The biggest reveal at Top Marques Monaco 2022

The microstate of Monaco is known to be one of the most illustrious places in the world for all things luxury. Few destinations rival Monaco’s sun-kissed coastline, which repeatedly proves to be the stomping ground for supercars. The organizers of Top Marques Monaco are aware of this and, since 2004, have used the principality to organize arguably the largest and most exclusive automobile exhibition on the planet.

This year, the 17e iteration of Top Marques saw the event return in all its glory after a two-year Covid-induced sabbatical. For the first time, Top Marques has also opened its doors to over 40 of the most iconic classic cars dating from the 1950s to the 1990s.

For those looking for the latest innovations in the fast-paced automotive industry or looking to step back in time with classic cars, Top Marques Monaco was the perfect place.

spear stuck to some of the highlights of this automotive extravaganza.

Aston Martin Walhalla

With its name derived from Norse mythology, it’s clear from the start that the Aston Martin Valhalla is going to be a special car. However, Valhalla is not only suitable for Odin and Thor, but also for Her Majesty’s Secret Service, as it was recently teased in a Q Branch lab in the latest James Bond film.

The mid-engined plug-in hybrid supercar is due to enter production in 2023, but there have been prototypes since 2019. The Valhalla is positioned to be a more road-ready toned version of Aston Martin’s flagship Valkyrie, before was announced that insiders even called him the “Son of Valkyrie”.

Still, the 935-hp all-wheel-drive four-liter twin-turbo V8 will be absolutely efficient. The Valhalla won over Top Marques visitors when it was presented at the supercar show. This soon-to-be-released hybrid supercar is definitely one to watch.

Pininfarina Battista

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The Italian style of the Battista ties it to the historic Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina SpA / ©Top Marques Monaco

The Pininfarina Battista is a fully electric sports car from luxury manufacturer Automobile Pininfarina. Although based in Germany, the Battista’s name combined with Italian styling betrays ties to historic Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina SpA

Named after the original founder of Pininfarina, Battista Pininfarina, it is a very close relative of the breathtaking Rimac Nevera. This all-electric behemoth is powered by a 120kw/h battery supplied by Rimac who also shared the Nevera’s powertrain.

The $2.5 million hypercar has a claimed range of 310 miles and should be able to do 0-60 in under two seconds. It’s no wonder this battery-powered, stat-busting wonder managed to turn heads during its display at Top Marques Monaco, boasting 1,874bhp it’s the most powerful Italian car in the world. ‘story. We think this king of speed is perfectly suited to the streets of Monaco.

Maserati MC20

This is Maserati’s chance to create a fully focused sports car / ©Top Marques Monaco

Maserati is known for its laid-back GT cars. Think cruising around the French Riviera in sublime elegance playing Matt Monroe on the stereo with the top down. It’s a niche that Maserati has stuck to and it has served them well.

The Maserati MC20 breaks this tradition. This is their chance to create a fully-focused sports car and they’ve succeeded. Under the hood, you’ll find a three-litre V6 capable of producing 630bhp and packed with F1-derived tech. The MC20 is capable of going from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.9 seconds, partly because it is the first Maserati in history with a carbon fiber monocoque.

Based in Modena, Italy, Maserati’s headquarters are less than 200 miles from Monaco, so Top Marques is practically Maserati territory. With the MC20 at the forefront, the famous grand touring car manufacturer finds itself ready for the race track.

McLaren Arthur

McLaren Arthur
The Artura accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds / ©Top Marques Monaco

McLaren is a manufacturer that needs no introduction. As one of the leading super and hyper car companies – and with its own showroom in the principality – an appearance at Top Marques is an annual event.

This year was no different with the McLaren Artura on full display. To elite traveler, we’ve been following the Artura with a keen eye and its release is just around the corner. It’s the first of a new generation of hybrid McLarens that brings an electric touch to its sports models.

The Artura boasts 0-60mph in under three seconds and has the ability to drive in all-electric mode. You can already imagine it quietly navigating the winding streets of Monaco in blissful silence, before changing modes as it leaves the principality and unleashing a deafening roar.

The Artura represents the first step for McLaren as they add hybrid power to more of their vehicles, expect to hear more about the Artura from Elite Traveler soon.

La Magnifica combines luxury, know-how and noble materials / ©Top Marques Monaco

Top Marques Monaco is home to some of the fastest cars in the world, but this year several motorcycles have also made an appearance. A particular highlight was the R18 Magnifica, which was first unveiled at the event.

An extravagant customization of the BMW R18, the Magnifica unites luxury, craftsmanship and exquisite materials in a two-wheeled package. Produced by custom bike builder Radikal Chopper, run by Andrea Radaelli, this stylized R18 is virtually unrecognizable.

Inspired by vintage motorcycles from the first half of the 20e century, the Magnifica was built entirely using materials such as brass, aluminum and wood. Almost every component of this custom cruiser is completely handmade, which further adds to its luxurious feel. If you’re looking for old-school style with the freedom of a two-wheeler, the Magnifica is the answer.

For more information on upcoming shows, tickets and exhibitors, visit topmarquesmonaco.com

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