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Top 5 supercars from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show has always been a favorite event for carmakers to show off their highly powered supercars.

In the past years, some of the most prominent supercars unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show are the 759-hp Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 and the 1,479-hp Bugatti Chiron.

Now, the 87th edition of the Geneva Motor Show this year is no exception, as major carmakers are also strutting their supercar offerings – in production or in concept. Here are some of them.

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Lamborghini CEO mulls a car to rival the McLaren Senna and Aston Martin Valkyrie

McLaren has already commenced the production of the McLaren Senna sports car this year. On the other hand, Aston Martin will start building the much-anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar in 2019. There is no doubt that there is overwhelming interest in these limited-series production cars, and the top honcho of Italian sports car maker Lamborghini won't let such opportunity pass by.

Stefano Domenicali, chief executive of Automobili Lamborghini, has disclosed to Autocar that the Italian sports car maker is seriously considering building an “extreme aero” limited-series production car that would compete against the like of the McLaren Senna and Aston Martin Valkyrie.

According to Domenicali, Lamborghini’s possible new limited-series production car would be “in the vein of Centenario and Veneno,” which are both limited production hypercars that fetched millions of Euros in price. Lamborghini only built 40 examples of the Centenario, of which 20 are coupes and 20 are roadster. The production run for the Lamborghini Veneno was more limited, as only five coupes were built (only three were sold to customers) and only nine roadster versions were produced.

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Aston Martin shows interior of new Valkyrie hypercar in newly released images

The upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie is definitely one of the new cars that the automotive world is waiting for. With a total output of whooping 1,130 hp from its immensely dynamic powertrain, the Valkyrie is touted as a hypercar from the gods, and Aston Martin is making a case of it by posting official images of this new creation on Instagram.

Aston Martin released not just one but three official images of the Valkyrie on Instagram. One of these images show the Valkyrie as viewed from top, while another presents the hypercar from the side. Aston Martin was also kind enough to offer a glimpse of the interior of the Valkyrie. The British carmaker said the cabin of the new Valkyrie is minimalistic.

As the image show, the interior of the hypercar is dipped in carbon fiber. Interestingly, the driver takes on a reclined “feet up” position once he or she is behind the steering wheel of the Valkyrie, as inspired by the current Formula 1 race cars.

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Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder arrives in style

Exactly one year ago on March 6th, Lamborghini decided to finally reveal the Huracan Performance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. This year, the automaker decided to get rid of the coupe’s roof for the same event that is held yearly in Switzerland. The Spyder pretty much has everything you would want in the fixed roof model, but only this model can pull off this type of body style, with the open top.

Even with the company’s same Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), the soft top Spyder has not been hampered in any way. The reason for the ALA is for it to create the sleekest body possible and consequently boost performance. The droptop Huracan also borrowed the coupe’s revised four-wheel drive system, along with an upgraded suspension and the optimized stability control.

Aside from that, Lamborghini’s engineers gave the droptop a lot of forged carbon fiber bits to cut down a total of 35 kilograms (77 pounds) over the standard Huracan Spyder, while also fiddling with its steering. The model now weighs 1,507 kilograms (3,322 pounds) when dry - distributed 43:57 front/rear. The fabric roof can then be lowered at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour).

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The Aston Martin Valkyrie is probably the most futuristic looking vehicle that is out today. In fact, it looks like a spaceship on wheels and could perfectly star in a Sci-Fi movie. Having that, it is actually currently being developed by Gaydon, together with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to make it perform even better than it already does.

It’s a limited edition model with only 150 units to be produced. However, every single example has already been accounted for. Now, one future owner of this car revealed to us what he has planned for his vehicle.

The Valkyrie’s style alone is already pretty much out of this planet, as you can see here in 95 percent ready production form. Now, the owner chose to get the Lunar Red paint to finish his car, but with one ingredient the automaker, or the industry has never used before: dust from the Moon.

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With 1,130 horsepower at its disposal thanks to a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine with a KERS-style electric drivetrain, the new Aston Martin Valkyrie is a highly potent machine on the road and even on the track. It will even be offered as the track-exclusive Aston Martin AMR Pro race car. A stint at the world’s oldest sports car endurance race – the 24 Hours or Le Mans – could be possible in the future for a racing version of the Valkyrie, according to Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer in an interview with Autocar magazine.

