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Highlights From This Week's Geneva Motor Show

By raccars Published

The Geneva Motor Show is always the best place for a glimpse of the year's new models and this year's is no different, with supercars galore plus an abundance of compact SUVs and sensible family estates. Here are some of the top picks:

Ferrari LaFerrari

This supercar was kept firmly under wraps until the show, meaning its unveiling drew the biggest crowds of the event so far. This 6.3 litre V12 monster produces 789bhp and is twinned with a 161bhp electric motor, for combined returns of an astonishing 950bhp, to get you from 0-60mph in under three seconds and, allegedly, from 0-186mph in a concussion inducing 15.5 seconds. It's hardly a car you're likely to spot in your average supermarket car park, with a limited production run of 499 and a £1,000,000 price tag guaranteeing exclusivity, but this and similar futuristic models such as the McLaren P1 and Lamborghini Veneno, are exactly what the Geneva Motor Show is designed to show off.

Kia Provo

Kia's city car has divided critics with its distinctive, futuristic styling and controversial name. With nods to both the Fiat 500 and mini-SUVs, it is powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine to the front wheels and an electric motor to the rear. At the moment residing firmly in concept car territory, with a name change and the boost to Kia's reputation that is expected to come with the release of the Procee'd hot hatch, this funky urban warrior could become an interesting production vehicle.

Renault Captur

The best of the baby-SUVs on display, the Renault Captur, is expected to lead this rapidly expanding market sector. Firmly based on the Clio, the Captur comes with that car's 1.2 and 0.9 litre petrol or 1.5 litre diesel engines and a range of very modern colourways. This is a fairly sophisticated take on the baby-SUV, yet quite clearly still aimed at the budget market and will compete with the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka and the Peugeot 2008.

Rolls Royce Wraith

Rounding out the well-populated luxury sector at this year's event is Rolls Royce's sporty coupe. Unusually, this Rolls is more of a driver's car than previous efforts, mostly designed to carry passengers in uber-luxury, but that's not to say it's lacking in quality. The finish and materials are of the usual Rolls standard but the ride is firmer and more nimble than usual, while under the bonnet, you get the marque's most powerful engine yet: a 624bhp generating V12, that will go from rest to 60mph in 4.4 seconds, yet with all the dignity of a senior statesman.

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