2008 British International Motor Show Update
This year’s British International Motor Show claimed to be the best ever, with 23 global debuts and more than 50 first appearance’s it really was worth the visit, holding all the all the glamour, excitement and innovation under one roof.
It’s a shame a number of major manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ferrari, Fiat, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volvo preferred to use other steams to promote themselves.
Alfa Romeo 8C Spider
Visually arresting from every angle, the Alfa 8C Spider looks every inch a supercar, and under the bonnet the same 4.7 litre V8 as in the 8C coupe produces 450bhp, which is channelled through a sophisticated 6-speed F1-style paddle shift gearbox to the rear wheels.
Bentley Flying Spur
The Continental Flying Spur is the fastest four-door in the Bentley’s history, and the fastest in the world, with a top speed of 195mph. It marries the excitement, power, refinement and craftsmanship of the Continental GT with enhanced luxury and space to provide a supreme combination of performance, style and comfort.
Cadillac CTS Coupe
The CTS Coupe Concept takes Cadillac’s acclaimed Art and Science design language and adds more of both. More expressive, more technical and very personal, the CTS Coupe Concept extends the dramatic design of its sedan predecessor with all-new sculpted bodywork aft of the front.
Chevrolet BEAT Concept
Designed to appeal to urban customers, the three-door Beat will significantly inspire Chevrolet’s next generation city car, due to make its debut in 2010.
Ford Focus RS
Before it even turns a wheel, the new Focus RS exudes the presence, sporty style and lowered, ‘meaner’ appearance expected of a genuine Ford RS.
Honda CR-Z Hybrid
Futuristic styling. Hybrid power. Advanced interior design. And it’s all wrapped up in a lightweight, fun-to-drive package.
Hyundai Genesis Coupé
Genesis Coupe is the most thrilling, most emotional Hyundai yet.
Land Rover LRX Concept
Land Rover unveils a vision of its future, a bold evolution of Land Rover design that signals the brand’s shift into new areas of the market, while remaining true to its core values.
Lexus LF-A concept
Lexus forges into exotic sports car territory with the LF-A concept vehicle. Integrating the simple elegance of the new Lexus design initiative with racing–inspired style, sculpted curves and fluid lines make a dynamic statement.
The Lightning GT is a battery electric sports car, from the British Lightning Car Company, that is to go on sale in 2008.
Stunning visual impact, exhilarating all-round dynamic performance, innovative chassis technology and high levels of luxury, packaging and convenience, the Evora heralds an exciting new era for Lotus.
Mazda Furai concept car
Furai takes Mazda’s unique Nagare (Japanese for “flow”) design language a step further as it is translated into a concept car based on an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) racing car.
Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster
Like the coupe version, the new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster once again unites the legend of the successful SLR racing models from the 1950s with the innovative technology of modern Formula 1 vehicles from the Vodafone-McLaren-Mercedes team.
Nissan Skyline Skyline GT-R R35
Without a doubt the most practical supercar. Already widely acknowledged as one of the best handling and most powerful supercars ever, the new Nissan GT-R is designed to be driven fast and skilfully by just about anybody, over a variety of road conditions and in total confidence.
Renault Laguna Concept
The Laguna with its V6 dCi diesel engine that delivers up to 265bhp and 406lb ft of torque aims to be both ‘high-performance and refined’, says Renault, and sets ‘a new standard in terms of acoustic comfort.’
Saab 9-4X BioPower SUV crossover concept
Designed with a typical Scandinavian approach to outdoor life style.
Outstanding value for money being front and centre in the Spanish firm’s thinking.
Spyker C8 Aileron
The Dutch Spyker squadron. UK debut for Spyker C8 Aileron at British Motor Show.
Suzuki Kizashi concept
Suzuki has announced that it will produce three variants of the Kizash expected in 2010.
Toyota HYBRID X CONCEPT
Could this be the next road version Toyota Prius?
With its breathtaking design and leading technology, the new Vauxhall Insignia makes its world premiere at the 2008 British International Motor Show, with a clear remit to rejuvenate the traditional mid-size segment.