• 2016 Top Marques Monaco – Preview

Affluence, shimmering blue water, and LOTS of supercars

It’s April, and as the ice melts away, the green gets ready to play. No, I’m not talking about the local flora coming around after a long winter’s nap – I’m talking about the well-heeled individuals headed to the 13th annual Top Marques Monaco (TMM) car show, taking place April 14th to 17th. Since 2004, TMM has brought together wealthy car lovers for one of the most over-the-top auto events of the year, showcasing some of the fastest and most exclusive machinery on the planet.

TMM lives by the motto “See it, drive it, buy it.” That means attendees get the chance to pilot any of the for-sale supercars around the adjacent harbor, including portions of the famed F1 track. Additionally, automakers have used the event as a springboard to introduce some of their wilder creations, with last year’s debuts including the Aeromobil 3.0, a million-dollar street-legal vehicle capable of transforming into a plane, and the Toroidion 1MW, the world’s first one-megawatt electric supercar.

But millionaires are a dime a dozen in Monaco, so of course you gotta bring out the big guns if you wanna impress anyone. This year, TMM will showcase several cars from the latest entry to the James Bond franchise, Spectre. Complementing the movie metal will be a lineup of high-speed appliances rarely seen in public, as well as the “world’s first practicable jetpack” and the “world’s first every [sic] flying hover board.”

Wait, what? Read on for the details.

Updated 04/13/2016: TMM 2016 officially kicks off tomorrow, so we’ve updated our preview with more of the vehicular hotness slated to show. Enjoy!

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Top Marques Monaco event.

Aston Martin DB10

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Before the DB11 dropped cover at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the DB10 hit the silver screen. And why not – James Bond and Aston Martin are nearly synonymous at this point, and what better way to advertise a car than to have it slithering around a major blockbuster chase scene? While the production car that spawned afterwards may have drawn a bit of criticism, few can argue against the aesthetic of the DB10.

Read the full review here.

Jaguar C-X75

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For every great hero car, there has to be a villain, right? Playing the role of “cat” to Bond’s Aston Martin “mouse” is the Jaguar C-X75. Originally debuting in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show, Jag had for big plans for the C-X75, initially announcing it would come with a crazy hybrid drivetrain and jaw-dropping price tag approaching $1.5 million. Unfortunately, the production variant was eventually canceled, but at least the idea remains on display for our collective enjoyment.

Read the full review here.

Icona Vulcano

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Last year, the Icona Vulcano triumphantly strode across the carefully manicured Pebble Beach grass to become the world’s first titanium-bodied supercar. The design is just as outrageous as the materials, with 1,000 hours poured into the handcrafted form, which is said to take inspiration from the SR-71 Blackbird military spy plane. The speed possible when you put the hammer down is equally shocking, with 0-to-60 mph done in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 220 mph.

Read the full review here.

Donkervoort D8 GTO

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Ok, so it’s got a weird name and it looks like a Caterham on steroids. I’ll explain – the Donkervoort D8 GTO hails from the Netherlands, which explains the name, while the design is an extreme reinterpretation of the Lotus Seven, which explains the look. If you like no-nonsense performance, then this is the one for you – extremely lightweight, the D8 GTO needs only 375 horsepower to reach 62 mph in 2.8 seconds.

Read the full review here.

Martin Jetpack

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That’s right, folks – jetpacks. You’ve been asking for ‘em, and, well, it looks like New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft Company has ‘em. Made from carbon fiber and aluminum, this thing delivers up to 50 km (31 miles) of range at speeds up to 74 km/h (46 mph), with an altitude ceiling of 3,000 feet above sea level. The target price is $150,000, which is pretty reasonable, all things considered.


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I’m sure you’ve heard of “hoverboards” – you know, those two-wheeled rolling incendiary bombs everyone seems to love? Well, this thing looks to trump them all. With 36 onboard electric fans and over 270 horsepower available, this 180-pound vehicle can float a foot off the ground and travel at speeds up to 12.5 mph. Unfortunately, there are a few downsides, like an operational time limited to just 6 minutes, and a price tag of $15,000, but hey – it’s a real hoverboard!