Racing at the Le Mans today would seem weird for a track-only version of the Aston Martin Valkyrie. The track-exclusive AMR Pro version of the Valkyrie has been tweaked – boasting more power and more aerodynamic devices – to deliver a kind of performance near to Formula One racers or Le Mans Prototype units. However, it cannot compete in the top class of the Le Mans – the LMP1 – as restricted by the current rules and regulations set by the motor racing’s governing body, the FIA.

Currently, FIA rules for the Le Mans – in particular the LMP1 category – only allow prototype racers to enter the event. The focus of the Le Mans or any other endurance race is on prototype racers, not relying on just speed, but also reliability and efficiency. This is why hybrid systems have recently become the overall winners of Le Mans’ top category. Since only prototype racers are allowed in the top class, there is no way for a race version of the Aston Martin Valkyrie to participate. After all, the Valkyrie is a road car but with amazing power, and any version based on it becomes a road-derived race car.

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In was in March 2017 when Aston Martin gave the world its first look at the Valkyrie hypercar. Back then, the brand also revealed that it would create 25 models that are track-exclusive with 150 units being road versions.

While the track-only model was developed at the same time as the road version, it does not face any considerations or limitations faced during road use. Indeed, the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is a track-only evolution of the brand’s most extreme model. This model is truly the ultimate expression when it comes to performance. The Valkyrie AMR Pro is the brainchild of one of Formula One’s most successful designer, Adrian Newey. The actual model is a result of a unique partnership between Red Bull Advanced Technologies and the brand as well as with project partner AF Racing.

Powering this hypercar is the Cosworth-built 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine, expected to deliver more power and even greater torque. The increases are due to the significant recalibration of the engine as well as the modifications on the emission control system equipped in the road version. It is important to note that the Rimac Energy Recovery System’s output is still the same though the controls systems are expected to be re-programmed.

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Not many people got a chance to own one of the limited-run Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar. And if you are one of the few lucky ones, Andy Palmer of Aston Martin has a message to give you, and you better take him seriously.

On July 5th, Andy Palmer posted on Twitter making it clear that Valkyrie buyers should not even attempt to sell their build spot for some extra money, as these people will lose the car, and will be banned. And it doesn’t end there, as they never be able to get another special vehicle. He made it clear that they will be able to identify those who tries to flip their reservation slots. Andy Palmer wrote this as a response to a certain @woodsypedia on Twitter with regards to the proposed built slot seen on PistonHeads Classifieds.

This action by Palmer was triggered when a listing by a seller named Knight International cited an “Aston Martin Valkyrie 2019 Build Slot”. On the website, you will find “Price on Request”. However, the tweet that Palmer responded to shows a £9,999,999 ($12.9 million) price tag. How insane is that.

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The Holy Trinity of hypercars may not be accessible anymore after being discontinued, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see any more hypercars in the future. What we know is that two high-end automakers are developing something for us. One of those is McLaren with the three-seater successor of the F1, and the other is Aston Martin with the Valkyrie. But as early as now, both are already sold out. That’s crazy fast!

One car that probably everyone is waiting for is Aston Martin’s new hypercar, the Valkyrie. Why? Because it is almost as powerful as the Koenigsegg’s One:1 hypercar that can produce 1,300 horsepower. But what’s even more impressive it the fact that it is 727 pounds lighter than the Koenigsegg too, weighing at only 1,030 kilograms (2,270 pounds) and having a total of 1,130 horsepower.

The hypercar has been built with a KERS-style electric drivetrain, paired with a 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12, enabling it to produce that much power. This means that the Valkyrie will have a power to weight ratio better than one horsepower per kilo. It is also 60 pounds lighter than the Mazda Miata. Sources say that the powerful machine will even have a road-legal status.

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You might think that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante Coupe looks impressive. But have you imagined it without a roof? Yes, as a convertible. The fastest car to lap the Nurburging, the Huracan Performante, has been rendered, sans roof - and it looks insanely beautiful.

Just after publishing his rendering of the facelifted Porsche 918 Spyder, Aksyonov Nikita is back at it with the open-top Huracan Performante Spyder he posted on Behance. In the rendering, the car was illustrated without a roof, but even with its cloth top, it will definitely look as gorgeous. Since the roadster has sleek lines, the design naturally blends in with the convertible layout effortlessly.

