Mansory Rolls-Royce Ghost (© Richard Dredge - Microsoft/Magic Car Pics)

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The Most Outrageous Cars in Geneva

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By Dan Trent of MSN Autos

Motor shows are meant to be a chance for carmakers to escape the real world for a little while and indulge their wildest 4-wheeled fantasies. And here in Geneva, even in these supposedly recession-hit times, certain cars on display toss good sense, good taste and restraint out the window as a result. It’s not just the boutique tuners, either; mainstream manufacturers aren’t shy of some outrageous posturing. Aston Martin, Nissan and Porsche are among those displaying cars that can only be described as outrageous. We scoured the show floor to come up with the 10 most extreme vehicles we could find, those that make every other piece of sheet metal look shy and retiring by comparison. Enjoy the freak show.

Mansory Rolls-Royce Ghost (© Richard Dredge - Microsoft/Magic Car Pics)

Mansory Rolls-Royce Ghost

Tasteful, classy, refined — the Rolls-Royce Ghost is all of these things. However, the mod from Swiss super tuner Mansory is clearly not. The tuner describes it as “breathtaking individualization,” which, to be fair, isn’t far from the truth. Purple paint with gold trim certainly isn’t shy, and nor are the performance enhancements. The factory Ghost packs a powerful 6.6-liter V12 engine producing 570 horsepower. But Mansory took it even further with its ECU tuning by squeezing an additional 150 horses out of it. The V12 now develops an impressive 720 horsepower and an astounding 752 lb-ft of torque. The result is a Roller that’ll sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 192 mph.

Aston Martin Cygnet (© Richard Dredge - Microsoft/Magic Car Pics)

Aston Martin Cygnet

The Cygnet is a production car based on the Toyota iQ. Inexplicably, it’s equipped with the front end of an Aston Martin V12 Vantage and has a posh luxury interior. It is also to be sold for $45,000 to $75,000 to buyers who want an expensive city car. This is a creation that even the most severe tuners would hesitate doing, which makes the fact that the Cygnet really is going to be sold as an Aston Martin even more outrageous. For those who want an inexpensive city car, the iQ sells for about $14,000 in Europe.

Hamann Tycoon Evo M (© Richard Dredge - Microsoft/Magic Car Pics)

Hamann Tycoon Evo M

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To be honest, the BMW X6 M doesn’t really need any extra help in the outrageousness department. Regardless, German ubertuner Hamann decided to give it a whirl and up the extreme factor. The result is the Tycoon Evo M, perhaps the most offensive utility vehicle ever made. With that said, one has to admire this car for its sheer excess. Hamann has upped the power by 115 ponies to 670 horses, added bucket-sized center exhausts, a carbon-fiber hood and 23-inch (yes, you read that right) wheels. Hamann says the mods are good for a 4.2 second sprint to 62 mph and a top speed of 186 mph.

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Concept (© Richard Dredge - Microsoft/Magic Car Pics)

Porsche 918 Spyder

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Does the Porsche 918 Spyder qualify for every single Top 10 from Geneva? Yes, it would appear it does. Porsche’s admittedly stunning plug-in hybrid earns astonishment purely on the basis of the claims made on its behalf. Looking a bit like a Carrera GT evolved, the 918 Spyder is powered by both a 500-horsepower V8 engine and a pair of electric motors (one for each axle) producing an additional 218 horses. At full gallop, the concept can theoretically reach 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach 198 mph on the high end. Porsche says it can also achieve 78 mpg and emit just 70 g/km of CO2. OK, a Nürburgring lap time of less than seven minutes, 30 seconds isn’t too astonishing for a new Porsche supercar. But getting nearly 80 mpg while doing it? That’s truly outrageous. In a wonderful way, of course.

FAB Design Porsche Panamera (© Richard Dredge - Microsoft/Magic Car Pics)

FAB Design Porsche Panamera

Already aesthetically challenged, the last thing the Porsche Panamera needed was to be reversed at speed into a pile of mismatched body kit addenda. But, whoops, that seems to be what’s happened over at FAB Design. The Swiss tuner has taken the Panamera and made a monstrosity, complete with gold leather interior. The car’s exterior consists of a new front end with big air inlets, a circumferential front spoiler, a carbon-fiber hood, flared fenders and wheel arches, new side skirts and a redesigned rear spoiler. An integrated rear diffuser is split by three trapezoidal tailpipes. A carbon-fiber rear wing is fitted to improve aerodynamics. FAB says the 4.8-liter turbo engine will be modified to a great extent, resulting in an expected maximum power output of up to 700 horsepower. Anyone idiotic enough to buy this vehicle — and we use that term lightly — deserves every ounce of abuse he’ll undoubtedly get.

