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1 Mar 2017

The Geneva Motor Show is always one of the biggest motoring events of the year and next week looks like being seriously packed with new cars. I’ve put together my top cars that are going to be seen in the metal for the first time next week, but I’ll also be there at the show on the press days, bringing you live videos and commentary on Facebook and Instagram.

Ferrari 812 Superfast

The Ferrari F12 is an epic car with a 730hp V12 and nobody expected its replacement to surpass the limited F12TdF. But then Ferrari unveiled the 812 Superfast. Silly name aside, it has a staggering 789bhp from a naturally aspirated V12 (the last of its kind) and has improved looks taking design cues from the new GTC4 Lusso. Expect this to be mad, bad, and very hard to drive in the wet!

Volvo XC60

Dialling the speed back a fair bit now, with the long-awaited replacement for Volvo’s XC60. This may seem a bit dull to some, but the XC90 is a staggeringly good car if a little on the huge side. The new XC60 promises a smaller body but with similar styling and interior design which should make the new model a credible Evoque rival for the first time. I can’t wait to see this, and the future high performance hybrid version.

Porsche 911 (991.2) GT3

The 991 GT3 was one of the most incredible driving machines ever created, but with the standard PDK dual clutch gearbox many complained at the lack of a manual gearbox. This was further compounded when Porsche released the extremely limited 911R which had manual gears and the press raved about it. So for the facelifted version we’re expecting 500bhp from the 3.8 litre flat-six and a standard manual gearbox, with optional PDK. This should make the trackday enthusiasts and purists happy, but sadly we’re also expecting this GT3 to be just as elusive as the last one with huge waiting lists and Porsche’s naughty or nice list.

Alpine A110

Of all the sports and super cars being revealed at the show, this is one of the most exciting for me, as it’s a new sports car in the £50-60,000 bracket where the Porsche 718 Cayman sits. It’s quite rare that a car enters this market, the last one was the Alfa Romeo 4C and that wasn’t a huge success. But this new Alpine A110 from Renault is using the same principles of fun through light weight. It’s a 2 seat, mid engined RWD coupe with styling very much like the old 1960’s model of the same name but modernised and is, to my eyes stunning. The engine is expected to be a turbocharged four cylinder producing around 250bhp which may seem like a bit on the low side, but the A110 should weigh in at around 1000kg, a good 400kg less than the Cayman.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

And now we’re back on the big power supercars, this time it’s the hardcore version of Lamborghini’s Huracan – the Performante. We’re not expecting a big power increase for the Performante, somewhere in the region of 640hp is likely, but the real improvements are in weight. There will be carbon body panels and a stripped out interior to trim the weight of the Huracan down a bit. There’s also active aero for the first time within the bodywork, to go with the aggressive front bumper and massive rear wing. Rumours abound that the Huracan Performante has also beaten the Porsche 918 Spyder’s lap time around the Nurburgring, which will be incredible if true.

Mclaren 720S

The 650S is the car that has made McLaren the success it is today, so replacing it was going to be very difficult, and that job lies with the 720S (the name isn’t confirmed, but highly likely). There is a new 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 to replace the old 3.8 litre unit, with a predicted 720hp, and the bodywork takes McLaren in a more daring direction with the rear end aping the P1 and a completely new front end look with big scoops and intakes. The interior features an instrument binnacle that changes shape for road or track use, there’s an illuminated engine bay and the car has a new, stiffer carbon tub with doors that cut into the roof. Rumours say that the 720S is faster than the 675LT around a track which will be incredible, but McLaren are also saying that the new model is a lot more fun and playful as well. We just can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

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