DESPITE the limited glitz at this year's Australian motor show, there is no shortage of precious metal to get the blood pumping.
The Aston Martin One-77 was one of the most breathtaking, if not in looks, just the price.
Queensland owned cost about $A1.85 million. After import duties, taxes, insurance and other on-road costs, the total amount for the local One-77 would be about $2.7 million.
One of just 77 in the world, it was hand-crafted in England and epitomises everything Aston Martin is from technology, hand-craftsmanship of the hand rolled aluminium panels to the attention to detail.
The One-77 combines a carbon fibre monocoque structure and aluminium body panels with a 7.3 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 559kW and 750Nm.
The two-door sports coupe achieves 100kmh in just 3.7 seconds and is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 350kmh.
Then there was the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento concept car - a 999kg terror with a 419kW V10 engine that can spear it from 0-100kmh in just 2.5 seconds. The one-off door wedge-shaped carbon fibre will sit loud and proud for the first few days of the show, before being flown out tomorrow on Sunday, October 21 to other engagements in Asia and the Middle East.
The Italian supercar brand's other show cars included the V12-powered $754,600 Aventador LP700-4 - the actual car used in the Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.
Lamborghini also displayed the V10-powered Gallardo 570-4 Spyder Performante convertible and LP 550-2 Tricolore special edition.
Jaguar also looked the goods with a gorgeous F-Type convertible.
Available with three engine choices, two supercharged V6s and a V8, the slowest version sprints from 0-100kmh in 5.3 seconds. The fastest in 4.3.
Ford showed off its future style with the four-door, four-seater fastback Evos.
"The Evos Concept represents a huge visual and technological change that will be a showcase of many Ford vehicles going forward," Ford Australia President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said.
"It is a vision of tomorrow, today. Our customers in Australia will find elements of the Evos Concept's stylish exterior design language in future Fords, as well as some of the cutting-edge connectivity technologies."
New luxury brand Infiniti (Nissan's prestige brand) displayed its new G Coupe and G Convertible.
Both models appeared ahead of their official release, which is scheduled for December this year.
These two sports cars are equipped with a 3.7-litre petrol V6 that generate maximum power of 235kW and peak torque of 360Nm.
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