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All new cars of the (now cancelled) Geneva Motor Show 2020

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All new cars of the (now cancelled) Geneva Motor Show 2020

Due to global containment efforts in the face of the spreading coronavirus, this year’s Geneva Motor Show was cancelled in the interests of safety. A shame – but as a consolation, here are some cars from the show that never was.

Koenigsegg Gemera

 

 

Sweden’s batty, boffiny but always brilliant Swedish hypercar company doesn’t do things by halves. Although in the Gemera’s case, that’s not quite true: a big chunk of its 1,700bhp power output and frankly unbelievable 2,580lb ft of torque is supplied by three electric motors (one on each wheel, the third on the crankshaft) fed by an 800V battery, while the rest is ponied up by a three-cylinder, twin-turbo internal combustion engine that drives the front wheels and itself summons up 600bhp. This is dubbed the “freevalve” because it does away with traditional camshafts to improve efficiency; it also runs on ethanol or CO2-neutral methanol. The Gemera is technically Koenigsegg’s family car: it features four seats and there are cupholders and entertainment back there, too, and because there’s no B-pillar it’s (almost) easy to get into and out of. It’ll do 186mph in EV mode and has a 31-mile range, or 250mph all-out. We’ll take the seat with the steering wheel in front of it, thank you. 

Pininfarina Battista Anniversario (and Pura)

 

While development work continues on the “standard” Battista – pure-electric, 120kWH battery pack for 1900bhp, 0-186mph in under 12 seconds, 300-mile plus range – here’s the Anniversario. Only five will be made, each in a lustrous tricolore paint finish (that’ll be “Bianco Sestriere”, “Grigio Antonelliano” and “Iconica Blue”, with a meticulous hand-applied pinstripe). There are also some aero tweaks, including carbon fibre side blades and an enlarged rear wing. GQ also received a sneak preview of Automobili Pininfarina’s next model, in the shape of a sort-of SUV concept called Pura. Five metres long, 1.55m tall and riding on enormous 26-inch wheels, this thing promises to be one of 2020’s great statement cars when it’s revealed in the summer, ahead of production in a few years’ time. Although high-riding sports crossovers aren’t new – Lamborghini’s Urus is the template, with Aston Martin’s DBX incoming and Ferrari’s Purosangue due soon – the Pura is a genuinely dazzling piece of design. Automobili Pininfarina’s design boss Luca Borgogno is a clever guy and the Pura’s proportions and volumes are beautifully managed. Its cockpit and glass roof – inspired by the 1950s Alfa Romeo Superflow, a Pininfarina back-catalogue classic – sit noticeably within the car’s body to create something that’s as striking as it is imperious. A new platform houses the EV architecture, with a battery pack likely to make 1,000bhp feeding four electric motors. The concept uses wood extensively inside, invoking images of Riva speedboats elegantly patrolling Lake Como, with four vast seats for maximum luxury and minimum guilt. More when we get it…

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

 

 

Ultra-fast, stripped-out and featherweight versions of already very fast saloon cars are probably the car world’s second-most pointless niche (convertible SUVs – they’re imbecilic). But also one of the most fun. Now factor in the inherent – if a little care-worn – glamour of the Alfa Romeo name and the fact that the regular Giulia QV has some Ferrari DNA in it, and the new GTA is an immensely desirable proposition. With input from the company’s F1 partner Sauber, there’s the expected aerodynamic makeover, running to an active front splitter, enlarged rear diffuser, and an Akrapovic exhaust that exits the centre of a widened rear end. The 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 now has a 532bhp power output – up from 503 – and if you go for the fully nuts GTAm version, you lose the back seats and normal interior door handles (fabric ones, instead) and gain a roll cage and four-point race harnesses. Overall, the GTAm weighs 100kg less than the standard car. Only 500 are being made and they will mostly likely all be gone by the time you read this. Because this is an ultra-fast, stripped-out and featherweight Alfa Romeo saloon. 

BMW i4 concept

BMW’s billion-pound i3 and i8 programme vaulted the Bavarians into a brave and aesthetically adventurous new future, but didn’t yield the sales these two excellent cars deserved. The i4 concept sets out the “road map” for the second generation of i car, one that’ll lead to a dramatically expanded range of fully electrified BMWs circa 2025. It’s based on the 4 series Gran Coupe and uses BMW-designed electric motors and an 80kWh lithium ion battery pack to deliver a claimed range of 373 miles and a power output of 523bhp. The i4’s drivetrain runs different modes: Core, Sport and Efficient, which also reconfigures the car’s interior graphics and ambient lighting. Elsewhere inside is a sleek and minimalist evolution of BMW’s brilliant infotainment and connectivity. The production version arrives next year in almost identical form, including the elongated BMW “kidney” grille that has scandalised BMW die-hards and design aficionados. BMW insists it’s all part of a drive towards distinctive design, a noble aim that time may vindicate. On the other hand, time may go elsewhere. 

