And that number doesn't include honorable mentions.
It’s honestly too hard to pick just one. Really. If you get the chance to experience any of these wonderful machines in-person then you’ll understand what we mean. After posting Top 5 hypercar and supercar lists, and combined with other input, we’ve compiled the grand finale: Geneva 2016’s Best in Show list – with a total of more than 5,000 hp. The chosen few will undoubtedly become automotive history icons in the years ahead, and here they are in no particular order:
Duh, of course the Bugatti Chiron is going to make this list. With 1,500 hp, a 310 mph top speed, and a $2.6 million sticker price, the Bugatti Chiron, in the words of brand CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, "is the best car in the world." Hard to argue with the man because just look at the thing. While some (like me) thought its Veyron predecessor looked like a beached whale, the Chiron has much better overall dimensions, a more aggressive stance, and a sleeker appearance. The interior? Absolutely gorgeous. The Chiron is an instant icon and its eight-year lifespan has only begun.
Only 991 units are planned and Porsche will easily sell them all. The 911 R was made in direct response to GT3 RS owners who weren’t happy about the lack of a manual transmission offering. Fortunately, Porsche was paying attention. But instead of tossing in the 911 Carrera’s seven-speed manual, a six-speed manual was specifically developed instead. Awesome. With the familiar 4.0-liter flat-six on hand, the 911 R is a proper tribute to the glorious homologation car from the 1960s.
Would you expect anything less from Lamborghini? Of course not. The Centenario is a 770 hp, all-wheel drive animal built in celebration of Ferrucio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday. A V12? Check. Top speed in excess of 200 mph? Try 217 mph. Plenty of carbon fiber components? Oh yeah, weighing only 3,351 lbs. The Centenario will obviously be limited in production (20 coupes, 20 roadsters) and is priced at $1.9 million a pop. Mr. Lamborghini, your company has never been in better hands.
Christian von Koenigsegg is a genius. A god damn genius. He’s also one of the nicest, most humble people in this business. But his latest, the Regera, is anything but humble. It’s a 1,500 hp Swedish masterpiece that doesn’t even have a transmission. The Regera prototype was unveiled last year in Geneva and now it’s time for the production version. All of that power comes from a 1,085 hp 5.0-liter turbocharged V8 paired with a 704 hp electric motor. This could very well be the blueprint for future hypercar drivetrains.
Every Pagani is a work of art, but the Huayra BC could very well be Horacio Pagani’s finest street legal execution of art and science so far. Named in honor of Pagani’s first customer, the Huayra BC is much more than a "standard" Huayra. Aside from the roof, the two vehicles don’t share a single body panel. Pagani opted to cut as much weight as possible instead of going with hybrid propulsion for maximum performance. Thing was, the required carbon fiber didn’t exist, so Pagani developed it. With a titanium weave, this new carbon fiber is 50% lighter and 20% stronger than the typical stuff. Power, of course, comes from an AMG-built 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 with a total of 789 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque. Just 20 examples are planned.
Honorable Mentions: BMW M2: Because it’s the most affordable, best-all around driver’s car on the market today. Period. Apollo Arrow: Because it’s the start of a new era for the company formerly known as Gumpert. It has the potential for greatness. Arash AF10: 2,080 hp of street legal awesomeness. Enough said. Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport: According to GM, the C7 Grand Sport is as fast around its Milford Proving Ground as the C6 ZR1. We’re sold.