London Motor Show

puts on style

London Motor Show, 2016, TVR reveal tease, Les Edgar, left, Gordon Murray
London Motor Show, 2016, Bentley Bentayga
London Motor Show, 2016, Infiniti Q60
London Motor Show, 2016, Aston Martin Vantage GT8
London Motor Show, 2016, Morgan
London Motor Show, 2016, VUHL 05
London Motor Show, 2016, Riversimple RASA hydrogen fuel cell car
London Motor Show, 2016, crowds
London Motor Show, 2016, Lamborghini Huracan
London Motor Show, 2016, HR Owen display
London Motor Show, 2016, Noble M600
London Motor Show, 2016, Ferrari 488 Spider
London Motor Show, 2016, Rolls-Royce Dawn
MG GS, front
Autonomous Emergency Braking

A GLIMPSE of what's new on Britain's car scene was there for all to see at the London Motor Show.

MG set the ball rolling with the reveal of the first SUV in the marque's 92 year history when it took the wraps off the new GS - a car to rival the Nissan Qashqai.

That was followed by a teasing display from TVR when company boss Les Edgar and design guru Gordon Murray showed the supercar shape lurking beneath a shroud was nothing more than a model of its new sports car, created for wind tunnel testing

The first viewing of the real car - as yet unnamed and due to arrive in 2018 - is being reserved for those prepared to part with good money for the brand's first new model in 12 years and the first to be built in a new factory in Wales.

Yet the Murray-inspired TVR is an example of British at its best and so is the 225mph Noble M600 also on display at the Battersea Park show.

No capital event would be complete without exotica and premier league attractions and this one has plenty - all with quintessential quality.

A Bentley Bentayga sits close to a Rolls-Royce Dawn on the HR Owen stand where you can also find a Ferrari 488 Spider, a Maserati Ghibli and a Lamborghini Huracan.

Aston Martin has its high performance Vantage GT8 as the centrepiece of its display while McLaren is giving the new 570GT its UK premier.

Morgan has a delicious line up of its Worcestershire-sourced creations and Caterham has the latest version of the legendary Seven - the 620S - as part of its line up.

From Mexico comes the VUHL 05 which uses a Ford 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine (the same as you get in a Focus) to give it a power-to-weight ratio of 410bhp/ton almost putting it in the same league as a Bugatti Veyron.

The VUHL (it stands for vehicles of ultra-lightweight and high performance) has 40 per cent of its components made in the UK and has been on sale in Britain since last year. It's priced from £59,995 and is being shown in London by specialist dealer Bespoke Performance.

The millions of pounds of metal - and carbon fibre - at the show also include more down to earth models including the Hyundai i20 Coupe, the Jeep Cherokee and the latest from MINI.

Infiniti - which is now part of the British car club with its Q30 compact model being built in Sunderland at the Nissan factory - was giving a British premiere to the new Q60 saloon while on the futuristic front Welsh-based Riversimple has a two-seat hydrogen fuel cell car on show.

In all there are more than 130 models on view at the Battersea Evolution Centre and the show also features outside attractions including a demonstration of emergency braking systems which kick starts a STOPTHECRASH campaign being launched by Thatcham Research, Bosch, ZF TRW and tyre makers Continental.


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