Peak Performers At mph 06

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

With only weeks to go before mph ’06 - the Jeremy Clarkson celebration of high performance cars - at Birmingham’s NEC (26-29 October 2006) and London’s Earls Court (3-5 November 2006) - a list of some of the extreme machines on show has been revealed for the first time.

So if you’ve ever dreamt of lusting at a Lamborghini, pawing over a Pagani or cooing over a Koenigsegg, book your tickets now via or call the ticket hotline 0870 126 2100.

Star cars in the mph exhibition halls and on centre stage will include:

Koenigsegg CCX: This viciously fast Swedish supercar has been made infamous by its appearance on BBC Top Gear, where the Stig crashed it. After modifications to improve it aerodynamics the car set the fastest time round their power lap ever. Packing 806 bhp and capable of over 245 mph the menacing CCX runs even the Bugatti Veyron close in performance terms.

Ford GT: Ford’s 21st Century take on its own iconic and ultra successful Le Mans 24-hour race and road car of the 1960s. The modern version is longer and taller than its diminutive predecessor, just as well with mph’s Jeremy Clarkson being an owner. This modern classic churns 500 bhp and 500 lb/ft of torque from its supercharged 5.4 litre engine endowing it with genuine 200 mph performance.

Jaguar XKR: The XKR’s stylist Ian Callum has succeeded in creating one of the most beautiful cars of this century. The XKR has also wowed the press with its advanced aluminium chassis and thunderous 4.2 litre Supercharged V8 engine. mph ’06 is the first opportunity for the public to see and hear this much sought after car.

Caparo T1: This radical machine breaks the supercar mould, weighing in at just 500 KG the T1 is less than half the weight of a traditional 200 mph machine. Radical in its design and conception, the British built Caparo has been created by two ex McLaren designers, ensuring its pedigree as a serious performance car. With such low mass and 500 bhp the T1 has a ludicrous power to weight ratio of 1000 bhp/ton, close to that of a Formula 1 car and allowing it to accelerate to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.

Spyker Laviolette: This Dutch manufactured rarity has exquisite detailing and is packed with bespoke hand made adornments. A 4.2 litre V8 engine from Audi bestows the aluminium car with up to 450 bhp powers the Laviolette. The Spyker’s roof conjures up images of its aviation past, resembling a jetfighter canopy and giving the car a truly unique look.

Spyker Paris-Peking Concept: Billed to become a production reality in late 2007 the Paris-Peking is an amazing concept 4x4. An all aluminium chassis and a shattering 500 bhp from its Audi W12 engine means this off-roader is promised to scream to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. It will also allegedly be capable of a supercar esque 185 mph this car promises to push the boundaries of the SUV market still further.

Bentley Continental GTC: The drop top version of Bentley’s hugely successful Continental GT is capable of a staggering 190 mph with the roof down. Its 552 bhp twin turbo W12 engine allows this 2+2 convertible to polish off the benchmark 0-60 measure in just 4.8 seconds. The performance is matched by a sumptuous leather clad interior, which requires 11 hides to trim the cars seats and dashboard surfaces.

Maserati MC12 Corsa: This track only version of Maserati’s top of the range MC12 road car pushes the boundaries of performance with an astonishing 756 bhp from its race-tuned V12 engine. Only 12 of these GT racing derived machines have been produced and even a price tag of close to £1 million has not put off buyers with all sold before production started.

Pagani Zonda F: This exquisite hand made Italian supercar is capable of over 215 mph and is powered there by a 7.3 litre Mercedes developed V12 engine. The sonorous power unit is one of many highlights of this £400,000 missile, the interior is hand crafted from aluminium and carbon fibre and each owner has a pair of driving shoes made for them by the Pope’s cobbler!

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder: The famous Italian supercar maker’s recently introduced convertible version of its successful Gallardo churns out 520 bhp from its V10 engine. Recognised as one of the most beautiful convertibles ever produced it has performance to match its looks with 0-60 mph despatched in just 4.2 seconds.

4 October 2006 Staff

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