The Quail Motorsports Gathering is the one North American automotive event which oozes luxury and glitters with dazzling supercars like no other. Held on the pristine greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club in sunny Carmel Valley, California, its one of the hottest events during Monterey Car Week. The Quail is where the fashionable and fabulous car enthusiasts meet, indulge in gourmet food, sip champagne, amongst beautiful cars. Circles of vintage and new cars make up the concours field while the outfield is lined with shopping opportunities for the latest in supercars. Here are 12 spectacular supercars which seemed to capture the audience.
Making its U.S. debut we have the bright green Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder, a convertible with the same 610 hp V-10 engine as in the Audi LMS race car. At 0-60 in 3.3 seconds this supercar unfortunately still looks rather frumpy compared to more sculptural and visually exciting supercars. Eh, its still an Audi, they aren’t known for mind-blowing visuals.
As with many modern supercars the Koenigsegg Agera RS provides ample excitement on or off the track.
The redesigned Koenigsegg Regera is quite an engineering marvel. “The baseline numbers for the Regera will amaze visitors to The Quail. 3 electric motors. 1 twin-turbocharged V8. 1500 horsepower. 1475 ft lbs of torque. 0-400 km/h (0-248 mph) in just 20 seconds. And all of that from a car with NO transmission.”
The Swedish hyper-car manufacturer also debuted the Ghost Package, factory-made aesthetic upgrades for the earlier CCX models.
The latest from the ex Pininfarina, Enzo Ferrari designer, Ken Okuyama brought his one-off Kode 0. Though no production is planned for this retro looking wedge based on the Lamborghini Aventador, it is not just a prototype, its a real car. The 700 horsepower from its V12 engine boasts 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
Technically not a supercar, as 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds is a bit wimpy, the Infiniti Prototype 9 was a looker. Modeled after the grand prix cars of the glory days of motor racing, this sleek monocoque design sits atop an electric powertrain. It’s unlikely to be built, but as prototypes go, the design team earned major points for creativity.
Pagani is always a crowd pleaser with what seems to be more and more cars each year. They unveiled the long awaited Huayra Roadster but it was gaggle of Huayra BCs which made a spectacle on the lawn.
As one of the first displays on the field the Rimac Automobili Concept One begs the question, and what is this? More than just another electric vehicle (EV) the unassuming chromoly space-frame of aluminum and carbon fiber hides four separate motors creating 1,072 horsepower. Apparently it also goes 0-62 mph in 2.6 seconds! Then again it has the dreaded mileage limitation, which renders it more local than as a long distance traveler until charging stations become commonplace. For an EV it is both sporty and sexy, unlike the redesigned Tesla which looks a bit like a shoe.
It isn’t that I’m saving the best for last, though the 2018 Bentley Continental Supersports is certainly a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Just drive it, seriously, this ferocious beast rules the road with a 6.0-liter W12 engine producing 700 horsepower, and 750 lb-ft of torque. If you want to drive a supercar without having every teenager with a cell-phone chasing you down, the Bentley will deliver.