Monterey Car Week, and in particular the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance at its core, has always been an event for rare, well-made automobiles and the rich people who accompany them. It’s been mostly for older cars, but that’s changing. Automakers come more often to Monterey to show off new high-end models to customers with the means to buy them.
There are often plenty of reveals, but this year in particular has seen a deluge of amazing supercars and EV concept cars, although somehow even a Kia snuck under the rope line. The number of debuts has exceeded that of most traditional new car shows, and is likely the result of fewer shows in the wake of the pandemic. In particular, the Geneva Motor Show, which has been the main event for supercar builders, has not been held, leaving Pebble Beach as a prime choice to reach customers with money.
With so many revelations, we wanted to offer a little guide to finding it all. So come see the millions of dollars of fine motorized machinery.
- Acura Precision EV Concept
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One of the many manufacturers showing the future of their brands is Acura. The Precision EV Concept, named after an earlier concept, is a preview of Acura’s first electric SUVs. The first of which will be called the ZDX, which will have similar styling to the Precision. We also know it will be based on a GM Ultium electric car platform, likely the same one that underpins the Chevy Blazer EV and the upcoming Honda Prologue. It will be launched in 2024 and will be available in performance-oriented Type S trim.
- Aston Martin DBR22
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Limited-production models with custom bodywork and historic connections are a staple of Pebble Beach reveals, and the Aston Martin DBR22 is a textbook example. It’s a two-seat speedster with custom carbon fiber bodywork made to look like the company’s 1950s Le Mans race cars. It’s powered by Aston’s twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 that makes 705 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. It will hit a top speed of 198 mph, hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and only 30 will be built.
Bugatti’s W16 quad-turbo engines have reached the end of the line, and the Mistral gets the last of them. Each makes 1,600 horsepower and will have a top speed of about 261 mph. Only 99 will be built and each one costs about $5 million. Bugatti has already sold them all.
- Roadster Hennessey Venom F5
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Hennessey recently released its Venom F5 Coupe, and it’s following up with a removable roof version. It has the same twin-turbo V8 that makes 1,817 horsepower and has the same target of a top speed of 300 mph. It gets a new glass engine cover and wheels to set it apart even more. Thirty examples will be built at $3 million a piece.
- Koenigsegg CC850
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The Koenigsegg CC850 celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first production car, the CC8S, and the 50th anniversary of its founder. It’s designed to look like an updated version of that original car with dial wheels and a removable roof, but takes its technology from the much newer Jesko. It has a version of that car’s twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 that makes 1,185 horsepower and 1,022 pound-feet of torque. It also has a wild manual transmission that is also automatic. Koenigsegg is building 50 of them, and they’re likely to sell out quickly.
- 2023 Lamborghini Manage Performance
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Lamborghini’s SUV has become even faster than before with the Urus Performante model. Just before it was revealed, it set the Pikes Peak hill climb record for a production SUV, beating the Bentley Bentayga Speed. Performance gains come from upgrades throughout the SUV. It’s 104 pounds lighter with slightly more power (657 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque). This allows the Performante to reach 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 mph.
- 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Carmel Edition
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Land Rover has just unveiled its first North American location for a gathering place for Range Rover owners in Monterey, California. To begin with, he invited a select group of owners to visit and see the new Range Rover Carmel Edition. Only 17 will be built, and it’s only available to people who came to the reveal. It costs $346,475 and the money gets you the exclusive model plus a set of Titleist golf clubs. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Marine Sanctuary.
- Lincoln Model L100 Concept Exterior 7
Lincoln is celebrating its centennial this year and part of it is a long, luxury sedan. It has the biggest suicide doors we’ve ever seen and wild light-up wheel covers on each corner. The car is designed to be all electric and fully autonomous. It’s unlikely to see production, but it shows the styling we’ll see in future Lincoln models.
- 2023 Lucid Air Sapphire
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Lucid has already made some high-powered luxury electric sedans, but with the Air Sapphire it goes one step further. The new sedan features three engines, two in the rear and one in the front. Combined, they make 1,200 horsepower and can propel the car to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds. The quarter mile passes in less than 9 seconds and the car’s top speed exceeds 200 mph. The suspension has been stiffened and carbon ceramic brakes have been fitted to help keep the power in check. The body is wider to accommodate wider tires and a small spoiler and front splitter were added to provide some downforce. Pricing starts at $249,000.
The Solus GT is quite a remarkable car for a few reasons. It was first shown as a concept in the PlayStation game “Gran Turismo Sport”. Now that’s a real car. It weighs just over 2,200 pounds and has an 829-horsepower naturally aspirated V10 that spins at 10,000 rpm. Only 25 will be built and they have all been sold.
In one swoop, Porsche revealed the toughest version of the GT3, the 911 GT3 RS followed by a US-specific “Tribute to Carrera RS Package” for the same car. It has a naturally aspirated flat six that makes 518 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque plus bigger brakes, active aerodynamics and less weight thanks to carbon fiber and magnesium parts. The Tribute package features a color scheme inspired by the 1972 911 2.7 Carrera RS.
- Call Bergmeister
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The famous Porsche tuner RUF has brought a special version of its in-house developed SCR. While both the SCR and Bergmeister look like old 911s, they are completely RUF, except for the Porsche engines, and are brand new. The Bergmeister loses the roof and gets a trimmed windshield and an older turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-six that makes 450 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.