The fastest and most powerful Ferrari ever, McLaren's futuristic carbon-fibre sports car, and a road-legal Aston Martin incorporating Formula One technology – these are among the highlights at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. No Geneva Motor Show would be complete with a selection of breathtaking hypercars — sports cars with ever-bigger engines and quicker acceleration – and this year is no exception.

The name says it all — the Ferrari 812 Superfast is "the most powerful and fastest" in the Italian car manufacturer's history. The huge 6.5 litre engine will take the vehicle to a top speed of 340kph (211mph) and from 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds. The engine has been tuned so that it produces "a full, rich exhaust sound that exploits the acoustic clout delivered by its increased displacement". Electronic side slip control will make all that power a little easier to handle, and active flaps at the front of the underbody shift to improve the car's aerodynamics.

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Ferrari 812 superfastAlain Grosclaude/AFP
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari's classic rear light design is ported across from the 2016 GTC4LussoIBTimes UK

What's faster than Superfast? McLaren's sleek, bright-orange 720PS hypercar. Weighing only 1,283 kilograms (2,828 pounds), the car has a 720 horsepower engine that pushes it to 100kph in only 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 341kph (212mph). Delivery to customers starts in May; prices in the UK start at £208,600 ($252,400).

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McLaren 720SArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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McLaren 720SFabrice Coffrini/AFP

Aston Martin is showing the dramatic Valkyrie, which is expected to cost between £2m and £3m when deliveries begin in 2019. The car has a 6.5 litre V12 engine produced by Cosworth, plus an F1-inspired energy recovery system to gather energy normally lost when braking and feed it into a battery pack, ready to be deployed back to the wheels during acceleration. IBTimes UK motoring correspondent Alistair Charlton went weak at the knees when he saw it in Geneva: "The way the cockpit appears to be suspended above the ground like a Star Wars Podracer is pure theatre, while the elevated wheel arches give the car the look of prototype Le Mans racer, only even more beautiful."

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Aston Martin ValkyrieArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
Aston Martin Valkyrie
So much air is channeled beneath the car, it looks like the cockpit is suspended like a PodracerIBTimes UK
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Powered by a 6.5-litre V12 engine, the Valkyrie is expected to have over 900 horsepower and weigh under one tonneIBTimes UK

The Huayra Roadster from Italy's Pagani stands out with a bold curve running from roofline through roof pillar to the hood. It's powered by a gigantic 6.0 litre, 12-cylinder engine turning out 764 horsepower. Just 100 examples will be produced and each is likely to cost far more than the £2m basic price.

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Pagani Huayra RoadsterIBTimes UK
Pagani Huayra Roadster
Just 100 examples of the Huayra Roadster will be built, making it one of the rarest cars on the roadIBTimes UK

A key trend at Geneva is the shift from minivans to small sport-utility vehicles, which combine car-like features such as plush interiors and sleeker rooflines with off-road features like high clearance.SUVs are increasingly important in the European market, rising from 7 percent to 20 percent in the decade from 2007.

IBTimes UK looks at the hottest hypercars, toughest SUVs and wackiest concept cars on display at the show, which opens to the public on Thursday 9 March.

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Porsche 911 GT3Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Spyker C8 PredatorAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Emerson Fittipaldi EF7Alain Grosclaude/AFP
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Italdesign ZerounoArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Lamborghini HuracanAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Tamo Racemo Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Ford GT '66 Heritage EditionArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Alpine A110Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Mercedes-AMG GT C RoadsterArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Mercedes-AMG GT ConceptHarold Cunningham/Getty Images
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Bentley EXP 12 ConceptArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Bentley EXP 12 steering wheelAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Bentley BentaygaArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Rolls-Royce Wraith Black BadgeArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-HybridArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport TurismoArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Mercedes-Maybach G650Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Land Rover VelarArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Maserati Levante SUVArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Lexus LS500hArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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BMW Series 5 Touring MHarold Cunningham/Getty Images
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Citroen C-Aircross concept carArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Toyota Yaris HybridArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Toyota Gazoo RacingArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Citroen DS7 CrossbackArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Kia PicantoArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Kia StingerArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Smart Fortwo Cabrio Electic DriveArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Jaguar I-PACE concept carArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell carArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Mazda CX-5Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Ford Fiesta STFabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Chinese carmaker Techrules' REN electric vehicleAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Audi A3 e-tronArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Hyundai Autonomous VehicleArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Volvo XC60Denis Balibouse/Reuters
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Audi SQ5Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Skoda Octavia RS 245Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Renault Twizy electric carFabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Subaru XVAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Tamo Racemo Sports CoupéFabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Audi RS 5 CoupéAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Mercedes-AMG C 43 CoupéHarold Cunningham/Getty Images
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Peugeot 3008, Car of the Year 2017Harold Cunningham/Getty Images
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Volkswagen ArteonAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Speedback GT from David Brown AutomotiveAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Cadillac EscalaAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Opel Crossland XAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Opel InsigniaAlain Grosclaude/AFP
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Volkswagen Sedric concept vehicleArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller sits inside the Sedric concept carArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Micro-Microlino Prototype 1Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Toyota i-TRIL electric concept carFabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Renault Trezor conceptHarold Cunningham/Getty Images
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Honda NeuV concept carArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Peugeot Instinct concept carArnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Erbakan Malkoc, chairman of Turkish custom vehicle luxury modification company DizaynVip, poses inside a modified Mercedes vanFabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Pop.Up concept, a modular ground and air passenger concept vehicle system by Italdesign and AirbusFabrice Coffrini/AFP