It may be the newest motor show in the country, but the London motor show isn’t short on exhibitors. Here’s our round-up of the most notable models on show.
There are a number of extreme models appearing at the London motor show, including the Vuhl 05. We’ve already taken a drive in the lightweight track weapon, but its appearance at the London motor show marked the start of UK sales, as Vuhl showcased a UK-spec car.
Kahn London Motor Show Edition, Defender 90
Kahn has brought a one-off, £65,000 Land Rover Defender to the London motor show. Upgrades include 20in wheels, modified bodywork and a host of interior tweaks. The Defender was given the once-over by Afzal Kahn himself, although compared with the Flying Huntsman and other Kahn Defenders, it's fairly restrained.
With TVR among the list of exhibitors, the brand gave some more hints of its upcoming sportscar using a clay model covered up alongside a side profile image of the car. Due to arrive in late 2017, almost 400 deposits have already been taken for the new car which may bring with it the return of the famous Griffith name.
We may have already driven its Chinese counterpart, and seen it with no disguise, but MG officially pulled the wraps off the UK version of its GS SUV yesterday. MG won’t reveal any details ahead of the official debut of the crossover, so tune in for more details on show day. With order books opening in June, it will be available with a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and three different trim levels, and an automatic gearbox - the manufacturer’s first - will be available in top-spec.
The “most luxurious McLaren they’ve made” was displayed at the London motor show. We may have already seen it at Geneva, but McLaren’s presence at the show proves that it is being taken seriously.
The hydrogen-powered Riversimple Rasa has already been revealed, but the lightweight two-seater, developed in Wales, has been displayed at the London motor show. It’s currently in beta-testing, with investors invited to take part in testing of the car, so it shouldn’t be long before it’ll appear on UK roads. Riversimple also announced plans to introduce two new models; a four-door, four seat car and a van.
Mitsuoka has brought the Roadster to the London motor show, showcasing the special Brooklands edition of the car. Known as the Himiko in its native market, the Roadster is based on the previous-generation Mazda MX-5. It’s been on sale in the UK since June 2015, but remains a very rare sight on our roads.
The second Mitsuoka oddball that appeared at the show was the Viewt. The fact that it looks like a Jaguar MKII goes some way to explain its status as the brand’s most successful model. There’s room for bigger sales though, as in its 23-year production run, Mitsuoka has only sold 15,000 Viewt models.
Noble's official European distributor, Super Veloce Racing, showcased an updated M600 at the show. With a new black-red paint finish, exposed carbon-fibre roof and other optional upgrades, Rivalling the Porsche 911 Turbo, Noble's first customer demonstrator showcased all of Noble's 'latest developments', but isn't a facelifted M600.
Another former Geneva show car which made its UK debut at London is the Infiniti Q60. The 3.0 twin-turbocharged V6 coupé brings the fight to the Lexus RC, and Infiniti hopes the Q60 will give it volume sales in the UK, which its previous products haven’t yet achieved.