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Lexus presents LC Inspiration Series Concept and UX 250h Concept at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Being a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lexus took advantage of the prestigious event to unveil two new concepts that represent the luxury carmaker’s different takes on the future of luxury – the new Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept and the new Lexus UX 250h Concept.
The Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept is essentially the second vehicle in the carmaker’s Inspiration Series. The first Inspiration Series was an LC 500 finished in Structural Blue and inspired by a superhero from the Marvel cinematic universe -- King T’Challa, the monarch of Wakanda. Both the LC 500 Inspiration Series and the LC Inspiration Series Concept are regarded by Lexus as ultimate expressions of their flagship coupe, as marked by bold designs and exclusive elements.
While the first Inspiration Series wrapped in Structural Blue, the Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept is finished in Flare Yellow exterior paint. This concept rides on a distinct set of black 21-inch forged alloy wheels. It also features a carbon fiber roof and an active rear spoiler.Read the entire article Lexus presents LC Inspiration Series Concept and UX 250h Concept at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Audi has unveiled an all-electric concept car at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California that visualizes a radical electrically powered driving machine for both the road and the race track. The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron Concept is essentially a design and technical study of a futuristic high-performance sports car.
Basically, the PB18 e-tron boasts of a technical concept built from Audi's years of victories at the Le Mans, as implemented through the carmaker’s high-performance arm -- Audi Sport GmbH. The “PB18” in its name refers to the place and year (Pebble Beach and 2018) it was unveiled, while the “e-tron” signifies the fact that the concept shares the technological DNA with the Audi R18 e-tron, the carmaker’s high successful LMP1 racing car.
In terms of dimensions, the PB18 e-tron is similar to a classical sports car – it measures 4.53 meters (14.5 ft.) in length, 2 meters (6.4 ft.) in width and 1.15 meters (4.6 ft) in height, with wheelbase of 2.70 meters (8.9 ft) and short overhangs.Read the entire article Audi PB18 e-tron is an all-electric high-performance concept with the driver in full control
Acura has unveiled the latest iteration of the Acura NSX at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in Moneterey, California. The 2019 Acura NSX is still as powerful as before, but the luxurious sports car is now a better performer. It also boasts of new colors both on the exterior and interior, as well as a number of new design cues.
The 2019 Acura NSX unveiled at The Quail is finished in a new premium paint option – the Thermal Orange Pearl coat. This new finish is a tribute to 30 years of Acura motorsports vehicles with orange accented liveries. In addition, orange calipers are also available for the optional carbon ceramic metallic (CCM) brakes. Likewise, red calipers can be fitted to the standard iron brakes.
Moreover, the front grille garnish for all 2019 Acura NSX models are now body-colored instead of silver. The front grille surround, front air intake mesh as well as the rear bumper outlet mesh have received high-gloss treatments, and so are the available Carbon Fiber Decklid Spoiler and Carbon Fiber Exterior Package. This package includes a front chin spoiler, side sill garnish and rear diffuser – all in high-gloss treatment.Read the entire article 2019 Acura NSX offers better performance, new colors and more standard equipment
SSC North America, formerly known as Shelby SuperCars, has been working on a successor for the SSC Ultimate Aero. A concept of the successor was unveiled at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, but due to unknown reasons, the final car has yet to make into production. Seven years after the concept at the same place and event, SSC North America is unveiling to the public the final form of this concept as it goes into production – the new SSC Tuatara.
The new SSC Tuatara is named after a greenish-brown and gray lizard – which can only be found in New Zealand -- known for having the fastest molecular evolution for any living animal. The SSC Tuatara unveiled at Pebble Beach was also wrapped in similar grayish color. Underneath this wrapped is a body and a chassis all made from carbon fiber. Moreover, the 20-inch wheels of the Tuatara are also made from carbon fiber. By employing carbon fiber, SSC North America is able to make Tuatara a lightweight hypercar with a dry weight of just 2,750 lbs. (1,247 kg).
