10 picks from the Geneva Motor Show 2017

What's made us hot under the hood
Aston Martin Valkyrie  -  The highly-anticipated collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull was revealed in the form of the Valkyrie hypercar: a 200mph, lightweight, mid-engined two-seater powered by a naturally aspirated Cosworth 6.5-litre V12. A mere 175 of these hypercars will be produced, between 99-150 as road cars and prototypes, and 25 track-only models. They have all been sold for around Dhs10 million so you’ll just have to admire the blurry Valkyrie as it zooms by.
Aston Martin Valkyrie - The highly-anticipated collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull was revealed in the form of the Valkyrie hypercar: a 200mph, lightweight, mid-engined two-seater powered by a naturally aspirated Cosworth 6.5-litre V12. A mere 175 of these hypercars will be produced, between 99-150 as road cars and prototypes, and 25 track-only models. They have all been sold for around Dhs10 million so you’ll just have to admire the blurry Valkyrie as it zooms by.
Ferrari 812 Superfast  -  The Italian marque is claiming that the 812 Superfast is the most powerful road car it has ever produced. The car is the result of major improvements to the previous F12 Berlinetta, claiming that it can hit 100kpm in 2.9sec and a top speed of 336kph. The upgraded 6.5-litre V12 produces 800hp and there is even a new colour 'Rosso Settanta' to mark the platinum anniversary of 70 years since the first V12 Ferrari was produced. Price tag: TBC.
Ferrari 812 Superfast - The Italian marque is claiming that the 812 Superfast is the most powerful road car it has ever produced. The car is the result of major improvements to the previous F12 Berlinetta, claiming that it can hit 100kpm in 2.9sec and a top speed of 336kph. The upgraded 6.5-litre V12 produces 800hp and there is even a new colour 'Rosso Settanta' to mark the platinum anniversary of 70 years since the first V12 Ferrari was produced. Price tag: TBC.
Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e convertible  -  This elegant, all-electric, tree-hugging convertible will turn heads as many heads in Milan and Macau as it did in Geneva. With an eye-catching interior and recharge range of 200 and 300km, this light and sporty concept car can take you form Monaco to St Tropez and still have plenty of kWh left over.
Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e convertible - This elegant, all-electric, tree-hugging convertible will turn heads as many heads in Milan and Macau as it did in Geneva. With an eye-catching interior and recharge range of 200 and 300km, this light and sporty concept car can take you form Monaco to St Tropez and still have plenty of kWh left over.
Mercedes Maybach G650 Landaulet  -  A car after the UAE’s heart. Essentially a stretched G500 4x4, only 99 of these open-top G-class off-roaders three rows of seats and Maybach trimmings are planned for production. AMG have provided the 6.0-litre V12 bi-turbo 621bhp. It is expected to be available from August with no price details available yet.
Mercedes Maybach G650 Landaulet - A car after the UAE’s heart. Essentially a stretched G500 4x4, only 99 of these open-top G-class off-roaders three rows of seats and Maybach trimmings are planned for production. AMG have provided the 6.0-litre V12 bi-turbo 621bhp. It is expected to be available from August with no price details available yet.
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II  -  With a 'Diamond Stardust' paint finish containing 1,000 ethically-sourced ground diamonds, it's fair to say that the new Ghost was one of the head-turners at the Geneva Motor Show his year. The job took a team three engineers two months to develop. While no price was mentioned, the paint job alone would have cost around the price of a new car.
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II - With a 'Diamond Stardust' paint finish containing 1,000 ethically-sourced ground diamonds, it's fair to say that the new Ghost was one of the head-turners at the Geneva Motor Show his year. The job took a team three engineers two months to develop. While no price was mentioned, the paint job alone would have cost around the price of a new car.
Citroen C-Aircross  -  Citroen is not know for grabbing too many headlines but this new, neat and stylish mini-SUV with the signature ‘air bumps’ is noteworthy, especially considering the approx Dhs70,000 price tag. The C-Aircross is set to replace the Citroen C3 Picasso later this year with two engine options 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel respectively. Although we suspect the Diesel Engine won’t make it to the GCC.
Citroen C-Aircross - Citroen is not know for grabbing too many headlines but this new, neat and stylish mini-SUV with the signature ‘air bumps’ is noteworthy, especially considering the approx Dhs70,000 price tag. The C-Aircross is set to replace the Citroen C3 Picasso later this year with two engine options 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel respectively. Although we suspect the Diesel Engine won’t make it to the GCC.
Renault Alpine a110  -  The champion of hot hatches revamped its all-improved sporting coupe, this time with 249bhp and a 7-speed Getrag gearbox. The Alpine claims to get up to 100kph in 4.5 seconds and back down to 0 with new brakes from Brembo. The Alpine is significantly lighter than the direct competitors, TT & Cayman but does fall slightly behind on pace. Available at approx Dhs240,000
Renault Alpine a110 - The champion of hot hatches revamped its all-improved sporting coupe, this time with 249bhp and a 7-speed Getrag gearbox. The Alpine claims to get up to 100kph in 4.5 seconds and back down to 0 with new brakes from Brembo. The Alpine is significantly lighter than the direct competitors, TT & Cayman but does fall slightly behind on pace. Available at approx Dhs240,000
Range Rover Velar  -  Slotting in between the younger sister Evoque and the older brother Sport, the middle child of the Ranger Rover family is looking to fill that awkward middle point. Available this summer (with either four and six cylinders) with an approx. price range Dhs200,000 to Dhs360,000 depending on the number of buttons you want on the central dashboard which consists of two 10-inch screens. Retractable door handles are only a start when it comes to the sleek and stylish lines of the Velar, which is no slouch either doing 0-100kph at 5.3sec in the top-of-the-range 3.0 V6 petrol model.
