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The Koenigsegg Regera hybrid megacar won the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. If you say otherwise, just do everybody a favor and stop trying to be different for the sake of being different. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about everything else that was at the show. Because there was a ton to see.
We here at Bold Ride got together and picked one car not named Regera to highlight. There were plenty of surprises, including a whole lot of horsepower, some electricity, and multiple ever-shrinking crossovers. What was your favorite? These were ours.
Jonathon Klein: Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6
For this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Bentley, of all manufacturers, decided to take a page from Ford’s book and introduce a car that no one ever expected until it hit the floor. To that end, Bentley’s new concept knocked it out of the park.
Although Bentley hasn’t stated whether the company will build the EXP 10 Speed 6 or not, it definitely should. The EXP 10 Speed 6 combines all the elegance and sophistication that we’ve come to expect from Bentley, and the raw beauty that makes you want to bite the back of your hand. In short, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it. Now if only the name were different…
Keith Griffin: GTA Spano
I’m a big fan of the GTA Spano for three reasons: 925 horsepower and 900 lb-ft. of torque; it’s one of the best looking cars I’ve ever seen from the side and front (the rear not so much); and its use of graphene — the first time ever in an automobile. It’s 200 times stronger than steel and incredibly lightweight. Carbon fiber is so yesterday. Bring on the graphene.
Jeff Perez: Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Just when you all thought the 911 GT3 was hardcore enough — enter the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Arguably the most track oriented 911 ever made, the GT3 RS puts down 500 horsepower and gets to 62 mph in just 3.3 seconds. It’s a monster of a Porsche.
Zach Doell: Audi R8 e-tron
The new R8 generated a lot of buzz when it debuted, I think namely because its design was more evolution than revolution. But the e-tron — with its harder cut looks and torquey electric power — is the one that really sticks out from the crowd. Combine those visuals with 456 horsepower, 280 miles of pure electric range, and I think you might actually leave R8 buyers with a tough choice — the V10 or the EV?
Tony Markovich: NanoFlowcell Quantino EV
I so strongly want this car and this technology to be real. I’m the type of person who is much more drawn to things that are done differently. The Quantino is a 48-volt 2+2 car with a hopeful electric range of more than 600 miles, four-wheel-drive with four individual electric motors, and will supposedly be priced affordably. Its overly dramatic arches, enormous wheels, and short length make it look like a caricature of a real car: but somehow still awesome.
All this talk is great (the company even says the car will be driving before year’s end), but the simple fact remains that there has been no proof of any of this tech yet. A flow cell battery reportedly shames the power density numbers of current lithium-ion batteries by using ionically charged electrolyte liquid.
The press release also stated it’ll have 350 liters of liquid in two tanks to power the car. That’s a ton of weight sloshing all over the place. In the words of Cuba Gooding Jr., ‘SHOW ME THE MONEY.’ And by money, I mean a functioning, driving concept that proves this is all a reality.
BONUS: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003S
James Glickenhuas made an olden-days-inspired supercar that you can drive to the track, convert into a race car, destroy everybody, then cruise home with your trophy riding shotgun. Brilliant.