One of the most exclusive automotive events is the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este – an elegance competition for some of the best classic and vintage cars built between 1920 and 1970.
Held for the first time in 1929, as an exhibition for new creations from the auto industry – it is organize since 1999 by the BMW Group.
This year’s event – besides the traditional “set” of ultra-rare historic vehicles we’ve been able to see some impressive concepts – some of them vehicles that will hit the market in the near future according to the automakers.
At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 BMW presents the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage – a tribute to the 3.0 CSL (better known as the Batmobile), a classic and iconic BMW Coupe from the 70s. The CSL or “Coupé Sport Leichtbau” – coupé, sport, lightweight in English, comes with aluminum bonnet, boot and wings, windows made from Plexiglas –only light materials to help the concept to be 200 kg lighter than the 3.0 CS. The concept has one of the broadest and lowest front ends of any vehicle in the BMW Group – and as expected, unfortunately it will never hit production. However, the good news is that you might still find some good CLSs from the 70s available on the market – but you will need to pay at least 250.000 Euros.
New for the event is the participation of Automobili Lamborghini. The Italian supercar maker is presenting the Asterion LPI 910-4, following the official launch of the vehicle last year during the Paris Motor Show.
Powered by a longitudinally-positioned 5.2-liter V10 petrol and a three electric motors setup for another 300hp this overpowered Lambo is still a concept but considering that Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren have already jumped into the hybrid supercar battle, we are sure that in the near future the Italians will announce the production-ready version.
Bentley is present at the event with the EXP 10 – a model that has already received the green light for production following overwhelming positive feedback during the official launch in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The production ready Bentley is expected to be the most dynamic Bentley user 2000 kg. We don’t know anything about the drivetrain but considering the “hybrid trend” during these days we really expect an electrified model.
For those who are more “track-focused” Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has presented the road legal SCG003 Stradale model. It was made by the same team who made the one-off Ferrari P4/5 and the 430 Scuderia-based P4/5 Competizione. With a total weight of just 1,350 kg and a powertrain capable to deliver 530 HP (389,5 kW) at 6,800 rpm and 700 Nm (516,8 lb-ft) of torque at 4,500 rpm through a sequential gearbox, driving such a machine should be a trilling experience.
As for the Coachbuilder and design house Zagato, Concorso is business as usual considering that they have a history in unveiling stunning concepts here at Como. This year Zagato is unveiling Mostro.
Live Images from Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 – Other Concept Cars