Best of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show
Geneva is always full of surprises. This year, supercars reigned supreme, but everything from hot hatches to family haulers and luxury crossovers are well represented.
That kind of diversity makes for one heck of an entertaining show, but it also means picking favorites is extremely difficult. But, as always, we polled our staff, fired up our calculators, and tallied the votes. Here are our top five debuts from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
5th place: Tamo Racemo
Joel Stocksdale: This car pushes all the right buttons for me. It's tiny and light, and presumably budget-oriented. It has a spunky turbo three-cylinder with a healthy 187 horsepower, and it has supercar looks. As a fan of the gull-winged Autozam AZ-1, I can't not love a tiny car with McLaren-style butterfly doors. I wish we would get it here, but I'll just have to be satisfied with driving it in Forza.
David Gluckman: A completely unexpected car from Tata. I don't know why this makes sense for the huge conglomerate, but it seems like someone there likes weird stuff.
4th place: RUF CTR
Alex Kierstein: This is such an interesting tack for RUF to take. It’s sort of like a Singer in aesthetic conception, but informed by a very specific and important car and based on a bespoke chassis. That it’ll be fast is secondary to how unusual and special it is. It’s also a very “Geneva” sort of car.
Reese Counts: If the 911 Reimagined by Singer is the perfect Porsche, then the 2017 CTR is the perfect RUF. It packs a 700 horsepower 3.6-liter turbo flat-six into a wonderfully retro 2,640 lb (dry weight) body. Oh, and it's rear-wheel drive, has a stick, and tops out at 225 mph.
3rd place: Fittipaldi EF7
Michael Austin: I love that this is real, although I docked it a few points in my voting because it’s not real yet. The show car is just a styling buck with no interior. But it’s both aggressive and sensual. Plus it has an air jack port
Greg Migliore: Demonstrative styling from Pininfarina. A well-conceived idea from Emmo. I'd love to drive it.
Joel Stocksdale: Not only is there a cool story here in how the car realized a dream for Fittipaldi, but it looks great. It reminds me a bit of a Vector, but toned down and modernized. The 9,000rpm V8 doesn't hurt, either.
2nd place: Ferrari 812 Superfast
Jeremy Korzeniewski: This will very likely be the absolute pinnacle of non-hybridized, naturally aspirated Ferrari V12 performance. I've been a huge fan of Ferrari's front-engine cars over the years, and this is the ultimate expression of its ilk.
David Gluckman: It's the prettiest of the supercars being shown this week, so it gets my vote. And you can't beat that name.
Michael Austin: This is going to go down as a classic, like a modern 250 GTO. It’s pretty, and it has the right engine in the right place. A fitting send-off to the presumed end of the V12 era.
1st place: McLaren 720S
Alex Kierstein: The 650S was (and is) superb, and the 720S will build upon its strengths while improving on the in-cabin experience. This is good stuff, evolutionary, and there’s little chance it’ll be bad. The styling? I’ll reserve judgement until I see it in person, but it’s not why you buy a McLaren, now is it?
Greg Migliore: Spine-tingling performance and an aggressive new look for McLaren.
Reese Counts: The back and forth between McLaren and Ferrari's mid-engine V8 sports cars has been wonderful for enthusiasts. Please don't let it stop anytime soon.