The use of carbon fiber also paved way for a wind-cheating, aerodynamically superior curvy design. The incredibly sporty overall looks of the new SSC Tuatara hypercar is penned by Jason Castriota, a former designer at Pininfarina. The design of the new Tuatara takes inspiration from the aerospace industry. This design gave the hypercar a low drag coefficient value of just 0.279 Cd – the lowest in its class.Read the entire article SSC Tuatara unveiled at Pebble Beach is expected to surpass 300 mph top speed
Before people knew it, Ferrari has already created its 50th droptop model. The Italian sports car maker unveiled its 50th droptop model and the latest member of the Special Series family – the new Ferrari 488 Pista Spider – at the highly prestigious Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California.
Earlier this year, Ferrari introduced the 488 Pista Coupe and the track-oriented Piloti 488 Pista Special Edition. The 488 Pista is the considered as the successor to Ferrari’s V8-engined Special Series – the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale. Now, the latest Special Series is welcoming its new member in a convertible form. The decision to unveil the new 488 Pista Spider in the United States was influenced by the fact that Ferrari’s North American clients have been keen connoisseurs of high-performance convertibles since the 1950s.
Essentially, the difference between the Coupe and the Spider versions of the Ferrari 488 Pista is that the latter features a droptop, which roof system is more complex than the fixed one. Because of increased complexity of its convertible roof, the new 488 Pista Spider is around 200 lbs (91 kg) heavier than the 488 Pista Coupe. Since both versions of the Ferrari 488 Pista are powered by the same powerplant -- a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine that delivers 720 hp of max output and 770 Nm (568 lb.-ft.) of peak torque – this difference in weight results to a very slight disparity in terms of performance.Read the entire article Ferrari takes the veil off the new 488 Pista Spider at Pebble Beach
For the past years, Mercedes-Benz has been unveiling spectacular concepts or visions. There were the AMG Vision GT and the Concept IAA, as well as the Vision Maybach 6 and the Vision Maybach 6 Cabriolet. Its latest concept, unveiled at the Monterey Car Week, is likewise nothing short of stunning while showing off the carmaker’s glorious past. This concept is the new Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow.
Just by looking at this concept, people can’t help but associate with Mercedes’ Grand Prix racing cars in the 1930s. During this period, Mercedes cars were called Silver Arrows. Actually, the new Vision EQ Silver Arrow is inspired by and pays tribute to the 1937 Mercedes W125 Grand Prix racing car. Driven by the legendary Rudolf Caracciola, the W125 set a new speed record on public roads in 1937 after averaging 432.7 km/h (268.8 mph) on the A5 autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt. This record sat untouched for around 80 years, until it was broken in November 2017.
Just like the 1937 W125, the Vision EQ Silver Arrow features a long and extended front section and short front overhang. The round cockpit glazing of the Vision EQ Silver Arrow -- modeled on a drop of water in terms of outline and cross-section – was also inspired by the W125. Similar to the Silver Arrows, this one-seater concept is wrapped in alubeam silver paint.Read the entire article Futuristic Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow pays tribute to record-setting W125
All eyes were turned to the fuchsia pink bespoke McLaren 720S MSO at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Sunday. Surely, we can understand why. The one-off supercar, which was commissioned by entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Fux and was created by the British automaker’s bespoke division, wears a very bright, eye catching body paint of pink tone with a hint of purple.
Featuring what is called the “Fux Fuschia” color scheme, the MSO 720S was tailor-made to perfection to meet its owner’s unique taste. Starting from the striking exterior up to its luxurious cabin with custom leather and white stitching, down to its lightweight alloy wheels in platinum. Other highlights consist of the cabin’s carbon fiber elements, the pinstriped steering wheel, the fuchsia pink rear view mirror cover as well as the window surrounds and exhaust pipes in Stealth Gray finish. It also comes with white floor mats to complete the all-white theme interior scheme.
A well-known car enthusiast, Fux has over a hundred luxury cars in his collection and many of those are custom made with some unusual colors. There’s one McLaren P1 in green, a McLaren 12C Spider in purple and a McLaren 12C in orange and now comes the new Fuchsia Fux pink McLaren MSO 720S. Fux’s list of car collection doesn’t end there yet. The self-made businessman from Cuba also owns several Rolls-Royces, Aston Martins, Porsches and Ferraris. Being a famous philanthropist, Fux is known to often put his precious cars on display on charitable events while raising money for a good cause.Read the entire article Bespoke McLaren 720S by MSO revealed at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Famous designer of certain Ferrari vehicles like the Enzo Ferrari and the P4/5, Ken Okuyama has revealed another one of his designs at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours over the weekend. You might have remembered the Kode57 Enji that was previewed last year, this one is a Kode 0 that is somewhat similar to the former.
