Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster
Lamborghini arrived in Geneva with not one but two convertible models of its most potent performance cars. Along with the Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder, the Italian carmaker introduced the top-down version of the hardcore Aventador SVJ Coupe. As expected, the Aventador retains all the madness and electronic wizardry from its coupe sibling. It features the same 6.5l naturally aspirated V12 engine, which produces 770hp and 720 Nm of torque. However, chopping off the roof means additional bracing of the chassis for torsional rigidity, which has made the Roadster weigh 50kg heavier than the coupe. The result is that the Roadster takes 2.9 seconds for the 0-100kmph sprint, a tenth slower than the coupe version, and hit a top speed of 350kmph. Lamborghini will build only 800 of these, with a starting price north of Rs 3.5crore.
Ferrari F8 Tributo
Ferrari revealed the replacement for its 488 GTB: the F8 Tributo, as the name suggests, is a model that not only celebrates the Italian car maker’s incredible V8 engine, but also pays homage to some of the most iconic Ferraris, like the 308 GTB and the F40. Ferrari says the new supercar “represents the highest expression of the company’s classic two-seater berlinetta.” Its silhouette is similar to the supercar it replaces. The most notable design changes on the front include a tweaked (read compact) horizontal LED headlight design and a re-designed S-Duct, a feature that made its debut on the 488 Pista. The rear marks the return to the classic twin-light cluster and body-coloured tail inspired by the early 8-cylinder berlinettas. It is powered by a 3.9l twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 710hp and 770Nm of torque. Ferrari claims it can do the 0-100kmph sprint in just 2.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 211mph (about 340kmph).
Bentley Bentayga Speed
Bentley added a new range-topping model of the Bentayga uber-luxury SUV with the Bentley Bentayga Speed. As its name suggests, this one focuses on performance, accelerates quickly, and has a claimed top speed of 305.7kmph, making it the fastest SUV in the world (Lamborghini Urus does 304.9kmph. With its 6.0l twin-turbocharged W12 engine, the Speed does the 0-100kmph sprint in just 3.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the standard variant. Bentley has also recalibrated the gearbox along with the suspension and the Bentley Dynamic Ride system. Aesthetic changes include tinted headlights, back spoiler, firmer suspension, throatier exhaust, and extended body kit. 22-inch wheels and carbon ceramic brakes are optional.
Koenigsegg came to Geneva with a brand new hypercar that replaces the mad Agera RS – the Koenigsegg that displaced the Bugatti Veyron in 2017 to become the world’s fastest production car. Called the Koenigsegg Jesko, its twin-turbo 5.0l V8 engine produces 1280hp on regular petrol, which further increases to an insane 1,600hp on E85 biofuel. The engine has a flat-plane crankshaft which is claimed to be the lightest ever used in the V8 engine. One of the highlights of the hypercar is its nine-speed multi-clutch transmission. Called the Light Speed Transmission, it has a total of 7 clutches and can change between any of its 9 gears in an instant. In terms of styling and aesthetics, the Jesko continues with the brand’s design DNA and looks similar to the Koenigsegg Regera.
Italian design studio, Pininfarina, now owned by Mahindra, has for the first time created its own car under the Automobili Pininfarina name. Called the Pininfarina Battista, it’s an all-electric hypercar which was revealed in Geneva. The EV hypercar is powered by technology from Croatian EV maker Rimac, which uses individual electric motors for each wheel with a combined power output of a whopping 1900hp and 2,300Nm of torque. This makes it the most powerful production car to come from Italy. Pininfarina claims that the electric hypercar can accelerate from zero-100kmph in less than 2 seconds and hit a top speed of 402kmph. Only 150 examples of the Battista will be built with a price tag of about Rs 21crore.
Mercedes-AMG GTR Roadster
In 2017, Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe set a blistering lap time at the Nurburgring, setting a new world record for a rear-wheel-drive sports car. The German automaker now brings the same power in a convertible package with the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster. Making its official debut this year, the roadster variant features a fabric foldable roof which is made from three layers of cloth and boasts a lightweight frame made of aluminium, steel, and magnesium. The roof mechanism also features an acoustic mat to reduce noise. The roadster is powered by the same twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine that’s tuned to produce 577hp and 700Nm of torque. Despite replacing the fixed roof with a fabric-top, the GT R Roadster is surprisingly as quick as the coupe with a 0-100kmph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 317kmph (only 1.6kmph slower than the coupe). All the rest of the mechanical bits are identical, including the adjustable suspension, active rear-wheel steering, aerodynamics, and engine mounts, and programmable driving modes. Mercedes has decided to limit the AMG GT R Roadster to only 750 units.