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The fast, fancy, and futuristic cars

There are lots of new rides to see in Switzerland this week.

Geneva, Switzerland hosts the first big European auto show every year, which makes it a great place for carmakers to show off their new vehicles, especially the companies that reside on that content. This year’s show featured an interesting mix of electric cars and old-school combustion engines, some of which are insanely big and powerful.

Here’s a rundown of the cool new rides you may have missed if your boss wouldn’t let you jet off to Switzerland for the week.

McLaren Senna

This swoopy supercar gets its name from one of racing’s most famous drivers: Ayrton Senna, who died in 1994 after a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix. It uses a 4-liter, turbocharged V8 motor that pushes 789 horsepower. That’s a lot for a car that weighs roughly 2,700 pounds. All that power puts its acceleration on another level—its 0-60 mph time is a ridiculous 2.8 seconds. It’s a race car that crawls in just under the regulations that make it road legal.

Range Rover SV Coupe


Range Rover will only make 999 of these two-door SUVs, and each one will cost $295,000. All that money gets you a 5-liter, supercharged V8 engine with 557 horsepower. Its body is slung too low to rove many actual ranges, but it’s a unique ride if you have the cash.

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept

There’s no gas-powered engine in this Porsche hatchback. With an electric motor at every wheel and more ground clearance than a typical slammed sports car, it’s capable of navigating dirt roads and other terrain outside the shopping district. It promises a range of 300 miles per charge if it comes to market.

Volvo Polestar 1

This performance hybrid has a 2 liter, 4-cylinder engine with both a supercharger and a turbocharger. Additionally, it has two rear-axle electric motors that push the total power to 600 horsepower. Volvo is only releasing a limited number of the cars as they roll off the line, and you have to apply to get one if you want in.

Icona Nucleus

Any car that markets itself as a “self-driving living room” sounds pretty sweet to me. The concept is a fully-self-driving vehicle with a rotating seat and all the creature comforts to keep you entertained on your ride to wherever. It’s roomy, well-lit, and packed with screens.

Volkswagen ID Vizzion

VW notes that its plug-in electric is just a concept for now, but if it comes to market in 2022, it promises 400 miles on a charge, and enough self-driving tech inside that the steering wheel can retract for hands-off rides.

Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept

The original Fast and Furious movies sparked innumerably car crushes on the original Supra, which went out of production in 2002. It’s coming back in 2019, however, and there’s a race version concept coming with it. This compact two-door whip uses a front engine position and rear wheel drive, just like the original. Its top speed eclipses the 200 mph mark.

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro track

You can probably tell from the photo alone, but Aston’s 1,100 horsepower monster is built specifically for the race track. It has a massive 6.5-liter V12 engine, as well as an energy recover system that stores and reuses energy that would otherwise get lost in braking. The result is a top speed in the neighborhood of 225 mph.

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