I’ve wanted to go to the Geneva International Motor Show for some time now. Being the professional procrastinator that I am, it took me 18 years to actually do it.
Before packing the wife and kids into the car and subjecting them to yodeling chocolate cows on the sides of mountains, I consulted a map to see how far this drive would be. It would take us four and half hours, according to Google, going from one side of Switzerland all the way to the other.
What I didn’t realize was that we would be going from one part where I could almost understand them (Swiss German) to another where I was totally lost (Swiss French). Even the exit signs on the motorways (Autobahn? Autoroute?) changed, going from Ausfahrt to Sortie. At least the songs on the radio stayed in English.
The auto show is held at the Palexpo by the Geneva airport. The hotel where we stayed near the lake gave us public transportation passes for the city. We were able to walk to the train station and take it one stop to the auto show. In Europe, it is not ironic to take public transportation to an auto show.
The auto shows in Europe can get pretty crowded, as was the case here. We went on the opening weekend. There were a few booths, like Ferrari, that I never even got close to because of the crowds. When I did venture in these crowded areas, I was caught in a swell of people that I had to fight through. One such area had Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Bentley, Pagani, and Porsche right next to each other. It was almost impossible to move through that mass of people.
I focused on cars that I don’t normally see in America. I also have the usual pictures of random things that I just find interesting.
I’ve been obsessing with the Swedish Koenigsegg recently. It’s why I came to Geneva. And it’s the reason why I still believe in the traditional American dream of getting wealthy—win the lottery, sue a big company, or inherit a large fortune. For Koenigsegg, I may need to do all three.
I admire the company for its innovate approaches, obsession for weight reduction, and gobs of horsepower.
The Agera RS, introduced last year, makes 1160 hp on regular pump gas while having a curb weight of only 1,395 kg (3,069 lb). It probably gets better gas mileage than my car, too.
The Agera One of 1 is a special series (“Agera Final”), of which 3 will be made (and are already sold). Its performance is closer to the One:1 introduced in Geneva back in 2014. Like the One:1, it has a 5.0 liter V8 engine boasting 1 megawatt of power (1360 hp), but this Agera weighs 20 kg more at 1,380 kg (3,036 lb). Time for a driver diet.
The new 2016 Regera is a sort of hybrid, combining electric motors with the 5.0 liter engine for 1500 hp and a curb weight of 1,628 kg (3,582 lb). Man, batteries are heavy.
It has three electric motors and one transmission gear through its Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD) transmission. It has a final drive ratio of 2.85:1 for a top speed of 249 mph. All interesting stuff for a $1.9 million car, essentially a two-door Honda Accord plug-in hybrid.
Also, Christian von Koenigsegg, the founder, will probably slap me for calling this a hybrid.
A typical, run-of-the-mill Agera RS in Loke Yellow
This One of 1 is the first of 3.
The new Regera showing off that it can open and close remotely, like through a smart phone.
Also, totally not like a Honda Accord plug-in hybrid.
As an adult who hasn’t quite grown up yet, I found this model of the One:1 as interesting as the real cars.
It wouldn’t surprise me if it had a running motor.
This is as close as I got to Ferrari. I was too tired to try to fight through the crowd to get a glimpse. Maybe the LaFerrari was there. Who knows.
Someplace over there is a red car
I think the Pagani Huayra BC (for Benny Caiola, a customer) looks better than the Koenigsegg, but I would still go with the Koenigsegg. The Huayra BC, with a 6.0 liter, twin-turbocharged AMG V12 that produces a mere 789 bhp, weighs just 1,218 kg (2,680 lb). All 20 of the €2.3 million cars are sold, so don’t bother lining up for one.
This reminds me of a beetle taking flight
It was tough to get a good shot of the new Bugatti Chiron. The best I could do was hold the camera high over the crowds and shoot down. I found the headlights intriguing, because the U.S. typically has archaic headlight laws. I haven’t followed these laws in a while, and I’m assuming they’ll be fine for the U.S.
At $2.6 million for 1500 hp, I’m not personally going to worry about it.
Someplace over there is a blue car
Who are all these people in the booth?
Is there such a thing as square angel eyes/halos?
Getting a good shot of the new Centenario was also difficult. Maybe because I couldn’t get a good angle on it, I was left unimpressed by the new Lamborghini. (Not that my opinion really matters, but I like the Reventón better.) With a V12 making 770 hp, it’s the most powerful car Lamborghini has produced. At $1.9 million, it’s also cheaper than the Bugatti Chiron. Buy two. If you can.
After knocking over some old guy with a cane and shoving some little kid with a lollipop,
this was the best shot I could get of the front.
I think Lamborghini was trying to out-do the Honda Civic Type-R in the back
A little bit.
Palexpo Halls 4-7
I’d like to go that way, please.
Even the Renault booth was crowded
Honda Civic Type-R
As a Subaru STI owner, I must admit to some spoiler envy here.
There’s a lot going on back there
I wonder if this is the same yellow as the original Yellow bird.
Many companies were showing off their abilities with design concepts. ItalDesign had this car, the GTZero. What I found interesting was their implementation of the “camera instead of side mirrors” concept. I like how it sticks out a bit like little wings without looking like useless Tyrannosaurus Rex-like arms.
Same car (GTZero), different white balance
I have a soft-spot for Alfa Romeo wheels. And Alfa Romeo in general.
But I think they only look good on Alfa Romeos
The Disco Volante was the hydrofoil ship owned by Emilio Largo in Ian Fleming’s Thunderball.
A small, impractical 2-seater powered by a tiny, turbocharged engine? Sign me up!
I’m a secret fan of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio with 505 hp—because 505 hp.
Also, a #$*%&! 6-speed manual.
I love the era of racing this car is from. When I envision an open-wheel race car, this is the type of car I imagine.
It even has the right number
Need to win the Lotto.