Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach gathered some of the world’s most incredible jaw dropping cars. Spanning the last hundred years and providing a look at the next generation of concepts, this series of events was an absolute paradise for car enthusiasts.
From the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, to the final historic Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, there was something for every kind of car lover. Throughout the week’s events, some cars were on display as museum pieces, others competed for awards and others still were auctioned off netting a total of $390 million spent on cars.
For an entry fee of $300, enthusiasts had the chance to get up close and personal with the world’s premier cars and concepts worth millions. For those car fans with a need for speed, join us on a visual tour of the 11 Most Jaw Dropping Cars & Concepts from Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach. These mouth watering beauties represent the pinnacle of performance, speed and style. From updates of beloved sportsters to the latest and greatest in driving technology and vehicle construction, here are our 11 favorites that you’ve just got to see for yourself. Buckle up; this is going to be one hell of a ride.
11 Jaw Dropping Cars & Concepts from Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach:
Sorry, those awaiting the new NSX hybrid supercar are going to be waiting a bit longer. Due to the decision to add turbochargers and change the layout of the V-6 engine, Acura confirmed that production has been officially pushed back until spring 2016. So, this means the new NSX will release as a 2017 model, with pricing expected around $150k.
NSX fans are surely growing impatient as they’ve been waiting nearly a decade for an update since plans for a new model were announced in 2007. After scrapping the front-mounted V-10 engine following the global financial crisis, Acura’s plans for a mid-engine hybrid version were announced in 2012. Fans are still waiting.
The 2017 NSX is set to combine a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission and trio of electric motors. Acura says layout will give drivers “on-the-rails-cornering” about 550 horsepower. Also, some carbon fiber will be used in construction to cut down weight.
Luxuries announced at Monterey Car Week’s Concours d’Elegance are set to include leather and Alcantara trim, a 9-speaker ELS premium audio system, navigation, satellite radio and parking sensors. While the delays are certainly disappointing for Acura lovers, let’s hope this hybrid supercar is worth the wait.
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R
In its the first year of IMSA competition, the original 3.0 CSL took home the 1975 Constructors Championship for BMW. To pay homage to its historic rookie season and 40 years of car sales on US soil, BMW unveiled a contemporary reimagining of its iconic racer — appropriately named 3.0 CSL Hommage R.
In a recent interview, BMW Group Design senior vice president, Adrian van Hooydonk explained that winning races back in 1975, like today, was about man and machine working together. The 3.0 CSL Hommage R brings modern technical innovation to the table, creating a deeper connection between car and driver, and thus produces an evolved level of performance.
All around the exterior of Hommage concept, you’ll see design that conveys the spirit of the ‘70s racer balanced with modern aerodynamics and updated technology. Examples include the signature BMW kidney front grille and even the #25 decals of its predecessor. Some fans of the original have dubbed it the bat mobile. While the new edition may not resemble Bruce Wayne’s whip, its shape is imposing and formidable.
Other modern touches include laser lighting in the front and LEDs in the back. Like the original, the Hommage is intended to provide a raw, track-ready driving experience and thus excludes many luxuries emblematic of the BMW brand. Form over function is clearly a guiding principle of its design, both past and present. In place of a typical steering wheel, the Hommage features F1-style controls for a truly race inspired experience. Needless to say, we’re not along in hoping this concept makes it to production.
The last factory Ford Mustang to wear the Shelby mark retired almost a half-century ago and now, praise be to the car gods, it’s back. The new GT350 pays tribute to the high performance ties between the Mustang GT and Carroll Shelby’s legendary design. So far, it’s looking like the best example yet.
Ford’s latest Shelby iteration is based on the latest “S550” Mustang chassis, featuring fully independent rear suspension, the first with magnetorheological dampers. The GT350 also features a body that puts aerodynamics above all else. Under the hood, a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-8 needs no supercharging and instead features an extremely high redline rumored as high as 8000 rpm or more. Much to the satisfaction of driving enthusiasts, the engine can only be paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
Ford has not released official output figures but tells fans to expect more than 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. In addition, flat-crank engines such as this featured in the GT350 are known for their distinguishable sound. Ford commented on this, reporting that this American interpretation of a flat plane crankshaft can be expected to produce a serious howl.
The Shelby’s state of the art suspension can cycle through five modes, also controlling steering efforts, throttle sensitivity, exhaust, and programming of the ABS and stability-control systems.
