The Geneva International Motor Show is a site to behold. There are more than 900 vehicles on display, and the media days showcase more than 150 world and European debuts of new cars.
We felt fairly gobsmacked walking the floor with eye candy galore in every corner. Sure there were some “normal” cars such as the all-new Mazda CX-30 on display, but just as likely, you’ll see crazy one-off vehicles like the Bugatti “La Voitre Noire.”
After walking more than 10 miles on the show floor in two days and taking more than 2,000 photos, here are three of the coolest, craziest things we saw.
At first glance, this looks like a car. But once you do the double take, you realize it is more of a motorcycle with four wheels. The F.F is specifically called a “superquad” by the company, and nothing quite like it currently exists.
But here’s the truly crazy part: It’s equipped with a Lamborghini 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers 800 horsepower and has a top speed of 217 mph. The 0-to-62-mph time is 2.5 seconds.
When we were circling the vehicle and, frankly, gawking at it, a spokeswoman told us they only expect to sell about 10 per year, and “obviously” a matching helmet is included.
We couldn’t find any pricing info, so we figure this falls under the category of: If you have to ask
Forget “supercars,” Koenigsegg introduced a “megacar” at the Geneva show. Hello, Jesko.
Named for the founder’s father, the Jesko pushes the limits of possibility, emerging as the first road-legal 300 mph car.
Equipped with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces a whopping 1,280 horsepower, Jesko was actually designed as a road friendly track car. To that end, it has features such a 9-speed multi-clutch transmission, adaptive steering assist, lux-level interior materials and a rear-view camera.
Koenigsegg is a relative newcomer to the supercar automotive scene, with its first prototype being built in 1996 and its first car hitting the streets in 2002. Yet it has managed to strip the McLaren F1 of Guinness World Records twice – first for creating the most powerful engine and second for the world production car top speed record.
The Swedish-brand Koenigsegg vehicles are sold sparingly in the U.S., and the Jesko will cost about $3M.
Who says all-electric = no fun. Not Paninfarina.
One of the car stars at Geneva was definitely the Battista, which is an all-electric hypercar with stats that will blow the pants off most gasoline fast cars.
It is slated to deliver 1,874 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque, which translates to a 0-to-62-mph time of less than 2 seconds.
Add that to a potential range of 300 miles, and you have something truly special. Though, of course, you probably won’t get 300 miles if you consistently test the 0-to-62-mph times.
There aren’t too many other details about this vehicle available on media website, but the good news is some lucky people might actually see this on the streets in the stateside.
The Battista will be available starting in late 2020, and 50 of these hypercars have been slated to be sold in the U.S. Pricing is estimated to be between $2M and $2.5M.
The Bottom Line:
Every corner of the Geneva International Motor Show reveals a rare gem. From automakers we don’t see in the States to rare supercars like the Pagani Hyuara that you might see here once in a blue moon, this is an auto show like no other.
While we picked just three of the spectacular cars we saw, there were probably a hundred more we didn’t mention.
Be sure to visit our Supercar and Concept Car photo galleries to see more of what’s on display at the 2019 show. And if you have 16 minutes to spare for eye candy, be sure to check out our raw and un-edited video of our first lap on the show floor.