McLaren P1: Possibly the only car on the planet capable of outmatching the upcoming Ferrari F150 on the race track will be the P1 from McLaren.
The British company is coming to Geneva for the first time this year, with this being only its second auto show appearance ever. The first was at the 2012 Paris Auto Show last September where we saw the P1 prototype unveiled.
This time we’re getting the production P1, which, like the Ferrari, will be featuring a hybrid system. McLaren recently confirmed that the system would deliver a peak output of 903 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque.
The unveiling of the P1 will certainly be a significant event, as the car is essentially the spiritual successor to the legendary F1 supercar launched by McLaren more than two decades ago. As you may have guessed, production will be limited and pricing should be well in excess of one million dollars.
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C: After presenting it as a concept in Geneva just two years ago, Alfa Romeo will be using this year’s Geneva event to present the production 4C sports car, which is destined to hit U.S. showrooms at the end of the year and in the process herald the return of the Italian brand to these shores.
The production 4C, which will arrive as a 2014 model, looks every bit as breathtaking as the original concept, right down to its mid-engine layout and jet fighter-style cockpit.
It also maintains most of the concept’s drool-worthy specs, including the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 13-foot length and full carbon fiber monocoque chassis.
Numbers will be limited, with some suggesting just 2,500 will be built for worldwide consumption, which means pricing could be set higher than the original estimates of around $45k. Around 1,000 are expected for the North American market. The good news is that a 4C convertible is also planned and should arrive next year.
2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG: The first of AMG’s new compact range will be making its debut in Geneva, and although the striking hot hatch won’t make it to the U.S., its potent powertrain will. That powertrain is a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s matched to an all-wheel-drive system and rated at 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. That’s as much power as V-8 engines were making just a few years ago and should promise superb performance in the new A45 AMG as well as the upcoming CLA45 AMG that we’ll be getting on this side of the Atlantic.
2014 Aston Martin Rapide S: Aston Martin has given its sultry Rapide sedan a performance upgrade, and at the same time tweaked the styling for a little more aggression as well. Rated at 550 horsepower, the V-12-powered Rapide S is 17 percent stronger than the existing Rapide, while its handling and dynamics have also been improved. The interior also receives its own series of tweaks and an optional Duotone perforated red-and-black leather trim is a first for the British brand in the new Rapide S.
2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith: Rolls-Royce will be presenting its fastest and most powerful model ever in Geneva, the 2014 Wraith, a new coupe variant of the Ghost luxury sedan that is scheduled to be launched on the market by the end of the year. Power is expected to come from the Ghost’s twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine, which in its latest application may be tuned to deliver more than 600 horsepower. The car has already been teased in some official photos, as well as our own spy shots, and so far looks to be the sportiest and most dynamic model we’ve seen yet from the British marque.