The wait is almost over – the 2019 Geneva Motor Show is nearly here. Running from March 7 to 17, this is a manufacturer’s chance to showcase the best of what’s been in the works. Everything from concept cars to new models will be on display for the world to see.
Here are five you should know about…
BMW’s flagship grand tourer, the 8-Series, is set to get a sporty M variant in the near future. Powered by a turbocharged V8, the M8 will be available in both coupe and Gran Coupe forms – the latter of which is a more practical four-door version. With the Mercedes–AMG 4-Door Coupe and the Porsche Panamera in its sights, the M8 will be the ultimate fast BMW to hit the showrooms.
Porsche Cayman GT4
Like the previous GT4, this new version will be designed as the ultimate driver’s car inside and out. Featuring a naturally aspirated flat-six, the next Porsche Cayman GT4 is expected to produce over 400bhp and be offered with a choice of a manual or PDK automatic transmission. A more understated Touring version has also been spied in testing, so Geneva may be kind enough to give us a glimpse of that too.
Now this should be an interesting one – the Pininfarina Battista. This 1900bhp EV is said to be able to achieve 0-60mph in under two seconds and reach over 250mph. In the time it takes for your average hatchback to reach 60mph, this car would be doing in excess of 180mph. However, be prepared to pay upwards of £1.6m for this epic performance.
Lagonda All-Terrain Concept
Posh SUVs are becoming commonplace these days, and Lagonda might just be the next brand to throw its hat into the ring. The Aston Martin-owned company revealed a teaser (pictured above) of something called the All-Terrain Concept – an electrically powered luxury SUV. Geneva will give us a full look at the vehicle, so we can see exactly what a rugged Lagonda looks like.
Volkswagen I.D. Buggy
Fans of retro cars will hopefully enjoy taking a look at this – the VW I.D. Buggy. This concept takes inspiration from iconic beach buggies and combines it with new technology, including an all-electric powertrain. The German firm claims the I.D Buggy is under ‘active consideration’ for production, so keep your fingers crossed that this cool little off-roader makes its way into showrooms for all of us to admire.