines two electric motors with a 12-cylinder gasoline engine to produce 963-horsepower, more than any previous Ferrari, while cutting fuel consumption by as much as 40 percent. Only 499 of them will be made, each numbered and fit with a driver’s seat moulded to its owner’s body. So far Ferrari have received 700 formal requests for information on the supercar priced at one million euros and will give preference to what it calls the “Ferraristi” – people who already own at least two Ferraris.
Though the McLaren P1 was already presented at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, little was revealed about what is 2013’s most anticipated new car. At Geneva its full technical specs were unveiled: capable of 239mph but electronically limited to 217.5mph, the P1 will go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h under 7 seconds, and 0 to 300 km/h in no more than 17 seconds, making it 5 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1. Strictly limited to 375 units, it is priced at €1,100,000.
Rolls Royce Wraith
Rolls Royce calls this all new fastback model a "gentleman's gran turismo, a car that embodies the spirit of Charles Stewart Rolls." Targeted at the Bentley Continental GT coupe market, the Wraith impresses at 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds courtesy of 624 horsepower. But it is hyper luxury that defines the Wraith and beings from the moment you open its rearward-opening coach doors and enter its “starlight” lined cabin ceiling. Deliveries will being later this year and the Wraith is priced at 245,000 euros in Europe.
Surrounded by supercars, the Toyota i-Road concept has pulled something of a coup by managing to get the automobile industry excited by its unique “Active Lean” self-leaning system designed to automatically balance it when cornering or travelling over rough surfaces. An electric three-wheeler with a closed canopy design, it is conceived as a space saving mode of transport for urban environments.
This unusually shaped Volkswagen is a supercar in that it is super efficient with a fuel economy of 314mpg meaning it can travel more than 62 miles on one litre of diesel. And it’s not a concept – the final result of a series of concepts, the XL1 diesel-electric hybrid will go into production later this year. Its impressive fuel efficiency is the result of both its low weight (795kg because it has a body made mostly of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic and an ultra-thin glass windscreen) and ultra aerodynamic design (even the wing mirrors have been removed, replaced with e-mirrors that project virtual images on to screens in the cabin).