The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California has once again provided the venue for a host of extraordinary supercar and concept car world premieres. Here is a brief selection of this year’s innovations.
Audi PB18 e-tron:
Audi unveiled a futuristic and highly sporty concept at the event. The Audi PB (for Pebble Beach) 18 e-tron (above) is equipped with no fewer than three electric motors that deliver a combined total of 500 kW and can even reach 570 kW for short spurts. The German carmaker has announced 0-100km/h in a little over two seconds and a range of close to 500km.
Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner:
For this year’s Pebble Beach, the British manufacturer is presenting the Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner, an homage to the last model to be created by the brand’s founder Walter Owen Bentley in 1930. The new automobile, of which only 100 copies will be made, will reprise some of the design codes of the legendary Bentley 8 Litre, and notably include a fragment of the crankshaft from W.O. Bentley’s very own car.
The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition:
Based on the BMW Concept Z4 shown at last year’s Pebble Beach, the BMW Z4 M40i First Edition will usher in a new generation of roadsters, most of which will be unveiled at this year’s Paris Motor Show from October 4-14. The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition comprises a 254kW, six-cylinder engine that enables it to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds.
The limited edition also benefits from a black Vernasca leather trim, electrically adjustable seats with memory function, and the the BMW Live Cockpit Professional networked services and navigation system.
La Bugatti Divo:
With its latest model, Bugatti pays tribute to French racing driver Albert Divo, a two-time winner of the famous Targa Florio race on the mountainous roads of Sicily for the French brand in the 1920s. Equipped with an eight-liter W16 engine with a power output of 1 104kW, the Divo can reach a limited top speed of 380km/h. Only 40 Bugatti Divos will be made. The net unit price for each one will be 5 million euros (approximately R82 450 000).
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ:
The Italian manufacturer has unveiled its latest supercar, the Aventador SVJ, which offers 759 hp, 19 hp more than Aventador SV. This boost in power enables it to reach a top speed of more than 350 km/h and to accelerate to 100km/h in just 2.8-seconds. In June 2018, Lamborghini announced that the Aventador SVJ had broken the production car lap record at the legendary Nurburgring race track in Germany. In the US the Aventador SVJ has a price tag of $517 700 (roughly R7 304 747).
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow:
Mercedes caused a sensation with its new Vision EQ Silver Arrow concept car, which is directly inspired by the 1937 “Silver Arrow” W125 which broke several speed records. The new machine is equipped with a 550 kW electric motor and a range of just under 400km. The new Silver Arrow’s sports style exterior contrasts with the high quality materials and opulent design of its interior. – AFP Relaxnews