2010 Buggati Galibier
We first heard about Bugatti's latest creation back in November and it's anything but ordinary. The 16C Galibier concept is a four-door luxury sedan , but not just any four-door luxury sedan. This one is capable of a 220 mph top speed and could cost a staggering $1.5 million. That makes the 16C Galibier - when it enters production - the world's fastest, most expensive luxury sedan in the world. And now we have the first live photos available after the Galibier made its public debut ahead of the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, opening tomorrow. At the heart of the Galibier is Bugatti's 8.0-liter W-16 engine lifted nearly intact from the Veyron sports car. Changes include a shift from four turbochargers to two-stage supercharging - a move that gives the sedan smoother acceleration and more low-down torque to better suit its use in a luxury sedan - as well as flex-fuel capability. Yep, you can run your $1.5 million Galibier on ethanol. All-wheel drive, ceramic disc brakes, and the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum all hint at the performance the Galibier is capable of, though the sedan's luxury concessions have not been omitted. For example, the removable Swiss-made Parmigiani Fleurier tourbillion clock set into the car's dashboard, also capable of being used as a desk clock or wrist watch. Inspiration for the Galibier comes from not only the treacherous Alpine pass in the Tour de France, but also the four-door Bugatti Type 57 of decades past - a sedan that bears the same name. We're still waiting for more details on the Bugatti 16C Galibier, which could come over the next couple days at the Geneva show. Stay tuned to MotorTrend.com for all your Geneva show updates with our live coverage page, direct form the show floor March 2 and 3.
2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670 SVC
At $480,325, the LP670-4 SuperVeloce is the most expensive car ever to run in Lightning Lap. It's also the best-sounding—and the loudest, with an engine wail and bellow that could trigger car alarms in the next county. One of our test drivers went out for a fun run without a helmet and later complained of hearing loss. Getting the best out of this lighter and more powerful Murciélago is tricky. On the first day, it had transmission sulk. On the second morning, it just understeered everywhere, and its pace wasn't helped by gearing that's set up for space exploration: We had to use first gear in a couple of places, which didn't seem quite right. The fixed backrest of the seat is awful, too, pushing a helmeted head too far forward for comfort. Eventually, the Lambo came alive when we really started pushing it and the track warmed up: Some of the rear-end grip went away, which allowed us to rotate the big Lambo into corners and get the power down sooner.
2010 ZR1 going at top speeds
This car is a monster
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
In any case, this car can hold its own with most any sports car carrying a price tag of less than a quarter of a million bucks (we expect the SLS AMG to cost about $175K when it makes it over here early next year). AMG was solely responsible for the content of this car, and it shows, as our European correspondent Juergen Zoellter gleefully discovered in a balls-out first drive of an SLS AMG prototype. In his review, Zoellter details the featherweight aluminum space frame (just 531 pounds), as well as the sonorous 6.2-liter V-8 engine, which sits well aft of the front axle and makes an extremely potent 563 hp at 6800 rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm. The AMG-engineered mill comes mated only to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transaxle with multiple shift settings. The traction-control system has a launch mode much like that on the SL63 AMG (and the Porsche 911 GT2, and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, and Aston Martin DBS, and . . .) that could help even your grandmother achieve something close to the 3.6-second 0--60 time Mercedes quotes for the SLS AMG. As for handling, Zoellter sums it up by saying: "It is mind-blowingly simple to drive the SLS quickly." This is something that each one of us here cannot wait to verify for ourselves