Every year at the Geneva Motor Show, automakers roll out their sleekest, raciest cars, if for no other reason than to make the majority of the world envious.
This year’s show, held last week, was no exception. Ferrari notably rolled out its California T, Lamborghini unveiled the Huracan LP 610-4, Maserati showed its Alfieri, Jaguar debuted its 205 XF and Alfa Romeo premiered its 4C Spider. Not to be outdone, Jaguar, McLaren Rolls-Royce, and others rolled out new vehicles.
Here, we’ve collected photos of “dream cars” from Geneva, as well as from the recent auto shows in Detroit and Chicago. From Maserati and Lamborghini to Chevy and Toyota, we offer a few of the recent standouts.
Click the image below to see the dream cars.
Lamborghini’s Huracan LP 610-4 luxury sports car zips from 0-100 kph in a scant 3.2 seconds. It features a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces 610 HP at 8,250 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. Combining carbon fiber and aluminum components, it weighs in at about 3,100 lbs. Features include a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster and adaptive suspension. (Source: Lamborghini)
I like the way LEDs have enabled designers to give a "face" to some of these vehicles. The Lamborghini Huracan is a great example of that. The LEDs give it a little bit of a sinister look. Every 200-mph car should have a face.
This certainly is a collection of pretty cars with quite high performance abilities, no doubt about that! But very far from my reality, for certain. The communities around hear would probably give them all speeding tickets even if they were parked. And while they are undoubtedly fantasic examples of great engineering, maintaining them would probably be a challenge.
So seeing this lineup is a bit like seeing some other guy's beautiful wife: Nice to see, end of story. But thanks for the nice collection of pictures.
Cadman-LT, you're actually not far off. Chrysler considered shelving the Viper in 2012 but decided to keep it. They showed it at this year's Detroit auto show, where they said the "Stryker Green color would be available starting in February, 2014 on the Viper GTS price class." So I guess the reports of its death were premature.
Wow, Caman-LT, I'm impressed. I thought of you when I read this morning's news about Chrysler, which had to suspend production of the Viper for two months because of slow sales. You were a day ahead of the news on this! See link below.
Cadman, the Hennessey is certainly a fast car, but the fuel consumption is probably quite serious. I have read that some of the faster dragsters go through well over a gallon for that quaerter mile blast, and while the car is not described as a dragster it would probably give a good showing at a lot of strips.
It would have been interesting to see just what sort of milage is claimed for these cars, but I don't suppose that would matter to anyone who could afford to own one.
An interesting thought: just mention insuring one to an all-state insurance agent! Their expression would be entertaining, I would think.
I've heard the same thing about quarter-mile fuel consumption, William K. To get a sense of what that means, fill a gallon milk jug with water, pour it out, and time it. It takes about 12-13 seconds. That's a lot more time than it takes some of these cars to do a quarter-mile and use more than a gallon of fuel.
Charles, I also got an explanation about why they run the engines so very rich, aside from the fact that it makes more power. It seems that if the engine ever goes lean at that speed and power level that detonation will occur and that usually destroys the engine by blasting it apart. At least that was the explanation that I got, which does make sense when I stop and think.
The next highest road vehicle fuel consumption is for a USMC vevicle with a twelve cylinder engine that burns over a gallon a minute at high output.Which vehicle nobody would say, it may be classified information.
I really don't think fuel consumption is an issue on the dragsters. The engine life expectancy is roughly 12 seconds at full throttle, they get entirely rebuilt at least every second run, typically develop 1600-2400 horsepower and cost over 50 grand. The supercars demonstrated on the show Top-Gear typically only run 3-5 miles per gallon during their track tests, though on the road many of them exceed 20 MPG. I'm not surprised the Tesla wasn't shown considering it was the Geneva show; not normally a show featuring American iron. Nice slide-show! The 454 in my boat sucks up 28 gallons per hour developing only 300HP, but in my truck towing it gets 18 MPG (sometimes!). I could probably turbo-charge either (or both) and decrease my fuel mileage significantly - but oh what a wonderful noise they would make!
Cadman, No, I don't live in hollywood, but rather in southeastern Michigan, just south of Automation Alley. And it would bug me a lot to even ride in a car that cost that much. One uninsured homeless drunk in a $50 car could destry that milion dollar roadster in just two seconds. Besides that, we have a whole lot of just plain bad drivers around here.
Besides all of that, my taste in cars is different. My favorite was a 1965 Barracuda, which i purchased fourth hand for $75, with a blown engine in a basket. That car had been set up for circle track racing. I dropped in a slantSix with a torquflite and with a bit of suspension work it was a great handling car that had just the right amount of oversteer. Really not a car for grandmother to drive. It could drift through a cloverleaf at 65mph going just where I aimed it, which most current cars would be way off in the grass hitting an exit at that speed. Unfortunately the highly corrosive salt used on Michigan roads destroys most cars in a hurry, and it did get that one after a few years.
One last comment. The people who can afford the $1 million cars...what do they do? Not that you become an engineer for the money...not saying that. It's just...what do they do?.....remember a few lines for a tv show or movie.....make a basket.......catch a football? Just makes me think is all.
It's basically just one of those things. If you can afford it....then you can afford all the stuff that comes with it. It's not like the car is $250k..ok....but then everything else that comes with it.
Ho Hum. Looks like a bunch of Hot Wheels I can buy at Wal-Mart. Now, if they can make a sexy car that is reasonably priced, performs reasonably, and doesn't drink gasoline like the Indy winner drinks milk.....then I would get excited.
Remember the AMC Javelin with the coke bottle fenders? The Mustang Mach? The Datsun 240? Even the GM H body 3-door hatchbacks (Buick Skyhawk, Chevy Monza, Pontiac Sunbird, Olds Starfire) had personality and driveability, and were affordable to purchase.
We need more of those, but with affordable performance and fuel economy.
Am I the only one who still thinks old cars like the Bugatti Type 57 still look way better than the sports cars being produced today? Granted, the engineering that it took to design the new vehicles is incredible but they don't seem too different from one another in terms of style.
In fact it seems like this "design trend" is pretty much everywhere in automobile design; with all the aerodynamic and other similar factors that influence shape.... it seems that you come out with the same basic thing every time....
Oh, for the good old days of real uniqueness in style and shape....
I think "DREAM" is the operative word here. Good word. I certainly could never afford one of these--probably just as well because I could not afford the gas at almost $4.00 + per gallon needed to run one. I will say this, the Targa has for most of my life been my car of choice. When I win the lottery, I will have a Targa. That's definitely on my bucket list. Great post and it's always good to see how the other 5 % live.
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