Car Week is also the stairway to supercar heaven. The whole Pebble Beach Car Week thing is so much more than just a bunch of old guys and their old cars. This is the one place where car manufacturers have a captive audience, no, make that the captive audience of their target market. In talking to one of the premier manufacturers they let it slip that almost 1/3 of the test drives during Car Week turn into a sale. One third?! Talk about an impressive conversion rate. Hence the reason manufacturers bring concept cars and offer test drives in their latest models. So, here is a little taste of what we saw.
Guess who is going to make another stab at an SUV? Lamborghini showed off the SUV at the Jet Center event, The Quail and Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Hope the name, Urus doesn’t offer any bad omen – it is an extinct wild ox.Mercedes usually has something fun in their pavilion…Oh I’m already there… imagine cleaning the bugs out of this grille! Mercedes did not disappoint with the Style Coupe Concept. How cute is this new Fisker Surf? Hopefully it comes minus the BBQ available on the current model. Apparently I’m not the only one who felt the early Fisker interiors were a yawn, each one I saw during Car Week expressed notable improvements. Confused on where to put your hands? From a designer’s perspective this is called let’s use everything. Guys, the Pagani Huayra is a stunningly gorgeous car but, cut the clutter on the inside. Chalk one up for visual vomit in the interior, just too much. The exterior works and with a Mercedes-AMG M158 V12 twin-Turbo engine, power is not an issue for the Pagani.And finally the Koenigsegg Agera R made its debut in the United States. Whoa, this one’s got some girth. For a bio-fuel supercar, 0-200 mph in 17.68 sec, 200-0 mph in 7.28 sec sounds promising.
The funny thing about Car Week and the intensity of car goggles one develops, a Porsche no longer commands a second look. I can’t begin to count the number of McLarens we saw, after a while it was oh, there’s another one. The Blower Bentley still gets our attention but one’s car senses are at such a heightened state of attention your mind goes numb and your eyes tend to blur.
Speaking of Bentley, yes I did get an up close and personal meet and great with their new SUV the EXP 9F and (big AND) a private sneak peak of a new car still under wraps. OMG! I’ll spill in a later post, this is getting too long.
See ya, next Saturday! Happy Motoring over the holiday weekend. – Lisa