Considered the ultimate car event for enthusiasts of luxury and exotic cars, Monterey Car Week 2016 lives up to its reputation. Here’s a look at four of the hot concepts and new cars that wowed the gathered crowds.
Hint: One is a pure concept, two are already sold (or on the way to total sell-out) and one just might make it from concept to production.
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 – The sleek, stylish and ultra-long (at nearly 18 and a half feet) Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a 2+2 concept car that defies expectations. Envisioned as an electric car, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 has an electric-drive system generating 738-horsepower. Not only does the car have sports car-like acceleration (0-62 mph in less than four seconds) and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph, the concept car also has a range of more than 200 miles (according to the EPA). Need more range? The car’s quick-charge function can add an extra 62 miles in just five minutes.
But there’s more about this concept to like, particularly for those interested in the future of autonomous driving. The driver of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 can switch to digital/autonomous mode.
Cadillac Escala – Also debuting during Monterey Week 2016 is yet another intriguing – and unmistakeably Cadillac – concept from GM’s luxury brand, the Cadillac Escala. The word Escala means “scale” in Spanish. Interestingly, this is one concept car that might actually make it into production. Cadillac hints that the Escala could be a future CT6 sibling.
According to Cadillac’s president, Johann de Nysschen, “Escala builds Cadillac’s aspirational character, signaling the brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.”
The 17-and-a-half-foot flagship sedan gets its power from a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine – one that also should see future production. The interior features a curved OLED gauge display.
Bugatti Chiron – The venue was the gathering at The Quail. The star of the event: The Bugatti Chiron. This showing of the Chiron at the annual motorsports event in California marks the debut of “the world’s fastest, most powerful, most exclusive and most luxurious production super sports car,” according to a Bugatti press release. The Chiron originally debuted at the Geneva Motor Show.
Already, over 200 of the 1,500 vehicles have been ordered. The luxury carmaker says that North America is one of its most important markets, with 30 percent of Chiron’s customers coming from the U.S.
Lamborghini Centenario Roadster – The unveiling of the exotic Lamborghini Centenario roadster, at a cool price of $2.3 million each, which most of us can’t afford anyway, was softened a bit (or not) by the fact that all 20 of the vehicles to be built had already been sold. Built to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, the car is an evolution of the coupe example that debuted earlier this year. Like the roadster, the 20 production coupes have been sold.
The roadster body is carbon fiber, while power comes from a 770-horsepower 6.5-liter V12 engine. Zero to 62 mph happens in just 2.9 seconds and the roadster has a top speed of 217 mph.