Range Rover Velar - Slotting in between the younger sister Evoque and the older brother Sport, the middle child of the Ranger Rover family is looking to fill that awkward middle point. Available this summer (with either four and six cylinders) with an approx. price range Dhs200,000 to Dhs360,000 depending on the number of buttons you want on the central dashboard which consists of two 10-inch screens. Retractable door handles are only a start when it comes to the sleek and stylish lines of the Velar, which is no slouch either doing 0-100kph at 5.3sec in the top-of-the-range 3.0 V6 petrol model.
Bugatti Chiron  -  Although the news of the world's fastest car is not new, Bugatti took to Geneva to deliver the first three vehicles to some highly fortunate owners in Europe and the Middle East. Bugatti has confirmed that 250 have already been sold without even a test drive and the company aims to make 500 in total. The car has a carbon fibre body structure, independent suspension, AWD and a 8-litre W16 quad-turbocharged engine, with 1,479 bhp. And a mammoth price tag of Dhs11 million.
Bugatti Chiron - Although the news of the world's fastest car is not new, Bugatti took to Geneva to deliver the first three vehicles to some highly fortunate owners in Europe and the Middle East. Bugatti has confirmed that 250 have already been sold without even a test drive and the company aims to make 500 in total. The car has a carbon fibre body structure, independent suspension, AWD and a 8-litre W16 quad-turbocharged engine, with 1,479 bhp. And a mammoth price tag of Dhs11 million.
Aston Martin Valkyrie  -  The highly-anticipated collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull was revealed in the form of the Valkyrie hypercar: a 200mph, lightweight, mid-engined two-seater powered by a naturally aspirated Cosworth 6.5-litre V12. A mere 175 of these hypercars will be produced, between 99-150 as road cars and prototypes, and 25 track-only models. They have all been sold for around Dhs10 million so you’ll just have to admire the blurry Valkyrie as it zooms by.
Ferrari 812 Superfast  -  The Italian marque is claiming that the 812 Superfast is the most powerful road car it has ever produced. The car is the result of major improvements to the previous F12 Berlinetta, claiming that it can hit 100kpm in 2.9sec and a top speed of 336kph. The upgraded 6.5-litre V12 produces 800hp and there is even a new colour 'Rosso Settanta' to mark the platinum anniversary of 70 years since the first V12 Ferrari was produced. Price tag: TBC.
Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e convertible  -  This elegant, all-electric, tree-hugging convertible will turn heads as many heads in Milan and Macau as it did in Geneva. With an eye-catching interior and recharge range of 200 and 300km, this light and sporty concept car can take you form Monaco to St Tropez and still have plenty of kWh left over.
Mercedes Maybach G650 Landaulet  -  A car after the UAE’s heart. Essentially a stretched G500 4x4, only 99 of these open-top G-class off-roaders three rows of seats and Maybach trimmings are planned for production. AMG have provided the 6.0-litre V12 bi-turbo 621bhp. It is expected to be available from August with no price details available yet.
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II  -  With a 'Diamond Stardust' paint finish containing 1,000 ethically-sourced ground diamonds, it's fair to say that the new Ghost was one of the head-turners at the Geneva Motor Show his year. The job took a team three engineers two months to develop. While no price was mentioned, the paint job alone would have cost around the price of a new car.
Citroen C-Aircross  -  Citroen is not know for grabbing too many headlines but this new, neat and stylish mini-SUV with the signature ‘air bumps’ is noteworthy, especially considering the approx Dhs70,000 price tag. The C-Aircross is set to replace the Citroen C3 Picasso later this year with two engine options 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel respectively. Although we suspect the Diesel Engine won’t make it to the GCC.
Renault Alpine a110  -  The champion of hot hatches revamped its all-improved sporting coupe, this time with 249bhp and a 7-speed Getrag gearbox. The Alpine claims to get up to 100kph in 4.5 seconds and back down to 0 with new brakes from Brembo. The Alpine is significantly lighter than the direct competitors, TT & Cayman but does fall slightly behind on pace. Available at approx Dhs240,000
Range Rover Velar  -  Slotting in between the younger sister Evoque and the older brother Sport, the middle child of the Ranger Rover family is looking to fill that awkward middle point. Available this summer (with either four and six cylinders) with an approx. price range Dhs200,000 to Dhs360,000 depending on the number of buttons you want on the central dashboard which consists of two 10-inch screens. Retractable door handles are only a start when it comes to the sleek and stylish lines of the Velar, which is no slouch either doing 0-100kph at 5.3sec in the top-of-the-range 3.0 V6 petrol model.
Bugatti Chiron  -  Although the news of the world's fastest car is not new, Bugatti took to Geneva to deliver the first three vehicles to some highly fortunate owners in Europe and the Middle East. Bugatti has confirmed that 250 have already been sold without even a test drive and the company aims to make 500 in total. The car has a carbon fibre body structure, independent suspension, AWD and a 8-litre W16 quad-turbocharged engine, with 1,479 bhp. And a mammoth price tag of Dhs11 million.
21March2017
Alp Sarper