10 Road Rockets That Will Knock You Off Your Feet


March 13, 2017 | BY AFP

Meet the new official members of The Geneva Motor Show.

The Geneva Motor Show is traditionally where supercar makers come to show off their latest cutting-edge creations, and this year was no exception, so much so that the 200mph club now has these exciting new brands.

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 Alpina B5 Biturbo


Available in sedan or station wagon (touring) form, this car starts out as a BMW 5 Series and when Alpina's through tuning it, it's capable of going from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 330km/h (205mph), sending 608hp to all four wheels in the process.

 Brabus 650 Cabrio


What Alpina does to BMWs, Brabus does to Mercedes while maintaining the car's three-year warranty. The 650 Cabrio is based on the current generation Mercedes-Benz C -Class, but benefits from Brabus's upgraded aerodynamics and turbochargers, meaning 650hp, a 322km/h (200mph) top speed and 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds. Not bad for a drop top.

 Ferrari 812 Superfast


This is the fastest series production Ferrari in history and also the most powerful. What makes the car's headline figures -- 800hp, 718Nm torque, 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 211mph -- so remarkable is that they've been achieved through innovations to a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine. Not a turbocharger or hybrid battery pack in sight.

 Koenigsegg Regera 


The car unveiled as a concept last year returned this year as a full production reality including its potentially revolutionary transmission-free drivetrain. Koenigsegg has somehow found a way of ditching the concept of a gearbox altogether. The result is a car that can go from 0-400km/h in under 20 seconds and has 1500hp on tap.

 Lamborghini Huracán Performante


Sometimes, acceleration and top speed alone are not sufficient to judge a car's true capabilities. Luckily Lamborghini decided to take this car around the Nurburgring and break the lap record in order to show exactly what it can do. So, 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, a top speed of 325km/h but more importantly a never before achieved six minutes and 52.01 seconds around the Green Hell.

 McLaren 720S


One of the stars of this year's show, the all-new McLaren is as innovative as it is aesthetically exciting with individual sensors on every wheel to correct the suspension setup and an engine that may only have eight cylinders and four liters of capacity yet thanks to turbos can output 720PS (710hp). That means a 0-100km/h time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 341km/h (212mph).

 Pagani Huayra Roadster


This car's performance data is off the chart thanks to a bi-turbo AMG V12 but most of the 100 people lucky enough to get to own a Huayra Roadster will probably never drive it as they'll be too busy simply looking at it and admiring its beauty such is the car's increadible attention to aesthetic detail.



This is a car that was built to be driven and more importantly, driven past any and all competition. The Ruf CTR is an homage to its now legendary Yellow Bird model that came out in 1987 and embarrassed the world's supercar elite. Thirty years on the idea is to do exactly the same with this toally bespoke carbon fiber and steel tube car. Even the engine -- a 700hp flat six -- was developed solely in-house. Ruf says the car can hit 360km/h (223mph) and go from 0-100km/h in less than 3.5 seconds. Just 30 examples are planned and they're bound to be snapped up fast.

 Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder


The Dutch boutique firm has always been a cut above its peers when it comes to exterior styling and internal appointments. There is no car on the market that offers a cabin as good as that found in a Spyker. However now the engine is just as exciting thanks to a partnership with Koenigsegg that means the new Preliator Spyder is getting a new 600hp V8 specially developed by the Swedish hypercar maker -- a move that Spyker's founder Victor Muller described as the single most important technological advancement at the company since he set it up in 2000.

Zenvo TS1


Despite a shaky start to its life as a supercar builder (early Zenvo cars had a habit of catching fire during testing), 10 years on the Danish company is still going strong and to mark the milestone has launched the TS1 Anniversary edition. The firm says that it will hit an electronically limited 233mph and can go from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds thanks to an in-house developed 1163hp, 5.8-liter V8 and seven-speed transmission.


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