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Geneva motor show: A Hypercar phenomenon

This year’s Geneva motor show was a very special one indeed. There was three, yes three hypercars unveiled. Including two from Italy and one from Woking. Those amongst you who aren’t lucky enough to have a bulging wallet needn’t worry, as VW had their new Golf GTi on display. Towards the end of last year we reported on the success of the British motor industry during 2012, with the likes of a new Range Rover and the Jaguar F-Type producing headline models, so it’s no surprise there was a lack of British representation this time around. However, Rolls Royce and Jaguar were still on hand to pull out a few crackers.
Ferrari La Ferrari

Ferrari La Ferrari

It’s undoubtedly the star of the show. It’s an extraordinary example of what the Italian’s can do, combining their experiences of producing the world’s greatest sports car with specialist F1 developments. It possesses a 6.2-litre V12 engine producing a monstrous 789bhp, with a 161bhp electric motor backup. The price is a staggering £1,000,040 and Ferrari is only planning to build 499 examples and say most are sold already.  

McLaren P1

At much more modest £866,000, the P1 is the steal of the show. The La Ferrari is a bit quicker than the P1 in all departments, but since both have performance that’ll smash anything else out there. It’s a bit irrelevant, but try telling that to the buyers. The P1 has a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 with 727bhp and a 176bhp electric motor providing a combined 903bhp.
McLaren P1

Lamborghini Venemo

If you’re looking for exclusivity then look no further than the Lamborghini. If you want to be the only kid with a new hypercar then forgot the Ferrari and McLaren – because the Veneno is for you. Lamborghini will produce only three of these £3 million masterpieces and guess what? All three are sold.  

VW Golf GTi

The car that brought the hot hatch to the masses is back. The MK7 Golf is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and will come with two power options for the first time ever - the standard 217bhp and a Performance Package version with 227bhp. Both should be in showrooms by June.
Jaguar XFR-S

Jaguar XFR-S

Jaguar has been doing things a little different of late and there’s evidence of that in the XFR-S. It’s Jaguar’s fastest saloon car ever, reaching 0-62mph in 4.6sec and has a top speed of 186mph. Jaguar hasn’t skimped on the chassis either, front suspension components and a completely new rear subframe has been added. It’ll go on sale next year at around £80,000.  

Rolls Royce Wraith

The Wraith, just like Jaguar’s XFR-S, is the most powerful car Rolls has ever build. Its 624bhp V12 will launch it to 62mph in 4.4sec. It’s lower, shorter yet has a wider track than it’s predecessor, The Ghost. But best of all, the car’s eight speed automatic gearbox is told by the car’s GPS system when a corner’s coming so it can drop a cog. It’s set to cost around £215,000 when it goes on sale in the autumn.