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Salon Privé has become a must-attend event for car launches and debuts, there is no better place to meet the manufacturers and see the industry’s latest and greatest designs up close, and 2021 was no exception.

The opening day of the 2021 Salon Privé Week – Wednesday 1 September – was packed with model debuts from the world’s leading manufacturers, the reunion of a Ferrari 250 GTO with its famous first owner, and the announcement of a brand-new 2022 event by the organisers of Salon Privé.

Nearly 150 members of the press were on hand as legendary Italian design house Touring Superleggera gave the Arese RH95 its global debut, and the mid-engined supercar – resplendent in green with yellow highlights – greeted visitors as they walked onto the South Lawn in front of Blenheim Palace.

Alpine A110 Legende GT 2021

The stylish A110 has put the Alpine marque back on the map in recent years, and its limited-edition Legende GT 2021 made its UK debut. Only 300 will be built, all of which will be more luxuriously equipped than the standard A110, and fitted with the 288bhp engine from the A110S.

Automobili Estrema Fulminea

Another all-electric hypercar that made its first UK public appearance is the Automobili Estrema Fulminea. Founded in 2020 by Gianfranco Pizzuto, Automobili Estrema is based in Modena and is aiming to make the Fulminea ‘the fastest technology lab on wheels’. It will be the first car in the world to use an innovative ‘hybrid’ battery pack that combines Li-ion cells with solid-state electrolyte and ultracapacitors. The set-up provides 100kWh of energy to power the four electric motors, with a total output equivalent to 2040bhp.

Automobili Pininfarina Battista Anniversario

Luxury Italian carmaker Automobili Pininfarina gave its Battista Anniversario its UK debut. The all-electric hypercar is the most powerful road-legal car ever to come out of Italy – with an astonishing total output of 1873bhp. Worldwide production of the Anniversario will be limited to just five cars, with the ultra-exclusive models – all of which are reserved – delivered to customers next year.

BAC Mono R

The BAC Mono has always been known for pushing the boundaries of what is possible in a road car, and the latest Mono R – which made its dynamic debut during Salon Privé Week – continues that tradition. Its 2.5-litre engine produces the highest-ever specific output for a naturally aspirated, road-legal model – 138bhp per litre. Thanks to the pioneering use of graphene in its body panels, the Mono R weighs only 555kg and is set to provide the ultimate driving experience.

Hispano-Suiza Carmen

Hispano Suiza has recently returned to car production with the Carmen, a fully electric hypercar delivering 1019bhp which was named after Carmen Mateu, granddaughter of the company founder. Designed, developed and manufactured in Barcelona, the Carmen features styling that evokes the 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia. Beneath its sensational shape lies cutting-edge chassis and powertrain technology. The Carmen was given its UK debut at Salon Privé so that enthusiasts could see it for themselves.

Kimera Automobili EVO37

Prior to this year’s Salon Privé Week, Kimera Automobili has displayed only a static model and a race-spec prototype of its EVO37, but the example that was at Blenheim Palace is a road-legal model – complete with full interior and a new metallic grey livery. Evoking the fabulous Lancia 037 that lit up rally stages during the 1980s, the EVO37 will be built in a limited run of just 37 cars.

McLaren 765LT Spider

McLaren gave the latest model in its Longtail line-up – the 765LT Spider – its dynamic UK debut. With 765PS on tap and lightweight carbon fibre construction, it offers the extreme levels of performance for which the LT models are renowned – 0-124mph in 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 205mph. McLaren will build only 765 of these cars, which it justifiably describes as being ‘engineered without fear, driven by the fearless’.

Morgan Plus Four CX-T

Morgan’s sporting reputation was built on early successes in motoring trials that often took place on rough surfaces, and that era is being evoked with the recent launch of the Plus CX-T. Although it’s based on the standard Plus Four, the CX-T has been redesigned by Rally Raid UK as a rugged overland vehicle, with a full underbody protection system and bespoke suspension.

Range Rover Sport SVR Ultimate Edition

Blenheim Palace also provided the backdrop for the global debut of the Range Rover Sport SVR Ultimate Edition. Based on the Sport SVR – Land Rover’s fastest and most powerful SUV – the Ultimate Edition boasts exclusive colour combinations and detailing. Three colours are available, and other features include a body-coloured carbon fibre vented bonnet and 22-inch forged alloy wheels.

Touring Superleggera Arese RH95

Legendary Italian design house Touring Superleggera returned to Salon Privé for the global debut of its Arese RH95. The mid-engined supercar is named to reflect 95 years of design heritage, and each one can be tailored to the requirements of the individual client. With its dramatic styling, the Arese RH95 follows on from the Disco Volante and the AERO 3 – which made its global debut at Salon Privé 2020.

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