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Swiss mix: Memorable metal from the Geneva motor show

  • Star turns in Switzerland

    From innovative urban runabouts for the masses to handcrafted hypercars for a select few, the Geneva motor show is the automotive equivalent of Paris Fashion Week, the place where car designers wheel out their most luscious – and outlandish – new shapes. Herewith, a few of the more memorable models to grace the Palexpo this year. (Photo: Koenigsegg)

  • Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt

    The fourth in a series of six special-edition Veyrons, each one inspired by a notable figure in Bugatti history, the Rembrandt takes its name from Ettore Bugatti's artist son, whose rearing elephant sculpture became the hood ornament for the vaunted 1927-33 Type 41 Royale. Production of the Rembrandt edition is limited to three examples, priced at 2.18m euros (about $3m) apiece. The car, which is derived from the 1,200-horsepower Grand Sport Vitesse roadster, features a two-tone brown and bronze color scheme, with a cockpit swathed in cognac hide. (Photo: Newspress)

  • Lexus RC F GT3

    A radical outgrowth from the RC F coupe introduced in January at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the GT3 racing car is the latest proof of Lexus' desire to shake its reputation for building cushy comfort-mobiles. The 540-horsepower racer is ready to roll in GT3 series round the world, Lexus claims, though the brand can only supply privateers, as it does not maintain a GT3 racing programme. Nobody said shaking a reputation happens overnight. (Newspress)

  • Morgan Plus 4

    Launched in 1950 and largely unaltered during the ensuing decades, Morgan's sweep-fendered Plus 4 enters 2014 with a host of small but meaningful upgrades. Still available with two or four seats, the car features a revised dashboard layout with smart new gauges. It makes use of a more powerful 2-litre four-cylinder engine from Ford, matched to a manual transmission from Mazda. The 2014 model is, says Morgan, the fastest Plus 4 the company has built (zero to 60mph in under 8 seconds and a top speed close to 120mph). But with improved efficiency and reduced emissions, it's also the most environmentally friendly. Progress, Morgan-style. (Photo: Morgan Motor Cars)

  • Pagani Zonda Revolución

    The sensational Revolución is Pagani Automobili's very last Zonda – honest. The winged supercar is the latest in a line that stretches back to 1999. Its AMG-sourced 6-litre V12 engine produces 800 horsepower, delivered to the rear wheels – and rear wheels only – through a six-speed sequential transmission that changes gears in a very brisk 20 milliseconds. Pagani claims this 2,358lb Italian stallion will bolt from zero to 62mph in 2.6 seconds and keep moving all the way to 217mph. How much? The ultimate Zonda will command a cool 2.2m euros (more than $3m). Last hurrah, indeed. (Photo: Pagani Automobili)

  • Opel Adam Rocks and Opel Adam S

    A punchy alternative to higher-specification Fiat 500s and Mini Coopers, the Adam S, from GM Europe's Opel unit, arrives with a considerable 150 horsepower from a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Pricing is expected to undercut those models, however, by thousands of euros. Adjacent on Opel's Geneva display was the Adam Rocks, a deceptively clever SUV-lite aesthetics package that contains a notable innovation: a mechanically operated folding canvas top. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Gumpert Explosion

    For a company whose Apollo hypercar was faster round the Top Gear test track than a Bugatti Veyron, Gumpert has had a bumpy go, declaring bankruptcy in 2013. With new investors, the builder brought the Explosion to Geneva, a rear-wheel-drive, 420-horsepower coupe that – for a car carrying a 105,000 euro price tag – may not precipitate much drooling, but apparently could be a sleeper at a track. Gumpert says the Explosion accelerates from zero to 62mph in a searing 3 seconds. (Newspress)

  • Koenigsegg One:1

    The Swedish carmaker's follow-up to the fearsome Agera hypercar arrives with a very impressive promise: a 1,360kg curb weight and 1,341 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged 5-litre V8 engine. Koenigsegg claims the One:1 will punch through the air at a Bugatti-humbling 273mph. The company will build just six examples of its Swedish beast, and every one of them has been spoken for. (Photo: Koenigsegg)

  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430

    A V8 Vantage S further optimised for track use, available with an array of custom adornments, will appeal to the marque’s fervent fans and a few contrarian outliers – one and the same buyer, really. Under the hood, a 4.7-litre V8 delivers 430 horsepower. That mighty engine is matched to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional a seven-speed Sportshift II automatic.The sprint from zero to 60mph happens in 4.6 seconds, and the N430 will press on to a top speed of 190 mph. (Photo: Aston Martin)

  • Skoda VisionC

    A retina-searing lemon-lime paint job was hardly necessary to dress up the striking Skoda VisionC sedan concept. From the Volkswagen Group's Czech Republic-based subsidiary, the VisionC presages an entry-level luxury model – "luxury" a notion Skoda rarely entertains – to combat lower-priced entries from established luxury players, particularly the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The new model is expected to join the product line by 2016. (Newspress)

  • Honda Civic Type R Concept

    Japanese- and European-market Civics have always worn more radical clothing than their North American equivalents, and this lightly veiled concept is no exception, with gaping ductwork, a massive fixed wing and a howling 2-litre engine that produces some 280 horsepower. Subtlety, thy name is not Type R. (Photo: Newspress)