Nine Red Hot Sports Cars You Can’t Afford

Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ferrari and others rolled out their latest and greatest supercars at the Geneva Motor Show.
  • The hottest, fastest production cars on Earth made their debuts at the recent Geneva International Motor Show, with price tags ranging from the low six figures to there-goes-the-retirement-fund.

    With names like Spyder, Divo, and Tributo, the vehicles served as opportunities for luxury sports car manufacturers to strut their stuff. And strut, they did.

    This latest crop of Geneva Motor Show dandies demonstrated what engineers and designers can do when the financial handcuffs are unlocked. They’re fast and sleek, yes, but they’re also innovative and eye-catching. Anyone who happens to pull up alongside of one of these vehicles knows they’re in the presence of great design.

    Here, we’ve collected photos of some of the show’s best. To be sure, a few don’t have official price tags yet. But, as the saying goes, if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it anyway.

    Flip through the following slides to view the best supercars of 2019.

    (Image source: Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.)

    Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 35 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.


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  • The Divo is a 236-mph gasoline-powered sports car from the French luxury brand Bugatti. Power comes from a sixteen-cylinder, turbocharged W16 engine, which produces a peak of 1,479 HP. Bugatti says the Divo “is tuned for agility, nimbleness, and optimum handling performance on winding roads, without any concessions with respect to the usual levels of comfort and luxury.” The automaker built only 40 Divos, which were quickly sold to “selected customers” for a cool $5.67 million each. (Image source: Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.)

  • In the economy category of the supercar world, British manufacturer Ginetta Cars offers the Akula sports car, a comparative bargain starting at just $373,900. The Akula features a top speed of 200 mph, thanks to a 6.0-liter that produces 600 HP. The mid-engine design works in tandem with a six-speed paddleshift rear transaxle and a Torsen limited slip differential. To reduce weight, the Akula employs a carbon fiber monocoque and carbon fiber body work, along with carbon-ceramic brakes. Ginetta has reportedly said it plans to build only 20 Akulas in 2020, and 60% of those have already been sold. (Image source: Ginetta)

  • No car at this year’s Geneva Motor Show offered a more radical and beautiful look than the Hispano Suiza Carmen. The all-electric Carmen features two 502-HP electric motors driving its rear wheels, for a peak power of 1,005 HP. Energy comes from a T-shaped 80-kWh battery pack running along the spine of the car. Its pack, made up of 700 lithium-ion cells, is upgradeable. Barcelona-based Hispano Suiza said that with improvements in cell energy, it believes the same size pack could deliver 105 kWh by 2020. The company boasts that the Carmen has a 0 to 62-mph time of “under three seconds.” Only 19 Carmens will be produced. Sales will begin later this year at a starting price of $1.7 million. (Image source: Hispano Suiza)

  • Koenigsegg’s “mega-car,” the Jesko, features a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 1,280 HP. The 5.0-liter, four-valve-per-cylinder engine teams with Koenigsegg’s in-house-designed nine-speed Light Speed Transmission to hit a peak torque of 1,106 lb-ft. The Jesko also features active rear-wheel steering and a carbon fiber chassis. The Swedish automaker says the Jesko, which reportedly sells for about $3 million apiece, is already sold out. (Image source: Koenigsegg Automotive AB)

  • At the show, Italian luxury sports car maker Ferrari N.V. introduced the F8 Tributo, which is said to have the most powerful V8 engine in the company’s history. The 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 enables the Tributo to zip from 0 to 62-mph in just 2.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 211 mph. The mid-engine layout also produces 710 HP and 568 lb-ft of torque. Price is unknown as yet, but the Tributo’s predecessor, the Ferrari 488 GTB, started at about $350,000. (Image source: Ferrari N.V.)

  • Lamborghini’s open-top Huracan EVO Spyder is another relative bargain in the supercar category. It features 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated Lamborghini V10 engine that cranks out 640 HP at 8,000 rpm and 442 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. All that power enables the Spyder to scoot from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and 0 to 124-mph in 9.3 seconds. To minimize weight, the Spyder also employs a hybrid aluminum-carbon fiber chassis, an aluminum-composite outer skin, and a double-wishbone aluminum suspension. Starting price is $287,000. (Image source: Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.)

  • The hybrid Koenigsegg Regera is one of the few supercars that combines a twin-turbo V8 internal combustion engine with an electric drive. By combining the two, Regera produces 1,500 HP (more than a megawatt) and an incredible 1,475 lb-ft of torque. What’s more, it can be run in pure EV mode for short periods, while still producing 700 HP. The Regera also incorporates an unusual Autoskin feature, which uses hydraulic technology to automate the opening of the doors, hood, trunk, and wings. Starting price is reported to be about $2 million. (Image source: Koenigsegg Automotive AB)

  • The performance numbers for the all-electric Pininfarinia Battista are mind-bogging. It accelerates from 0-62 mph in under two seconds, and zooms from 0 to 186-mph in less than 12 seconds. It accomplishes that with an electric powertrain featuring a 120-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a driving range of 279 miles. Pinifarina plans to hand-craft all of its 150 Battistas at its facility in Turin, Italy. Bloomberg reports the starting price of the vehicle to be $2 million. (Image source: Pininfarina S.p.A.)

  • Lamborghini’s new Aventador SVJ Roadster is said to be the most powerful 12-cylinder car ever produced by the Italian automaker. It features a V12 engine that puts out 770 HP at 8,500 rpm and 531 lb-ft of torque at 6,750 rpm. Power from the V12 enables it to zoom from 0 to 62-mph in 2.9 seconds and from 0 to 124-mph in 8.8 seconds. Much of the vehicle, including the hood and roof, are made from lightweight carbon fiber. Lamborghini plans to build just 800 Aventadors. In the US, suggested retail price will be $573,966. (Image source: Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.)


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