Motor Show Roundup: ‘Geneva’ 2020

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Welcome back to the first Motor Show Roundup of the decade! Today we’ll be looking at the best, worst and biggest surprises from the ‘Geneva’ motor show that wasn’t.

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Best Production Car: Porsche 911 Turbo S

The all-new 911 Turbo S narrowly beat out the bold Koenigsegg Gemera and hardcore McLaren 765LT to snatch this award. The latest whaletail from Weissach approaches perfection like an asymptote – it gets an already-winning formula and adds more power, more speed, more tech and more driving enjoyment.

What’s not to love about a 640PS super-coupe?

 

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Best Concept: BMW Concept i4

You read that right, BMW’s tall-grilled, copper-finished showcar is our pick of the show. The monstrous kidney grilles that worked so poorly on the Concept 4 – in fact, it was our worst car of Frankfurt last year – manage to somehow look good here. Combine that with sharp body lines, a stylish fastback design and a promising 390kW electric powertrain and it appears BMW is on to a winner.

 

Worst Car: None

Trying to find any truly bad (all-)new models at this year’s virtual Geneva motor show was a stretch. If we’re nitpicking, maybe the Renault Twingo Z.E. could do with some more range, or the Aiways U5’s three-star safety rating is below par?

A solid effort from all manufacturers overall.

 

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Biggest Surprise: Koenigsegg Gemera

It’s safe to say nobody saw the Gemera – or rather, how extreme it is – coming.

In typical Koenigsegg style, it breaks records in all known domains. Most-powerful three-cylinder engine, a 441kW/600Nm 2.0-litre with no cams. Most powerful hybrid vehicle, with 1250kW and 3500Nm. (Tied) Fastest four-seater from 0-100km/h, in just 1.9 seconds. We could go on.

Sadly, only 300 units will be built, each starting at a cool $1 million. Better start saving then.

 

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Biggest Disappointment: Skoda Octavia RS iV

Much of the point of introducing a new model is to evolve. To improve. To push the bar further.

However, the same can’t be said about the new Skoda Octavia RS iV. While the emissions benefits – namely low CO2 outputs and electric-only driving capability – will be a welcome bonus for many European city buyers, the RS’ performance is a letdown.

The hybrid is 0.7 seconds slower from 0-100km/h than its petrol-driven predecessor. Its top speed is 25km/h lower, and with the weight of that battery it’s likely to be an inferior drive in the twisty stuff.

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Above: Octavia RS iV liftback

There’s a petrol-only model with the same drivetrain as the outgoing model on the way, but that’s poor consolation for a disappointing release. We can’t help but wonder how a 2.0-litre engine would improve the experience.

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