The 2017 Geneva Auto Show will take place from 7th to 19th March (7th and 8th are press days). Like all other media publications, BMWBlog considers it the world’s most important auto show as majority of the most notable car unveils take place at the event.
Last year, the Porsche 911 R, Koenigsegg Regera, Bugatti Chiron, Pagani Huayra BC, Aston Martin DB11, McLaren 570GT, Audi Q2, Maserati Levante and the Jaguar F-Type SVR- all were launched in Geneva.
Thus, as we begin our build-up to this year’s show, here are five supercars that we are looking forward to. And despite being a blog for BMW enthusiasts, we will have to make do without any Bimmer on the list.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
What is it? The lightweight, hardcore version of the Huracan with more performance, weight reduction of around 40 kg, updated AWD system and a very complicated aero system that can open and close flaps on either side of the rear wing when cornering.
Why is it Exciting? It is most likely to be the fastest Lamborghini ever made- at least around a track (if not also on the drag strip). In fact, German magazine, Auto Motor und Sport, claims that it is quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder at the Nurburgring and Lamborghini will reveal the exact timing in Geneva.
Anything Else? Supposedly, Lamborghini is using the “Performante” name instead of “Superleggera” as Milan-based firm, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, filed a case against them for using that title in the Gallardo.
Porsche 991.2 911 GT3
What is it? The facelift of the 911 GT3.
Why is it Exciting? It’s a RWD Porsche that will be sold with a naturally-aspirated engine and a manual gearbox- the type of car purists dream of.
Anything Else? Autocar says the engine will be an evolution of the 4.0-liter unit of the 911 R and the 991.1 GT3 RS, which should make around 500 HP and it can be paired to a PDK or a 6-speed stick-shift. Among the updates will be a revamped suspension, which has been tweaked for a more user-friendly driving experience.
McLaren 720S (P14)
What is it? The successor for the 650S and one of the 15 new models to be made by McLaren by 2022.
Why is it Exciting? It gets more power (720 HP), some aero trickery from the P1 and a new, lighter chassis that will give it a weight of 1,283 kg. Rumors are, the 720S will be outperform the P1.
Anything Else? McLaren has already shown the car to potential customers and the image that you see above was leaked from the launch.
What is it? The F12’s successor (facelift), which will make its way to Geneva.
Why is it Exciting? The 488 GTB has been a success but with Lamborghini updating the Aventador and bringing in a more potent Huracan and McLaren working on the 720S, Ferrari will look to step up its game in the ultra-high performance segment with the F12M.
Anything Else? According to a user on the FerrariChat forum ,the F12 successor will get 800 HP from the updated 6.3-litre V12, rear-wheel steering (first seen on the F12tdf), a 0-100 km/h time of under 3 seconds and 200 km/h sprint in less than 8 seconds.
Pagani Huayra Roadster
What is it? The name says it all- the convertible version of the Huayra. Upon launch, it will be one of the best looking and fastest roadsters on the road.
Why is it Exciting? Despite the increasing emission and other legal regulations and economic uncertainties in China, Russia and Europe, the ‘hypercar’ segment is becoming fiercely competitive. As much as we love the Huayra BC, it has been overshadowed by the likes of the Chiron, Regera and other upcoming models such as the Aston Martin AM-RB001 and the Mercedes-AMG Project One- so we want to see what Pagani brings to the table with the Huayra Roadster.
Anything Else? The Roadster will be lighter than the Huayra Coupe as it uses a different type of carbon-fiber that is more rigid as well.