It’s just a few days now until the bright lights of the Geneva Motor Show flicker into life and the wraps come off the new cars set to make waves in showrooms this year.
So while the manufacturers put the finishing touches to their stands and the world’s motoring press hunt for their ‘comfy shoes’ in the back of their wardrobes, Motors.co.uk has taken a look at what we can expect to see.
While there’ll be the usual headline-grabbing supercars taking a bow in Geneva, there are also some key ‘real world’ models showing their faces for the first time. Here are a few of our favourites.
Ford has given its top-selling Focus a Joan Rivers-style, weapons grade facelift which will debut at the Geneva show. Images of the new car – that gets a family-friendly nose in line with the Fiesta and forthcoming Mondeo – have already leaked online and the revisions give it renewed appeal. Bosses say chassis tweaks will make it and even better steer too and it’ll be the first car to offer the Brit-built 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine.
Honda Civic Type-R
With angry-looking quad exhausts, a massive whale tale that’d make a Sierra Cosworth jealous, and up to 300bhp, the new Honda Civic Type R certainly promises big things. Early drives in Japan spoke of a return to form for the sometimes-off-the-boil Honda and if this thing can live up to the enviable reputation of Type Rs of old, hot hatch fans are in for a treat. We can’t wait to try it.
Audi has kept their new baby sports car under close wraps, releasing just a few design sketches ahead of its big reveal at Geneva. Little is known about the new model, but expect it to evolve the sports car’s successful looks with subtle tweaks. New technology will feature heavily too, such as an all-digital dashboard and super-bright LED headlights.
Now this looks promising! Renault’s baby Twingo is set to offer a unique rear-engine, rear-wheel drive set-up that harks back to classic French city cars of old. With Fiat 500-esque looks and the promise of brilliant steering and handling, the new Twingo could become a real challenger to the recently refreshed Mini. And we bet it’ll be considerably cheaper, too…
Koenigsegg Agera One:1
Ok, so we’re stretching the term ‘real world’ cars a little here – unless your name is Abramovich – but it’s nice to have something to drool over, isn’t it? This is the Agera One:1 – named because of its power-to-weight ratio of 1:1. Weighing 1340kg and producing 1322bhp (yes, really) it makes even a Bugatti Veyron look under-gunned. Set to challenge the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari, the Koenigsegg is claimed to hit 273mph, which, if verified, would make it the fastest car in the world.
The Motors.co.uk editorial and video team will be reporting from the Swiss halls next week. Come back from Tuesday onwards to read our team’s dispatches.