AutoGuide Answers: Editors Pick Their Favorite Cars From the 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

The Geneva Motor Show is easily one of the most interesting auto shows of the year where we all get to gawk at the latest supercars from exotic brands.

There was no shortage of eye candy, car porn, show stoppers and game changers at this year’s Geneva show. From the Lexus LC hybrid to the new Lamborghini Centenario, every corner of the show was showcasing a hot new car. Nearly ever press conference used the world’s “fastest,” “beautiful” or “most advanced,” but which cars really caught our eyes? Let our editors explain.

Porsche 911 R – Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor

This could be one of the last naturally aspirated, manual transmission Porsches. With a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine making 500 hp, the Porsche 911 R comes only with a six-speed manual transmission. Not only does this make for an engaging, fun-to-drive Porsche, but weighing in at a mere 3,021 lbs, the 911 R will certainly be fast. It will become an instant classic that collectors will quickly snap up. Here’s hoping I get to drive one before they’re all gone.

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Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider – Jodi Lai, Managing Editor:

Huge confession: I have no real interest in speed, so although I can respect all the carbon fiber hypercars with more than 1,000 horsepower that were unveiled, they don’t really do it for me. Another confession: I’m a huge hipster, so I love when cars have retro vibes, and the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider hits all the right notes for me.

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First off, Disco Volante is Italian for Flying Saucer. How freaking cool is that? Second, this RWD roadster is based on the 8C, which means that there is a 4.7-liter V8 with 443 horsepower and 353 lb-ft of torque hiding under all that beautiful bodywork. Only seven of these stunning Disco Volantes will be built, and I think it was one of the most alluring and charming cars that debuted in Geneva this year. The only thing that would make it more perfect is a manual transmission.

Aston Martin DB11 – Sami Haj-Assaad, Features Editor:

It is really hard to pick just one awesome car from this year’s Geneva Motor Show, but I’ll have to go with the Aston Martin DB11, which somehow takes that already gorgeous Aston Martin design language and makes it even more beautiful. Of course, beneath that sexy sheetmetal is some hardcore performance with a gnarly 5.2-liter V12 engine that puts out a wicked 600 hp. And if all that beauty and brawn isn’t enough, this car has some brains with high-tech features like self parking. Sounds about perfect to me!

Sour Grapes

Nothing – Craig Cole, AutoGuide Curmudgeon

Every March, this most regal of automotive gatherings grabs the attention of enthusiasts everywhere, as the biggest names in this business (and some of the smallest as well) trot out their latest products for everyone to ogle. Bugatti, Aston Martin, Koenigsegg and Pagani are but a handful of the exotic marques displaying their goods at the show.

There were literally dozens of blockbuster reveals this year, a great multitude from which to select a favorite. So, what’s my top pick from the show? Well, I’m glad you asked, because it gives me a chance to play Ebenezer Scrooge to everyone else’s Bob Cratchit. In short, NONE OF THEM! Geneva is a choking cesspit of smugness and douchebaggery. The stench of oppressive classism is simply too much to bear. Take me back to Chicago and let’s talk about the Ram Power Wagon!

Maybe I’m jealous or perhaps my collar is just too blue, but that’s how I feel. Either way, I was supposed to help cover the Geneva show this year, but the flu and a sinus infection knocked me out of action.

Koenigsegg Regera – Stephen Elmer, News Editor

Having seen all of the cars at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show with my own eyes, it’s clear to me which one is truly the most special. Amidst a sea of ridiculously expensive supercars, the Koenigsegg Regera still stands out. And it’s not due to it’s ludicrous powertrain that can blast you to 180 mph in about 10 seconds, although that does helps

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Really, it is the insane attention to detail and absolute precision you can clearly see when you stand next to it that makes it so special. It’s stuff like the ‘Koenigsegg’ stampings on the inner workings of the doors that barely anyone will see that shows the lengths the brand goes to deliver a truly superb car. The doors themselves are power actuated and can be opened quite quickly with the touch of a button. And rather than show off the entire carbon fiber body, the Regera tastefully shows just hints of carbon in all the right places.

Plus, with Koenigsegg only building about 25 cars a year, it makes a Lamborghini seem as common as a Camry.

Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype – Jason Siu, News Editor:

Although Sami believes I’m some devoted AMG follower, my favorite debut from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show isn’t some exotic supercar or twin-turbo monster with a four-digit horsepower count. In fact, it’s a car that will have a price tag under $25,000 when it finally arrives dealerships: it’s the Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype. Growing up, I was a crazed Honda fanatic and I always wished the Honda Civic Type R would make it to the U.S. Now, nearly two decades later the U.S. will finally be blessed with one. Even if the production model is toned down compared to the concept seen at Geneva, one can only hope the Civic Type R will be as aggressive as the prototype. I’ll take the neon green accents, matte paint job and all! Let’s just hope Honda sticks a signature red badge back on the front grille and trunk and we have ourselves a winner.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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