Inside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

Inside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

Inside London’s most exciting supercar showroomTucked away on a nondescript industrial estate in Uxbridge, near Heathrow, is GVE London: a gleaming white showroom that houses the capital’s most exotic collection of supercars. From classic RS Porsches to new McLarens, it’s a veritable paradise for petrolheads. Join us for a guided tour…

Lamborghini Aventador SVInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

We start with a car that isn’t actually for sale. This Lamborghini Aventador SV belongs to GVE owner, David Rai. At 32, Rai is a self-made millionaire who quit his job in the City to set up a business exporting supercars. The first GVE showroom opened soon afterwards, in 2012.

The SV – or Superveloce – is the lightest, most powerful version of Lamborghini’s flagship. Powered by a 750hp 6.5-litre V12, it hits 62mph in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 217mph. It also looks like it’s doing 200mph standing still.

Porsche 911 (991) GT3 RSInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

Fancy something (slightly) more subtle? How about a Porsche 911 GT3 RS in rare ‘Ultra Violet’ purple? This hardcore 911 has just 1,600 miles on the clock and is for sale at £229,900 – around £100,000 more than it cost when new.

The GT3 RS packs a 500hp flat-six, driving the rear wheels through a seven-speed PDK automatic gearbox. Buyers wanting a manual ’box could opt for the limited-edition 911R.

Porsche 911 (996) GT3 RSInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

The value of any Porsche with an RS badge has gone supernova in recent years. Even the previously-unloved 996 (1999-2004) model isn’t immune, as a £199,900 sticker price for this GT3 RS confirms. We’re big fans of those side-stripes and red alloys, which evoke the iconic 2.7 RS.

With a rollcage and Recaro race seats fitted with five-point harnesses, this 911 is ready to destroy all-comers at your local track day. And it has a good ol’ manual gearbox, which should keep the purists happy.

McLaren 650S SpiderInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

Much of GVE’s business comes from McLarens, especially the 12C and 650S. The company even has an example of the mighty P1 hypercar in stock, but it was on loan to McLaren’s Knightsbridge showroom at the time of our visit.

This open-top 650S Spider has special-order Aurora Blue paint and lots of carbon fibre accessories. With 3,890 miles on the clock, it’s priced at £179,900.

McLaren 675LTInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

The 675LT is a more extreme, track-oriented version of the 650S. Its ‘long tail’ bodywork (the ‘LT’ in its name) pays homage to similarly-stretched racing versions of the McLaren F1.

This 675LT is owned by David Rai himself and has covered just 500 miles from new. It’s priced at £339,900, meaning the car has appreciated around £80,000 in a year. Not a bad investment, if you can afford one in the first place…

Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SVInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

Mad, bad and dangerous to know, this Lamborghini Murcielago is, at £349,900, the most expensive car in the GVE showroom. Widely regarded as the last of the ‘old school’ Lamborghinis (although it was developed under Audi ownership), only 186 SVs were made.

You want stats? How about 670hp, 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and 209mph flat-out? On a more practical note, this SV has an electric lift-kit for clearing speed humps.

Ferrari FFInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

Speaking of practical, how’s this for the ultimate family car? The four-seat, four-wheel-drive Ferrari FF was recently replaced by the GTC4 Lusso and looks downright stealthy in ‘Nero’ black with a black interior.

This 2014 FF is very high-spec and comes with a long list of carbon fibre accessories. Oh, and red seatbelts – like an MG Maestro. With 9,900 miles on the clock, it’s priced at £189,900.

Tesla Model S P90DInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

A ‘standard’ Tesla Model S isn’t slow, but the tuned P90D version is excrement-off-a-shovel quick – particularly when it has the ‘Ludicrous’ upgrade like the car here. This family-sized four-door saloon will hit 62mph in just 2.8 seconds.

At £95,900, this 2015 P90D isn’t cheap. However, low running costs and free car tax sweeten the pill, as will driving one of the coolest Q-cars on the road.

Bentley Continental SupersportsInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

If you want to experience supercar pace in a tastefully-appointed drawing room, the Bentley Continental Supersports fits the bill. By removing the rear seats and boosting its 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 to 630hp, Crewe created a car that can hit 60mph in 3.7 seconds.

In fact, GVE’s Supersports – priced at £84,900 – has the ‘Comfort Seat’ option, meaning the rear seats have been popped back in. It also boasts carbon ceramic brakes and a device for opening your electric gates. But of course…

Ferrari 328 GTSInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

One of the prettiest Ferraris ever made, the 328 also ranks among the most affordable. Even if, at £129,900, ‘affordable’ is a relative term. The GTS was on sale from 1986-1989, and has a removable targa top that stows behind the seats.

Finished in classic ‘Rosso Corsa’ red, this late-model 1988 GTS comes with anti-lock (ABS) brakes – the only electronic driver aid you got back then. Its 3.2-litre V8 punches out 274hp: good for 60mph in 5.5 seconds.

Ferrari 360 ModenaInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

This 360 Modena also floats our boat, not least because of its unusual ‘Fjord Blue’ paintwork. The original owner also specified ‘Challenge’ front and rear grilles – like the cars in Ferrari’s one-make race series.

The 360 Modena hasn’t yet attained full classic status, which means you can buy this 2002, 9,850-mile example for £84,900. Look after it and the values will only go one way…

Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RSInside London’s most exciting supercar showroom

We’ve saved our favourite car in the GVE showroom until last. The 964 RS is essentially a roadgoing version of the Carrera Cup racer. With a 264hp air-cooled six atop the rear axle, it’s uncompromising, uncomfortable and utterly brilliant.

This 964 is finished in classic Guards Red and comes with a rear rollcage and uprated 911 Turbo brakes. The price is ‘on application’, but a similar car we drove at Autofarm earlier this year was valued at £168,000.

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