Digital Trends just returned from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show — one of the most significant auto shows in the world. While we were there, we glimpsed all of the latest and greatest automotive offerings. Of all the shiny bits of metal unveiled in Switzerland, though, 3 grabbed our attention. So we decided we ought to compile the best into one list. In alphabetical order, here they are.
1. Aston Martin DBX
1. Aston Martin DBX
Thought that Aston would never make a crossover or an EV? Well, that was mighty stupid of you, because it has gone and made both … in one! Meet the DBX and it shows the way forward for a new class of Astons, ones that should attract a different kind of buyer to the British brand. Each wheel has its own electric motor, so no linkage is needed, leaving loads of room in the platform for passengers. And what lucky passengers they are indeed, as the DBX has a simply stunning interior.
2. Aston Martin Vulcan
Now for something completely different from Aston: the 800-horsepower Vulcan. Standing at the Aston booth in Geneva, I asked an Aston rep if the production car – limited to 24 examples – will actually look like that. Aside from a few minor tweaks, he assured me, it will indeed. That’s good for the lucky chaps who can afford the Vulcan. Sadly, it won’t mean much to you, because you’ll never see one on the street, as it’s a track-only V12 monster. Curse and bless you, Aston.
3. 2017 Audi R8
The first-gen Audi R8 had a good, eight-year run. Now, though, it’s time for a new one … and the 2017 Audi R8 seems to be very promising so far. Gone are the manual transmission and the V8 options. In their place, Audi has included two flavors of V10 – 540 or 610 ponies – and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, which sends power to all four wheels through a new quattro system. Though based upon the Lamborghini Huracan, the R8 has its own wheel track and suspension, which should make it a bit more livable. And if you want something totally different, there’s an all-electric e-tron version, too.
4. Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept
Just when we thought Bentley design couldn’t get any finer, the Crew, England crew (sorry, not sorry) has gone and reshaped what we thought was possible by combining old-world charm and cutting-edge tech. With 3D-printed steel and copper metalwork accented by milled, quilted woodwork, the softest leather we’ve ever felt, and a curved 12-inch touchscreen, the Speed 6 is a study in modern bespoke luxury. And, though we don’t know what’s under the metallic British racing green hood, we don’t care; we’re in love with the concept anyhow.