Koenigsegg CCXR (© Perry Stern)

Koenigsegg CCXR

Anything from Koenigsegg would qualify as outrageous, not least its near-purchase of Saab. Now that its bid to go mainstream has been quashed, it’s back to business as usual for the company; i.e., building beautifully engineered but utterly mental supercars. In stock form, the 1,018 horsepower CCXR would be outrageous enough to make this list. But now it has the ability to run on pure ethanol. Yes, that’s right, a supercar fueled by booze designed for the biofuel rich Brazilian market. Are you kidding me?

Fornasari Racing Buggy (© Fornasari)

Fornasari Racing Buggy

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The pickings are so rich for this top 10 on the Fornasari stand that it’s hard to know which of its cars to choose for this selection; the hand-built, Chevy V8-powered luxury 4x4s certainly are eye-popping in their extravagance. The luxury-yacht-inspired Tender, complete with wooden deck, is fairly mad, as is the bewinged Group B. But it’s the tuner’s 610 horsepower $181,000 Racing Buggy that has to scoop the prize for sheer ludicrousness. It is inconceivable how this “vehicle” ever made it past the drawing board, let alone was re-created in a machine shop.

Nissan Juke (© Richard Dredge - Microsoft/Magic Car Pics)

Nissan Juke

Compared with most of the cars in this group, the Nissan Juke is probably the most mainstream. In fact, the automaker hopes this small crossover will follow in the footsteps of its hugely successful Qashqai. That’s unlikely. While the design is anything but boring, it also borders on the ridiculous. It’s hard to believe that this and the “so dull you could trip over it” Micra hail from the same manufacturer. But the Juke, for all its mad looks, deserves credit for sheer gall and design flair. European drivers will get their choice of three engines, including a diesel and two 1.6-liter gasoline engines, the most powerful being a turbocharged version of the gas engine that produces about 188 horsepower. Continental drivers can also opt for an all-wheel-drive system. You’ll love it or hate it. We love it.

Bugatti Galibier 16C concept (© Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.)

Bugatti 16C Galibier

Introduced as the automaker’s first modern 4-door sedan, the 16C Galibier Concept is a close look at what the production 16C Galibier will look like when it goes on sale (the price tag is estimated to be about $1.6 million). Engineered to be a sedan without peers, the Galibier features a twin supercharged 8.0-liter W16 engine and eight exhaust pipes. (Yup, pretty mad.) But the most over-the-top thing about the Galibier is that it’s not even here on the show floor, even though it took part in parent company VW Group’s pre-show preview. Too uppity to even be seen in public, the 16C Galibier instantly hits new heights of outrageousness.

ABT R8 GTR (© Richard Dredge - Microsoft/Magic Car Pics)


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There is, it seems, absolutely no hint of restraint or good taste among the German tuners. Somebody must be buying these things, too — after all, these firms seem able to fund big stands at major international motor shows. The ABT Audi R8 GTR is certainly a thorough job. To say carbon fiber has been used liberally is an understatement, as the entire car is clothed in the lightweight material. The interior is lathered in carbon fiber as well. In addition to changing the look of the car, ABT has given the R8 more power as well. Its 5.2-liter V10 engine is now rated at 620 horsepower, good for a sprint to 62 mph of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph. Outrageous? Definitely!

Mercedes-Benz F800 Style Concept (© Richard Dredge - Microsoft/Magic Car Pics)

Mercedes-Benz F800 Style Concept

Mercedes-Benz tipped its hand, giving us a clue as to what the future of the company’s design will look like with the F800 Style Concept. Though the rear-sliding doors and futuristic interior help the F800 Style stand out from the rest of the show-car crowd, we’re more likely to see some version of the concept’s face on future Silver Arrow products. The new look moves the company away from the angular layout of the current model lineup and returns it to a more emotive state, akin to the SLS AMG. We like what we see.

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