Compared to the standard Mustang GT, the Shelby 350GT also features a wider front track, a lower ride height and a steeper aluminum hood to more tightly hug the engine. Other updates include a central heat extractor designed to maximize airflow under the hood and reduce front-end lift.
BMW M4 GTS Concept
BMW presented their all-new Concept M4 GTS at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Two years after first teasing fans with the M4 concept, BMW takes things a step further with an even higher performance iteration of the 4 Series for North American buyers.
In addition to distinguishing proud buyers from standard M4 owners, the M4 GTS is geared towards those ready to open up on the track. Right down to the last touch and detail, the M4 GTS defines track-tuned production in a street legal format.
When it comes to new technology presented at Monterey Car Week, BMW really outdid themselves with the M4 GTS concept’s innovative water injection system first seen on the M4 MotoGP safety car. As far as the water injection system providing significant output advantages, BMW fans are rearing to find out what kind of increases can be expected over the M4’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine. BMW isn’t answering those questions just yet, but last month they tested the same system on the 1 Series with a resulting 10% gain in output.
In the latest round of lighting one-upping among German automakers, BMW beat Audi to the punch with the presentation of its updated OLED taillight technology. The GTS taillights display an evolved styling from those featured on the 2014 Vision Future Luxury and do a great deal to push BMW style into the future. BMW isn’t telling just when production of the M4 GTS will begin, so for the time being, all we can do is drool over the sexy photos.
The Koenigsegg One:1 was the only Swedish entry at Pebble Beach but has no problem standing out from the masses. The One:1 is limited to just six total units worldwide. The car featured at Monterey is the very last customer car and will be delivered to its proud new American owner in the coming weeks.
This particular One:1 is covered in a white tint with red accents on its carbon fiber parts. Meanwhile, the black interior also features various clear carbon fiber and red accents.
Over the span of Monterey Car Week, the Koenigsegg One:1 was shown at three events. The first of these was Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival, then followed by The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering, and lastly, the Rolex Reunion – Michelin Stand.
In addition to its track-crushing aerodynamics, what makes this lone Swedish supercar unique is its state of the art construction that creates a perfect power to weight balance — specifically, 1360 horsepower to 1360 kg. The result of this ratio can be best demonstrated on the track, and observed in lap times. Recently, the Koenigsegg One:1 set record lap times at Suzuka Circuit and Spa-Francorchamps.
In addition, increased control due to its power to weight ratio empowers drivers with serious braking power. The One:1 also beat the Koenigsegg Agera R’s 0-300-0 km/h record. The Koenigsegg One:1 proves that performance isn’t just about acceleration or turbo chargers, and that Swedish engineering should not be overlooked in the supercar market.
Though still four years from its official launch, McLaren Special Operations arrived at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance toting some serious firepower, showcasing two projects based on the McLaren 570S.
The first of these was the McLaren 570S coupé showing off the uniquely formulated Mauvine Blue paint with a bespoke interior finished in Carbon Black leather with coordinated accents. In addition, a second 570S Coupé featured the Ventura Orange finish with styling details from MSO.
In addition to these beauties, McLaren also showcased some other noteworthy entries. This included the coupé-only McLaren 675LT, an absolute beast of an automobile. The 675LT is McLaren’s lightest, most track-oriented yet road legal model in their Super Series. Production is limited to just 500 units includes a V8 twin-turbo developing 675 horsepower engine.
Also on display was the extremely exclusive 650S LeMans, of which just 50 units exist and all are sold. MSO designed the LeMans with inspiration from the McLaren F1 GTR chassis #01R to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their historic victory in the famed French endurance race. Between these monolithic representations of supercar performance and several other auction entries, McLaren made its name known loud and proud at Monterey car week.
Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster
Despite expectations to the contrary, Lamborghini sneakily unveiled the Aventador SV Roadster during Monterey Car Week, during a press conference at “The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.” This came as some surprise, just before the Frankfurt Motor Show, where many expected to see the unveiling take place. Lamborghini’s brutally athletic open-top Aventador was even spotted with its top down.
Lamborghini confirmed also that the Aventador SV Roadster will be presented in an exclusive limited production run of just 500 total units to be sold, a hundred less than the coupe version.
The SV Roadster’s two-piece hardtop is made of carbon fiber and is thus extremely lightweight, with each roof part weighing in at just north of 13 pounds. Lamborghini reports that this new model weighs in at 3,472 lbs, cutting 110 pounds off the weight of the standard Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster.
