Here's the best of the non-Geneva debuts.
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, organizers of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show were forced to cancel the event, which was set to host major reveals from a variety of automakers. Many of the manufacturers set to attend the show decided to host their own private events combined with online reveals while others simply chose to postpone their debuts. Some, like Koenigsegg, just showed up anyway to the abandoned show floor in Switzerland.
Since the 2020 Geneva Motor Show never technically happened, none of these cars are technically considered Geneva reveals. But we have still compiled a list of the best would-be debuts that would have taken place had the Geneva Show gone on as planned.
Volkswagen was among the first automakers to respond to the Geneva cancelation with the early reveal of the generation 2021 Golf GTI. This brand-new model looks like a massive improvement over the seventh-generation model courtesy of an improved 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that now outputs 245 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The interior also looks more advanced than ever and buyers will still have a choice between VW's excellent DSG dual-clutch and an old-fashioned manual.
There was no shortage of roofless two-seaters set to be revealed at this year's Geneva show but we think Bentley has won the day with its creation. The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is a coach-built creation based on the Continental GT Convertible, powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 dishing out 650 hp. It isn't even worth asking how much the Bacalar will cost because all 12 examples have already been sold.
While not as rare as the Bentley, Aston Martin turned plenty of heads with its V12 Speedster. Based on the current Vantage, this creation is limited to just 88 units priced at $950,000. And yes, you can still get one if you've got the cash. Power comes from Aston Martin's 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 producing a whopping 700 hp, which is 50 hp more than the Bentley mentioned above.
BMW revealed a massive grille and if you look closely, there's a car behind it as well. Jokes aside, the BMW i4 Concept previews an all-new electric model that should give the Tesla Model S a run for its money. BMW says the i4 will have an electric motor producing 530 hp with an 80-kWh battery providing around 373 miles of driving range. Production is set to begin in 2021.
Koenigsegg was one of the few companies to show up to the abandoned show floor to reveal two of its new creations. While the 1,600-hp Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut may turn more heads, we were actually more impressed with the Koenigsegg Gemera, the company's first-ever four-seater. The Gemera is not only unique because of its seating configuration, but it also features an advanced twin-turbo three-cylinder engine paired with three electric motors, combining to produce 1,727 hp.
This means the Gemera will be the fastest four-seater in the world with a 0-62 mph time of just 1.9 seconds, and a top speed of 248 mph. Like all cars with a Koenigsegg badge, the Gemera will be incredibly expensive with a price tag of $1.7 million.
Koenigsegg wasn't the only automaker who decided to show up to the otherwise abandoned Geneva show floor. The Czinger 21C, a new American hypercar, was also shown off in Switzerland. The 21C pairs a 2.88-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with two electric motors, combining to produce 1,250 hp. With this much power, Czinger says the 21C takes just 1.9 seconds to hit 62 mph. Only 80 examples will be built and we bet they will be expensive.
Among the reveals from the major manufactures, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class made a pretty big splash. The facelifted E-Class was shown as a sedan as well as a new All-Terrain model to rival the Audi A6 Allroad. An E53 AMG version will also be available sporting a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six with a mild-hybrid system delivering 429 hp.
Hyundai has been stepping up its design in a major way as evidenced by the new Prophecy Concept, which is easily one of the prettiest cars that would have been revealed at Geneva. Very few stats were given on the car, given that it is only a concept, but we expect the design language to appear on a future EV from the Korean brand.
The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne is a limited edition version of the Hispano Suiza Carmen that was revealed at last year's Geneva Motor Show. It is still powered by two electric motors sending drive to the rear wheels but the car now produces 1,100 hp. This is good for a 2.6-second 0-62 mph run and a top speed of 180 mph. Just five examples of the Boulogne will be built out of a total of 19 Carmens. Each one is priced at around $1.835 million.
One the smaller automakers set to appear at Geneva, Morgan revealed its latest sports car, the Plus Four, in its home country of the United Kingdom. The British sports car is powered by a BMW-sourced four-cylinder engine producing 255 hp. It may look as ancient as any other Morgan but this one actually has an all-new bonded aluminum platform shared with the larger Plus Six.
Bugatti only really sells one car, the Chiron, but it comes in various different configurations each built to impress different sub-sections of your billionaire friends. This latest variant, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, is limited to just 60 units and has been built for high-speed cornering on the racetrack. An 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 delivers 1,500 hp, but you'll have to pony up $3.55 million for the experience.
If your goal is to slay supercars on a fraction of the budget, the newest Porsche 911 Turbo is your car. This 992 generation Turbo S arrives packing 640 hp from a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six engine. Sending power to all four wheels through an eight-speed PDK transmission, the Turbo S takes just 2.6 seconds to hit 62 mph or 2.7 seconds if you opt for the convertible. Pricing for the coupe starts at $203,500, while the cabriolet model costs $216,300.
When we drove the McLaren 720S, we couldn't even imagine behind the wheel of an even faster model. But that's exactly what the company decided to build. The McLaren 765LT is the lighter, more powerful, track-focused version of the 720S. It weighs 176 pounds less than the standard car and has more power, with 755 hp coming from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. 0-62 mph takes only 2.7 seconds and only 765 examples will be built.
We thought Alfa Romeo would reveal a new two-door sports car badged as a GTV but the Italian brand actually revealed two hardcore versions of its Giulia sedan. Only 500 examples of the Giulia GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerita) and GTAm will be built, each powered 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 540 hp. The more track-focused GTAm will feature additional carbon fiber and even ditches the rear seats for weight reduction. A four-door car with only two seats? How Italian is that?