These aren't your run-of-the-mill crossovers and SUVs.
The Geneva Motor Show isn't your typical consumer auto show. Along with the occasional crossover or sedan, Geneva tends to draw out the wackiest and most absurd vehicles from the companies you've heard of as well as a few you haven't. Now that the show has wrapped up, we wanted to round up some of the oddest cars from Geneva 2019 that you may have missed.
If you think a Rolls-Royce is special enough without any modification, you clearly haven't been to Geneva. This coach-built car is called the Eadon Green ZRR, which appears to be a Rolls-Royce Dawn underneath. Its powerplant is a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 producing 601 horsepower which now sits under an all-new body. We don't know how much it costs but if you have to ask, you can't afford it.
So, you want all the luxury of a Rolls-Royce with the subtlety of a van? Well, the folks at Okcu Automotive have the perfect vehicle for you. Okcu specializes in turning Mercedes vans into luxurious masterpieces fit for even the most over-the-top rapper or dictator. One of its vans will cost around 150,000 euros while this special edition Treasure Edition model, which includes real gold trim inside, costs around 250,000 euros.
Most reveals in Geneva are big and powerful but there are some tiny cars on display as well. Smart revealed the Forease Concept at last year's Paris Motor Show but decided to add a roof with the Forease+ at Geneva. While this concept certainly looks cool, we don't think it will be enough to get people talking about the Smart brand.
Contrary to Smart's tiny concept car, Honda's E Prototype caused a stir at Geneva. This affordable, retro-style EV is designed to go 124 miles on a charge with deliveries starting in 2020. Sadly, it won't be coming to the US.
Unlike many of the other EV concepts at Geneva, the Volkswagen ID Buggy will go into production with the US market included. We can't wait to test out the rear-mounted electric motor with 201 hp on a dirt road. It may not be particularly fast with a 7.2 second 0-60 time and a top speed of 99 mph but who really cares on dirt? The ID Buggy should also be affordable, with VW claiming it will cost around the same as a Golf.
With regards to retro-styled cars at this year's show, few could touch the Hispano Suiza Carmen. Only 19 examples of this boutique cars will be built starting at $1.7 million. For that whopping sum, you do get plenty of power from a two-motor electric drivetrain. The Carmen develops over 1,000 hp, enabling a 0-60 sprint of under three seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph.
If you'd like your electric sports car to have classic looks, the Piech Mark Zero may be more your speed. The Mark Zero is the brainchild of Ferdinand Porsche's grandson, so you know the company has plenty of heritage. The car itself has plenty going for it as well, with 400 hp from three electric motors and a claimed driving range of over 300 miles.
Italdesign DaVinci Electric GT is yet another electric sports car with a surprising amount of heritage. The car itself was named to celebrate Leonardo DaVinci's 500th birthday and Italdesign is well-known for creating beautiful sports cars like the Nissan GT-R50. The DaVinci Electric GT was designed to be an EV, plug-in hybrid, or gas-engined sports car in order to attract a larger automaker to buy its design and put it into production.
It wasn't just electric cars wowing the crowds at Geneva, hybrid cars had their share of representation as well. The Puritalia Berlinetta mates a front-mounted 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with a rear electric motor to produce an astonishing 965 hp. 0-62 mph is said to take just 2.7 seconds and the top speed is a claimed 208 mph. Only 150 will be built starting at $627,000.
Perhaps the strangest car we saw at Geneva was the GFG Style Kangaroo Concept. GFG Style, an Italian company founded by legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son, call the Kangaroo Concept a "hyper SUV." Two electric motors combine to produce 483 while a 90-kWh battery pack provides over 280 miles of range. 0-62 mph is estimated at 3.8 seconds and the car tops out at 155 mph.