The Concept Lawn at Pebble Beach is a playpen of the latest dream cars from the automotive world. Each year the mumblings surface, “what is going to be there,” or “what will we see.” Concours Sunday at Pebble Beach is the ultimate treat for car enthusiasts and the prime locale for automakers to present their drawing table wares to the public. Car buyers survey the concept car lawn with enthusiasm and money to spend if a car hits all the right buttons; smart companies just watch and listen as commentary flows and social media erupts. Here is our thoughts on what car designers dreamed up for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concept Lawn.
Best Peacekeeper On Wheels
Surf’s up! In 2022 feeling groovy will be back, the beloved VW Bus will return and this might just help us all to get along! The build announcement came during Car Week. Odds are good they could already take orders on the modernized two engine AWD electric version of the iconic V-dub. The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz is a smile on wheels. Functional and fun this just might be the family car of the next decade. Notice those 180º turning front seats through the window. Now if this triangular front window could move and vent like the old days…
Slated to be coming in 2019, the Genesis GV80 is touted as the New Luxury Crossover SUV. It does sport some interesting dashboard tech, but looks more like the product of the mating of a BMW and Buick. But hey, at least the wheels look like an original thought, though I wouldn’t want to clean them.
Best Two Seat Electric With Range
Built in typical grand touring style for cruising the coastline on a weekend road trip, Bentley Motors EXP 12 Speed 6e delivers a fully electric convertible. Bentley understands drivers drive, with this in mind the EXP 12 Speed 6e “would be built with the capacity to drive from London to Paris or Milan to Monaco on a single charge.” Ding, ding, ding, now we’re talking. The only question now is will Bentley get the same generous monetary subsidies countries around the world hand to Tesla? The Bentley is an electric car without limits, compared to Tesla’s limited range commuter.
Dare Them To Build It
The Mercedes-Maybach Vision actually debuted at Pebble Beach in 2016. This year the Vision 6 Cabriolet was a winner. Spectators were cooing as they tried to imagine this glamorous 19 foot long electric luxury cruiser in their garage. Maybach has such a wonderful automotive past, it looks like the latest incarnation could carry the torch. Note to Mercedes, just don’t try to pass off a dumbed down version in the regular Mercedes-Benz line, it didn’t work last time.
It’s Cool But…
As only one of five to be built, the Zerouno from Italdesign Automobili is “intended for collectors and visionary enthusiasts.” So if one doesn’t want one, you apparently aren’t visionary. Built on a modular carbon fiber and aluminum chassis with a naturally aspirated 5.2 liter v10, the Zeoruno will have a custom colored “full carbon look” just for each client creating a one-off car. Oh, and it rests on Pirelli P-Zeros. And what part of this would you call visionary?
I Want One
While some might wonder why the 2018 McLaren 720S is sitting on the Concept Lawn, the answer is simple, this is a handcrafted supercar… which is usable. This 720S was created by the uber-talented designers in McLaren Special Operations, full of special customizations particular to the ultimate car guy, Michael Fux. No, it ain’t pink either, is Fux’s personal color to match his Rolls-Royce Wraith, finished in matching livery, inside and out. If one looked only at Instagram, and I’ve mentioned it before, this distinctive magenta creation was hands down the most photographed car of all Car Week, plenty of people want one. Having driven the 720S, I definitely want one… in my own MSO color.
What Were They Thinking?
The world debut of the Infiniti Prototype 9 Concept had tongues wagging. This retro-esque monocoque design is a beautiful mix of old and new, exploring the single seat grand prix cars in a modern wrapper. Yes, its cool, super cool, so cool workers at Infiniti volunteered their time to work on it. However, it is all electric and true race fans need that guttural roar which only comes from a gas powered engine.