Though photos and videos of Lamborghini’s Huracan Performante have been taken while it was out on the Nurburging being tested, the prototype is still wrapped in its camouflage, so we still can’t tell how it looks, but it will definitely get a folding soft-top. Just like the coupe, the Performante Spyder will be equipped with a potent 5.2 liter V10 engine that can produce a whopping 630 horsepower (470 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-metres) of torque.

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Lamborghini has officially offered clear proof that the Huracán Performante was able to set a new record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 6:52.01

It was in early March of this year when the brand revealed that this model managed to get that achievement and as proof, it released a video showing the telemetry. While fans were happy with the achievement, there were some who questioned if indeed the record was real.

According to blog BridgetoGantry.com, the speedometer may have not have received the wheel speed but rather the GPS data, which is considered by some as less precise. What the website did was to compare the speedometer of the Huracan Performante with that of the Aventador SV. The website also said that looking at the video, it appeared that the brand had increased the frame rate by as much as 5%. There were also those who supported Lamborghini like Chris Harris of Top Gear who said that while the video may have been edited, it is possible that the lap time is real.

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According to reports, McLaren, who recently has just released the 720S supercar, is already working on a variant of the supercar. During the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the company had recently announced that they are currently developing a Long Tail (LT) version of the McLaren 720S.

McLaren’s “675LT was a huge success” according to CEO Mike Flewitt, so he thought that launching another Long Tail will have great potential to be a hit, as the LT brand has already been recognized by people after the 675LT. And they know what to expect from it.

The 720S, weighing just about 2,800 pounds due to its carbon fiber body, with 710 horsepower is already so light and fast, considering its 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine. So what more can we expect from the upcoming 720S LT? Expect to be blown away. There are rumors that the LT version will have even more power, better driving dynamics, and will weigh even less - just like the 675LT.

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When Aston Martin first gave the world a glimpse of the Vulcan, everyone felt shock and awe. This happened considering that this track-only model was equipped with the V12 engine that could offer 820 hp (611 kW).

Well, be prepared for another surprise as the brand’s talented team of engineers appears to be at it again with a new V12 hypercar that is also street-legal. Hidden under the codename AM-RB 001, Aston Martin revealed that it will be called the Valkyrie, the name given to the female warriors of Norse lore.

Making this hypercar even more impressive is that while it is slated to become what may be the fastest production car there is, it is the result of a collaboration of a number of big names in the industry. In the lead, we recognize Red Bull Advanced Technologies and the Chief Technical Officer of the Red Bull Racing F1 Adrian Newey. Meanwhile, the naturally-aspirated customized 6.5-liter V12 engine was worked on by Cosworth together with Rimac, who will be responsible for the hybrid configuration. Rimac is well-known to many as the one who created the electric Concept One hypercar.

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The 2017 Geneva Motor Show (or the Geneva International Motor Show) is definitely one of the most awaited major automotive shows in the planet.

It has been showcasing the best and the newest that the auto industry could offer –concept cars, production vehicles, tuned units, auto accessories and parts as well as services – since 1905.

Now, in its 87th edition, the 2017 Geneva Motor Show was already guaranteed to be a definite success when it formally opened its doors to the public on March 9, 2017.

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The AM-RB 001 hypercar – a joint project of Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies – has been talked about much in the automotive world since it was officially announced in the middle of 2016. But as announced, AM-RB 001 is just a codename of the new hypercar. The true and actual name of the AM-RB 001 had remained a mystery up until recently, when the partners announced that they have baptized the hypercar as the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

This continues the lineage of Aston Martin’s V cars, starting from the Vantage in 1951. Monikers starting with the letter V are usually reserved for highly desirable cars whose engineering and performance capacities have been taken to the ultimate levels.

There was the Vantage, the Virage, the Vanquish and the Vulcan. Now, the new Aston Martin Valkyrie is continuing this naming tradition, as derived from ancient Norse mythology.

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The 2017 Geneva Motor Show has long been the site where great models are first shown and this year's show is no different. Automobili Lamborghini has revealed the Huracan Perfomante, a model that boasts active aerodynamics with aero vectoring as well as makes use of lightweight technologies. In addition, the brand enhanced the powertrain while putting in an all-wheel-drive system and even a new chassis configuration.

