8 awesome cars unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show – including the world’s most expensive

The 2019 Geneva Motor Show is currently underway in Switzerland.

While the show will only officially open its doors to the public on 7 March, a number of car manufacturers have already unveiled some of their new vehicles.

Notably, Bugatti revealed its new $12.5 million La Voiture Noire – the most expensive car in the world.

Koenigsegg also showed off its new Jesko, a successor to the 1,360-horsepower Agera RS which broke the world record for land speed in 2018.

BusinessTech looked at these and some of the other big model announcements below.

Bugatti – La Voiture Noire

Bugatti has unveiled its “La Voiture Noire” a jet black car which was specially hand-crafted for an (unannounced) enthusiast.

The La Voiture Noire features a 16-cylinder engine with a displacement of 8 litres and produces 1,103 kW/1,500 PS.

Just one model currently exists with the collector paying €11 million ($12.5 million) net – making it the world’s most expensive new car.

Pininfarina – Battista

Italian car design company Pininfarina has launched the most powerful Italian supercar ever made – the Battista.

The luxurious hypercar sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2 seconds thanks to a 1,900hp electric drive.

Pininfarina said the Battista will do 450km on a single charge and will sell for $2.27 million.

It added that only 150 Battistas will be built.

PAL-V – Liberty Pioneer Edition

Made in the Netherlands and equipped with two Rotax aircraft engines, the PAL-V is another step towards personal flying cars.

Among other features, the PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition is equipped with a dual control cockpit and an Electronic Flight Instrument System.

“Although more and more flying concepts are announced, only a handful of companies work on a real flying car: one that can both fly and drive, ideal for city to city mobility. The combination offers unprecedented freedom: personal door-to-door flying mobility,” said Mike Stekelenburg, chief engineer at PAL-V.

“The gyroplane principle not only provides us with a safe and easy-to-operate flying car but it also enables us to make it compact and within existing regulations, which is the most important factor to build a useable flying car,” he said.

90 units will be produced and delivery will start in 2020.

Koenigsegg – Jesko

Koenigsegg unveiled its new supercar – the Jesko.

The Jesko has a 5.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine that provides 1,280 horsepower on standard gasoline and 1,600 horsepower when fueled on E85 biofuel.

Customers can choose which they prefer to power the car.

It also features a revolutionary transmission allows rapid shifting between all 9 forward gears.

The Jesko is the successor to the 1,360-horsepower Agera RS, the car that broke the world record for land speed for commercial vehicles in 2018.

Although exact numbers have yet to be released, Bloomberg reports that the Jesko to be able to hover near the Agera RS top speed of 278 mph (447 kmh).

Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi unveiled its new compact electric SUV Q4 e-tron. The latest concept in the e-tron range will launch into serial production at the end of 2020 as the fifth all-electric vehicle under the Audi brand.

Two electric motors mobilize 225 kW of system power in the Q4 e-tron concept. As is typical for Audi, the driving power of the concept vehicle is brought to the road with quattro all-wheel drive.

Thanks to excellent traction, it accelerates from zero to 100km/h in just 6.3 seconds. It reaches its maximum speed at an electronically limited 180km/h.

A large battery with a capacity of 82 kilowatt hours takes up almost the entire space in the underbody area between the axles. The range of over 450 kilometers – in line with the WLTP standard – sets the benchmark in its class.

BMW Alpina – B7 Bi-Turbo

BMW unveiled its extensively remodelled version of the Alina flagship.

The B7 Bi-Turbo features an enhanced drive train, improved assistance systems, and better connectivity.

The 4.4-V8 Bi-Turbo delivers 608 hp and 800 Nm torque at 2,000 instead of 3,000 rpm, covers 0-100 km/h in 3.6 s and has a top speed of 330km/h.

Volkswagen – T-Roc R

This sporty version of the T-Roc features sports suspension, progressive steering, a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine delivering 300 hp and 400 Nm, dual-clutch transmission and 4-wheel drive.

Launch control accelerates the SUV from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. Its top speed is 250km/h.

Bentley – Bentayga Speed

The Speed, Bentley’s new top Bentayga SUV model, features an updated version of the familiar 6.0-litre W12 engine.

Delivering 635 hp, the luxurious crossover has a top speed of 306km/h and zips from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds.

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8 awesome cars unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show – including the world’s most expensive