Aston Martin Vantage
This 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 comfort cruiser was brilliant to behold. With a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds, I imagine it's brilliant to drive too. To ensure that is indeed the case, Aston have lowered the engine and placed it further rearwards in the car to reduce the centre of gravity and improve the front-rear weight distribution.
Again, I know I said I was doing this in no particular order, but the TVR was head-to-head with the Aston for stealing the show. People were all over it. Autoglym had their work cut out keeping the fingerprints at bay
Although not quite ready yet, TVR have assured me it's well on it's way. They asked me to ignore the Ford Fiesta indicators for now... It does boast a fully-operational dirty 5.0 litre V8 which I can assure you sounds delicious.
Yes it's the car from Top Gear. Yes Jeremy Clarkson drove it. Yes it's damn-near half a million pounds. Yes it's absolutely worth it (if you have that sort of spare change). Of all the cars at the show, I'd argue this is the one that oozes the most class.
The 666BHP Lister
Lister were certainly on-form with the 666BHP Coupe. Based on a Jaguar F-Type, the car already looked good - Lister just turned things up to 11. Chatting to the chaps at the stand, they tell me the aim was to build a rocketship that was still comfortable. They squeezed a ludicrous 720 ft lbs of torque from the supercharged 5.0 litre V8 and adorned the interior with the UK's finest leather to meet their brief. I think they succeeded.
Mercedes-AMG GT R
As far as track weapons go, I think this is the one of the more civilised ones. Until you hear it... Make no mistake, this is still an absolute brute: The twin-turbo 4.0 litre V8 belts out an incredibly unethical roar whilst catapulting the occupants to 60mph in 3.6 seconds. In fact, the noise is so good it's pretty much the first thing Mercedes greets you with on their website.
Sutton CS500 Mustang
The Clive Sutton team have been a bit clever here: With the Shelby GT350R taking the USA by storm, the UK was crying out for a UK alternative. I'm pleased to report that Sutton have come to the rescue. This CS500 Mustang costs around £55k with 0 miles on the clock. However, should your budget or conscience have a deciding factor in your purchases, it's also available in a CS350 trim. If you're happy to ignore those things there's a CS700 version, too...
Noble M600 Carbon Sport
The Noble M600 has been around - in various forms - for many years now. However, looking at this fine example of the Carbon Sport it's evident the M600 can still keep up appearances with the big boys. This latest iteration has a ludicrous amount of visible carbon fibre to display but it manages to dodge the 'boy ricer' look.
Koenigsegg Agera N
The Agera N is truly a car of maximum ridiculousness. Only 1 of these cars were built in a bespoke customer-specified paint scheme. The nature of our paltry UK fuel means peak power is REDUCED to 960hp. If you're lucky enough to be able to run it on the more potent E85 blend, this genuine hypercar will smash 1140hp and 1200Nm of torque into the tarmac.
I was definitely intrigued by this car. I spent a lot of time browsing through press photos of this before the show. For me, it didn't really fit the Lambo recipe. I get it still looks nuts for an SUV, but I think it's still a little too understated. Whilst I don't doubt it'll be loosely capable off-road, you can't ignore the impression that this was designed for the posh school run. Imagine one of the Made in Chelsea cast had twins: This is the car they'd use. I hope the driving experience would force me to eat my words.
I don't know why, but I'm pretty fascinated with this car. I think Hyundai deserve praise for diving into the hot hatch market. If you can get past the badge snobbery, this enthusiastic little weekday weapon is capable of delivering an all-round hot hatch experience. The i30 N comes with 271 BHP (in 'performance' guise), 5 driving modes, electronically-controlled suspension, launch control and rev-matching. Hyundai have also paired the performance tech with the usual suite of safety systems: Autonomous Emergency Brake, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist. All this goodness is wrapped up in a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty with 5 year roadside assistance, all for £25k. What's not to like?