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Old-School Appreciation - 2017 Geneva Motor Show

We find some hidden gems at the 87th Geneva Motor Show

Mar 16, 2017

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the most important auto shows when it comes to new vehicle releases and concept car debuts. Just take a look at five of our favorite cars we highlighted from this year's show. There were obviously plenty more reveals, from the Infiniti Q60 Project Black S Concept to the new 911 GT3. However, since this was our first time at Geneva and we're enthusiasts at heart, we made sure to walk every inch of the Palexpo Convention Center in the hopes of finding some hidden gems the ordinary journalist might overlook. Here are some other cool cars that caught our attention:

TechArt Porsche 928 S4

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2017 geneva motor show tech art 928 rear Photo 3/30   |   2017 Geneva Motor Show Tech Art 928 Rear
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Famed tuner TechArt had several cars on display, including a pair of 720hp 911 Turbo S builds, as well as a face-lifted Panamera, but it was really cool to see this 928 S4 in mint condition that wore its front spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser, exhaust, and wheels. The interior was also reupholstered with a combination of leather and alcantara to bring the 928 some modern luxury.

Trio of Brabus SL

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2017 geneva motor show red mercedes convertible Photo 12/30   |   2017 Geneva Motor Show Red Mercedes Convertible

Most spectators were attracted to the Brabus 550 Adventure 4x42, but the popular Mercedes tuner also brought out three different generations of SLs that looked as if they belonged at a Concourse show.

Ford Escort RS Cosworth

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2017 geneva motor show ford escort rs cosworth Photo 14/30   |   2017 Geneva Motor Show Ford Escort Rs Cosworth

It's nothing new and there's definitely a handful floating around our neck of the woods, but seeing a showroom condition Escort RS Cosworth was definitely one of the highlights for us at Geneva. The 227hp, 2.0-liter turbo engine, signature whale tail, a car bred for rally, handling and performance — how can you not geek out to this thing?!

The RUF Booth

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Without a doubt, the main buzz at Geneva was the newest CTR from RUF. Since this was our first time at Geneva, it was equally as cool to see the three previous generations of the CTR as well. The CTR1 is the original "Yellowbird" based on an '87 911. It debuted in April '87 and was already a beast with 500hp, 0-60mph in 3.65 seconds and a top speed of 210mph.

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2017 geneva motor show ruf ctr2 Photo 24/30   |   2017 Geneva Motor Show Ruf Ctr2

In '95, the CTR2 was revealed—a 993 generation 911 that came with option all-wheel-drive. Things like a kevlar body, integrated rollcage, custom suspension and a 520hp twin-turbo 3.6-liter made it a supercar killer. Its 0-60mph was 3.5 seconds and top speed was 220mph—significant improvement from the CTR1.

Lastly, the CTR3, which looks like an extended Cayman. It's an original steel, aluminum, kevlar body designed by RUF, and follow's the Cayman's mid-engine layout. With a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six, it produced 691hp and had a top speed of 240mph. Now you're officially a RUF CTR expert!

Sam Du
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