Having said that, by looking at the Kode 0, you will see several design cues that were taken from Lamborghini. Particularly, these are designs by Marcello Gandini. The guy is best known for designing certain models including the Lamborghini Countach, Lambo Miura, and also the Lancia Stratos Zero, and many others.
The Kode 0 has a base like the Lamborghini Aventador, with its "one motion" design. It had been given a set of 20- and 21-inch wheels wearing Pirelli P-Zero tires, plus a more aggressive front splitter and LED headlights up front, while the rear end of the car is a triangular shaped exhaust complemented by a large rear diffuser.Read the entire article Ken Okuyama unveils his custom Kode 0 Supercar at Pebble Beach
Earlier in August, Acura gave us teasers of the ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car. And last Thursday night in Monterey, they have decided to finally reveal it to the public.
What the company has confirmed so far is that the Acura ARX-05 will be competing at next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race car is going to have the same chassis as the ORECA 07 while featuring a typical Acura specific bodywork. It will also be getting a pair of Jewel Eye headlights.
The ARX-05 race car is going to be powered by a twin-turbo AR35TT engine according to the company. This engine is similar to that of the 3.5 liter V6 from models like the MDX, TLX, and RLX.Read the entire article Acura introduces fifth-generation race car prototype, the ARX-05
A few months ago, Mercedes-Benz promised that they will be treating everyone to a “big surprise” during the Monterey Car Week. And true enough, many of us were stunned as they unveiled the all electric Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet convertible version of the hardtop model that made its debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last year.
Just like an art piece, this model is no doubt a head turner just like its predecessor. The Vision 6 Cabriolet stretches out to nineteen feet in length, and it sits on 24-inch wheels. Its hood appears extra long, while the tail tapers uniquely to a certain point. The front fascia gets a huge grille finished in chrome, which contrasts with the slim headlights. Mercedes actually refers to the rear end as a “boat tail”, complementing the Nautical Blue Metallic name for the exterior finish.
The Vision 6 Cabriolet’s interior completely stands out from the exterior. The two-seater cabin is finished in a clean white interior with silver accents - from the seats, the dashboard, to the steering wheel. The center console gets a wing-like “flowing” design that is given an ambient blue lighting around the elements, as well as the door panels. The illuminated dots around the seats all have tiny backlit Mercedes logos.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz surprises us with Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
This weekend at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the BMW Z4 Concept will make its first public appearance. The good news is that we will finally have a real idea of what the upcoming roadster will look like.
Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, said that the BMW Z4 Concept is a representation of the company’s new design language from all perspectives. This ranges from the dynamic design of the fascia to the striking flanks, all the way to the rear end. The lines and the exchange that occurs between surfaces give it a sense of power.
This concept gets its design and inspiration from the older roadsters of BMW, except this one does not look retro at all. If you notice, this concept actually veers from the company’s traditional styling cues - starting from the headlights that are more vertically oriented. This is different from past BMW models that have a horizontally oriented head lights. Another element added to the Z4 is the new mesh grille, instead of its typical bar set-up.Read the entire article BMW Z4 Concept unveiled ahead of 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The BMW M1 will be one of the most exclusive cars that will be showcased at the upcoming 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, alongside many other extravagant models. Firstly, there are only 40 units of this model that was ever built, but what makes this one unique is that it is the only road-legal BMW M1 Procar. Thanks to the Thermal Club, this example will be heading to Monterey this weekend, and it will be displayed by a virtual reality track experience. The Thermal Club is a private motorsports club that will also offer a virtual tour of their 344-acre facility for Pebble Beach guests.
The BMW M1 Procar Championship was made in accordance with the Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) standards. In 1971, the said model was produced by the company in a limited one-year run. And just after two years, it had already been dismantled.