Like its sporty sibling, the SV Coupe, the roadster features a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 engine that kicks out 740 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. To saddle all those horses, the roadster’s engine comes paired with a seven-speed single-clutch automatic transmission. The only drawback is that the roadster does come in just very slightly slower to hit 62 mph than the coupe version, at 2.9 seconds instead of 2.8 according to Lamborghini’s own estimates. However, at a blistering top speed of 217 mph, the SV Roadster has no trouble holding its own in any supercar circle.
At a lofty price tag of $3.4 million, the Lykan HyperSport sits atop the title of third most expensive car ever produced. The only names north of this price point are Lamborghini’s extremely limited Veneno, of which only 4 were made and 3 sold at $4.6 million, and the single release Maybach Exelro at an almost comedic price of $8 million. The Lykan Hypersport still sits at $1 million more than the world’s fastest road car, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. This leads many car enthusiasts to the obvious question, why so expensive?
Well, the cause of the Hypersport’s extreme price tag is the extravagant included list of options. Among these, it is the first car to feature headlights with jewels embedded inside. These unique lights contain titanium LED blades each with 420 diamonds for a total of 14 carats. Luckily for picky buyers, W Motors provides the option to choose from rubies, diamonds, yellow diamonds and sapphires for the headlights.
A natural follow up question might be about what’s going on under the hood. To answer that, the Lykan HyperSport comes equipped with a twin turbo flat-six 3.7-litre (3746 cc) engine that kicks out 740 horsepower and 708 lb·ft of torque. The result is a rumored top speed of 239 mph with a 0 to 62 mph acceleration in 2.8 seconds. So while the Lykan HyperSport is extremely costly, it delivers on performance and a unique combination of luxury and diamond studded technology.
Icona Vulcano Titanium
Back in 2013, supercar design house, Icona introduced the Vulcano and now returns with its second iteration, the imposing Vulcano Titanium. While the Shanghai based company has not entirely ruled out entering a small production run with its original Vulcano, the Titanium as presented at Pebble Beach Concours is much closer to being ready to do so.
Part of the original issue with bringing the Vulcano to production was its intended hybrid system for a V-12 or twin-turbo V-6. The new version by contrast features the track tested and road approved 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 engine from the C6 Corvette ZR1.
In addition, the Titanium features a fully functional interior and a number of lightweight sturdy titanium throughout its body. The Titanium also features a combination of carbon fiber with its metal parts for an even lighter yet still durable mix. Overall, the Titanium’s curb weight measures in it at 3,516 pounds.
Other notable features of the Vulcano Titanium include a front-midship arrangement with its engine sitting in front of the cabin and behind its front axle. The effect of this setup is improved handling and center of gravity. At peak output, the Titanium pumps out 670 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. With this setup (though Icona says the Vulcano can be tuned up to 1,000 horsepower), acceleration to 60 mph takes just 2.8 seconds with top speeds reaching 220 mph.
One of the prize entries on the Concept Lawn at Pebble Beach was the newly updated 2016 BAC Mono. This year’s model features a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine from Mountune that kicks out 305 hp. While this might not sound like much to write home about when compared to some of the other vehicles featured today, the Mono weighs in at just 580 kg. This creates an absurd power-to-weight ratio that measures in at 526 hp per metric tonne. Other updates include a drive-by-write throttle system.
Demonstrating it’s might, the Mono made quite an impression at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past June when the British supercar sprinted its way up the hill climb in just 47.9 seconds, an apparently record-breaking accomplishment for a street-legal car. Other news on the Mono includes lapping the Hungaroring in 1:14.3, which is 9.5 seconds ahead of the Porsche 911 GT3 and 4.5 seconds ahead of the McLaren P1. With moves like this, the BAC Mono is making waves and establishing the seriousness of its brand’s performance.
When asked about the Mono’s appearance, BAC director of strategy Andrew Whitney explained that their vehicle is more than a track car, but rather the culmination of the best materials and minds set to the unified task of creating a high performance vehicle to stand alone in its genius and performance.
From incredible concepts to state of the art updates, Monterey Car Week brought together an unmatched collection of world-class vehicles. When the dust settled at Monterey Car Week, all roads led to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A vehicle as stunning as it is rare, a 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A owned by Jim Patterson of The Patterson Collection in Louisville, KY took home the supreme honor of Best In Show for 2015. From speed to power, to forward thinking design and state of the art innovation, Monterey Car Week had something for every car lover and we can’t wait for next year.