London's boutique supercar and Concours festival kicks off tomorrow. Here's a rundown of the highlights
4 September 2012

Now in its seventh year, the Salon Privé supercar show and Concours d’Elégance showcases a host of modern and classic performance machines. The exclusive event, situated in picturesque Syon Park in West London, starts tomorrow and runs over three days.

Here are some of the highlights to expect on display at this year’s event:

Aston Martin

Aston’s line up includes the V12 Zagato, of which only 101 examples will be made, the new Vanquish super GT and the £1.2 million One-77 hypercar. The event will also see the world motor show debut of the eagerly-awaited Vantage V12 Roadster, scheduled for production later this year.


Bentley Motors will show the new Continental GT Speed, the fastest production Bentley ever made. It’s the first time the W12-engined, 205mph car will be seen in London. Other stars in the company’s line up will include the Mulsanne and the Continental GT V8 Convertible.

Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera

The Italian coachbuilder will display two new models in the UK for the first time: the Maserati Bellagio, a five-door adaptation of the Quattroporte, and the Disco Volante 2012, a modern recreation of the famous 1952 experimental concept car built on running gear from Alfa Romeo's 8C Competizione. Two concept cars – the Maserati-based A8GCS and the Tornante supercar – are also expected.

Eterniti Motors

The Porsche Cayenne-derived Artemis will take pride of place on the London-based company’s stand.


There’s a mixture of old and new from Maranello. The Ferrari California and FF will be present, as well as a collection of F40s in the Concours d’Elégance to mark 25 years of the model.


The highlight of Jaguar's line-up is the XJ Ultimate which recently broke cover in Beijing. Jaguar will also showcase the XKR-S convertible, XK Special Edition and XF Sportbrake, in addition to vintage Jaguar models joining the Tour d'Elégance (a 21-mile tour for 31 cars from the Concours competition to open the event).


Mercedes’ display will feature a collection of 300SL Gullwings to celebrate the 60-year anniversary of the model. The iconic car’s modern equivalent, the SLS supercar, is also expected.


The Range Rover aftermarket specialist is unveiling the limited-edition 575bhp Sport GTS-X and £89,995 Evoque 2012 GTS on Wednesday.


The Rimac Concept_One electric supercar concept will appear in the UK for the first time. Only 88 examples will be produced, each costing $1 million. Claimed performance figures include 0-60 mph in 2.8sec and a top speed of 190mph.


British firm Trident is to feature its new diesel-powered Iceni Grand Tourer. Built to order in Norfolk, the Iceni is capable of almost 200mph and is priced from £75,000.


The Slovenian company will display the Renovatio T500 we drove recently in the UK for the first time. Designed for road and track use, it is hand built, made to order and features an Audi-sourced 4.2 litre 444bhp V8 engine.

And finally...

You’ll also see plenty of established cars such as the McLaren MP4-12C, Noble M600 and a three-strong BMW line up: the 6 Series Gran Coupé, M6 Coupé and the M5.

Endurance racing legend Derek Bell will be chief judge at the Concours d’Elegance competition and all Team GB 2012 Olympic medallists have been invited to the event as guests of honour, with several expected to attend.

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4 September 2012

Autocar wrote:

The Porsche Cayenne-derived Artemis will take pride of place


I don't think pride is the right word...



4 September 2012

That orange Lamborghini looks good. Spoilt for chocie. I predict the bottom will fall out of the Supercar market, but the question is when ? Can it be sustained for another mad 10 years or has it peaked, with a £1.2million Aston One-77.


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