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Geneva Motor Show 2017: The best cars on display

Europe's first major motor show of the year sees carmakers from around the world unveil their most important models

McLaren 720S
McLaren 720S

McLaren has taken the motoring world by storm since debuting its first supercar of the century – the MP4-12C – in 2011. This was later replaced by the P1-inspired 650S in 2014. 

The Woking-based company has just unveiled its third entry into its Super Series, called the 720S, at Geneva – and it's undergone a complete redesign.  

It has an all-new front-end compared to its 650S predecessor, with a slightly more angular headlight cluster and a simplified front bumper with smaller air intakes. McLaren has also axed the large side intakes in favour of smaller inlets closer to the engine bay. 

While the McLaren range currently uses the company's 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with various power outputs, the 720S replacement will get a new 4.0-litre unit that will allow it to go from zero to 62mph in a P1-rivalling 2.8secs. 

The new engine also has a new exhaust note, which the company says has been developed using a "sophisticated balance of harmonics", with an optional sports exhaust that will be even more tuneful.

Click here to read all about McLaren's latest supercar. 

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo

Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo

Porsche's Panamera Sport Turismo estate comes five years after the company revealed a concept car with the same name.

The production version is almost identical to the concept, with the same body-width tail light cluster and quad-exhaust layout. However, small details, such as angular rear arches and taller roofline, separate the 2017 car from its 2012 predecessor.

Owners can enjoy an extra 20-litres of space over the Panamera coupe, says Evo, which brings the overall boot space up to 520 litres. Dropping the rear seats will open up a cavernous 1,390 litres and also reveals the car's floor rails.

Orders are open now, with AutoExpress reporting prices start from £73,017.

Click here for more details about the Panamera Sport Turismo.

Range Rover Velar

Land Rover has taken the wraps of its mid-sized Range Rover Velar SUV ahead of Geneva, which is set to sit between the smaller Evoque and Range Rover Sport.

It's named after the Range Rover prototypes of the late 1960s and incorporates a radically different design to other cars in the line-up. The sloping rear roofline and muscular wheel arches give coupe-like proportions, while a long tail light cluster is used to emphasise the car's width.

The Range Rover Velar goes on sale in July, with prices starting at £44,830, making it around £15,000 more than the Evoque and £15,000 less than the Range Rover Sport.

Click here for all the details on the new Range Rover Velar.

Italdesign Automobili Speciali Concept

Renowned Italian design house Italdesign has unveiled an ultra-exclusive supercar due to make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show - but it has yet to announce the car's name.

It is the first entry in the design house's new range, Automobili Speciali, and will be limited to just five units.

There's no word on whether the car shares any architecture with an existing supercar, but it features a 5.2-litre V10 engine that can do zero to 62mph in 3.2secs. Additionally, the all-carbon-fibre bodywork and aluminium modular chassis suggest it could weigh very little. 

Styling cues appear to have been taken from some of Lamborghini's most hardcore models, with much of the side profile bearing a resemblance to the Aventador while the rear section seems to reference the multi-million-pound Centenario.

AutoExpress says prices could be enter at "over £1 million", with a substantial options list expected for buyers to customise their car. Production is set to begin at the end of the year.

Ferrari 812 Super Fast
Ferrari 812 Superfast

The long-rumoured successor to the Ferrari F12 has finally been announced, with the new 812 Superfast set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. 

It's Ferrari's most powerful front-engined car ever, boasting a monstrous 789bhp and 530lb-ft torque from its 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine. It can achieve a zero to 62mph time of just 2.9secs and go on to a top speed of 211mph.

Not only has Ferrari injected more power into its flagship GT car, but the chassis of the Superfast has also been tweaked. The car features the second generation of the company's virtual short wheelbase steering system, which turns the rear wheels when entering a corner for better handling. 

The bodywork has been designed to incorporate numerous aerodynamic devices, including small electric winglets on the front bumper and two air outlets at the rear that help generate more down force. 

Prices and delivery dates are expected to be announced when the car debuts at Geneva. 

Renault Alpine A110
Renault Alpine


Renault has revealed the first image of the production version of its Alpine A110 sports car, which is expected to rival the Porsche 718 Cayman when it launches this year.

Its name derives from the rear-engined car of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which proved to be successful in the world rally championship and quickly rose to motoring fame.

The Alpine A110 also takes several styling cues from its 50-year-old predecessor, including the sloping rear window and circular fog lamps on the front bumper. The defined line running down the middle of the bonnet and squared-off tail lights also resemble the original.

Performance figures and engine specifications will be confirmed during the run-up to Geneva, but AutoExpress reports that the retro-inspired sports car may get a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine mounted in the middle.

Click here for all the details about Renault's Alpine revival.

Range Rover Velar

Land Rover has released a teaser image of a larger version of its Range Rover Evoque SUV, which makes its public appearance at Geneva next week.

The Velar, a name taken from the company's prototypes of the 1970s, is expected to be positioned between the Evoque and larger Range Rover Sport.

The teaser image indicates it could have a sloped rear roofline similar to the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLC. There's also a wide tail light cluster spanning the width of the boot, a design feature in the Range Rover range.

Although details are scarce, the company says the Velar has been "refined for every occasion" and will be packed with Land Rover technology for off-road driving.

Click here for all the latest news on the Range Rover Velar.

Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet
Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet


Mercedes-Maybach has announced a radical convertible version of its G-Class luxury 4x4 - weeks before it makes its public debut at Geneva.

Dubbed the G650 Landaulet, it features a 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 engine that produces 621bhp and 738lb-ft torque - 74lb-ft more than a LaFerrari hypercar.

Several styling cues come from the limited-run G500 4x4 Squared, such as the flared wheel arches and towering ride height.

Mercedes-Maybach has also fitted 100 per cent differential locks and a low-range transmission mode to help drivers find traction on challenging terrain.

One of the most prominent features of the stretched 4x4 is its convertible fabric rear-quarter roof, which covers two reclining diamond-stitched leather seats. Rear passengers get separate 10ins high-resolution displays and a glass partition located behind the front seats.

Only 99 units will be produced, with prices expected to be confirmed when the Geneva Motor Show kicks off on 9 March.

Click here to read more about Mercedes-Maybach's G650 Landaulet 4x4.

Pagani Huayra Roadster

Pagani has taken the wraps off its new Huayra Roadster ahead of the car's public debut in Geneva, but all 100 examples of the €2.28m (£1.94m) drop-top hypercar have already been sold.

The hypercar features the same 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 engine found in the ultra-exclusive Huayra BC, with a total power output of 754bhp and 738lb-ft torque. It's paired to a seven-speed gearbox and electric differential that directs the power to the rear wheels.

The Roadster has plucked a few design elements from the BC, including the large front splitter and small carbon fibre winglets placed along the sides. The aerodynamic lip above the tail lights is new to the Roadster, as is the more complex rear diffuser.

There are also several new additions to the Roadster's interior, including a large model specific logo on the glove compartment and a reproofed centre console. The iconic deep sports seats from the base model is back, while a mix of carbon fibre and leather lines the cabin.

Click here for more details on Pagani's drop-top hypercar.

The Geneva Motor Show runs 9-19 March.


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