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Ferrari 599 Roadster spied testing

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.

Press release after the jump.

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."

Press release after the jump.

Accomplishing seventy-five years in the automotive industry is something to be proud of and Jaguar is making no bones about celebrating their diamond anniversary with a slew of special editions fit to awe anyone who lays their eyes on them. We have already seen the 2010 Jaguar XF V8 75th Anniversary , the 2010 Jaguar XK Coupe 75th Anniversary Edition , and the 2010 Jaguar XKR 75 Special Edition . Now, Jaguar is bringing yet another celebratory special edition model, and this one is based off the Jaguar XKR 75.

At this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours , Jaguar will be unveiling the special edition XKR175. This special edition will be limited to 175 units (15 of them allocated for the Canadian market), each carrying a price tag of $104,500.

The new XKR175 will be powered by a supercharged V8 engine that will deliver 510hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. Top speed will be increased to 174 mph. This special edition will be distinguished by a revised aerodynamic package that includes a new front air dam, new side sills, a new rear diffuser, and a larger rear spoiler. The classy look of Jaguar will be maintained with new 20-inch Kasuga 10-spoke alloy wheels, red brake calipers, and an Ultimate Black exterior paint.

The interior of the Jaguar XKR175 will get door sill tread plates reading "XKR175 – 1 of 175" while the leather is finished in Warm Charcoal with Cranberry stitching. The look will be completed with Piano Black wood veneer.

Updated 08/26/2010: Jaguar has released two new videos of their special edition XKR175 unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours. Check them out!

Press release after the jump.

Posted on by Bryan 3

When most people think of Pebble Beach they think of hitting a little while ball with a club next to the most beautiful scenery in the United States. We don’t think of those sort of things though. We think of the automotive festivities that take place on the coast.

This year, we had many cars that were shown. There were new cars like the new Ford Mustang Boss 302 , and there were old cars like the Ferrari F40 birthday collection. In total, 2010 was a spectacular year at the beach for petrol heads.

With all the new car introductions and high-end auctions, automotive lovers of any age will love the extravaganza that was the Pebble Beach Week in California.

We have compiled a list of every new car that was shown in Cali, and some of them are truly amazing. There is even a F1 looking car.

Hit the jump to read on.

Posted on by Charlie Austin 3

The Concours d’Elegance dates back to the 17th century French aristocracy, who paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during summer weekends. Eventually the carriages became horseless and the gathering became a competition of the finest automobiles on the planet, both new and old. The most prestigious of all the concours being the Pebble Beach Concours followed by a week of car heaven in Monterey.

This year’s Monterey gathering was nothing short of spectacular, with loads of production cars unveiled, special events, a slew of special cars, and even a couple of high end auctions , bringing numbers well into the 7 figures.

With an event this incredible and cars this extravagantly exquisite, we’ve deemed it necessary to do a little recap of the week’s events to illustrate just how spectacular this celebration really is.

Check out our lists of production cars, special events, and auctions that graced the Monterey world during this fantastic week after the jump.

The Pebble Beach Concours was the place to be this past weekend and Bentley took advantage of that fact to unveil two new special editions designed exclusively for the North American market. These new editions are similar to and come shortly after the Bentley Flying Spur that was designed specifically for the Middle East market. North America’s new models are called the GTC and the GTC Speed 80-11 and will each be limited to 80 units. Sales will begin in 2011.

The new GTC 80-11 is distinguished by new 20", 14-spoke alloy diamond wheels equipped with unique black center caps that feature Bentley’s distinctive ‘B’ emblem. The GTC Speed 80-11 gets 20" wheels darkened with a dark tint and highlighted by red brake calipers. The two new editions will be offered with a new and unique Midnight color and Bentley’s gray metallic soft top and Mulliner fuel-filler cap.

On the interior, the two models get a dark main hide color with the stitching and emblems sparkling in a contrasting white color for the GTC and red for the GTC Speed. The interior also features alloy sport foot pedals and the "80-11 Edition" signature as well as a bright finished dash trim for the GTC and darker finish for the GTC Speed.

The Bentley GTC and GTC Speed are powered by the same 6.0-liter W12 engines as their standard counterparts delivering 552hp for the GTC and 600hp for the GTC Speed. Both editions will be available for order in fall of 2010 as model-year 2011 vehicles.

Press release after the jump.

Jaguar will continue its 75 anniversary with the unveiling of the XJ75 Platinum Concept today at the Pebble Beach Concours. The concept is based on the XJ luxury sedan and "is the company’s first demonstration of the design customization potential."

The XJ75 Platinum Concept is defined by a white and black contrast theme, new ground-hugging front, rear and side sills, exterior chrome elements painted in either a dark chrome or gloss black and 22" black wheels. The concept is painted in Satin Matte Pearlescent White.

On the interior it gets a bespoke clock developed and designed in partnership with the Bremont Watch Company. "On the inside, we played up the XJ’s combination of high-end materials and British flair to really have some fun. The XJ75 Platinum Concept is a design exercise that shows our vision of customization as an inspiration for those enthusiasts who have a taste for strong individuality and visual confidence in their luxury automobiles."

Press release after the jump.

Next to the IPL G Coupe , Infiniti will also be unveiling at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance the new G25 Sedan. The new model will go on sale this September at a price of $30,950 USD.

The new G25 sedan is powered by a 2.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine that produces 218 HP and 187 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. It will be available in both rear-wheel drive and intelligent all-wheel drive and three trim levels: G25 Sedan, G25 Sedan Journey and G25x Sedan AWD.

The list of standard equipment will include: leather-appointed seating, Shodo aluminum interior trim, 8-way power driver’s seat and 4-way power front passenger’s seat, Automatic Temperature Control, premium audio system with six speakers, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, 4-wheel Anti-lock Disc Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

Press release after the jump.

In just a few days, at the Concours d’Elegance, Infiniti will be unveiling two new special edition models . The first of them, called the G37 Performance, has already been caught total undisguised.

Compared to a standard G37 model, the Performance version gets a redesigned front bumper with a new spoiler element, larger air intake with honeycomb black mesh, and an upper half that better joins the styling lines extending past the sides of the hood. The G37 will also feature a new rear bumper, a replacement decklid spoiler, and optional tailpipes and wheels. The car sits on 19-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza 245/40 tires.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know which engine Infiniti will be placing under the hood. The only thing we do know is that the two new models have been described as "a new engine option, not an all-new model." Something tells us we won’t be getting any information on the new engine until the climactic unveiling at Pebble Beach.

Official details will be revealed on Sunday, August 15th with sales beginning at the end of the year.

Source: WCF

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