Understandably so, the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show has caught the attention of the entire industry. But for those that really pay attention to the calendar, another major auto event will take place this coming weekend that nobody should be sleeping on.
The 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
One model that’s expected to be in attendance is the new Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept. The car was born out of the Evora GTE race program, the very same people behind the racing pedigree of the mid-engined, 2+2 sports car with races all over the world, including the legendary 24 Hours at Le Mans.
Complete details of the Evora GTE Concept won’t be unveiled until this weekend, but from what this photo is showing us, it looks us it’s been heavily modded with an aggressive front splitter to go with a U-shaped rear spoiler and a set of forged alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires. Meanwhile, the interior is said to carry plenty of leather and carbon fiber trims, as well as composite Recaro racing seats.
As for the engine, the concept car is said to carry a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 420 horsepower and is mated to a sequential transmission.
That’s as much as we have for the Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept. Rest assured, we’ll have more details as soon as the car breaks cover at Pebble Beach later this week.
UPDATE 08/18/2011: Lotus has released more images of the Evora GTE Road Car ahead of its Pebble Beach debut. Check them out in the gallery provided!
By now, you’re probably familiar with the works of Swiss artist Dante. If you recall, he’s the guy that makes those obscenely expensive car sculptures that retail for about the same price as high-performance sports cars. One of his previous works - a wire sculpture of the Aston Martin DB5 - has already graced our pages before, which came with a price of £88,000, about $144,000 based on current exchange rates.
Now, the artist is back with his new creation and the third piece of his Iconic Sports Cars: a 24-karat Ferrari 250 GTO sculpture that is scheduled to be revealed in Pebble Beach, California next month.
According to Dante, these sculptures are "my tribute to the men who made the original cars: they were artists."
There’s no telling how much this 24-karat 250 GTO is going to cost, but we expect it to retail for around the same price the aforementioned DB5 and the other sculpture, one featuring the Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, commanded when they hit the market.
The 24-karat Ferrari 250 GTO will be limited to only ten pieces and will be unveiled at the same time that Pebble Beach will be celebrating the real deal with an exhibit of the world’s remaining 250 GTOs.
"One of the most important reasons for my coming to Pebble Beach is the celebration of the Ferrari 250 GTO and the number of original cars being shown," said Dante. "It is my favorite car of all time.”
The Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet is one of the most exclusive models Aston Martin has ever built. Out of the 565 units built between October 1953 and October 1955, only 12 were built in rolling chassis form for independent coachbuilders. If that isn’t exclusive enough, only eight of those 12 units were sent over to Carrozzoria Bertone where the Italian luxury coachbuilder smoothed on the body. The vehicle seen in this image is the fifth (Chassis number LML506) of the original eight and will be auctioned off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 1, 2011.
Its original owner was high society elite, Edith C. Field, who succeeded in winning third place at the 1955 Pebble Beach Concours. Since the mid 1950s, this particular Aston Martin has been through the hands of four owners, including its current owner. As of late, the Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe has been fully restored to its Concours state with over £200,000 - or $288,000 at the current rates - invested in its complete restoration. Bonhams expects the ultra exclusive sports car to sell for £500,000 - 700,000, or $721,000 - $1,000,000 at the current rates.
UPDATE 07/06/2011: The 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe actually sold for £606,500 ($975,000).
Hit the jump for full details on the 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe.
The XII Villa D’Este Concours d’Elegance which took place in April 2010 gave way for Andrea Zagato to present the first step of his "Project TZ" with the 2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa. This project was set in motion to honor 100 years of production and the long tradition of race Alfas with Zagato bodies. Fast forward to this year’s Pebble Beach Concours and Zagato is back with the second step of the "TZ Project", the Zagato TZ3 Stradale. The Stradale will be based on a 2010 Dodge Viper by utilizing its rolling chassis, engine, gearbox, suspension, etc. It is completely road legal, but will never get to see the production block.
The original TZ3 Corsa was originally built for German Alfa Romeo Zagato collector Martin Kapp while he was attending the Zandvoort Tribute. The Stradale is in no way related to the Corsa, except for the fact that they are both part of the "TZ Project." The TZ3 Stradale features a carbon fiber body with the same dimensions and weight of the Dodge Viper. It will be powered by a 4.2 liter V8 engine.
Before the car’s official debut at the Villa D’Este, Zagato has revealed the first details on the TZ3 Stradale, a vehicle that will be limited to only 9 units worldwide.
UPDATE 04/28/2011: This review has been updated with the official images and details. Hit the jump for the full details.
UPDATE 05/02/2011: The first video of the TZ3 Stradale has been released onto the internet featuring a small test drive of the latest Zagato model. Hit the jump for the video.
Infiniti today announced today the new Performance Line (IPL) and the first model in this new line: the IPL G Coupe. IPL models will be identified by a special engine cover and trunklid badging. The IPL emblem is designed to reinforce the strong message and spirit of IPL. The letter “I” features a red insert representing sporty spirit, while the Infiniti-violet “shadow” behind the letter appears like an Infiniti flag to indicate the brand’s Inspired Performance promise.