What makes it the one and only street-legal model? Well, the first owner of this race-ready M1 Procar had its racing parts removed before selling it to as a second hand car. After the M1 had been produced, there was no series to race the cars in so BMW was left with the 40 track-focused examples. Each was a stripped out version of the road model where they were based. Luckily for number 31 of 40, it was the only M1 Procar that had been converted into a street legal model. The M1 came with a 3.5 liter straight-six engine that produced as much as 470 horsepower (350 kilowatts). It was capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 4.3 seconds, before it continues to a top speed of 190 mph (305 kmh).Read the entire article The only street-legal BMW M1 Procar goes to Pebble Beach
Infiniti revealed its retro Prototype 9 race car before its slated debut at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance next week. In a recent press release, the company not only disclosed further details about the history of its prototype vintage racing machine, but also released more photos of the new concept car prior to the upcoming event.
While the brand only came into existence in the late nineteen eighties, Alfonso Albaisa, Senior VP for Global Design at Nissan’s luxury division found inspiration from the vintage race cars of the 1930s and combined the brand’s past and current design language into the Prototype 9.
Creating the Japanese Grand Prix inspiration into a real concept actually involves several designers and engineers out to prove their expertise both in car design and manufacturing highly advanced powertrains. What began as a “simple thought” gave way to an undertaking no one else had ever quite expected. The team consists of Nissan’s Autech division, the designers from Japan’s Atsugio studio and the heads of the factory in Oppama with each one of them volunteering their own time for the project.Read the entire article Infiniti Prototype 9 stirs excitement ahead of 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
On August 17, BMW is set to reveal something that so many of us have been anticipating. So better save the date if you want to be one of the first ones to witness their surprise. And just a few weeks before they unveil it, they released a teaser of the car’s silhouette, showing only the shape of the convertible’s upper half - and it is already looking pretty sexy.
“The road will never be the same” is what captions the beautiful image. After the company posted this, the biggest question in mind is, what is it? There were a number of comments that came out after, some were saying that it is a convertible 8 Series. It could be, but the shape and size do not seem to fit. However, others suggest that it could be a Targa-top i8. Since we do not know the right answer to this question yet, we can do our own investigation to guess what this could be, or we could just wait until August 17.
August 17 is happening a few days before the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and it is quite common for automakers to unveil their new models days before events like these. Furthermore, BMW Designworks is just a couple of hours away from Pebble Beach, so we might actually see the actual car in the event. Remember that last year, the company brought out the fully restored 1957 507 that was once owned by Elvis Presley to the 2016 Pebble Beach event.Read the entire article BMW teases us with what might be a Z4 Targa top silhouette
One event that die-hard Ferrari fans should not miss is the Monterey Car Week that will run through the whole week of August 18. This is because the company will be bringing in a total of 70 iconic models, to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary. All in all, these cars have a net value of half a billion dollars - or around $7.14 million dollars per car on average.
These models range from cars from the 1950s to the latest models out today. Along with the seventy cars that will be on display, there will be four special classes at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. These include: Ferrari Major Race Winners, Ferrari One-Off Spéciales, Ferrari Grand Touring, and Ferrari Competition. And before I forget to mention, there will also be a LaFerrari Aperta that will be showcased too.
To make the event even more exciting, Ferrari will auction some cars over Monterey Car Week. RM Sotheby’s plans to put 13 cars on the line, with an estimate price of $18 million. Meanwhile, Gooding and Company will be auctioning a 1966 275 GTB/C, expecting it to sell for $12 to $16 million, as well as a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet at $5 to $7 million, among other models.Read the entire article Ferrari marks 70th anniversary at 2017 Pebble Beach with 70-car display worth half a billion dollars
If you thought that last year was the year for the BMW fanboys, then you might want to reconsider this year's offer. 2017 is upping the game after the 8 Series Concept was spotted at the Villa d'Este recently this week. At Pebble Beach is where the BMW followers’ dreams will come true, in a sense. According to sources, the upcoming BMW Z4 from the German automaker can finally be previewed after having been clouded in secrecy. We will be expecting this year to be a BMW fest, and we can't wait.
BMW axed the Z4 around August 2016 and probably, in the latter part of this year, the automobile will be given a second lease with the same label. To the surprise of everybody, a concept will be shown at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance that is scheduled on August 16-20, and we are counting down the months before we can see how the roadster will transform into what will be known as the 3rd gen.
