Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Base price: $1.3 million.

The 83rd annual International Motor Show opens in Geneva on Thursday, and to celebrate, the luxury manufacturers have released some stunning new models. 

The car picture above is the Ferrari LaFerrari, the Italian carmaker's first hybrid car. The word hybrid might be used lightly here: the LaFerrari emits 330g/km of CO2, which is well above double the European average for new cars. But it's more environmentally friendly than a Range Rover or an Escalade, and the perks are significantly better.

The LaFerrari can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in fewer than three seconds, to 120 mph in fewer than seven seconds, and reach speeds of 230 mph. The V12 engine, together with a 120 KW electric motor, can produce a combined 963 CV of horsepower. 

Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The design, Ferrari says, emphasizes the link between form and function:

The result is an extreme, innovative design which retains close links to the marque’s tradition. This is most evident in its side profile: the car has a sharp, downward-sloping nose and a very low bonnet which emphasises its muscular wheelarches, a clear nod to the gloriously exuberant forms of late-1960s Ferrari sports prototypes.

Automotive News, and Ferrari will only build 499 cars. You may only purchase a LaFerrari if you already own another of the brand's cars.

That's not quite as exclusive as the McLaren P1, though, another hybrid sports car for the super-rich that will be introduced in Geneva. The company is only building 375 cars.

But the LaFerrari and the P1 are practically common compared with Lamborghini's Veneno. There will be only three of these bad boys created -- in white, red, and green, the colors of the Italian flag -- and each has already sold for $3.9 million. Sorry, Charlie! The Veneno goes from zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds, and has a 12-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive and 750 horsepower. It has no hybrid capabilities.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. A map of apartment searches in the U.S.
    Maps

    Where America’s Renters Want to Move Next

    A new report that tracks apartment searches between U.S. cities reveals the moving aspirations of a certain set of renters.

  2. A cat lays flat on a bench at a park on the outskirts of Tokyo.
    Life

    Why Don't Americans Use Their Parks at Night?

    Most cities aren’t fond of letting people use parks after dark. But there are good lifestyle, environmental, and safety reasons to reconsider.

  3. Equity

    Why I Found My Community in a Starbucks

    I was reluctant to support a corporate chain. But in my neighborhood, it’s one of the only places I could have formed a relationship with someone like Sammy.

  4. A man walks by an abandoned home in Youngstown, Ohio
    Life

    How Some Shrinking Cities Are Still Prospering

    A study finds that some shrinking cities are prosperous areas with smaller, more-educated populations. But they also have greater levels of income inequality.

  5. a photo of yellow vest protesters in Paris, France.
    Equity

    To Understand American Political Anger, Look to ‘Peripheral France’

    French geographer Christophe Guilluy has a controversial diagnosis of working-class resentment in the age of Trump, Brexit, and the Yellow Vests.

×