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9 Mar 2017

Three days, not much sleep, lots of very expensive jambon et fromage baguettes and 32km walked. That was my Geneva Motor Show 2017. Oh, and lots of amazing cars! It’s been such an incredible show - possibly the best I’ve been to – so I’m going to try and choose my favourite new cars. Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel for my videos with Christian too!

 McLaren 720S

Undoubtedly the star of the show, the new McLaren 720S (which replaces the 650S in their line-up) has had everyone talking about it ever since it was revealed. I was lucky enough to have a special preview of it 24hrs before the reveal and I can tell you that even though those controversial headlight sockets are shocking at first, give them time and the whole car comes together as one and is stunning. But that’s not all – McLaren have torn up the rule book with the 720S and have leapfrogged the competition as a result. To start with the aerodynamics have guided the styling mainly – those light sockets are also intakes for the cooling system, there are no side intake pods as the doors have a deep recess within them that guides air back to the engine. The C-Pillars have glass centres so you get unrivalled visibility out of the rear and there’s loads of storage space for luggage too. And all that is before we’ve even got to the lighter body and chassis, and the new 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 that puts out 720hp. What a staggering car and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel as it is apparently faster than even the 675LT.

Honda Civic Type-R

The Civic Type-R is one of the most popular cars in the competition thanks to the low cost, high power and awesome BTCC-racer-for-the-road looks. So I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people very excited to see this new version. Power is up 10bhp to 316bhp, there’s proper multi-link rear suspension this time and the manual gearbox gets auto rev-match blipping when you downshift. But what of those looks? Well the new CTR gets an even more aggressive look (we didn’t think that was possible) with a deep front spoiler, massive rear wing, flared wheelarches and three – yes three – exhaust pipes at the back. If it drives as well as the old model it’s going to be a winner.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

There are many interesting numbers with the new hardcore Huracan, but the most impressive (and controversial) is 6:52 – the time that it has (allegedly) set around the Nurburgring, making it a few seconds faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder. Many are refuting their claim, but I’m going to believe them, there’s too much at stake to make something like that up. Anyway, back to the car – the V10 engine gets a boost to 640hp and there are huge amounts of aerodynamic addenda all over the body. ALA (Lambo Active Aero) has moveable flaps and openings all over the car which can control where the air flows over the bodywork at any time. It’s all very clever and highly complicated, all I know is that it looks cool and very very fast. And it sounds amazing.

Alpine A110

Alpine is an old name, but under Renault has been re-launched at the show with their A110 sports car. The A110 takes a similar approach to Alfa Romeo’s 4C in the coupe marketplace, by using a smaller engine and light weight. The bodywork and lots of chassis parts are aluminium, meaning the car weighs just 1080kg – nearly 400kg lighter than a Porsche 718 Cayman. This means that with the 250hp 1.8 litre turbo 4-cyl engine, performance should be far better than the Porsche. It’s mid-engined and RWD too, so I’m expecting great things given how good Renaultsport’s offerings have been recently.

Porsche 911 GT3

Glance at this new 911 quickly and you’ll struggle to see any differences from the old GT3, but pause and you can see the new front bumper is far more aggressive and angular, while the rear wing is taller and more angled too. But the real differences lie under the metal of this new 991.2 version of the GT3. The engine is a 4.0 litre naturally aspirated flat-six – no turbos here thankfully – which revs to an astounding 9000rpm and produces 500hp, simply incredible numbers. But what stands out most is the fact this latest version will be offered with the PDK dual clutch gearbox OR a six-speed manual gearbox. Petrolheads rejoice!

Audi RS5

This was quite a surprise (for me at least) as I didn’t know Audi would be showing their new RS5 coupe in Geneva, but I’m glad they did. Looks-wise it takes the sleek new A5 body and adds a monster steroid injection, with flared wheelarches, a far more aggressive nose and a wider rear. There are a lot of carbon options for the bumper, spoiler, roof, mirrors and side trim that add to the looks, while there’s also an incredibly expensive optional set of wheels that are machined from a solid lump of aluminium. The engine choice will disappoint some though, as the old V8 is gone now, replaced by a new 2.9 litre twin turbo V6 producing the same 450hp. It won’t sound as good, but it’ll go just as well, and of course this is the engine that will go into the long awaited replacement for the RS4 Avant coming later this year.

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