The new IPL G Coupe is powered by an advanced VQ37HR 3.7-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 348 HP and 276 lb-ft of torque. The new model will be distinguished by a dramatic front and rear bumper/fascia design with integrated fog lights and black finishers, sculpted side sills, rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, but also exclusive 19-inch IPL split 7-spoke graphite-finish wheels. It will be offered in just two exterior colors: Graphite Shadow and Malbec Black.
On the interior the car gets red-stitched leather-appointed front sport seats with manual thigh extension and driver’s power torso and thigh support adjustment, red-stitched steering wheel, Silk Obi aluminum trim, and aluminum pedals and footrest. The interior will also get two color treatments – Graphite and Monaco Red.
Updated 09/28/2010: Infiniti today announced U.S. pricing on the new 2011 Infiniti Performance Line G Coupe, which is set to go on sale December 10th at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The IPL G Coupe with an automatic transmission is priced at $49,850 and the 6MT version at $47,950.
There are a few cars in this world that can make a room full of supercar owners stand in wide-eyed disbelief and at a loss for words on the exotic that they’re looking at. One of those few cars is the SSC Ultimate Aero II. Now, we finally get a look at what the new American supercar looks like.
Similar to how Ferrari did a secret unveiling for a select few customers for the 599 Roadster, SSC did the same at the Pebble Beach Concours, bringing a few supercar owners – notice the parade of exotics these owners came in – for the sneak peek of the Ultimate Aero II.
And when you’re a company that broke the speed record for production cars set by the fabled Bugatti Veyron, you know that expectations for the sequel are about as high as they can get. And now that Bugatti has once again one-upped them – the Veyron Super Sports now holds the speed record at 268 mph – it goes without saying that SSC just might have something special brewing with the Ultimate Aero II, and you only need to look at the reactions from these exotic car owners to believe that.
In the middle of all the hoopla that comes with the Pebble Beach Concours, one car, that nobody saw, supposedly made an appearance that now has the Internet abuzz.
From what we’ve heard, it looks like the Ferrari 599 Roadster made an appearance at Pebble Beach for a select group of owners, all of whom got a sneak peek at the new Ferrari supercar. Not much was made of the super-duper secret showing during the event, which pretty much explains why nobody even saw the car on the Pebble Beach grounds.
But with rumors circulating that the roadster was, in fact, present during the event, a poster from Luxury4Play uploaded what appears to be a scanned letter from Ferrari North American CEO and President Marco Mattiaci to a certain Nicolas Jimenez – we’re guessing he was one of the select owners that were invited for the sneak peek – where the former thanked the latter for his visit to “our Ferrari 599 presentation at Pebble Beach.”
Mattiaci then goes on and writes “the first feedback from the highly selected group of friends visiting us at Quial Meadows has been enthusiastic on this upcoming limited-edition product,” suggesting that Ferrari may have been asking for some input from its customers regarding the 599 Roadster.
It looks like Ferrari may have pulled a fast one on all of us by keeping this event so tightly guarded. But as is the case in the auto industry, you can’t keep a secret too long and, at some point, something’s going to get leaked out.
Next to the standard IS, Lexus will also unveil a facelift version for the top of the line IS-F at the Paris Auto Show. For 2011, the sports sedan will get an updated interior, an updated exterior, and a revised engine.
On the exterior, the sedan gets HID headlamps with integral, arrowhead, LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) and a new a new Starlight Black GF finish. In the interior, it gets new dark sliver fiber inserts, and a change of contrasting stitching for the leather upholstery from white to blue. A revised front seat design offers improved driver support, and a new steering wheel improves grip and feel.
The 5.0 liter V8 engine delivers a total of 402 HP at 7000rpm and 500Nm.ft of torque at 5200rpm and is mated to an 8-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission with manual, paddle shift override. The IS-F makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.7 seconds and can hit a top speed of 167 mph.
Abu Dhabi is not the only country to get special edition Rolls Royce Phantoms, the UK has also received a special Drophead Coupe that celebrates Pebble Beach’s 60th anniversary.
The new 60th Anniversary Special Edition will be distinguished by a Stillwater Blue exterior paint that was chosen as a tribute to Stillwater Cove on the Monterey Peninsula. It will also receive a navy blue soft top lined with cashmere and a Crème Light leather interior. The interior of the Phantom will also get wood fittings outfitted in cross-banded Santos Pallisander veneer and a silver pinstripe inlay. The luxury doesn’t end there though. Other quality materials include hand-crafted oiled teak decking found in the roof cover and luggage compartment. The teak extends over to the picnic deck that comes with a set of crystal flutes.
"This 60th Anniversary Special Edition is the embodiment of our Bespoke capabilities in Goodwood," explains Torsten Müller-Ötvös, "It demonstrates the ability of our designers and artisans to create something absolutely appropriate for an occasion and ultimately, something exceptional to cherish forever."