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Four new high-end models unveiled at Geneva Motor Show

GENEVA — Dreaming is what most of us who lack the cash needed to buy a supercar can still afford to do. • So when an auto show rolls around offering a look at some of the most stunning examples of auto art and engineering, it's time to indulge — even just for a moment. • Here's a glance at four of the most striking new vehicles on display at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public Thursday and runs through March 16. Associated Press

n FERRARI CALIFORNIA T

Should you need to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and stylishly cruise at top speeds in excess of 195 mph, all with the top down while integrating your iPhone into the dashboard, the new turbocharged convertible may be just the ticket. And, in keeping with its West Coast sensibility, the sleek California T hardtop convertible, officially unveiled in Geneva, is 15 percent more energy efficient than its predecessor California model. Prices are expected to be comparable to the previous model, starting about $257,000.

m LAMBORGHINI HURACAN LP 610-4

A replacement for the Gallardo, Lamborghini's topselling model of all time, this sleek missile has new aluminum and carbon-fiber components and a top speed of 202 mph. The Huracan transmits power to all four wheels, has a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission and electronically controlled shocks. If you blink, you might miss its stops and starts: The Huracan has huge carbon-ceramic brakes and a V-10 engine that can go from 0 to 124 mph in 9.9 seconds and 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds. The Huracan will be delivered starting in spring 2014 to anyone with $233,000 to spare, not including tax.

n MASERATI ALFIERI

It's a concept model, so you can't buy one just yet, but this car — with its metallic blue accents — would be for those who may want an arresting sports coupe that seems to capture both the future of the Maserati brand and the racing spirit of bygone decades. Designed with a V-8 engine, six-speed gearbox and special exhaust, the Alfieri has a sloping exterior with a long angling nose that makes for a bullet-like sleekness. Stay tuned for production and pricing.

m ALFA ROMEO 4C SPIDER

Another new model unveiled in Geneva, this one is a convertible scheduled to go on sale in Europe next year. It accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds. Similar to the 4C hardtop, but with a canvas roof and carbon-fiber rollover bars, it would have a top speed of more than 155 mph. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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