The 2016 London Motor Show runs this weekend at Battersea Park, bringing a new car show back to the British capital for the first time in almost a decade.
Entry costs £20 on the gate, with children under 11 going in for free, and organisers are promising more than 130 cars from 35 different brands – and there’s more than a few models that are making their British debut in London this weekend.
We visited press preview day to see what visitors can look forward to – discovering more than a few new car surprises along the way…
MG GS reveal at the London Motor Show
The big news at London was a genuine UK new car reveal – MG chose the London Motor Show to pull the covers off its British-spec GS crossover, ahead of sales starting in the summer.
And what an impressive-looking Nissan Qashqai rival the new MG GS is. With contemporary looks and neat detailing, the smart new MG was very well received by the crowd gathered for its debut.
The new MG will go on sale in June 2016, so will be in dealers sooner than you think. With prices rumoured to be starting from just £15,000, this is the car that could really put the revived MG brand back on the map – and will be a model many will be checking out with interest this weekend at Battersea.
TVR at the London Motor Show
MG wasn’t the only revived British brand back at Battersea – TVR was also there, making its first motor show appearance in a decade. Chairman Les Edgar and engineering genius Gordon Murray were both on hand to explain what we’ve got to look forward to from the new 5.0-litre V8 Cosworth-tuned sports car.
But one thing TVR did NOT do was pull the covers off the new car – despite this apparently being the final design that will go on sale next year! Instead we had this rather beautiful 1960s Griffith to ogle instead… maybe suggesting the new car will be called Griffith too?
Edgar stressed TVR will be faithful to its history of building loud, powerful, exciting sports car – the firm wants to do what it’s always done, “only do it better”. Exciting times ahead indeed for TVR. We can’t wait to see what’s under the covers…
The cars of the London Motor Show
Now here’s some more images of cars you can see in the metal at the 2016 London Motor Show – with more than a few UK debuts amongst ’em.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin is represented at the London Motor Show by its London dealer – and we were delighted to see the V12 Vantage on show, complete with recently-announced seven-speed manual gearbox.
Aston Martin Vantage GT8
The really exciting Aston at London is the new Vantage GT8, just announced at the opening World Endurance Championship sportscar race at Silverstone. It’s a thrilling-looking machine indeed and visitors are lucky to see it up close – they’re already sold out, says Aston…
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
Beautiful weather is forecast this weekend for the Battersea Park London Motor Show – what better time to show off the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Convinced by a soft-top Rangie yet?
The new Jaguar F-Pace SUV is also being shown in London. It’s reportedly causing quite a stir in UK dealers and is expected to attract plenty of attention at the London Motor Show this weekend.
Many will have read plenty about the new Bentley Bentayga but not actually seen one in the metal. At Battersea Park, show-goers have their chance to behind the mighty new ultra-luxury SUV for the first time.
We’ve only just driven the new Ford Edge, yet already it’s on show in the UK at the London Motor Show. Ford’s new £30,000 SUV is an impressive machine and it’s sure to attract lots of attention from intrigued Land Rover Discovery Sport owners this weekend at Battersea.
This is the Riversimple RASA, an ambitious new low-cost hydrogen fuel cell car designed and built in Wales. The owners are aiming to bring hydrogen fuel cell motoring to the (relative) masses with this car: could it be the fuel cell equivalent to London’s old G-Wiz?
Tesla Model S
Londoners are very familiar with the Tesla Model S, but perhaps not one that looks like this: the just-facelifted version of the luxury EV, complete with new grill-less front end.
Mexican sports car company Vuhl is now finally on sale in the UK and to celebrate this, it’s bought the latest evolution of its 05 model to London. Racing car for the road indeed – it’s hard to believe this £60,000 car is road legal.
Ferrari 488 Spider
London dealer HR Owen has bought along a couple of exclusive supercars to Battersea. The latest Ferrari 488 Spider is an impressive-looking turbocharged evolution of the 458 Spider that looks suitably impactful in bright yellow.
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
Even newer is the Spyder version of the Lamborghini Huracan, which is now fully on sale in right-hand drive form. This car is one of the first British models in the country.
The all-new MINI Convertible is at Battersea: again, this car is one of the first to hit British roads. The looks may be evolutionary but it’s a much-improved car under the skin. Here’s hoping they get the roof down for the weekend…
This beautiful Jaguar Mk2 is on show at… hang on, that’s no Jaguar Mk2! Nope, it’s a Japanese car called a Mitsuoka Viewt, rather improbably based on a Nissan Micra and on sale in the UK from early 2017 if you’re interested…
The new McLaren 570GT, a fastback version of the brilliant 570S, isn’t even on sale yet, but is on show at Battersea. The side-hinged tailgate is a brilliant feature you just have to check out up close – it’s the most practical McLaren yet. Watch out, Porsche 911?
The brand new cars keep on coming at the London Motor Show. This is the Rolls-Royce Dawn, the Goodwood firm’s latest four-seat convertible aimed at ultra-luxury sun-seeking buyers. It’s much, much more than simply a drop-top Wraith.
BMW M4 Competition Package
How good does this BMW M4 look? It’s wearing the Competition Package kit, an option costing £3,000 and bringing better looks, recalibrated chassis and a power boost to 450hp. 8 in 10 UK M4 are now expected to be Competition Package cars.
This beautiful new Infiniti is the Q60, the Japanese premium firm’s gorgeous new two-door alternative to a BMW 4 Series Coupe or Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. It goes on sale this summer and it’s your first chance to see it in Britain at Battersea.
A rather extreme open-top British sports car is the new Caterham 620S – and this, believe it or not, is the slightly less extreme version of its hardcore 620R. We love the mint green colour and find the promise of 310hp from its supercharged engine rather fascinating…
Fancy a Chevrolet Camaro but don’t want to drive a left-hand drive car in the UK? London dealer Clive Sutton to your rescue – the firm is offering right-hand drive conversions of iconic American cars such as the Camaro muscle car seen here.
The World Car of the Year
The Mazda MX-5 is the current World Car of the Year and the awards organisers are exhibiting a specially-liveried version at the London Motor Show. You can also find out about its latest new award – World Urban Car of the year.
The European Car of the Year
Speaking of cars of the year… here’s the Vauxhall Astra, the current European Car of the Year. Where’s the celebratory COTY stickers, Vauxhall?
The Toyota Mirai is the World Green Car of the Year and Transport for London is at the Battersea Park show with its own hydrogen fuel cell Mirai. No shortage of stickers here: with graphics like this, there’s certainly no missing it.
Right-hand drive Eleanor
Back indoors, this delicious-looking Shelby Mustang GT500 Eleanor looks amazing – and look closely: yes, it really is a right-hand drive model, now on sale through London dealer Clive Sutton.
We couldn’t resist checking out the Nissan GT-R under the Battersea Evolution lights, even if it is shortly to be replaced by a new model year version.
Also at the London Motor Show…
Mercedes-AMG F1 simulator
Lewis and Nico are there, in super-size form, to let you have a spin in their F1 racers. We expect it’ll be popular…
Top Gear simulator
… But some say this Top Gear simulator could be even more popular. All we know is that there’s no missing it.
Worried about new car safety? Make sure your new car is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking. This chap will tell you more (or at least give you a flag): behind him, a real-life demonstration of Autonomous Emergency Braking will be running all weekend to convince buyers it’s worth seeking out on their next new car.