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5 Highlights from the Geneva International Motor Show 2018

The 2018 Geneva International Motor Show demonstrated just how much the automotive industry is evolving, with a record number of hybrid and all-electric vehicles making their debuts. Away from lithium-charged motors, a collection of V8s, V12s and W12s continued to push the capabilities of the faithful combustion engine​

1. For The Track: Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

The new Valkyrie AMR Pro will be the quickest hybrid track-only hypercar on the planet. With recent collaborations with Red Bull Racing injecting years of F1 technology into its design, this model fettles the existing 6.5-litre, V12 Cosworth engine found in the road-homologated Valkyrie and combines it with energy recovery technology to produce in excess of 1100bph. Weighing just 1,000kgs and capable of ‘more than its weight in downforce,’ the AMR Pro should be the fastest track car ever made, with a top speed in excess of 225mph. Just 25 will be produced, the first reaching its owner in 2020.  Naturally, all have already been sold for an undisclosed price.

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2. The Concept: Porsche Mission E Cross Tourismo

Perhaps one of the shock unveilings of this year’s show was Porsche’s all-electric SUV concept, which we can expect to go into production in the next couple of years. Its design will resonate with fans of Porsche stylistics, and it also boasts some rather phenomenal statistics; a 600bph motor will achieve 0-62mph in under 3.5 seconds and boast a range of more than 300 miles. In addition, an innovative 800-volt charging system means that it will be possible to recharge the Mission E Cross Tourismo to a range of 250 miles in just 15 minutes. 

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3. The Supercar: Ferrari 488 Pista

A lighter, faster version of the 488 GTB, the Pista is propelled by the most powerful V8 to ever come out of Maranello. The 3.9-litre twin-turbo hurls out a staggering 711bhp, achieving a 0-62mph time of just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 211mph. Stylistically, it is a 488 through-and-through, with re-engineered aero for greater downforce. Prices are not yet known, but expect it to be well over £200k.

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4. The Hypercar: Rimac C_Two

Renegade Croatian-born electric hypercar manufacturer, Rimac has had its fair share of bad press, not helped by Richard Hammond’s rather expensive crash in the C_One aired on Amazon’s Grand Tour last year. Honing and perfecting its technologies, however, Rimac has now unveiled the C_Two – and its stats will blow your mind. Bhp? 1914. Zero to 62mph? 1.85 seconds. Top speed? 258mph. Rumours suggest it will cost close to the £1 million mark.

rimac-automobili.com

5. All-Electric: Jaguar I-Pace

Coined the greatest contender to the Tesla Model X, the new Jaguar I-Pace stole the electric-car show on the JLR stand. As the marque’s first all-electric model, the I-Pace will feature a 90kWh lithium-ion battery, capable of 395bhp and a range of 298 miles. In addition, it will be capable of 0-60pmh in 4.5 seconds, the same as the Range Rover Sport SVR. Although charging times are still relatively long; over an hour to quick-charge to 80 per cent, the I-Pace marks the evolution of traditional automotive manufactures towards the future of the all-electric motor system. With an electric version of the XJ due to arrive next year, technology and performance will only rise. The I-Pace is on sale now with prices from £58,995.

jaguar.co.uk