Geneva International Motor Show 2015 Photo Essay: Warning, Supercar Heavy!
by Ian Skellern
To many car buffs, the Geneva International Motor Show is renowned for being the first big car exhibition of the year.
To many watch buffs, fast cars and haute horlogerie are renowned for being like two peas in a pod.
The 85th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show took place in 2015; the first edition of the fair was held in 1905. Just think of this: while it’s the turbo-charged V8 and V10 supercars that get much of the attention today, when the show began steam-powered cars were still common.
It’s been a while since I have taken out my camera to shoot anything larger than you can strap to your wrist in earnest, so after perusing my camera’s user manual to learn how to switch off the “macro” settings and reminding myself to think of distances in meters/yards rather than centimeters/inches, I headed into Geneva to find some fast cars.
And in no particular order, here are a few of the horseless carriages that caught my eye.
Koenigsegg Agera RS
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is a 1,160-horsepower version of the Swedish brand’s twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V-8.
McLaren 650S Spider
The McLaren 650S Spider features a carbon fiber chassis and active aerodynamics.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce, 6.5 liters, 12 cylinders, naturally aspirated, 750 horsepower.
The (sold out) Pagani Huayra, 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, 730 horsepower, hand-built ANG 6.0-liter bi-turbo V12, 380+ km/h.
Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
The Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, 6 cylinders and 560 horsepower. This may seem tame in this lineup, but there’s more to a Porsche Turbo than the numbers. Much more!
Bugatti Veyron 16.4
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4, 1001 horsepower, 407 km/h, 2.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and only 2.3 seconds from 100 km/h back to zero.
Ferrari 488 GTB
The Ferrari 488 GTB is the prancing horse’s answer to the McLaren 650S, 3.9 liter, twin turbo chargers, 661 horsepower.
Audi R8 V10
The Audi R8 V10 is a supercar that you can comfortably drive every day.
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Special Edition
The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Special Edition is race-inspired but road-friendly.
Alpha Romeo 4C
If your garage (and/or wallet) isn’t large enough for a full-sized supercar, then this Alpha Romeo 4C pocket rocket might be just the thing. Carbon fiber, aluminum, and composites all go toward minimizing weight and maximizing fun.
Torq Concept Car
First prize for the weirdest concept car must go to the Torq concept car. No windows, but external cameras feeding 360° screens around the inside of the cockpit to provide better visibility than windows. And a driver is optional, in that the car is autonomous but can (if all goes to plan) discuss race strategy with a driver/passenger. I wonder how long it will be before they start arguing?
All of this mechanical excellence and hardly a watch in sight. Next week, Baselworld!