For all you well-heeled Angelenos who are in the market for a new Italian stallion, a new Ferrari model is available that will establish you as a high roller. On March 11, the fastest and most powerful Ferrari ever built, the Ferrari LaFerrari, took Autoweek’s Best in Show award at the 2013 Geneva auto show.
Both the horsepower and the price tag are up in the stratosphere. If you demand 950 horses and have a spare $1.5 million lying around, this studly machine has your name on it. “The Geneva Auto Show revealed some fantastic cars that will dazzle crowds with their looks, power and features,” said Autoweek Editor Wes Raynal. He added, “One of those high-ticket items is the $1.5 million LaFerrari hybrid supercar. Some are calling it the car with the funny name; we call it the ‘Best in Show.’” News Editor Greg Migliore added, “LaFerrari is easily the most memorable car at the show. Years from now, we’ll always remember how we were taken with the looks and superlative power of the successor to the legendary Enzo. From the raw performance to the striking appearance, everything about LaFerrari is breathtaking.” Also under consideration for the award was the McLaren P1.
If a high-end Ferrari does not float your boat, Autoweek awarded some other vehicles that might interest you. The Giugiaro Parcour took away the Best Concept award. The vehicle is part dune buggy and part supercar; it boasts a 550 HP Lamborghini V10 and all-wheel drive. “We were just blown away by the Parcour,” said Raynal. He added, “We’ve never seen anything like it. It was by far the best concept in Geneva.” Others considered for the award were the Pininfarina Sergio, Kia Provo, Audi A3 E-tron, Land Rover Defender EV, and Toyota FT-86 Open
For the Most Significant category, the Mercedes-Benz CLA took away the prize. “The CLA opens up the world of Mercedes to a whole new generation of buyers,” explained West Coast Editor Mark Vaughn. He added, “And it does it much better than the old C230 Kompressor hatchback ever could.” Also under consideration was the Volkswagen XL1.
Although VW lost out in the Most Significant category, the Volkswagen GTI was dubbed the Most Fun. “The GTI is the hottest of hatches—it’s powerful, sharp and carries a smoldering intensity,” said Migliore. He added, “We would love to carve up the roads around Geneva or anywhere in this little pocket rocket.” Other funsters under consideration were the McLaren P1, Audi RS6 Avant, Porsche 911 GT3.
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