Hyundai Prophecy

 

 

Car design chiefs like to give their carefully wrought visual philosophies names. Hyundai’s is “Sensuous Sportiness”, which is borderline gibberish. But the company’s new BEV concept car, the Prophesy, is another smash hit, something that actually dares to use the freedom an electric architecture gives car designers to do something different. In particular, the car’s silhouette, pure form and plunging belt line at the rear give it a quasi-Porsche 911 look – viewed from the other end of a telescope in, oh, 2030. The wheels are huge and have a propellor-style design that apparently channels air along the side of the car. Hyundai claims this is the “ultimate automotive form” and in that respect they’re not far off the mark. Not that the less-than-ultimate human behind the wheel should trouble themselves with thoughts of actually driving the Prophecy: its interior majors on the self-driving autonomous experience and the creation of space and an atmosphere of wellness. Purified air is pumped around the cabin and a pair of joysticks replace the traditional steering wheel. Apart from that, we love it. 

Porsche Turbo

 

 

It’s tricky keeping pace with the changes made to the Porsche 911 range, and the standalone Turbo – one of the original “supercars” first introduced in 1974 – risks getting lost given that even the regular 911 is a) turbocharged these days and b) is itself monumentally fast. But then you read the specs for the all-new, 992-series 911 Turbo S and recognise yet another goal-post rearrangement from arguably the world’s best, and certainly most thorough, car company. Porsche says that the new car’s 3.8-litre flat-six cylinder engine is completely new, and develops 641bhp and 590lb ft of torque between 2,500 and 4,500rpm. The result is truly epic performance, 0-62mph taking 2.7 seconds, 120mph done in 8.9 seconds, with a top speed of 205mph. This represents the biggest jump in performance between cars in the 911 Turbo’s 46-year model history. It’s also wider front and rear and at those famous hips, its aerodynamics have been enhanced to deliver 15 per cent more downforce, its ceramic brakes are bigger and Porsche’s sublime PASM chassis software monitors the car’s on-road dynamics even more keenly than before. The Turbo has rarely been the most charismatic of 911s, trading instead in Terminator-style indomitability in all conditions and leaving the racier GT2 and GT3 models to feed the soul. But the new one sounds like a machine to fall in love with…

Bentley Bacalar

 

 

The high-end car business has seen a resurgence in what used to be called “coachbuilding”, better known among twentysomething tech billionaires as “I want something no one else has”. Given that Bentley’s USPs include authenticity, heritage and luxury, it makes sense for the company to amp up the possibilities created by its Mulliner ultra-personalisation division. And it doesn’t get much more historic than Mulliner: the name dates back to 1559 when it was in the saddlery business. The new £1.5 million Bentley Bacalar (it’s named after a Mexican lake of unusually blue hue) is being made in a limited run of 12 cars, based on the Continental GTC but completely re-bodied as a “barchetta” (Italian for “little boat”) in a manner that imports some of the cues from the GQ car award-winning EXP 100 GT concept car. This includes the headlight and front-end treatment and “light bar graphic”, a strong emphasis on sustainability – the “yellow flame” paint uses rice husks, while the interior has 5,000-year old river wood. There are also bronze accents on the doors, in the gear lever, and the wheels, and the seats contain precisely 148,199 stitches. Bentley’s magnificent twin-turbo W12 engine also gets an upgrade and now makes 650bhp.

Aston Martin Speedster

 

 

Paying more for less is a well-established mantra in the car business. Ferrari’s limited-run SP1 and 2 cars and McLaren’s Elva reworked the no-roof/almost no windscreen template, you’ve just read about Bentley’s “barchetta” Bacalar, and now we can add Aston Martin’s V12 Speedster to billionaire’s row. It costs £765,000 and only 88 are going to be made, which has led to some sniping online that this is just another cash-grab garage or concours show queen that’ll never turn a wheel in anger. Whatever the motive, I take the view that the car world is all the better for the existence of crazy low-volume stuff like this, especially as we inch ever closer to fully autonomous, zero emissions and zero soundtrack electric homogeneity. No danger of that here: the Speedster uses a mix of DBS Superleggera and Vantage in its chassis and it’s powered by Aston’s 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12 making 690bhp. A bespoke exhaust system delivers a “rousing soundtrack”. If we’re all going to hell in a handcart, I’d like mine to look like this, please. 

Chiron Pur Sang Sport

 

The Chiron Pur Sang Sport is a Chiron built for keen drivers. The 8-litre W16 quad-turbo engine still puts out 1,479hp but the car now has more downforce thanks to a larger front splitter, a wider rear diffuser, and a humongous fixed rear wing. The rear wing is 1.9 metres wide – that's wider than an Audi A3. To aid it in the bends, the springs are stiffened and weight has been reduced thanks to the use of many titanium components. The exhaust is interesting because it's titanium and 3D-printed. Price is a staggering €3.2 million.

McLaren 765LT

 

This is the McLaren 765LT, a more powerful and lighter version of the 720S. Its 4-litre twin-turbo V8 now produces 765hp (45hp more) and the car weighs 80kg less than a standard 720S. Weight is saved by using carbon fibre body panels and seats, forged wheels, titanium wheel nuts, and thinner glass. 0-100km/h takes just 2.8s and 0-200km/h happens in just 7.2s. Crucially, that’s faster than a Ferrari 488 Pista. It also has four central tailpipes, which is also more than the Pista.

