15 great surprises from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show

In case you’re not one of the hoards of petrol pilgrims that attended the 2016 Geneva Motor Show this year, don’t worry, you’re in luck, as we’ve sorted the hatchbacks from the hypercars and laid it all out for you in alphabetical order. So, without further ado, gaze in awe at some of the greatest surprise unveilings from this year’s show.

Abarth 124 Spider


Based on the nimble Mazda MX5 platform, Fiat’s 124 has been given a dose of Abarth treatment, which, going by Abarth’s efforts with the Fiat 500, makes it a very promising prospect indeed.

Alpine Vision concept

Alpine Vision Monaco

Now here’s something unusual, gents, and you may want to be seated for this one. That’s right, the people of France have made a car that you actually might like to buy. But don’t get too excited just yet, as the Alpine Vision is still, well, just a vision. Watch this space.

Aston Martin DB11


No, it’s not quite the road-going version of the Spectre special you’ve all been waiting for, gents – that one sold for a whopping £2.5million at Christies earlier this year. Nonetheless, Aston’s new flagship sports tourer represents a significant move for the marque as it readies the DB11 to take over from the ageing DB9.

Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner


Bentley’s biggest brute cruiser just got a whole lot bigger in the form of the Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine, which translates in non-sales speak as an ‘oligarch special,’ super-extended wheel-base version of the newly facelifted limo.

Bugatti Chiron


Bugatti has been teasing a Veyron successor in the form of its Gran Turismo concept for some time now, but Geneva marked the occasion when the wraps were finally lifted from VW’s hyper ‘halo’ car. We’re expecting big things, especially considering its £1.7 million asking price. For more information, see here.

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso


Ferrari’s four-wheel drive FF was a shock arrival when it first landed at Geneva in 2011, and now it’s time for the second generation. Still with four-wheel drive and four seats, coupled to a sonorous V12 engine, the re-named GTC4 Lusso is still a beauty to behold.

Italdesign GTZero


The creative wizards at VW-owned design house Italdesign have revamped a Lamborghini Huracan to appear as a stunning shooting brake. The work of former Lamborghini designer Filippo Perini, the GTZero hints at Lamborghini’s intention to produce a super saloon.

Jaguar F-type SVR


The F-type SVR, the most aggressive F-type to date, has been dealt a dose of botox and speed by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations. Capable of producing 567bhp, the F-type SVR will sit at the top of Jaguar’s sports car range.

Lamborghini Centenario


Developed to mark 100 years since the company’s founder Ferruccio Lamborghini was born, the Centenario is a radically re-styled version of the Aventador, with 760bhp and a £1.6 million price tag.

Maserati Levante

Maserati Levante unveil (4)

Another one bites the dust, or so it seems, as Maserati becomes the next super-premium manufacturer to extend its range into the SUV market. Maserati’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler, and its CEO Mr Marchionne will have fingers and toes crossed for this one as the Levante tries to make up for slow sales.

McLaren 570GT

McLaren 570GT_04

This, my gentlemen friends, is what McLaren believes is a practical grand tourer – that’s what GT stands for at the end of the name, in case you didn’t know – and will sit alongside the 570s in the McLaren range.

Pagani Huayra BC


Pagani’s Huayra gets the hypercar treatment to compete with the likes of Ferrari’s LaFerrari and the McLaren P1. Named the BC after the Italian makers first customer, the Huayra BC has additional aero styling and ludicrous bodywork.

Pininfarina Concept


Pininfarina, one of the greatest style houses in history, has been responsible for some of the best-looking machines ever to grace this planet, from classic Ferraris to even the new Eurostar trains. With that CV, Pininfarina is more than entitled to have a crack at Geneva with its H2 concept – a supercar-come-racing prototype powered by fuel cell technology.

Porsche 911 R


Yes, that’s right, there’s another Porsche 911 in the line up to make an already challenging game of digits and numbers, more so. This one, the 911 R, is made up of a mishmash of parts from the GT3 and GT3 RS, with the same 4.0-litre producing 493bhp engine.

Volvo V90 Estate


This makes our list purely because it shares the same proportions as a canal barge, yet still manages to look surprisingly slick on the show stand. Gentlemen should think twice about putting that deposit down on the Audi A6, the V90 Estate is one tidy-looking daddy wagon.



Rory is motoring editor-at-large at The Gentleman’s Journal. Most familiar with four wheels but can also be found falling off two.

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