Cars ranging from sexy to wacky turn up at the Geneva Motor Show
Show of speed and power The street-friendly McLaren 675LT (above), the feminine Aston Martin DBX and the compact Lexus LF-SA. -- PHOTO: MCLAREN

This year's Geneva Motor Show throws political correctness to the wind with a wild display of power, speed and sheer audacity.

Starting with the  Aston Martin DBX concept, a crossover-like vehicle that is said to be a model designed to win women over to the overly masculine brand. It is powered by in-wheel motors electrified by lithium-sulphur cells.

Drive-by-wire electric steering, toughened glass with an auto-dimming inter-layer, and bespoke driver and passenger head-up displays are part of the package (although the production version - if it is ever made - will be less revolutionary).

There is also the Aston Martin Vulcan, a super-aggressive sports model powered by a 7-litre V12 producing more than 800bhp - making it one of the least efficient machines around, but also one of the most audacious.

With a production run of only 24 units, they will be gone before you can spell "astonishing". If registered in Singapore, it would cost close to $8 million. But since it is a track-only model (not street-legal), it should be half the price. A steal, really.

Visitors will not miss the Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 even if they tried. This is the kind of car Bentley should aspire to build, not bulky, ugly SUVs.

Just one look at the concept car and all your preconceived notions about Bentley being an ancient brand with no unique proposition will melt away.

Its flowing fluid silhouette aside, the experimental car boasts clever innovation. For example, the classic and purposeful Bentley knurled surface is a feature throughout the controls of the car, but now created using steel and copper together to create a two-metal 3-D texture.

Continuing the fusion of traditional materials and contemporary design, the doors of the car feature 3-D quilting, milled directly into solid straight-grain cherry wood. Each resulting diamond is finished with a copper centre.

The Audi R8 is reborn with a revised all-wheel-drive system to cope with its new 5.2-litre V10 engine's 610bhp output. Weighing less than its predecessor, the latest R8 attains a top speed of 328kmh and does the 0-100kmh dash in 3.2 seconds.

With more extensive use of aluminium and carbon fibre, the car is up to 50kg lighter than before.

Boasting the same weight loss is the new  Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce, the "purest essence" of a Lamborghini supercar. Its naturally aspirated V12 puts out 750bhp. With improved aerodynamism and tweaked suspension for better grip, the all-wheel-drive accelerates to 100kmh in 2.8 seconds and on to a top speed of more than 350kmh, making it the fastest series production Lambo ever.

Utilising half the cylinders of the LP750-4 SV but packing nearly just as much heart-stopping performance is the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Powered by a 4-litre six-cylinder engine with 500bhp and 460Nm, the car hits the century mark in 3.3 seconds and the 200kmh mark in 10.9 seconds. The RS has set a lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife of 7 minutes 20 seconds - nine seconds faster than the wild Porsche Carrera GT supercar.

In the spotlight too is the McLaren 675LT, a track-focused, street-friendly sports car inspired by the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR "Longtail". With wider tracks, lighter but stiffer springs, a quicker steering system and enhanced aerodynamism, the 675LT is not just about sheer speed. It is also said to be driveable and efficient.

Weighing just 1,230kg, the car uses a seven-speed dual-clutch autobox that is twice as fast as before. Its newly developed Ignition Cut technology is a feature adopted from F1, which sees a momentary cut of the fuel spark on gearshift. This delivers the fastest change possible and is accompanied by a dramatic aural "crack" on both upshift and downshift. Its revised electronic stability control gives the driver greater control over throttle and brake inputs.

You do not have to be a tycoon to enjoy a sporty and well-designed car. The Kia Sportspace concept is the Korean brand's answer to wagons such as the Audi A6 Avant and Volvo V70 - but way sexier. The futuristic concept wagon is powered by a 2-litre direct-injection turbocharged engine generating 250bhp. The car measures 4,855mm long, 1,870mm wide and 1,425mm tall. Its 2,840mm wheelbase promises lots of interior space.

And what about the Lexus LF-SA concept (see picture above)? Doesn't it just make you drool? The compact crossover is merely 3,400mm long, 1,700mm wide and 1,430mm tall, making it the smallest Lexus. But what a visual punch it delivers. Its 2+2 cabin layout gives priority to the driver. The driver's seat is fixed and the steering wheel and pedals are adjustable, bringing the vehicle to the driver rather than vice versa. The front passenger seat is slide-adjustable to allow access to the rear. Its infotainment system includes a hologram-style digital display. Wow.

More wacky than wild is the  Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Yes, a topless SUV - just the car you need for trekking through forest trails. Just look out for bird and bat poo from above.

Besides showing off the car in Geneva, Land Rover released a video of the lightly disguised car being driven through one of London's new Crossrail MRT tunnels.

The Suzuki iM-4 and Suzuki iK-2 are concept cars which may well be in showrooms before 2018.

The iM-4 is a crossover that features straight lines, a sunglass-like front grille and a helmet-like roof. Blacked-out A- and B-pillars, a clamshell bonnet and flared bumpers make the iM-4 even more interesting.

The iK-2 uses a new platform that is lighter and more rigid, thus improving fuel efficiency, safety, handling, stability and refinement. The modular format also allows Suzuki to bring to market new models faster than before.

The Nissan Sway is easily the most eye-catching model to have been produced by the Japanese maker. Measuring 4,010mm long, 1,780mm wide and 1,385mm tall with a 2,570mm wheelbase, the Sway is a Note-sized hatch with an edgy, sci-fi styling. It does away with B-pillars, freeing up clutter and space.

Inside, it has lightweight seats with an exposed aluminium structure and covered in a premium suede-like fabric. Colour coordination sees the use of strong blue and orange themes, complementing the exterior. If Nissan ever makes it, and if it ever exports it to Singapore, it will probably be called something else.