Performance Car Show at the NEC: the cars in pictures

The LaFerrari and BMW i8 join a whole host of exotic machinery at January's Performance Car Show. Our gallery reveals some of the stars

Birmingham will soon be ringing with the sound of several V8s, a flat-six, an in-line five and one very special KERS-enabled V12 as the Performance Car Show arrives at the NEC.

Ferrari’s F40 will spearhead an eclectic collection of cars whose pedigree has been established on Corsica’s back roads, the Sahara, the Nürburgring and even evo’s home circuit, the Bedford Autodrome West Circuit.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The show runs on January 8-11 with static displays and a Live Action Arena where recent evo Car of the Year winner, the Ferrari 458 Speciale, will make a glorious racket alongside Lamborghini’s Huracán, the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 and Vühl’s 05 track car.

If it’s historics that take your fancy there will be rich pickings, too. Porsche’s 959, an Audi Sport Quattro SWB and – holy of holies – a Lancia Stratos Stradale will all make an appearance, as will Jaguar Sport’s oft-overlooked XJR-15. Just 53 were made.

If you haven’t already guessed it, that very special KERS-enabled V12 belongs the LaFerrari, which we imagine will attract by far the most attention within the NEC. Just 499 examples exist, and with 950bhp from a petrol-electric powertrain and a kerb weight of just 1225kg, performance is… lively.

evo’s Dickie Meaden – a man with vast experience of this type of car – recently described the Ferrari’s performance as ‘genuinely shocking’ during a head-to-head with the Enzo in north Wales (evo 203). 

Also on show will be is a trio of cars for which most of us would donate various anatomical parts to own just one. They are the latest Porsche 911 GT3, McLaren’s 650S and the Jaguar F-type.

If you stump up £32 for a ticket – £21 for children, free for anyone younger than five years old – come and say hello. evo will have a stand at the show.

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/m3/202991/new-bmw-m3-touring-confirmed-yes-we-said-m3-touring
BMW M3

New BMW M3 Touring confirmed - yes, we said M3 Touring

Sixth generation M3 to offer Touring body for the first time to rival RS4 and C63 estate
12 Aug 2020
Visit/advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
Features

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
13 Aug 2020
Visit/subaru/wrx-sti/202994/new-subaru-wrx-wrx-sti-and-brz-confirmed-in-leaked-plan
Subaru WRX STi

New Subaru WRX, WRX STI and BRZ confirmed in leaked plan

Subaru is developing new WRX, WRX STI and BRZ models in sports car offensive, but UK sales remain unconfirmed.
14 Aug 2020
Visit/mercedes/s-class/22543/new-mercedes-benz-s-class-interior-revealed
Mercedes S-Class

New Mercedes-Benz S-class interior revealed

The new S-class is the most important new Mercedes-Benz coming this year​, here’s an early look at its tech-filled interior
13 Aug 2020