One feature is that the body of the Huracán Performante makes use of aluminum mixed with Forged Composite. Because the Forged Composite was able to use chopped carbon fibers for the resin, it resulted in creating the complex and lightweight geometric shapes that would not have been possible if the usual carbon fiber materials were used.

The Forged Composite was used in different parts that included the spoiler in the front and the rear section, the engine bonnet, the aerodynamic diffuser, and even the bumper in the rear. The result is that the brand was able to lower the overall weight by 40 kilograms.

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Aston Martin and Red Bull’s AM-RB 001 hypercar project is moving along quickly. This time, the project partners have already commissioned a number of technical partners that would help in the development and creation of a new mobile unit that is bound to challenge the current hypercar Trinity.

Nearly a year since Aston Martin, Red Bull and AF Racing announced the project, the partners had the chance to shop for more key technical members that could provide the expertise to achieve utmost success. According to Aston Martin and Red Bull, these key technical partners – Cosworth, Ricardo, Rimac, Multimatic, Alcon, Surface Transforms, Bosch and Wipac – were chosen because of their unrivalled expertise as well as their willingness to further push performance boundaries. These companies will work alongside Adrian Newey and David King, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and Aston Martin’s VP and Chief Special Operations Officer, respectively.

Overseeing the engine for the new AM-RB 001 is renowned engine-maker Cosworth. Cosworth is an engineering company that specializes in building high-performance engines used in high-speed races. In fact, Cosworth boasts of 176 wins as the engine supplier in Formula One, just behind Ferrari. Cosworth will be in charge of designing and building a high-revving 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine for the AM-RB 001.

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The newest version of the Lamborghini Huracan is not a Superleggera, but a Performante. When Lamborghini filed for a patent for a new name, there were still debates whether this would be for a Superleggera or a Performante. Now, we know it is for the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

As its name indicates, the focus of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante is all about performance. While the Huracan Performante is lighter than a typical Huracan by around 90 lbs (40 kg), the weight saved wasn’t that great as the development didn’t focus on making the supercar as light as possible.

Hence, Lamborghini opted to baptize this Huracan as a Performante, instead of Superleggera (which is the Italian term for “super light”). A performance version of a Lamborghini Huracan is clearly at another level, considering that this supercar is already a true performer on the road.

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Even when Aston Martin has been mum about the upcoming AM-RB 001 hypercar, Marek Reichman at least has something new to say. In a recent interview with Australia’s Motoring, the chief designer talked about the AM-RB 001’s 250mph top speed as well as its impressive 4.5 cornering G-force.

Aston Martin’s RB-001, according to Reichman, will have the 1,000hp naturally aspirated V12 with up to 6.0-7.0-litre engine displacement. More so, it will come with Xtrac’s single clutch sequential gearbox.

If you can recall, it was earlier reported that the engine was estimated to deliver up to 11,000 rpm. But according to the latest word from the man himself, the hypercar can only rev up to 9,500 rpm. Not bad. Since it’s a totally new engine, at least we’ll be expecting it would be made mostly of aluminium with maybe some parts in carbon fibre.

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Many had wished that a Lamborghini Huracán Superleggera would somehow make a surprise debut at the recently held Paris Motor Show. Sadly, not a single Lamborghini appeared anywhere in sight. Much to everyone’s dismay, we are still hoping to see one in the next several months or probably at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. While waiting for this to happen, allow us to share what we just found out.

Though there are no official announcements (yet) regarding the launching of a Lamborghini Huracán Superleggera, we are quite positive that things are likely heading this way. The spy pictures are literally everywhere. Only recently, the Italian automaker has also filed for a trademark in Europe and is probably for the new Lamborghini Huracán Performante. Although the trademark description has not been disclosed, the filing was placed under paper goods, toys, clothing, electronics and vehicles.

What we have at the moment are pictures of the Gallardo Spyder Performante, which we think will look brilliant if Lamborghini will come up with a possible combination of Spyder and Superleggera for the same. If the recently trademarked vehicle will follow Gallardo’s footprint, it would definitely be an awesome combination, don’t you think?

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