Wow, what a spectacular year it was at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The highlight of the motoring calendar took place between March 8-18 where carmakers unveiled their latest models to the eagerly awaiting public at the world famous Swiss convention centre. There were so many standout cars this year from the latest EV’s to hybrids and supercars, it was a mission compiling the shortlist of only 5. But here we go…
BMW M8 GRAN COUPE
The M8 will be fastest car ever made by BMW and although only a concept car at this stage it is likely adopt the same engine as the M5, a 4.4-litre V8 twin turbo with a 592bhp. This four-door coupe is made from carbon fibre, including on the roof, to keep the weight down. The production version will arrive in 2019 and is expected to cost over €100,000.
BULLITT FORD MUSTANG
If it’s good enough for Steve McQueen it’s good enough for us. Fifty years on from McQueen’s 1968 hit movie ‘Bullitt’, a special edition Mustang will be available later this year, pushing 457bhp from a 5.0-litre V8 engine. Price points have yet to be unveiled but expect it to be around the modest €45,000 mark.
RIMAC CONCEPT 2
New Kid on the Block Rimac has unveiled the Concept Two, a carbon fibre hypercar with a huge 1,914 horsepower. That’s about 500 more than pundits were expecting and 400 more than a Bugatti Veyron. This powerful EV will accelerate to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds and reach a staggering top speed of 258 mph.
The I-Pace is the most immediate challenge to Tesla’s dominance of the EV market, matching up well with Tesla’s SUV, the Model X 75D. It has similar range and acceleration, though the Model X is bigger and has more seats and storage. The I-Pace is available from the second half of the year priced at €69,500 so cheaper than Tesla. Jaguar is definitely the EV car manufacturer to watch after Tesla.
Following the Stradales, Speciales and Scuderias, the new Ferrari Pista manages to score 710bhp from the familiar turbocharged V8 for an unbelievable 2.9 second 0-62mph time. The chassis has been given a makeover too, promising that the Pista will deliver thrills in the curves as well as impressive thrust on the straights.
STRUGGLING TO LEARN THE LINGO
For those Brits, Swedes, Russians, Germans and Italians struggling with the complexities of the Spanish language, do not rush to your nearest night school just yet. The technology is now readily available to enable your new tech-savvy ear pieces to translate a language directly spoken to your phone or device into real time in your ear. The brand new Google Pixel Buds pictured are priced at €159 on the Google Store. Similarly a close contender looks like Waverley Labs version called Pilot Translating Earpiece (priced at €299) which you don’t have to use on a Google Phone so Apple and Samsung users can get in on the action too.
SKINTED V MINTED
Yep the army print is back and wearing matching T-shirts and Shorts or Jackets and Slim Fit Tracksuit Bottoms in camouflage print is the way to go. Be sure to keep trainers and accessories to a minimum when double dosing on your prints.
Tropical is in guys. Louis Vuitton creative director Kim Jones championed the look on the runways. Enjoy and embrace the trend with these tropical numbers from Levi’s and Louis Vuitton’s ready-to-wear collection.
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