Trends and Highlights of The 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - March 7, 2016

As one of the major auto shows of each year, the Geneva Auto Show is always chock-full with new models. Given its location in Switzerland, it is also the main release site for the latest and greatest that European automakers have. The 2016 running of the Geneva Auto show was no exception to the trends, and we have all of the highlights covered below.

Introductions

Jaguar F-Type SVR

After a few unfortunate—for Jaguar—leaks that revealed all of the F-Type SVR’s goodies, we finally got an official look at the powerful sports car. It features a 5-liter supercharged V8 that pumps out 575 horsepower and plenty of carbon-fiber aero bits to glue it to the ground.

Bently Flying Spur V8 S

A more powerful version of the Bentley Flying Spur debuts with a 521-horsepower V8. What’s more, this model also gains an updated suspension and plenty of look-good bits to set it apart from its siblings.

Lexus LC 500h

Lexus’ brand-new sports coupe gets the hybrid treatment to no one’s surprise. This model comes to us with a 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor that pair up to produce 354 horsepower and scoot the sporty coupe to 62 mph in less than five seconds.

Maserati Levante

After months of teasing, Maserati has finally unveiled its luxury crossover, the Levante. This beast rolls in boasting a trio of engines, including a pair of 3-liter twin-turbo V6s that produce 350 and 430 horsepower, and a 3-liter turbo-diesel V6 with 275 horsepower. All three engines pair to an eight-speed auto transmission and Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel drive.

Bentley Mulsanne

The Mulsanne rolled into Geneva with a new look on the front and rear, thanks to revised headlights, grille, bumpers, and taillights. Things under the hood remain unchanged as the base model gets a 505-horsepower 6.75-liter V8 and the Speed version gets a 530-horsepower version of the same engine.

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Coupe

The Mercedes-AMG C43 comes in as the middle ground between the base C-Class and the C63 model. This peppy mid-range rig boasts a 3-liter bi-turbo V6 that produces 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. This allows the sedan to hit 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and top out at 155 mph.

Lamborghini Centenario

The big news from Lamborghini at Geneva was the introduction of the Centenario. This model, which is based on the Aventador, rolls in with a full-carbon-fiber body, a 770-horsepower V12 powerplant, loads of aggressive aero work, and a custom interior. Its low weight and powerful engine amount to a 0-to-62 mph time of just 2.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 217 mph.

Aston Martin DB11

The Aston Martin DB11 arrived in Geneva to show what was in store for the brand. Its new look shows that Aston hasn’t forgotten that cars can change year in and year out. A revised version of the brand’s 5.2-liter V12 rests under the hood ready to inject 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque at a moment’s notice.

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

The Grand Sport returns to the Corvette lineup in 2017. This model arrives with a 460-horsepower V8 and an uprated chassis that holds up to 1.05 Gs on the skid pad in its base setup and 1.2 Gs with the Z07 package.

Porsche 911 R

The R version of the 911 has been in the rumor mill for some time, and it debuted at the Geneva Auto Show. This new version of the iconic 911 comes with a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that cranks out 500 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. This allows the 911 R to hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and top out at 200 mph.

Mercedes Benz C-Class Cabriolet

The C-Class finally gets a convertible top at Geneva. This model’s multi-layer fabric top not only keeps noise to a minimum, but it also drops in just 20 seconds. The C-Class Cabriolet is available in a C300 version and an AMG C43 model.

Bugatti Chiron
Bugatti Chiron

The spiritual successor to the Veyron, the $2.6 million Chiron arrived in Geneva with an 8-liter W16 engine that produces 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. This power gets the new Bugatti to 62 mph in under 2.5 seconds and up to 261 mph.

Concepts

Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze

Concepts are de rigueur at auto shows, and Volkswagen arrived with a convertible crossover dubbed the T-Cross Breeze. This model features a 109-horsepower 1-liter engine that delivers up to 47 mpg.

News

Volvo S90

Volvo S90 Production Car Design of the Year: The recently unveiled S90 is absolutely gorgeous and apparently others agree with us—so much so that Car Design News awarded the premium sedan its Production Car of the Year award for 2015. The award was handed out at the Geneva show.

, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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