Apollo Arrow

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Fresh from its debut at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, the Arrow heads to Monaco to see if it can land a bullseye with the locals. Produced by German supercar manufacturer Apollo (the automaker formally known as Gumpert), the Arrow should be right at home at TMM. For starters, just look at it. It’s a rolling jaw-dropper front to back, but the impressive design is much more than skin deep. Under the composite aero is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 from Audi, which is tuned to deliver 986 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough grunt to propel this monster to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed rated at 223 mph.

Read the full review here.

Newtron Engineering All-Electric Fiat 500

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There are plenty of modern emissions-free transportation options out there, but what if you want the benefits of electric power plugged into a more traditional package? Well, Newtron Engineering has a solution. Headquartered in Italy, this company focuses on creating aftermarket electric and hybrid drive systems for existing dino-juice burners. One of its projects is this vintage Fiat 500, which heads to Monaco as a shining example of old-school cool meets present-day technology.

Ferrari LaFerrari

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Nothing exceeds like excess, and the Ferrari squared is definitely excessive. This Ferrariest of Ferraris is part of the hybrid hypercar holy trinity, making it a perfect addition to the TMM lineup. The suspension and aerodynamics are adaptive, while the 6.3-liter V-12 mounted behind the cabin is assisted by two electric motors. Output rings to the tune of 963 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint done in less than three seconds, and a top speed above 217 mph. Production is limited to 499 units, each carrying a price tag of $1.4 million.

Read the full review here.

Trion Nemesis

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Based out of Orange County, Southern California, Trion Supercars has some rather lofty aspirations, with plans to take on established names like Bugatti and Koenigsegg for tip-top-shelf velocity bragging rights. Now just two years old, the automaker’s first model, the Nemesis, recently debuted at the Silicon Valley Auto Show, boasting some pretty insane specs. There are multiple trim levels planned, but the big one is the RR, which comes packing a twin-turbo V-8 pumping out over 2,000 horsepower. A run to 60 mph takes 2.8 seconds, while top speed is expected to hover around 270 mph, making it a contender for fastest production car in the world. Pricing starts at $1.2 million.

Read the full review here.

Halcon SuperSport Falcarto

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Halcon SuperSport is a fresh face in the world of boutique supercars. Its first four-wheeled product is the Falcarto, a two-door coupe with a front-mid-mounted twin-turbo V-6. Output levels vary, but up to 720 horsepower can be had in the top-spec trim, with a 198-mph top speed possible with the proper gearing. There’s also a good deal of luxury in the cabin, with a driver-centric design, leather and Alcantara upholstery, and the latest infotainment gear.

Mazzanti Automobili Evantra

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With the idyllic Tuscany countryside providing inspiration, Mazzanti Automobili produces just a few highly polished units every year, each handcrafted as a high-speed piece of art. The company’s latest model is the Evantra, which debuted at TMM in 2013, and now heads to this year’s event with an updated aero package. Highly customizable, the Evantra also offers 751 horsepower from a naturally aspirated, mid-mounted, all-aluminum 7.0-liter V-8. The car weighs in at just 2,866 pounds, which means 0-to-60 mph is done in three seconds, while top speed is rated at 224 mph.

Read the full review here.

Kahn Design WB12 Vengeance

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Kahn Design is no stranger to custom high-end automobiles. Previously offering up a string of heavily massaged Land Rovers, the U.K. tuner’s latest creation is the Aston Martin WB12 Vengeance. First teased all the way back in May of 2015, the WB12 Vengeance finally made its first public appearance at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, and now, it’s joining 007’s Aston DB10 in Monaco. Based on the DB9, the WB12 Vengeance gets a new wide body exterior (the “WB” part), while up front is a 6.0-liter V-12 engine (the “12” part), which is good for 510 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. Cooling is assisted via a new aluminum grill in the fascia, a look somewhat reminiscent of Darth Vader’s facemask.

Read the full review here.

Effeffe Berlinetta

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At first blush, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this gorgeous red coupe for a 50-year-old Italian motorsport icon – because that’s exactly what Effeffe Cars was going for. In reality, this is a brand new car, hammered together using traditional auto-building techniques and craftsmanship. The shape is pure emotion, while inside is a steering wheel made from wood. Mounted just ahead of the cockpit is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from Alfa Romeo, which mates to a five-speed manual transmission for 180 horsepower at the rear axle. Originally debuting at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2014, something tells me this thing will be a huge hit in Monaco. Pricing starts at around $320,000, and includes copious opportunities for customization.

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