Pebble Beach weekend has returned in full force this year. Automakers are showing a slew of new product changes out among the lawns and beachsides of the Monterey peninsula.
And stealing the spotlight this year: electric vehicles.
An annual cluster of events traditionally known for displays of sky-high-horsepower sports cars and rarified exotica, the venues this year will unveil EV versions of vehicles that can perform (and will likely cost) at breathtaking levels.
$2 million Bentley is going to select few buyers: Bentley says each fully customized Batur grand coupe will be powered by a hand-assembled 6.0-liter twin turbo W-12 engine producing about 730 hp. The coupe will run on a speed-tuned air suspension with four-wheel steering and torque vectoring.
DeLorean Alpha5: DeLorean Motor CEO Joost de Vries says his company aims to mass-produce the electric vehicle and is searching for a location in North America for its factory. Despite this, de Vries said the company hopes to deliver the first customer vehicles by the end of 2023.
Kia EV6 GT boasts 576 hp of muscle: Kia America on Friday unveiled a performance-aimed Kia EV6 GT that will offer a breathtaking 576 hp and 546 pound-feet of torque when it arrives as a 2023 model.
A north star for Acura’s upcoming EV design: Acura has unveiled a concept for its first electric vehicle, to be built through a partnership between Honda Motor Co. and General Motors, and said the production model will bear the name of a popular but discontinued vehicle — the ZDX.
2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante adds power, shaves weight: The regular Lamborghini Urus is no slouch, but the Italian supercar brand has opted to kick things up a notch with the Urus Performante, a new higher-performance version that promises to be lower, lighter, quicker and more powerful.
Lincoln Model L100 concept meant to inspire future products: Ford’s luxury brand on Thursday unveiled the Model L100 concept, a self-driving sedan that’s longer than the extended-length Navigator L and powered by a solid-state battery.
Muscling into Rolls-Royce pricing territory: The small-batch Range Rover SV Carmel Edition stickers at $345,000 — roughly $75,000 more than a 2023 Range Rover with all the options boxes checked. In comparison, the 2022 Rolls-Royce Cullinan crossover has a starting price of $348,000.
McLaren Solus GT, somewhere between fantasy and reality: The 25-vehicle production run is pre-sold, and deliveries begin next year. McLaren did not disclose pricing, but a source estimated it at $3 million to $4 million. The single-seater Solus GT brings to life a futuristic McLaren concept featured in the Gran Turismo Sport video game.
Lucid Air Sapphire sedan with 1,200 hp launches at $249k: The Lucid Air Sapphire, unveiled at Monterey Car Week Friday, has a track-tuned suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes and will vie for the title of the fastest sedan in the world with the Tesla Model S Plaid. Both advertise a zero-to-60 in under two seconds.
Polestar 6 emerges as a $200,000 rival to Porsche 911: Polestar will turn its O2 concept into its next halo car, expected to go on sale in 2026. The 872-hp Polestar 6 roadster will be the automaker’s most powerful and expensive model and — at least in its thinking today — sell in the range of $200,000.
Rebirth of a classic Aston? The Aston Martin’s DBR22 concept is meant to evoke the Aston Martin DBR1 and the DB3S, an aluminum-bodied 1950s race car that ran at Le Mans.
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