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut

 

Next, we have the second of two Koenigseggs. This is the Jesko Absolut and it will be the company’s fastest car ever. Company founder Christian von Koenigsegg says the company will exit the speed game and not make a faster series-production road car ever. Power will come from a twin-turbo V8 that will produce 1,600hp, at minimum, with E85 fuel. The company hasn’t shared any speed numbers yet but said that simulations show it will be “unbelievably fast.” If this is true, this means it will eclipse the 490km/h record set by the Chiron last year. Let the speed wars begin.

Morgan Plus Four

 

The Morgan Plus Four is refreshing. In a world of big horsepower and ridiculous 0-100km/h times, the Morgan Plus Four only concerns itself with the joy of driving. It may look like a relic but it’s a modern thing. The chassis is aluminium (previous Morgans were made out of wood) and it has a turbocharged 2-litre four-pot plucked out of a BMW. Power is very adequate 255hp and 400nm, which is enough to get it from 0-100km/h in 4.8s. Many cars are quicker but I doubt few will be as fun to drive.

Czinger 12C

 

It seems like what the top 1% of the world really wants is hypercars because a new one seems to be announced every month. This is the Czinger 12C and it’s notable because large parts of the car are 3D printed, including most of the chassis, the suspension, and dashboard. It has a perfect 1:1 power ratio. The entire car is weighs just 1,218kg and the hybrid powertrain features electric motors and a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V8 that produces a total of 1,233hp.

BAC Mono

 

This odd-looking contraception is the latest BAC Mono. It’s a track monster that’s designed to be road-legal as well (at least in the UK). It’s more of everything – more powerful, more efficient, and crucially, lighter. Weight is now just 570kg and with its turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder producing 332hp, this means it has a power to weight ratio greater than that of a Veyron or F1. It also means 0-100km/h is over in just 2.7s.

Audi A3 Sportback

The new Audi A3 Sportback features compact proportions and a sporty design. The wide Singleframe and large air inlets at the front end accentuate the dynamic character of the premium compact car.  From the outside, it can be recognized by attachments in matt platinum gray as well as darkened Matrix LED headlights and 18-inch wheels in titanium gray. The S line interior with newly developed sport seats including integrated head restraints, aluminum inlays and stainless steel pedals round out the dynamic look.

Hyundai i20

Sleek styling should help the new Hyundai i20 to stand out from the crowd, but the most notable departure from the old model comes beneath the skin – the 1.0-litre turbo engine will now be offered with a 48V mild hybrid boost that’ll improve fuel efficiency by 3-4%.

Inside, meanwhile, there are new connectivity features, and you’ll also be able to specify a digital instrument cluster for the first time. Hyundai also claims it has boosted quality, and pushed the wheels out to the corners of the car in order to improve its handling.

KIA Sorento

 

There’s more than a hint of the Volvo XC90 about the new Kia Sorento, though that’s hardly a criticism as the result is an attractive large SUV that’s likely to be just as useful and practical as the old model.

Relatively little is known at this stage about the technical specification of the new car, but we do know that – surprise, surprise – there’ll be at least one hybrid version; Kia is also promising upgraded in-car technology, including upgraded driver assistance and entertainment systems.

Polestar Precept

 

Polestar’s latest concept electric car, the Precept, features an angular nose and the same light bar across the rear that we’ve already seen on the Polestar 1 and 2. It’s a striking piece of design, even more so when you realise it’s a four-door saloon and not a two-door coupe.

Inside, the Precept gets a minimalist dashboard that features a digital instrument cluster, and a large, portrait-oriented central touchscreen with an Android-powered infotainment system that senses when you’re looking at it or reaching out to touch it – designed to make it less distracting. 

Its seats, meanwhile, are made from a recycled plastic mesh, while other interior components are made from woven flax fibres, which Polestar says reduce both vibrations and overall weight.

Toyota Yaris

 

We’ve already seen pictures of the new Toyota Yaris, but the Geneva motor show was supposed to be the first time we’d get to see it in the metal. It’s a shame that we won’t, because this looks like a clever little car; it’s 5mm smaller than the old Yaris, but with a stretched wheelbase to improve interior space and stability.

There’s a new hybrid powertrain under the skin, which boasts a 15% more powerful combined output than the outgoing model’s, and Toyota says the new car’s platform has been engineered to make it more enjoyable to drive, with a lower centre of gravity and better balance between the front and rear of the car.

This Yaris will also spawn an SUV derivative for the first time. Expect it to feature the same hybrid drivetrain and similar styling.

Volkswagen Golf GTI & GTD

You can expect a considerable hubbub around any new Golf GTI, although in reality there are few surprises. It uses a similar 2.0-litre turbo engine as before – though this time with a boost in power to 240bhp or so – and front-wheel drive, with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearboxes.

The new GTI will also feature a new five-light chequered motif within its front bumper grille, which will take the place of front foglights; this will be shared with the new Golf GTD, which is also not being revealed at the Geneva motor show.

 

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