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Please pass the strudel… 2016 Geneva Motor Show has opened!

I would say let’s start at the top, but there is a lot of *TOP* here amidst the alpine majesty of European car makers.

At the show, you can kick the tires of the anxiously awaited successor to the Veyron, the Bugatti Chiron.  You’ll take comfort in knowing that it rips from 0-186 mph in 13.5 seconds, a full three seconds quicker than the pokey Veyron.  In the Chiron, within the time it takes you to load your toaster with English muffins, you can achieve 186 mph – surrounded by a masterfully elegant interior.   Autoblog will regale you with more detail.


Bugatti Chiron, successor to Veyron introduced to amazed humankind in 2005

Wouldn’t you want to squat in front of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 Coupe?  Of interest here, besides its 600 bhp V12 developed with Daimler AG, is that the malcontents over at Jalopnik are arguing over whether this is gorgeous or butt ugly.  What do you think?


Some say ugly, some say exquisite…  Aston Martin DB11 Coupe

Lamborghini is celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of its founder with the Centenario.  Thankfully they didn’t name it after *Feruccio*, which would have made it sound like an exotic salad. Given Lamborghini’s aggressive designs, the Centenario feels restrained. No alien superstructures or raucous angular shapes to stun the senses.  Maybe for Lambo, this is what would appear a respectful design.  Kind of the reverse of what Ferrari did with the Enzo, eh?


To celebrate founder birthday, the Lamborghini Centenario

The Geneva show is fertile with true exotica.  Spyker, the Dutch producer of among the wackiest supercars ever built, is back after a bankruptcy threatened to end the dream two years ago. The 525 hp Spyker C8 Preliator, is its first car since 2009.  Styling is said to be inspired by aircraft, with ebullient usage of NACA ducts. G That’s gold coating on the glass roof, just like that used in fighter jets. “Preliator” means “warrior” in Latin, a pretty much dead language.  That said, this splendid sports car will be resurrected at Coventry in the UK.  It’s fancy.  You can read about it in some detail at GT


Spyker C8 Preliator resurrects Dutch dreams

You might also come across the AF10 made by a small British firm called Arash.  So this car relies on the charm of 2,080 horsepower.  Do the math: 900 hp comes courtesy of a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, whilst a quartet of electric motors kicks in another 1,180 hp.  According to Autoblog, the sum total is triple what you would unleash in a Lamborghini Aventador or 4 x  what Porsche packs into a 911 Turbo.

But here is the strange thing as Autoblog points out: the AF10 hardly goes any faster. 60 is said to arrive in 2.8 seconds before topping out at over 201 miles per hour.  Go figure.


Arash AF10 has more oomph but not much more varoom

There is a darn good reason automakers aren’t making shooting brakes these days.  They don’t come out cool, from  a style standpoint.  At the show, Ferrari is debuting the GTC4 Lusso, a major do-over for the Ferrari FF.  16 feet long, it fits the whole family as long as you don’t bring along the family Airedale.  The Lusso packs an old school naturally aspired twelve.  The 6.3 liters is good for 680 horsepower and 514 pound-feet of torque.

Imagine the 12 year old in the backseat Snapchatting while Dad catapults from the driveway at 60 mph.


Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is the enhanced Ferrari FF

To see what looks to us like a pretty comprehensive list of new introductions at the Geneva Show, click on Car Magazine’s LIST.