*This year saw the 77th Internationale Auto-Salon, or what we would call the 2007 Geneva car show. And for fans of European cars, it's one of the high points of the year. This time around stayed true to form, with lots of cool metal (and, increasingly, carbon fiber) to check out. A few highlights.

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
The sooner Alfa makes this and we get to drive it, the happier we, and everyone who has to live with us, will be. Is that too much to ask?

Bentley Brooklands
For those who find the Bentley Continental GT a little too arriviste, the Brooklands should be more up their long and winding driveway. It's an Arnage-based coupe with the most powerful V8 Bentley has ever produced.

Giugiaro VAD.HO
Giugiaro isn't afraid of going out on a limb. His VAD.HO has a polycarbonate body, everything is drive-by-wire, and it uses the same 12-cylinder engine that powers BMW's Hydrogen 7.

Gumpert Apollo Sport
Gumpert isn't the sexiest name, but the Apollo Sport consists of a carbon fiber shell over a chrome-moly frame and a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 kicking out 650 bhp at 6500 rpm and 626 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.

Jaguar C-XF
The C-XF sedan heralds styling cues for the model that will replace the heathen S-Type. And it's not just a pretty face: the interior sports plenty of brushed aluminum and cool gauges, while the engine bay houses a supercharged 4.2-liter V8.

Maserati Gran Turismo
Designed by Pininfarina, this new Maserati has a 4.2-liter, 405-bhp Ferrari-derived V8 engine hooked up to a ZF six-speed auto 'box with paddle shifters.

Spyker C12 Zagato
This is what happens when you put crazy Dutch car maker Spyker together with superb-yet-edgy Italian coachbuilder Zagato: the Spyker C12 Zagato. It's powered by VW's W12 engine good for 500 hp.

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