Despite the eco-consciousness and the desire to trim fuel bills, most motor shows are still a riot of power, expense and sex appeal. This year’s Geneva Motor Show was no different – here’s a selection of the maddest and baddest.
Dodge SRT Viper: Often remembered for its crudity and the size of its engine more than anything else, the SRT-10 (or Viper as it is often known outside of Europe) is back, but with a bit more sophistication on its side. (PA) Morgan Aeromax: Maybe the Aeromax doesn’t quite qualify for supercar status on outright speed – 170mph is still not to be sniffed at – but it earns its place here on account of the totally batty looks. (PA) Morgan Aeromax: Mixing old-school design cues with modern muscle, the Aeromax is gloriously eccentric, unique and totally British. (PA) Mansory F12 Stallone: Even before customers have got their hands on the latest supercar, firms like Mansory are hard at work trying to improve it. Whether they have or not is a matter of opinion, but it’s undoubtedly striking. (PA) Mansory F12 Stallone: With a tuned exhaust and remapped ECU it also offers a total of 775bhp – shame about the name. (PA) Brabus G800: The G-Class is mad. The G65 AMG is totally bonkers. And there isn’t a word to describe the insanity that is the Brabus G800. Take a standard G-Class, bin whatever engine it started with and replace with a twin-turbocharged V12 producing 800hp – yes you read that right. (PA) Brabus G800: Finished in glossy black with huge wheels and a massive bodykit, the Brabus G800 is what Judge Dredd would use to go off-roading – getting from rest to 62mph in 4.2 seconds along the way. (PA) The standard X-Bow is hardly the most sensible of vehicles, so the announcement of a GT version might make you think it’s suddenly become sensible; not a bit of it. (PA) KTM X-Bow GT: Yes, it now has a windscreen and windscreen wipers, but it’s still the kind of car that could only come from a motorcycle manufacturer. (PA) McLaren P1: At the top of the Geneva supercar tree there was a tussle between the heavyweights of McLaren and Ferrari. At McLaren it was the P1 flying the flag and the crowds were ten deep as the wraps came off. (PA) McLaren P1: With petrol and electric power, the P1 promises staggering performance yet with the option of zero emissions for short bursts; it’s a greenie’s worst nightmare. (PA) Corvette Stingray: Over here, the Corvette has never enjoyed the same sort of fan base that it does Stateside, but the latest model might just swing that a little. (PA) Corvette Stingray: The Corvette boasts a new small-block 6.2-litre V8 with 450hp, promising rapid performance and the Convertible version making its debut on stand could be a drop-top bargain. (PA) Porsche 911 GT3: Now a fully-flegded supercar, the 911 GT3 earns its place here on account of its fanatical following and a reputation for being amongst the best drivers cars ever made. This 991-Series GT3 has a 3.8-litre flat six, electronic four-wheel steering and no manual gearbox option for the first time. (PA) Porsche 911 GT3: The headline figures are 196mph and 0-62mph in only 3.5 seconds but it’s the sublime handling that will make or break this latest GT3. (PA) Koenigsegg Agera S Hundra: If the name seems mad, wait till you see the rest of the car. The Agera S is already certifiable as it puts over 1,000bhp just through the rear wheels. But the Hundra takes it to a new level. (PA) Koenigsegg Agera S Hundra: It took 4,000 man-hours to create the all-carbonfibre and gold leaf Hundra, right down to the carbon wheels which look as mad as they sound. Just make sure not to kerb them. It also has 1,016bhp thanks to engine tweaks. (PA) Ferrari LaFerrari: There may be crazier supercars at this year’s Geneva show, but you can’t beat the sheer chutzpah of calling your car ‘The Ferrari’ for maximum outrageousness. The numbers are just as awe-inducing; 950bhp, over 215mph, 0-186mph in 15.5 seconds and £1.2 million. (PA) Ferrari LaFerrari: Even if your numbers did come up, forget about buying one; unless you’ve already had a call from Ferrari inviting you to swipe plastic, you’re not getting in the club. (PA)