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Top Marques 2014

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Not quite as family friendly as some of the British shows, Top Marques is easily one of the most glittering auto events of the summer. This year in its 11th edition, the festival takes place from 17-20 April at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum and Casino Square. Last year's event welcomed 33,000 visitors but this year is expected to be even busier, thanks to coinciding with the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

'Austerity be damned' might be an appropriate motto for the ridiculously extravagant array of cars on display. Apart from an eye watering selection of supercars, there will be superyachts, handbags, watches and even a £4,000 Gold Mask Treatment facial, for those possibly with more money than sense.

The weekend will feature some 200 luxury brands and a somewhat incongruous green theme, which will see an unusual preponderance of electric vehicles attending.

Star attractions this year include an appearance by the nanoFLOWCELL Quant eSportlimousine, a tongue twisting and dramatic looking new endeavour, powered by salt water. Allegedly, it can achieve a 600km range, about five times greater than the average lithium ion battery powered electric vehicle, and returns up to 912hp. Performance statistics include a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 236mph. Watch this space...

There's also the first so called all electric superbike in the world, the Energica Ego. This Italian stallion is the brainchild of F1 parts manufacturer, CRP Group, based in Modena, Italy. The company is claiming 0-62mph in less than three seconds and a maximum range of 120 miles - if you drive slowly... The Energica Eco is expected to be available next year, priced from £15,000.

Among the more traditional supercar exhibits will be the Danish Zenvo ST1, famous for a disastrous appearance on Top Gear and the 770bhp Lykan HyperSport, for those with a spare £2 million to play with. Exclusivity is guaranteed with the Lykan HyperSport, with a seven unit production run if not the price, which buys some frighteningly futuristic technological features and a special edition Cyrus Klepcys watch as a bonus feature...

More understated but possibly even more interesting will be the debut appearance at the event of the David Brown Automotive Speedback, a new luxury British sports car, very much in the style of the classic Aston Martin DB5, but running upon the base of a Jaguar XKR.

Pagani will be making its customary Top Marques appearance with a Huayra, while there will also be classic cars aplenty and a fair sprinkling of Ferraris, McLarens, Bentleys, Aston Martins and Rolls-Royces.

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