Not only was the London Motor Show an opportunity to see some product launches from the likes of MG Motors but it was also a chance for manufacturers to show the UK some of their motors for the very first time.
Renault gave the UK its first look at it’s new mid-engined sports car, the Alpine A110. With a 1.6 litre 250bhp turbocharged engine this lightweight sports car can achieve a fantastic 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds. Despite the gorgeous looks of the Alpine A110 it’s price of £50,000 puts it in direct competition to the Porsche Caymen and Alfa Romeo 4C. However, with a limited production run its expected the A110 will hold its value much better than it’s rivals.
Alpina is famous for their performance BMWs and they had a great example at this years show with the B4 S Bi-Turbo Coupe. Bringing German luxury with out of this world performance the Alpina delivers over 400bhp from it’s N55 engine found in the older 4 Series. However, the engine is extensively re-engineered from the standard 3litre straight six meaning a 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds.
One of the stars of the show was Aston Martin’s new model, the Valkyrie. With a 6.5litre V12 this hyper car is producing over 900bhp and a top speed that hasn’t been disclosed. With deliveries expected around the middle of 2019 there will be quite a wait for this Aston, as long as you can afford the £3million price tag to secure one of the 150 being built.
Unveiled on the first day of the London Motor Show MG Motors proudly showed the world their new SUV to the brand. The MG XS is a smaller than its bigger brother the GS and from what we can tell is very much inspired in design by the Mazda CX-5. Lacking any real unique design flair the XS has a 1litre 123bhp engine. The party piece has to be the price. At only £13,000 that makes this little SUV one of the cheapest on the market undercutting the Nissan Juke and Suzuki Vitara.
Author Matthew Pearson