The second day of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show has been almost as interesting as the first. While many of the main events took place yesterday, we’ve spent more time in the enormous halls of Palexpo before doors open to the general public tomorrow.
For our coverage of yesterday's action packed day of launches, surprises, reveals and revelations, click here.
What we love...The Lamborghini Huracan Performante
We (and the rest of the motoring press) have covered the Ferrari 812 Superfast at length, but have paid nowhere near as much attention to another Italian supercar in Geneva this week: the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. It's now more powerful and lighter – 631bhp and a dry kerb weight of under 1.2 tonnes should make it an entertaining drive.
What's more, it comes with a clever aerodynamic system that can vary the amount of downforce that the spoiler gives to each rear wheel. This is the kind of demented wizardry we love Lambo for.
Enjoy fast cars? What about this McLaren 720S.
It delivers 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of more than three times the UK motorway limit. Yours for £208,600.
Wacky racer – the Morgan EV3
At the risk of sounding competitive, Britain won the Geneva Motor Show yesterday. We've already covered the epic Aston Martin Valkyrie, the eminently desirable Range Rover Velar, and the soon-to-be-legendary McLaren 720S. But there's a much smaller UK manufacturer making waves at Geneva, a plucky underdog known for its commitment to tradition and commensurate waiting lists: Morgan.
The tiny Malvern-based firm reintroduced its 3-Wheeler at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, almost 60 years since it stopped building the original. This year, it's brought an all-electric version, one of Andrew English's favourite cars of the 2017 show. There've been some development setbacks, but we're optimistic about this one.
Coolest tech – DS 7 SUV
The DS 7 Crossback made its debut at the Geneva motor show. It's another large SUV – but it's more than that, as DS says, it introduces a great dollop (paraphrasing) of French couture and savoir faire to the genrre.
Not least of its features are the amazing LED headlights. Three pyramid-shaped LED units, with their jewelled backs facing you, glow purple then spin 180 degrees to face outwards when you unlock the car. The three units can rotate up and down as well as side to side. There are five modes, including one for motorway driving, which extends the reach of the beam. After dark, a fourth, cornering light comes into play.
Inside, there's amazing attention to detail. There is the usual premium choices of leathers, metals and wood finishes, but with a peculiarly French flavour - the colours are purples, reds and golds, the leather has an optional patina finish, the stitching is dots rather than dashes (they call it “pearl”). Small details, but they stand out against the competition.
The fully loaded "La Premiere" launch edition of the DS 7 Crossback will cost from about £40,000 to £45,000 – subject to Brexit-related currency fluctuations. The regular range is expected to start from about £30,000 when it appears in UK showrooms early in 2018.
Best drop-top – the Mercedes-Benz E-class cabriolet
When Mercedes launches a new E-class, the world takes notice. There's something about this indefatigable workhorse that makes it a perennial favourite with cabbies all over the world, many of whom consider a six-figure ODO reading "nearly new". The vanilla E-class won UK Car of the Year at the end of February, a decision we're in firm agreement with – we've driven the saloon, the estate, the four-wheel-drive estate, and the high-performance E63, and we reckon they're all excellent.
The newest addition to this range is the E-class Cabriolet. A convertible E-class might seem like a slight contradiction in terms these days, as the model becomes more wafty and comfort-orientated, but the car we saw at Geneva looks like a sensational way to travel.
Our overall favourite – Alpine A110
You'd be forgiven for not knowing who, or what, Alpine is. The French manufacturer hasn't built a car in over 20 years, and apart from occasional motor show outings under the Renault banner, the brand has been largely gathering dust. Now, though, Renault has finally given it something to do.
The Alpine A110 is a small, pretty, mid-engined sports car. Expected to cost around £50,000 when it goes on sale at the start of next year, the A110 is one car that the Telegraph Cars team unanimously want. It has a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds and a (limited) top speed of 155mph, which means it'll mainly rival the Porsche 718 Cayman S, while simultaneously bothering Lotus, some top spec Audi TTs and the gorgeous-but-flawed Alfa Romeo 4C.
For more details, check out our Alpine A110 gallery. We desperately want this car to be good.
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