Produced under the "G29" moniker, the new roadster is conceived under the collective work between BMW and Toyota, with the Japanese automaker set to unveil its own version of the car, likely resurrecting the legendary "Supra" codename and released as a coupe. Prototypes of the said vehicles have been spotted various times, albeit in camouflage, so it’s very hard to decipher. However, the recent batch of spy photos did provide us some preliminary tech details of the revived Z4.Read the entire article BMW Z4 (G29) Concept, a joint project with Toyota, will be unveiled at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Earlier this year, Aston Martin wowed the world with a stunning concept car – the Vanquish Zagato. The concept made its first appearance in May during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. It is another one of Aston Martin’s collaboration projects with Zagato that is seen to be at par with the beauty that was the 1960 DB4 GT. It is distinctly Zagato but it comes with certain flourishes that make it even more remarkable.
The Vanquish Zagato comes with a trademark double-bubble roof and a very imposing front grille that adds to its unique Zagato styling. It also comes with quad exhausts that help us hear the roar of its 5.9-liter V12 engine better. The Vanquish Zagato can make up to 600 horsepower, making it 27 horsepower more awesome than the regular Vanquish. To make the car even more special, it comes with supportive leather seats embellished with a unique “Z” quilting pattern.
Not long after the British luxury car manufacturer introduced the hardtop Vanquish Zagato, the automaker has once again made an appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with another showstopper. Aston Martin once again wowed the crowd with an even more stunning masterpiece, the Vanquish Zagato Volante – a convertible version of the hardtop Vanquish Zagato.Read the entire article Aston Martin launches stunning Vanquish Zagato Volante at Pebble Beach
Lamborghini has always been known to be the home to exotic supercars. The Italian automaker’s production facilities have hosted uniquely designed and powerful show-stopping supercars. It all started with the Lamborghini Miura which was unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Motor show and since then, many more have been created to stun the world.
Although there have been a few misses in the past, Lamborghini was still able to show that they can still dominate the exotic and supercar market. This year, they released yet again another one of their limited edition supercars and this time, they built an ode to their founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. It is the best tribute to its founder’s 100th birthday embodying a world-class legendary quality.
The Centenario is as monstrous as a Lamborghini can be. At the heart of this beast is a V12 engine that gives the car a maximum power of 770 horsepower, making it another valuable member of the supercar family. It comes with aggressive detailing featuring some outrageous diffuser strakes, the most outrageous ones that have been fitted on a road car.Read the entire article Lamborghini introduces Centenario Roadster on Monterey Car Week
When the BMW 2002 Hommage Concept was first revealed to the public, not everyone was amused. It was designed to celebrate the 02 Series’ 50th anniversary yet people still needed to see that “oomph” on the car itself; hey, that’s just how you properly pay homage to the first series-produced car in Europe with turbo technology, right?
Now it looks like BMW went all the way back to the paint shop to redo the Hommage concept’s paint job. The German automaker has cooked up something even more enticing for the 2002 Hommage Concept – a classic livery that will make every jaw drop and head turn, making fans swoon over like hungry zombies.
The revamped version of the Hommage concept is now a more eye-catching burnt orange and black ensemble. It’s as beautiful as it can be and if you’re driving this baby ‘round town and still isn’t the talk of the town, then people should better yet get themselves a pair of glasses because this car is THE bomb. The cherry on top of this ensemble are the 20-inch gold alloy wheels completing the transformation of what was once a polarizing concept into a dazzling creation.Read the entire article BMW 2002 Hommage Concept gets the head-turning Jagermeister livery
Cadillac has this thing where they debut their concept cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In 2011, the very impressive Ciel concept was unveiled at the said event and two years later, the stunning Elmirai concept took its stage. Now just before this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Cadillac introduced the world to its newest concept car – the Cadillac Escala concept.
The Escala concept is named after the Spanish word for “scale” and even though it sounds like the Cadillac Escalade, there is nothing in common between the two. The former is actually a contrast to the latter – the Escalade is an imposing SUV while the Escala is a low, sleek styled four-door coupe.
The Escala shares the same platform as that of the CT6 but is expected to outperform the latter. It has a wheelbase stretched from 12 cm to up to 3.2mm compared to the CT6 and is longer and larger by half a foot, a total of 210.5 inches long. It was made of the same mixed-materials that have been used in the CT6 and also comes in rear wheel drive.Read the entire article Cadillac’s newest Escala Concept is the epitome of grace and power
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