Author: Jaclyn Trop
The annual Monterey Car Week celebrates classic cars of the 20th century, but more automakers are using the event in Monterey, California, to stage a preview of coming attractions. Here are the five best new models that made their debut at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday and at the week's headlining event, Sunday's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
After an 18-year hiatus, BMW has revived the 8 Series name with the BMW Concept 8 Series, which serves as a preview of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe slated for launch in 2018. The automaker's new flagship model could help the manufacturer compete against Mercedes-Benz, which overtook BMW last year as the world's largest luxury automaker.
"The number 8 and cars like the Z8 Roadster and i8 have represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW," explained Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger.
Jaguar also made use of the number 8, revealing at Pebble Beach a production version of its most powerful road car: the limited-edition Jaguar XE SV Project 8.
The 592-horsepower high-performance version of its XE compact sedan reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 3.3 seconds, hits a top speed of 200 mph and starts at just under $200,000.
Volkswagen announced it will make the I.D. Buzz, a microbus concept it originally showed at the Detroit Auto Show in January. A modern, all-electric take on VW's 1960s hippie van will arrive at dealerships in 2022.
"The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we're bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle," said Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess.
The automaker has said that the I.D. Buzz, which will be built on VW's new platform for electric vehicles, will be able to travel up to 270 miles on a battery charge and include self-driving capabilities.
Acura introduced its 2018 RLX sedan, the last model in Acura's lineup to get a refresh. The new model uses the brand's signature diamond pentagon grille, seen on the 2018 TLX sport sedan and 2017 MDX sport utility vehicle. On sale in November, the 2018 RLX also gets dual exhaust finishes, new LED taillights and a more sculpted hood.
The basic RLX delivers 310 hp using a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Buyers can opt for the 377-hp hybrid version and Acura's Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system.
Aston Martin showed its Vanquish Zagato Volante, a sleek, V12-powered sports car whose production will be capped at 99 models. All of them have been sold.
But buyers who weren't able to stake a claim to one may have been cheered by the automaker's announcement that the convertible will be joined by two new models, the Vanquish Zagato Speedster and the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. The four models of the Zagato family will yield a total production run of 325 cars. The coupe version started production late last year.
"Why create a family of Zagatos?" asked Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman. "Well, many of our customers want different things. Some prefer the purity of a Coupe, but others love the idea of something more extreme, like the Speedster. And yes, some of them have ordered one example of each."
Published Aug 31st, 2017
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