For the past few years, the Geneva Auto Show has operated under a shroud of economic doom. Normally the show is where high-end car makers bring their fanciest, most exclusive and priciest cars to show off, but the Geneva show has been a bit modest in this time of economic austerity.
Not anymore. The 2013 auto show was back, showing that even if the entire EU is still struggling with a potential crisis, at least the richest of the rich are buying playthings again.
Not that we're complaining. Dozens of the cars at the Geneva show could be printed up into posters to hang on little boy's bedroom walls. Here are some of our favorites from the show:
2014 Bentley Flying Spur
The 2014 Flying Spur, which drops the Continental from its name, promises to be Bentley's fastest, most powerful four-door ever in history. The car, which was shown in a sueded beige color, looked regal and stately sitting on the Geneva showroom floor.
Inside, the soft tan leather and wood trim make it feel like a high-end hotel room. Pictures don't do this car justice -- it is stylish and regal, albeit a tad formal and imposing.
The 6.0-liter W12 engine will get 616 horsepower and will go 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds. And if you don't like it in brown, don't worry. Bentley will customize the color to anything your heart desires.
2014 Volkswage Golf GTI
The new Volkswagen Golf is already on sale in Europe (it won't make it to U.S. shores until later this year), so they're already unveiling new versions of the car.
The GTI version will come with two different power grades for the model, relying on the 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine. The base GTI comes with 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the optional performance pack increases horsepower to 230.
2014 Chevy Corvette Convertible
After causing major buzz in January at the Detroit Auto Show with the showing of the all-new redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, General Motors is trying to do the same with Europeans by showing the convertible version this week at the Geneva International Motor Show.
Europe, with its car park of small fuel sippers, German premium cars and sports cars by BMW, Audi, Alfa Romeo and the like, may not seem like a great market for an iconic American sports car. But GM is trying desperately to build up its Chevy brand on the continent as its century old Opel brand faces demise. Chevy success outside the U.S. is a critical pierce of General Motors comeback after going through bankruptcy in 2009.
So nice, they named it twice. This supercar is actually a hybrid -- a 789-horsepower 6.3 liter V12 engine mated to a 160-horsepower electric motor. Meaning you don'Â?t have to feel all that guilty about ruining the environment as you power down the road.
There is nothing humble about this car. It can go zero to 60 in less than 3 seconds. It can go to 124 mph in 7 seconds. It uses four different types of carbon fiber, to keep it light. It's got carbon ceramic brakes, ultra-light calipers, and can come in any color the buyer wants.
Which is a nice plus, considering the car is expected to cost more than $1 million.
Lamborghini unveiled its Veneno supercar at the Geneva Motor Show -- an utterly insane vehicle displaying scoops, wings, fins and an absurd amount of carbon fiber.
The Veneno name comes from a notorious fighting bull that killed a matador back in 1914 and is meant to echo the car's aggressive nature. Boasting numbers of 750 horsepower and a top speed of 220 MPH, "aggressive" might even be an understatement.
Lamborghini is only building four of these supercars at $3.9 million a pop.