The best of the Geneva motor show 2017

Generally regarded as the best motor show in the world, this year's event lived up to the reputation

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The Geneva motor show is always an amazing event, with more new metal than you can possibly get around to seeing unless you spend the show’s whole two-week run poking around every car on every stand.

This year’s event certainly lived up to expectations, with dozens of fantastic new production and concept cars being unveiled and launched. We’ve covered as many as we could in the last week, but there were many more we didn’t have time to include.

So, what were the absolute highlights of a Geneva motor show filled with highlights? Here’s our stab at it, but you may have your own favourites.

New supercars

The Geneva motor show is traditionally the show of choice for supercar manufacturers to launch their latest rocketships into public view, and 2017 was no exception.

The Ferrari 812 Superfast caused the biggest traffic jam at Palexpo, as almost everyone in the building crammed around to see the covers being pulled off Ferrari’s new flagship. With 800hp on tap, the 812 Superfast has some 60hp more than its already-very-fast predecessor, the F12 Berlinetta. So it will be Superfast by name and nature.

The McLaren 720S is the first of a new generation of McLaren Super Series models, and the vital statistics suggest a massive jump in performance over the 650S it replaces. The panda-eyed McLaren also goes head-to-head with Ferrari’s 488 highly-acclaimed GTB, so we all await the inevitable comparisons which will fill car magazines over the next year.

Aston Martin revealed a name and some more information about its upcoming hypercar, designed and developed with legendary F1 designer Adrian Newey. The Aston Martin Valkyrie will cost about £2 million, and the company claims that it has already sold every vehicle in the strictly limited production run.

Lamborghini showed off its new Huracan Performante, a powered-up and stripped down version of the regular Huracan V10 coupé, along with the new flagship V12 model, the Aventador S.

Pagani had a convertible version of its amazing Huayra supercar on show. Only 100 will be built, so if you’ve already missed out on a Valkyrie then you’d better get in quick.

One of the more unexpected supercar launches was the all-new RUF CTR Yellowbird. Yes, it is definitely all new, despite the fact that it looks just a restomodded 1980s Porsche 911. To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the original CTR, RUF has built a bespoke carbon monocoque and steel frame, which holds a 700hp 3.6-litre flat-six engine (again, all new and allegedly sharing no parts with a regular Porsche 911 flat-six engine).

Next page: SUVs galore

RUF CTR Yellowbird 2017 - Geneva motor show
RUF CTR Yellowbird 2017

Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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