March 15, 2007
It's not just the mountain air. Some of the designs at this year's Geneva auto show are truly breathtaking.
At the 77th International Motor Show--that's its official name--carmakers from around the globe have been showing off one exotic car after another. Some may never get past the concept stage; many others will be built only in preordered, limited numbers for the filthy rich. But that doesn't mean you can't dream. Imagine you have money to burn and connections in the right places--you could take home any one of these beauties.
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To celebrate 95 years in the car design business, Bertone shows off this little roadster. The concept is based on the style of the 1947 Fiat 500, a company Bertone has worked with for years.
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The Bugatti Veyron, a 1001 horsepower sports car, could be eclipsed by the Koenigsegg CCXR's 1018 hp engine. The 16 cylinder, 8.0 liter engine has a seven-speed transmission. Its speed record of 407 kph could be in jeopardy. The Veyron costs a mere $1,630,000.
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The D8-210 uses a classic open-wheel roadster design. The car weighs under 1,400 pounds and is powered by an Audi-sourced 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Making 210 horsepower, the light D8-210 gets to 62 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds.
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The Gumpert Apollo Sport races from 0 to 60 in three seconds flat. The two-seater (note the position of the driver) is powered by an 8-cylinder engine that revs up to 800 hp.
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Koenigsegg's CCXR could be the fastest car ever--and it runs on biofuel. The Swedish auto maker says ethanol fuel has higher octane and better cooling power than regular gas, which boosts the power up 25 percent over the CCX to 1018 horsepower at 7200 rpm.
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Motorcycle maker KTM built its first car, the exotic X-Bow concept which is on display at the Geneva auto show. The lightweight body is made of carbon fiber.
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Morgan built a version of its Aero 8 for the U.S. market, which meant it had to comply with U.S. Department of Transportation requirements. The Aero 8 America has airbags and antilock brakes. Its 4.4-liter BMW-sourced V8 complies with California emissions standards.
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With a car made for exhibitionists, Rinspeed is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a see-through concept car which debuts in Geneva. The all-plastic vehicle runs on a 2-cylinder 750 ccm Weber engine that sits above the transmission. Watch a video.
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Russo-Baltique is a Russian carmaker that's been out of business for decades, but it's announcing its return with the Impression coupe. This car incorporates unique Art Deco styling, with room for four passengers inside.
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Toyota's Hybrid X features room for four in a new design that the carmaker hopes will sell as a family car. Toyota says the car's electric-gas Hybrid Synergy Drive is a step closer to the company's goal of a zero-emission vehicle. Watch a video.
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