Press days for this year's Geneva Motor Show officially kick off tomorrow, March 3rd — but many of the announcements have already started to trickle out. By all appearances, it's going to be a hell of a show.
Here's just a small taste of the insanity: Aston Martin will be unveiling its most outrageous production car ever, Lamborghini is showing an even hotter version of the blistering Aventador, and Mercedes-Benz appears to have gone full YOLO with a lemon-lime Geländewagen that's been tricked out with enough offroading hardware to survive the surface of Mars.
Sure, why not?
Anyway, have a peek here at a few of the announcements ahead of press days — and get ready, because we'll be reporting from the show floor tomorrow and Wednesday.
- Audi R8. The next generation of Audi's supercar doesn't look much different than the model it replaces, but make no mistake — there's a thoroughly new car underneath. Most interesting is the bespoke R8 e-tron, an all-electric version that has greater capacity and range than the Tesla Model S.
- Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce. Take the Aventador — already one of the most beautiful and outrageous production cars on the road today — add 50 horsepower, and remove over 100 pounds of fat. That's this.
- Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale. After a ten-year run, Bugatti is writing its legendary hypercar's final chapter with the appropriately named La Finale.
- Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6. Bentley points to its EXP 10 Speed 6 as a new direction in styling for the luxury marque, and it's clearly more swoopy and svelte than anything the company currently offers. It's a concept car, but it hints at a possible new model line — a sports car that would fit alongside the Continental GT coupe rather than replace it.
- Aston Martin Vulcan. There will only be 24 of these track-only beasts offered, featuring a V12 engine good for over 800 horsepower. It looks like nothing else Aston Martin has ever made.
- Lexus LF-SA. Don't be fooled by the name: leaks suggest that the LF-SA has absolutely nothing to do with Lexus' LFA supercar. Instead, the LF-SA is a compact hatch that previews new styling elements for the brand.
- Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x42. The 4x42 is designed to be the baddest-ass four-wheeler that Mercedes has ever offered, and judging from this picture, I see no reason to believe otherwise.
- NanoFlowCell Quant F. This is a follow-up to the Quant E shown at last year's Geneva show from NanoFlowCell, a Liechtenstein-based start-up that's working on flow battery drivetrains. It promises a 0-60 run in just 2.8 seconds, but the science behind the car is still under development — and the infrastructure to refuel it doesn't exist.