Top 10 Impressive Concept Cars from Monterey Car Week
We could spend a month writing about all the cool things that go on during that special week in August known as Monterey Car Week. With all the car shows, vintage racing, and car auctions, you practically can't turn around without bumping into amazing rides that would make any car fan drool. One of the best places to be is on the concept lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Manufacturers know that there is a lot of money and influential automotive personalities to impress with their most prized concept cars. Here are the ones that really caught our eyes.
The car that takes the cake in the future concept category has to be the McLaren X-1 Concept. From the front, it is very similar to the McLaren MP4-12C (candidate for the worst offender of number-naming overload). However, mosey around to the back and you get Blade Runner meets art deco meets a powerboat. This thing is really odd. Ambitious, decadent, forward thinking...but definitely odd. When you see it engage the electrically-raising rear wheel skirts, you half expect it to rotate and twist into an Autobot from Michael Bay's latest box office creation. I suppose when you make a car for just one buyer (yet to be revealed), this is the kind of shenanigans you can expect.
We love almost everything Lamborghini. This thing seems like part supercar, part hi-tech athletic shoe. Couldn't you just see some neon laces tying up the engine cover there? For $2.2 million bucks, it better make the Aventador look slow in comparison.
When BMW revealed the Zagato Coupe a few short months ago, we knew a drop top had to be somewhere around the corner. It was unveiled in public at Pebble Beach, and it looks every bit as good as the coupe. In a way, it almost looks too similar to the coupe, until you get to the back half of the car. There you see the changes to accommodate the retractable soft top and the wraparound, black-out rear lights. It begs the question of whether all cars should be designed in Italy and built by Germans?
This Mercedes-Benz Style Coupe Concept is getting a little less than fresh. Nevertheless, it still cuts a striking stance as the vision of what European sport sedans might look like in the coming years. You can definitely see the styling direction of the nose and front grille in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL. Dare we say, it looks a bit Infiniti-esque? And we mean that as a compliment.
With the number of Fisker Karma's you can see rolling the streets of Santa Monica, having a surf-oriented version doesn't seem that far off. The design really lends itself well to a shooting brake configuration, even though technically it is just a station wagon. Just don't tell any of the "cool" people.
Definitely one of the more divisive concepts on display, the Lamborghini Urus exudes an imposing presence. People laughed and scoffed at Porsche when they debuted an SUV concept. As time passed, Porsche laughed all the way to the bank. So, it makes sense that even an extreme car maker like Lamborghini would investigate the business model for an SUV cash cow. Still, we wouldn't kick it out of our garage for leaking oil.
It's awesome to see a Viper at Pebble Beach. As many events paid tribute to the passing of car great, Carroll Shelby, we are glad to see another product of his influence being reborn. The Viper has long been the closest modern offering to the iconic AC Cobra, but now it adds a little more sophistication to the combination of crazy power and fat tires. Just a little, though.
To be honest, electric vehicle concepts have left us very lukewarm in the past. More often than not, the focus on tech and environmental conscience overwhelm our car guy instincts and passion (the Audi R8 e-Tron being one exception). The Infiniti Emerg-E, despite it's questionable name, definitely gets our blood pumping. You could probably tell us it was powered by the tears of small children and we'd still think it was a pretty legit ride.
Is there any car out there with a better name than the Vanquish? If there is, we don't know of it. I guess it helps that this sweet ride picks up styling cues from the One-77 supercar (not as well named) and has a new 6.0L V12 engine. We can never get enough of the sound of V12 engines.
Some may say that this is just another in a long line of Veyron color options. Still, it's a Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the fastest production roadster you can buy, and it's just so over-the-top in any iteration that Bugatti produces. I guess if it weren't for cars like the Veyron and it's many special versions, stuff like the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento would just look even more ridiculous.