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Top five cars of the Geneva motor show

Alfa Romeo 4cAt the annual Geneva motor show you'll find the world's most exotic future metal under one roof. Here's our pick of the top cars on show.

The Salon International de l'Auto, to give it its full and proper name, has always been a platform for the biggest and most glamorous manufacturers to launch their latest and most desirable creations.

First established in 1905, the show-attracted manufacturers from all over the globe due to the fact Switzerland lacked an automotive industry of its own.

Swiss neutrality extends to car show

The neutrality meant no one car maker was offered special treatment and that sentiment still rings true today.

Head to the Detroit motor show and Ford, GMC and Chrysler will always take pride of place.

Similarly, in Paris, the likes of Renault, Peugeot and Citroen will all get larger stands and brighter lights. But Geneva seems to favour the bold.

Despite being in its 83rd year, the Geneva motor show rarely fails to tantalise and 2013 is no different.

Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and McLaren all revealed mouth-watering machines. Here's our pick of the best.

Alfa Romeo 4C

It has taken two years for Alfa Romeo to get their seductive two-seater sports car from concept form to reality, pictured above.

And whether the Italian firm has succeeded in capturing the seductive lines of the Spider - famous for its appearance in The Graduate - is down to personal taste.

What we do know is the sub-1000kg model will cost around £50,000 when it hits showrooms later this year- pitching it against the likes of Porsche's Cayman.

Power is slightly down on the German rival at 237bhp but the super lightweight chassis ensures a 0-62mph time of an impressive 4.5 seconds.

Rolls-Royce Wraith

Believe it or not, this elegant cruiser conceals a 624bhp V12 engine underneath the elongated bonnet, making it the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever made.

Rolls Royce WraithThat means well-heeled occupants will be able to enjoy their morning kippers while the Wraith effortlessly wafts them from standstill to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Inside, the staggeringly beautiful, hand crafted interior also receives a dollop of exciting technology.

This includes a satellite-aided transmission that uses GPS to determine the best gear to be in so the car can deliver optimum performance.

Expect to part with £215,000 when it lands in showrooms in autumn.

Lamborghini Veneno

The race was on to create the most exciting, exclusive hypercar the world has ever seen.

Lamborghini VenenoBoth McLaren and Ferrari entered contenders with the P1 and LaFerrari respectively.

Lamborghini is never one to back down from a horsepower fight so the Italian firm took the wraps off its Aventador-based Veneno, a racer for the road.

The monster packs 740bhp and costs a whopping £2.7million.

The bad news is that all three models are already accounted for.

Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3Porsche celebrates the 50th anniversary of its humble 911 this year with a brand new GT3 racer.

This car produces 475bhp without the need for a turbocharger and an innovative active-rear-steering system makes high-speed cornering less daunting.

Porsche aficionados may be put off by the fact this is the first 911 GT3 to not be offered with a manual gearbox.

Also, the asking price is in excess of £100,000 - and that's before any options are ticked.

Ferrari LaFerrari

A car – specifically a Ferarri – has to be something extremely special if it is to wear the title of "the Enzo replacement" but the LaFerrari is just that.

Ferrari LeFarrariA special blend of everything the Prancing Horse now stands for: advanced technology, passion and bags of style.

Hints of the Enzo can be seen at the rear, a touch of 458 Italia at the front and something completely new down the flanks.

But it's the howling V12 underneath the bonnet that pumps out in excess of 900bhp that has hogged the headlines.

Coupled with battery power and electric motors, the LaFerrari is capable of hitting 186mph from a standstill in the time it takes most hatchbacks to wheeze to 60mph.

It's no wonder the new model is already destined for iconic Ferrari status, hence the £1 million price tag.

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Leon Poultney

Leon Poultney

Leon Poultney has been covering motoring for nearly a decade, with work appearing in men's lifestyle titles such as ShortList, Maxim and ZOO. He helped edit Sunday Times Driving and currently edits AOL Cars.

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