The Geneva Motor Show – unquestionably the biggest event in the automotive calendar – is now underway and it is the place to be for any petrolheads keen to see what they could – and maybe should – be driving in the next few years.
Unfortunately, not everyone can make it to the Swiss city, so as some form of consolation, we’ve cherry-picked five of our favourites from around the Petrol News office.
SEAT’s performance division is going solo and this is its first standalone model from the newly divorced Cupra brand: the Cupra Ateca.
It’s pretty much exactly as you’d expect: an angrier version of the standard SEAT Ateca and that generally means a more powerful engine and more aggressive styling.
The Cupra Ateca’s turbocharged two-litre 296bhp petrol engine can get it from a standstill to 62mph in 5.4 seconds, and you’ll be able try that for yourself when it appears in select SEAT showrooms by the end of the year.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept
BMW has talked a lot about the stylistic aspect of this long-overdue M6 replacement but juicy numbers like power output and 0-62mph sprint time are being kept under wraps for now.
However, there’s enough reason to presume it will borrow a fair bit from the recently launched M5, specifically its 592bhp twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine, which could be uprated to tip it over the 600bhp line.
All will be revealed well before the real M8 Gran Coupe arrives in BMW showrooms before the end of 2019.
How could the most extreme McLaren road car ever not be included in this list?
Named after you-know-who, the Senna has been given 789bhp to play with, enabling this absolute monster to clear a 0-62mph sprint within 2.8 seconds and picking up speed until it hits 211mph.
You’ll need £750,000 to buy one and we believe the bosses at McLaren when they say the Senna is like no other car before it.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder
This is what you get when you take a tin opener to the roof of a Lamborghini Huracan.
This 631bhp soft-top supercar is the quickest Huracan convertible yet, with a 201mph top speed and a 3.1-second 0-62mph sprint, which is only 0.2sec closer than its hardtop counterpart.
Expect it have a price tag in the range of £200,000 when it is unleashed later this year. So the question is, do you get a McLaren Senna or three of these?
Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept
The Supra has been dead since 2002, but this new concept essentially confirms its resurrection.
Many of the crazier elements of Toyota’s GR Supra Racing Concept [pictured] are sure to fall by the wayside by the time the standard Supra is revealed, namely its ridiculous rear wing and lavish use of carbon fibre.
However, just knowing that such an iconic name is on its way back is good enough to us.