Here we will be discussing the cars from the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn. Now that some time has passed since the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, we can see a little more of what has become of some of these incredible machines, or in some cases, more accurately, these cool ideas.
First up we have what is probably the most poster-worthy hypercar released in recent memory, the Lamborghini Veneno. It is unbelievable looking in person, and really captivates your inner child. This is the sort of car you imagine and sketch in your notebook in school while the teacher babbles on, and on about how George Washington freed the slaves and lead America to victory in World War I…. or something along those lines.
Having said that, the Veneno is really just a facade of madness. Underneath its skin it is just an Avantador with another 50hp milked out of its 6.5L V12 engine. Don’t get me wrong, the Veneno’s performance is still quite impressive, but you are basically buying a $400,000 Aventador with a $3.8 million body kit. While just three of these magnificent looking machines are being built, I’d forgo the rarity points in favor of owning both a Pagani Huayra and a Koenigsegg Agera R for the same money. Not that I could buy a Veneno, even if I had a spare $4.2 million, because all three have already been sold.
Jaguar Project 7
Jaguar’s concept F-Type that has been made to look like the classic Jaguar D-Type. This is one of those feasible concepts that actually functions and utilizes parts from the company parts bin. Here in early 2014, we now know that the Project 7 was a sort of precursor to the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe (and surely a convertible to follow), which all utilize the same 550hp version of Jag’s supercharged 5.0L V8.
The Icona Vulcano is a hybrid supercar that supposedly is going to be built in very small numbers with a price tag in seven figure range. It seems to be making scattered appearances at car shows in ultra-wealthy areas around the globe, and it is scheduled to be at the Qatar Motor Show later this month.
In a nutshell there are two engine options. The first is a V12 hybrid with 950hp and rear wheel drive, and the second is a twin turbo V6 hybrid with 870hp and all wheel drive. 0-60mph comes in a hair under 3 seconds and it won’t quit until 217mph. The Icona Vulcano is fast, but not any more so than the likes of a LaFerrari, Porsche 918, or McLaren P1, all of which can be had for a lot less money. What the Vulcano does have is exclusivity, and the “What the hell is that?!” factor. To some people out there, that alone may be worth the $3.8 million.
Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial
My jaw hit the table when I first saw the photos of this Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial online shortly before leaving for Monterey. I am a huge fan of Aston Martin and Zagato’s joint efforts over the years, and this car is far from an exception. The Zagato Centennial is a one-off commissioned by a wealthy collector. It is indeed a lot of style for style sake, but that is exactly what makes a Zagato vehicle what it is. The standard Aston DB9 underpinnings are enough when you have a car that looks as stunning as this. Look at it this way, if you are going too fast nobody can enjoy the car’s stunning design. A DB9 Volante is more of a cruiser GT car anyway, so what better platform for Zagato to work their magic on? Amazing machine.
End Part 1. Check back for more from the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn in the coming weeks.