Some luxury automakers record up to 20 or 30 percent of their sales during the Pebble Beach weekend. We thought that we would give a recap of some of the cars the automakers decided to show at Pebble, some made it to the concept lawn, others to private parties, but we do know they came here to garner interest and that is what they did.
Acura brought a concept version of its 2015 Acura NSX to the concept lawn. The hybrid is powered by a mid-engine 3.5-liter V-6 and an electric motor, it is an all-wheel-drive supercar and is said to have well over 400 horsepower. While no one outside of Honda, let it be known not even Tony Stark has yet been able to drive a real one, the car recently took a selection of laps around Mid-Ohio Raceway ahead of the Indy 200 race held there.
Bugatti had a special edition Veyron on display for a very select private party. The retail price was $2.7 million and the car was not for sale. However, two guests to the party wanted to have the first one, the one on display and a bidding war ensued. Bugatti relented when the company found it was going to pocket upwards of $3.5 million on the transaction and as a result the car that wasn’t for sale was sold.
Aston Martin celebrated its 100 birthday this year and did so in style at Pebble Beach with the CC100 Speedster concept. The CC100 was very much a return to the 1950’s with an open top and little to no protection from the elements. Aston Martin also debut the Vanquish Volante and the DB9 Zagato.
Bentley unveiled a version of its 2013 Mulsanne to commemorate its victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The limited edition Mulsanne commemorates both the 90th anniversary of the storied race as well as the 10th anniversary of its last win at Le Mans.
BMW had three cars on-hand, the first was the V-12-powered Gran Lusso coupe, designed by Pininfarina. The second concept was the M4 which is set to displace the M3 in 2015. Lastly the BMW 428i made its North American debut.
With it being the 60th anniversary a celebration of Corvettes took place at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which featured a Corvette from every year. Slap bang in the middle of the display was the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, the new 2014 model with 455 horsepower. Chevrolet also showed off its new C7.R racecar which will be on race tracks to help promote the new Stingray.
Cadillac led off with its new Elmiraj luxury coupe concept that unfortunately will not go into production. The car comes powered by a 4.5-liter, 500-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. While it won’t be produced, I think we can assume where Cadillac are focused for the future.
The Jaguar Project 7 is a retro tribute to the seven victories the company has had at Le Mans with its last win in 1990. This concept speedster was launched at the Goodwood Festival of Speed however it was fitting to see it here on the concept lawn, to help with the Jaguar F-Type.
The Lamborghini Veneno was certainly the star of the concept lawn with its audacious styling. Lamborghini is building three of them–two for U.S. customers and one for a customer in the UAE–at a price of $3 million apiece. With the successful response Lamborghini received on the Veneno it is now preparing a run of nine more convertible examples which are expected to cost $4.4 million each.
Laraki was certainly a name on the concept lawn many people had not heard of however the car they presented was very impressive indeed. The company created a concept with an aluminum chassis and a carbon fiber body, and a 1,750-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V-8. The Laraki Epitome is just a concept car, the company will happily build you one for a cool $2 million.
The McLaren booth was on the show field instead of the concept car lawn and they provided a private reception for invite-only guests. Once inside the tent it was a feast of racing history featuring a throwback to the Formula 1 with helmets from Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Mika Hakkinen. Not to be outdone was a Can-Am racing car which dominated the series. Not to be outdone however was the star of the show the McLaren P1, a hybrid supercar.
The 918 Spyder, Porsche’s new hybrid supercar and Nürburgring record breaker, it is the first production car to lap the famed track in under 7 minutes.
Spyker introduced the world to the production ready prototype the B6 Venator, a small and nimble sports car. The looks and interior are largely carryovers from the hardtop, aside from the inclusion of Spyker’s Latin mission statement, “Nulla tenaci invia est via” or “For the tenacious no road is impassable,” placed on the faring behind the seats.