the 2020 Geneva virtual auto show
The Corona Virus scare caused Swiss politicians to cancel the Geneva Motor Show, an event that car enthusiasts love for the high fashion concept and production prototype vehicles that find their way to the turntables. So this year while we can't share pictures of adoring crowds and posing models, we've picked the best of the new sheet metal offerings.
Aston Martin V12 Speedster
Eighty-eight well-heeled Aston Martin enthusiasts will spend about $1-million for this Coachbuilt by Q roadster. No roof or windscreen are provided since those attributes would detract from the designer's sense of purity. Presumably a helmet is provided.
BMW i4 concept
When an automaker unveils a "concept" car, it's either a bold design to test the public's reaction or a sheet metal rendering that's close to what we'll see in production. That said, I haven't found a lot of love expressed for the new grille treatment. The new battery electric Bimmer will have a rather spartan range of 270-miles when the production model arrives next year.
Bentley Bacalar-crafted by Mulliner
Bentley will task their coach builder Mulliner to hand craft just eight special cars this year, all are spoken for. The British ultra-luxury brand didn't disclose the price of this twelve-cylinder, two-passenger convertible and we dare not ask.
Hyundai chief designer SangYup Lee used electric vehicle architecture to create a style he calls "Optimistic Futurism" and the sensual shape works from every angle.
When supercar builder Christian Koenigsegg unveils a four-passenger hybrid model, enthusiasts expect something very special. Does a three-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine sound unimpressive? Not when the "Tiny Friendly Giant" engine produces 600-HP and 600 Nm of torque! Add three electric motors with a combined 800 kW and the total is 1,700 HP or what Christian calls a Mega GT. Just 300 copies will be produced so get your order in now.
hispano suiza carmen
The wonderful marque from the classic era is making a comeback. Nineteen well-heeled enthusiasts will acquire one of the exclusive Carmen models, a carbon fiber rocket that zips to 60 MPH in 2.6-seconds on its way to 180 on the wonderfully-retro LCD display. Around $1.8-million will put one in your garage with deliveries beginning in 2022.