The Best Cars from Geneva that Won't Come to the US
The Geneva Motor Show plays host to some of the world’s biggest car debuts. Unfortunately, not all of these debuts are fit for our shores. The following vehicles from the Geneva show are the ones for which we are most jealous. These six cars will make the Top Gear boys wish they still had their French driver’s licenses back. 2014 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake:
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Sure, some lucky few folks in the US will get their hands on the supercharged V8 Jaguar XFR-S sedan. That’s great, but we want some junk in the trunk. The XFR-S Sportbrake makes 542 horsepower and 502 pound feet of torque. This wagon will get from zero to sixty in just 4.6 seconds. But the US will not get this wagon.
2014 Abarth 695 Biposto
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The Fiat 500 Abarth is a quick little runabout, but we know what it needs– more power! Fiat’s performance wing has taken the little 500 and tuned its 1.4-liter engine to 190 horsepower. For those keeping track at home, that is 30 more hp than the US version of the 500 Abarth. The 695 Biposto is sold without the rear seats, making for a better power-to-weight ratio. The result is 0-62 mph in just 5.9 seconds– a full second quicker than the US-spec 500 Abarth. Ugh.
2014 Honda Civic Type R
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We have already discussed the merits of the Civic Type R in the context of the absence of fun and passion over at Honda. A 276-horsepower 2.0-Liter inline 4 and a hatchback with a chance to set the track record for FWD cars at the Nurburgring are all things that we’d REALLY like to see this side of the pond. Instead we’re left with the lackluster and underpowered Civic Si.
2014 Audi S1
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228 horses and 279 pound feet of torque in a hatchback with a 6-speed manual and all-wheel drive are all things that we would LOVE to see in a car offered in the states. Too bad we’ll never see such a competent performance hatch from Audi in the US.
2014 Apina B4 Bi-Turbo Cabrio
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When we get our greedy mitts on the BMW M4 convertible we’ll feel a little bit better about the fact that the Alpina B4 won’t come stateside, but the tuned-up version of the 435i droptop has a much classier aesthetic than the M4 will ever have. Beneath the hood, the twin-turbo inline 6 will make 410 horsepower and 442 pound feet of torque– 32 more pound feet than that of the M4.
2014 Volkswagen Scirocco
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This one stings more than the rest, mostly because it is a vehicle that was once available in the American market (refering to the original Scirocco sold in the US in the 1980s). The modern Scirocco was never offered in the US, for fear it would cannibalize the Golf/GTI. The mid-cycle refresh comes through with updated styling, retro details in the interior, and as much as 280 horsepower under the hood. It makes us want to claim German citizenship.