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Gizmag visits London Motorexpo 2014

The BMW i8 electric sports car
The BMW i8 electric sports car
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The BMW i8 electric sports car
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The BMW i8 electric sports car
A rear side view of the BMW i8
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A rear side view of the BMW i8
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Another rear-side view of the BMW i8
The interior of the BMW i8
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The interior of the BMW i8
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A rear view of the BMW i8
The Jaguar XF R-Sport
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The Jaguar XF R-Sport
The Jaguar XFR-S
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The Jaguar XFR-S
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A close-up of the Jaguar XFR-S
The Jaguar F-Type S Coupé
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The Jaguar F-Type S Coupé
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A rear view of the Jaguar F-Type S Coupé
The Tesla Model S
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The Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S
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The Tesla Model S
A Jeep Wrangler 4-door
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A Jeep Wrangler 4-door
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Side view of a Jeep Wrangler 4-door
Rear view of the Jeep Wrangler 4-door
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Rear view of the Jeep Wrangler 4-door
A front view of the Land Rover Defender from Kahn Design
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A front view of the Land Rover Defender from Kahn Design
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A side view of the Land Rover Defender from Kahn Design
The Lexus IS 300h
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The Lexus IS 300h
The Lexus LFA
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The Lexus LFA
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A rear view of the Lexus LFA
The BMW M3 Saloon
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The BMW M3 Saloon
The BMW M4 Coupé
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The BMW M4 Coupé
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A front view of the BMW M4 Coupé
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A rear view of the BMW M4 Coupé
The Maserati Ghibli S
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The Maserati Ghibli S
The Maserati Quattroporte
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The Maserati Quattroporte
The Rolls Royce Wraith
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The Rolls Royce Wraith
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A front view of the Rolls Royce Wraith
The Rolls Royce Ghost
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The Rolls Royce Ghost
The Porsche Boxster
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The Porsche Boxster
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A side view of the Porsche Boxster
The Porsche Panamera
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The Porsche Panamera
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A side view of the Porsche Panamera
The interior of the Porsche Panamera
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The interior of the Porsche Panamera
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A rear view of the Porsche Panamera
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A rear-side view of the Porsche Panamera
The McLaren 650S
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The McLaren 650S
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A rear view of the McLaren 650S
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Another rear view of the McLaren 650S
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A rear-side view of the McLaren 650S
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
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The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
The Agility Global Saietta electric motorbike
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The Agility Global Saietta electric motorbike
The Agility Global Saietta electric motorbike
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The Agility Global Saietta electric motorbike
The Jaguar XK Dynamic R Coupé
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The Jaguar XK Dynamic R Coupé
The Lotus Evora S
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The Lotus Evora S
The Lotus Exige LF1
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The Lotus Exige LF1
The Lotus Elise S
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The Lotus Elise S
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A front view of the Lotus Elise S
The Bentley Continental GT V8 S
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The Bentley Continental GT V8 S
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A fron view of the Bentley Continental GT V8 S
The Jaguar XK Dynamic R Coupé
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The Jaguar XK Dynamic R Coupé

Motorexpo is the world’s biggest free-to-visit car show, with events in London, Toronto and New York. It was first run in Canary Wharf, London, in 1996, with the intention of bringing a new format to the traditional motor show. Gizmag visited the 19th London Motorexpo this week.

On display was the usual collection of supercars, high-end road goers and new releases. This year also saw a number of electric and hybrid vehicles on display. Amongst them was the BMW i8, which launched at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and has gone on sale this month in Germany. With its hybrid engine, BMW boasts that the i8 is "the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car."

Amongst the true electric vehicles on display was the Tesla Model S. Tesla has just announced that will no longer protect its patents in order to help "accelerate the advent of sustainable transport." The Model S is one example of what electric cars can be capable of, with a top speed of 125 mph (201 kph) and a 0-60 mph (0-97 kph) time of 5.4 seconds.

The Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S

In addition to the various electric cars, the Agility Global Saietta R electric motorbike was also on display. The Saietta R set the first British Electric Motorcycle Land Speed Record in May, and has a top speed of 105 mph (169 kph). It has a range of 120 miles (193 km) in the city, 58 miles (94 km) on the highway and a combined average range of 74 miles (120 km).

Elsewhere, the ever-popular McLaren 650S was also being shown off and was dutifully surrounded by a hoard of young schoolchildren. There's no escaping the fact that this is one of the most striking and exciting supercars ever made, and it still draws a crowd wherever it is. Also on show were the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, Lotus Evora and Rolls Royce Wraith.

According to Motorexpo, this year's event has been the most successful ever, with over 400,000 people expected to have visited by the end of the show on Sunday. In addition to the the exhibition of cars, the show also hosted the sixth annual Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) International Automotive Summit.

Check out our photo gallery of Motorexpo London 2014, to see more of what was on display.

Website: Motorexpo

1 comment
BigGoofyGuy
I think those are really nice designs.
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