California Dreaming: That said in Pebble Beach

After the famous Concours d'Elegance and the accompanying events were canceled last year, the automotive elite met again this year at the Monterey Peninsula. But the pandemic still cast its shadow this year: The ongoing travel restrictions prevented many foreign guests from arriving, and a number of Americans also canceled. Anyone who nevertheless made their way to Pebble Beach was offered a lot.

Mercedes-Benz for example, used the event to celebrate the history of the SL - shortly before the debut of the successor, which was first developed under AMG aegis. The absolute highlight was the free choice of a Mercedes-Benz 540K autobahn courier from 1938 to win the classic parade at Pebble Beach. But the manufacturers also use the meeting as a backdrop for the debut of new models or vehicle studies. We have summarized the most important of them:



Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider



The British luxury brand is showing an open version of the Valkyrie super sports car. Numerous elements are derived directly from Formula One, and propulsion is provided by a 6,5-liter V12, which will reach a maximum speed of over 11000 tours. All 85 copies are already sold out.


Audi Skysphere Concept



As the first of three studies with a new design language, the Audi Skysphere Concept is intended to provide an outlook on an electric and autonomous future. The two-seater luxury-class coupé is generously glazed and, as a special highlight, has a variable wheelbase. There are no chances for series production in this form, but you will find many elements in future series vehicles.


California Dreaming: That said in Pebble Beach
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Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner



The Mulliner branch at Bentley is responsible for particularly expensive and exquisite derivatives. Now comes the variant of the four-door Flying Spur, which - like the basic model - is available with three engines: a hybridized 2,9-liter V6, which despite a total output of 544 hp (400 kW) only achieves a top speed of 285 km / h; a 4,0-liter V8 with a top speed of 550 hp (404 kW) and a top speed of 318 km / h - and a 6,0-liter W12 with 635 hp (467 kW). This unit, originally also intended for the Audi A8, drives it to a sensational 333 km / h.


Bugatti bolide



At first it was just a prototype, now Bugatti has confirmed a small series: The bolide is to be built 40 times. In order to elicit its maximum output of 8,0 hp (16 kW) from its 1850-liter W1360, it must be filled with 110-octane fuel. Then a Vmax of over 500 km / h is possible.

California Dreaming: That said in Pebble Beach
Bugatti bolide



Genesis Gran Turismo models



The Hyundai luxury brand Genesis is making a name for itself with the G70 GR4 GT, which is intended to refer to the brand's upcoming motorsport activities. At the same time, the Koreans are using virtual reality tools to present three further concepts for future sports models. All types were developed together with the Gran Turismo video series.


California Dreaming: That said in Pebble Beach
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Honda NSX Type S



Honda announces the final 350 copies of the NSX supercar, sold in the US under the Acura brand. The output of the hybridized 3,5-liter V6 increases to 609 hp (448 kW). All-wheel drive and the nine-speed gearbox have been recalibrated, and the weight can be reduced with an optional lightweight package. The ultimate Honda is no longer coming to Europe.


Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4



Opinions differ when it comes to whether the Miura or the Countach should be considered the Lamborghini par excellence. 15 years after the retro-futuristic Miura Concept, the Italians are now presenting a new edition of the Countach, next to which the original looks downright delicate. The new Countach is based on the Avantador derivative Sián FKP 37 and has a 6,5-liter V12 with supercap hybridization. The total output is 819 hp (602 kW). It will only be built in 112 units.


California Dreaming: That said in Pebble Beach
Lamborghini Countach


Lincoln Anniversary and Aviator Shinola



The luxury brand in the Ford Group is showing an elegant sports car called Anniversary, which is based on a project by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. And by the way, the Dearborn company is also showing a study that was realized together with the design manufacturer Shinola on the basis of the Lincoln Aviator SUV.


Pininfarina Battista



The electric super sports car from the Italian design forge with its new headquarters in Munich is shown to the public in all its glory for the first time. The extreme power of 1900 PS (1400 kW) should correspond with corresponding driving values.

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