If variety is the spice of life, then walking down the halls of the Palexpo convention center in Geneva, Switzerland is like charging headfirst through a Bedouin bazaar. No matter what interests you -- affordable hatchbacks, luxury cars, mega-hyper hybrids -- Geneva's got it in spades.
The second day of theis a less extreme affair than the first day, but the sheer quantity of releases means our fingers were flying around the clock. Let's recap our second day of coverage in alphabetical order.
Abarth 124 Spider
Fiat's littlest -- er, rather, its only -- roadster receives a hopping-up by way of the brand's in-house performance brand. Gone is the Fiat name, and in its place is " ." Thanks to a slight retune and a sportier exhaust, horsepower is up 10 to a total of 170.
Even with new bells and whistles, and a new suspension system with revised dampers and stiffer sway bars, Abarth managed to bring the Fiata's weight down to 2,336 pounds, some 60-ish pounds lighter than the standard model.
As you can tell, it also looks the business.
On the other side of the horsepower spectrum, we have the 986-horsepower Apollo Arrow. The company formerly known as Gumpert returned to Geneva with a bang, not a whimper, with this bright orange supercar that has more interesting angles than a deep political conversation.
Its eight-cylinder engine will hustle this sub-3,000-pound aerodynamic beast to 62 mph in under three seconds, and the pulling won't stop until you're well past the 200-mph tick on the speedo. DIY enthusiasts will be delighted to know that the suspension system features manually adjustable height.
Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
The Ferrari FF is dead and gone, and in its place is the GTC4 Lusso. Its name is a mish-mash of nostalgia, but the rest of the car certainly doesn't pine for the fjords of the past. Packing a 12-cylinder engine good for 680 brake horsepower and the rear-wheel-steering system from the F12 Berlinetta, the GTC4 Lusso is an evolution of Ferrari's outgoing shooting brake.
While super-high-end automakers are typically the subjects of derision for their utilization of (or, more often, the lack thereof) the latest and greatest tech, the GTC4 Lusso sports a 10-inch, high-definition touchscreen infotainment system, configurable gauges and a second display for the passenger. That's a win in our book.
Ford Fiesta ST200
The standard Ford Fiesta ST is exactly that -- a party. But after the party, there's the afterparty, and that's what the Fiesta ST200 is. The Euro-spec FiST gets a power bump to 197 horsepower (from 180) and a torque bump to 214 pound-feet, which is enough to slice 0.2 second off the 0--to-60-mph time.
Bolstering the performance tweaks are updates to the suspension, steering and braking systems, making this more than just a FiST with a little extra hustle. The party is certainly bumpin', but this is one hell of an afterparty.
Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype
Honda's already rolled out the sedan and coupe variants of its new global Civic, and Geneva marked the introduction of a third body type: a five-door hatchback. This is technically a prototype, but if you look beyond the gaudy bits like the green tailpipes and its aggressive wheels, you've got a fetching silhouette that's just about ready for production.
Jaguar F-Type SVR
Much like the aforementioned Ford, Jaguar's F-Type sports coupe is an absolute riot. It stands to reason, then, that the forthcoming F-Type SVR will be some sort of defibrillator shock to the heart. Rocking 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the SVR will shuffle its way up to 200 mph. That makes it the fastest production Jaguar to date -- sort of. Give our video a watch to see what we mean.
Sweet sassy molassy, Koenigsegg's put together one beastly hybrid. Mating three electric motors to a twin-turbocharged, eight-cylinder engine, thepounds asphalt into submission with more than 1,500 horsepower and more than 1,475 pound-feet of torque. No, we're not making these numbers up, this is a hybrid making more than 1,000 horsepower.
Unlike some of the pie-in-the-sky concepts around the Geneva show floor, this bad boy is very much real and very much capable of ending up in your driveway -- provided you can afford the seven-figure price tag.
Opel GT Concept
Opel's GT concept blew us away when the European GM subsidiary released its own pictures, but now that we've seen this diminutive sports car in person, we're willing to lobby even harder for Opel to make this enthusiast fantasy a reality.
Don't expect megapower here -- the GT is toting just a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine. But it's not about the size of the boat, it's about the motion of the ocean, and the GT's sleek styling leaves us listing about in a daze, waiting for the day that GM builds this Miata-fighting coupe.
Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept
Pininfarina is a design house known for drawing up both beautiful Ferraris and the greatest soft-drink machine in the world. But the H2 Speed is neither of those things -- in fact, it's not really anything that's been built before. It's a race car powered by compressed hydrogen, and it uses a fuel cell to generate clean electricity with water as its only byproduct.
With the rise of Formula E, the continual tightening of Formula 1 regulations, and the fact that diesels and hybrids are winning Le Mans, it's clear that motorsport is moving toward a future with a lower reliance on gasoline engines, and the H2 Speed is merely an extension of what's currently coming up through the ranks.